Destination guide

Take in the waterfront beauty of Essex

The riverfront and wildlife provide a pleasant backdrop to your vacation home in Essex. This city is well-known for its boating and bars. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.


Activities and attractions in Essex

Are you looking for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Essex a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Essex Steam Train (0.3 mi / 0.5 km)
  • Chamard Vineyards (8.1 mi / 13.1 km)
  • Cedar Ridge Golf Course (9.7 mi / 15.6 km)
  • Chatfield Hollow State Park (10 mi / 16 km)
  • Childrens Museum of Southeastern Connecticut (10.6 mi / 17.1 km)
  • Dinosaur Place at Nature's Art (10.8 mi / 17.4 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Essex

Whether you're looking for adventure or just want to appreciate the scenery, Essex is a great place to get outside. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Plattwood Park (3.5 mi / 5.6 km)
  • Gillette Castle State Park (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
  • Harvey's Beach (5.3 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Rocky Neck State Park (9 mi / 14.6 km)
  • Cockaponset State Forest (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
  • Devils Hopyard State Park (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Essex

The nearest airport is in New London, CT (GON-Groton - New London), located 18.4 mi (29.6 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Fishers Island, NY (FID-Elizabeth Field), which is 20.4 mi (32.8 km) away.

Where to stay around Essex?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 454 vacation rentals near Essex. From 268 Houses to 129 Cottages, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Essex for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Essex?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Essex:

  • Niantic: 428 vacation rentals
  • Westbrook Center: 71 vacation rentals
  • Saybrook Manor: 42 vacation rentals
  • Clearwater Beach: 115 vacation rentals
  • Madison Center: 38 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Essex?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Essex. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Connecticut River Museum: 684 vacation rentals
  • Essex Steam Train: 679 vacation rentals
  • Essex Island Marina: 674 vacation rentals
  • Pratt House: 670 vacation rentals
  • Essex Library: 669 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Essex listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Essex?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 268 Houses in Essex. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Essex include:

  • Cottages: 129 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 129 rentals available
  • Cabins: 129 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Essex?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 36 vacation rentals with pool available in Essex. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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