50 things to do in Windsor and Essex County before you die

What do you get when you combine a bucket list with Windsor and Essex County? Oodles of food, frolicking and fun.

You can save this article by registering for free here . Or sign-in if you have an account.

Reviews and recommendations are unbiased and products are independently selected. Postmedia may earn an affiliate commission from purchases made through links on this page.

Article content

From thrill-seeking to history-appreciating, from honouring to partying, from healthy to decadent  – with a little attitude thrown in – here is the Windsor 50 plus one, a gotta-do list that revs up the area like a summer heat wave.

Have we missed something? Is there a local experience that absolutely must be on a Windsor and Essex County must-do list? Let us know. Send in photos and ideas to [email protected]

Subscribe now to read the latest news in your city and across Canada.

  • Unlimited online access to articles from across Canada with one account.
  • Get exclusive access to the Windsor Star ePaper, an electronic replica of the print edition that you can share, download and comment on.
  • Enjoy insights and behind-the-scenes analysis from our award-winning journalists.
  • Support local journalists and the next generation of journalists.
  • Daily puzzles including the New York Times Crossword.

Create an account or sign in to continue with your reading experience.

  • Access articles from across Canada with one account.
  • Share your thoughts and join the conversation in the comments.
  • Enjoy additional articles per month.
  • Get email updates from your favourite authors.

Sign In or Create an Account

and Tweet to #windsor50. We’d like to share your take on taking the area by storm.

Most of all: get out there and have a blast, Windsor-Essex style!

[email protected]

50 things to do in Windsor and Essex County before you die:

  • Zip down the Python at Adventure Bay, with or without kids
  • Camp out with garden chairs all day by the riverfront railing and watch the Freedom Festival fireworks from the front row
  • Enjoy a big-name act at the Colosseum and then go gambling at Caesars Windsor
  • Stay overnight at a bed and breakfast on Pelee Island
  • Watch a mass migration at Jack Miner’s Bird Sanctuary
  • Go on a Detroit River boat cruise
  • Party till the wee hours at an Ouellette Avenue dance club
  • Roll along in style during a local Tweed Ride
  • Get covered in reds, blues and greens in the annual Colour Run
  • Walk, run or roll the length of the Ganatchio Trail
  • Enjoy an afternoon snack on a picnic table at the Klassen blueberry farm
  • Tie up and hop from boat to boat on a sunny summer afternoon on Crystal Bay
  • Go tobogganing at Malden Park
  • Fly in a small plane over the Detroit River
  • Buy a bottle of local red or white at the Shores of Erie International Wine Festival and check out historic Fort Malden
  • Join the party on Erie Street after Italy wins a World Cup soccer game
  • Spend a Saturday strolling Old Walkerville and dining at one of the eateries in century-old buildings
  • Watch art burn at the Fahrenheit Festival of Fire Sculpture in LaSalle
  • Rent a limo and go winery hopping on a lazy summer day
  • Join a Bikes & Beers Cycling Tour with WindsorEats
  • Take a trip, such as the Beer, Wine and Whiskey Tour, aboard the Windsor Essex Trolley
  • Watch a film and take part in discussion afterward at the Windsor International Film Festival
  • Talk to an author at BookFestWindsor
  • Visit Assumption Church, the oldest parish in Canada west of Montreal
  • Take a ride on the Art Cart rolling through the riverfront sculpture garden
  • Cheer on the Spitfires during a playoff game at the WFCU Centre
  • Cheer on the Express basketball team during a playoff game at the WFCU Centre
  • Brave the Polar Bear Dip in the Detroit River
  • Walk to the tip of Point Pelee, the southern-most part of mainland Canada, and dip a toe in the water
  • Stay overnight in a downtown hotel overlooking the Detroit River, just because
  • Go skating on New Year’s Eve at Charles Clark Square
  • Check out the North American Black Historical Museum in Amherstburg
  • Check out the car collection at the Canadian Transportation Museum on the Arner Town Line, then have a burger and ice cream in the ‘50s-style diner
  • Pet a furry friend at Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens in Kingsville
  • Take a historical tour of Willistead Manor
  • Drive out to Texas Road on Halloween or Devil’s Night and go for a walk in the dark, if you dare.
  • Take a selfie under the Ambassador Bridge
  • Attend a reception at the Art Gallery of Windsor and peruse the art while you’re there
  • Attend a Remembrance Day ceremony at the Cenotaph
  • Stumble in to Phog Lounge and stay for whatever band is rocking that night
  • Get to know the people who grow your food at one of the local farmers markets: Downtown Windsor Farmer’s Market, Ottawa St. Market, Walkerville Market
  • Sing O Canada in front of the red-and-white “Canada House” on Lincoln Road
  • Take in a concert with the WSO at the Capitol Theatre
  • Eat renowned Windsor pizza from any of Windsor’s pizzerias (Armando’s, Capri, Franco’s, Koolini’s, Vito’s, Caboto Club…)
  • Attend the Harrow Fair and play Bossy Bingo, where you win if the cow poops on your square of grass
  • Pack a picnic and kayak or canoe over to Peche Island
  • Channel a little Boardwalk Empire as you take the Rum Running tour at the Canadian Club Brand Centre.
  • Journey out to North Ridge in Essex for a Boston Cooler and a mammoth soft-serve ice cream at Dairy Freez
  • Bike the Greenaway Trail from Windsor to Harrow for breakfast
  • Eat tomato, corn, strawberries or any other produce at a local festival honouring an Essex County tradition: food

Bonus: Sail on Lake St. Clair

[pn_facebook_like /]

Dilkens says he won’t veto Windsor council on downtown revamp

essex county tourist attractions

Foreign workers issue reignites at Windsor's NextStar plant

Windsor police arrest two, seize $120k in illegal drugs, owner of exploded michigan building arrested at airport while trying to leave us, authorities say, reader letter: get ready to roll out red carpet for gordie howe bridge tourists.

essex county tourist attractions

This website uses cookies to personalize your content (including ads), and allows us to analyze our traffic. Read more about cookies here . By continuing to use our site, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy .

You've reached the 20 article limit.

You can manage saved articles in your account.

and save up to 100 articles!

Looks like you've reached your saved article limit!

You can manage your saved articles in your account and clicking the X located at the bottom right of the article.

  • Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

The 90-mile roadway links 14 coastal communities from Lynn to Salisbury and features scenic views, period architecture, historic sites and recreational opportunities. With the twin goals of preserving the byway’s intrinsic qualities and spurring investment in its infrastructure, attractions and amenities, Essex Heritage worked to secure state scenic byway designation and federal funding for a comprehensive management plan that is guiding community and regional leaders in their efforts to implement tourism-based economic development.

essex county tourist attractions

  • National Heritage Area Program
  • Essex National Heritage Area Map
  • Staff & Board of Trustees
  • Commissioners
  • E-News Archive
  • Trails & Sails
  • Border To Boston
  • Heritage At Home
  • Essex County Black Experience
  • Bakers Island Light Station
  • Cities and Towns
  • Regional Visitor Centers
  • Education Programs
  • Future Leaders
  • Partnership Grants
  • Revolution 250
  • Photo Contest
  • Public Programs

Logo Image

Experience Lake Erie

Local restaurants, farm to fork, our rural history, art and culture.

View our Tourism Directory Page

Tourism Directory

Explore Essex

View our Instagram Page

Getting Here

Stretching from the centre of Essex County to the north shore of Lake Erie, the Town of Essex is uniquely positioned on the 42 nd  parallel, a circle of latitude shared with northern California and central Italy. When you're here, you're just about as far south in mainland Canada as you can go.

Tourism Essex is the official tourism website for the Town of Essex and its communities: Colchester Centre, Essex Centre, Harrow Centre and McGregor Centre. We invite you to visit us regularly to find out what's happening in Essex.

Get Directions

Awesome, you're subscribed!

Thanks for subscribing! Look out for your first newsletter in your inbox soon!

The best things in life are free.

Sign up for our email to enjoy your city without spending a thing (as well as some options when you’re feeling flush).

Déjà vu! We already have this email. Try another?

By entering your email address you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and consent to receive emails from Time Out about news, events, offers and partner promotions.

Love the mag?

Our newsletter hand-delivers the best bits to your inbox. Sign up to unlock our digital magazines and also receive the latest news, events, offers and partner promotions.

  • Los Angeles

Get us in your inbox

🙌 Awesome, you're subscribed!


The 11 best things to do in Essex

From hidden underground bunkers to big-hitter attractions, there are plenty of more things to do in Essex than TOWIE

Forget any preconceptions you have about this English county: there are so many fun things to do in Essex. This varied area begins on the urban fringes of  London at one end and blends into rural Suffolk countryside at the other. Then there’s the 350 miles of coast, 35 islands, two international airports (Stansted and Southend ) and the oldest recorded town in Britain. From nature and nightclubs to seaside attractions and historical monuments, first-time visitors might be surprised by just how diverse this county is. The only way is—you guessed it—Essex.

Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere.

Find out more about   how Time Out selects the very best things to do all over the world .

An email you’ll actually love

Best things to do in Essex

Colchester Zoo

1.  Colchester Zoo

Where is it? Colchester.  What is it? Home to actual dragons (of the komodo kind), this award-winning zoo is one of the biggest and best in the country. Its 60 acres of parkland are home to more than 260 different species, so there’s loads to pack into a day trip here. Why go? Hand feed elephants and giraffes, walk through underwater tunnels as sea lions swim overhead and, on sunny days, be transported to African plains in the Kingdom of the Wild, where you can feel like you’re on safari watching white rhino, ostrich and zebra.

Tiptree Tea Room at the Jam Factory

2.  Tiptree Tea Room at the Jam Factory

Where is it? Er, Tiptree. Obviously.  What is it? If the jam world had celebrities, Tiptree Jams would be an A-lister. You can find several Tiptree tea rooms across Essex, from Chelmsford and Billericay to Osea and Saffron Walden. But to learn about its origins, spend the day where it all began: in its namesake village. Why go? A day at the Tiptree factory will be jam-packed (pun intended). Find out about the history of the Wilkin & Son and Tiptree preserves in the Jam museum – the family made their first pot of jam in 1885 – then head to the tea room for afternoon tea to sample some of the sweet stuff. Don’t forget to stop off in the shop to pick up your favourite preserve for the cupboards at home.

Mersea Island

3.  Mersea Island

Where is it? In the Blackwater and Colne estuaries.  What is it? You’d better check the tide times before heading to Mersea Island, because at high tide The Strood – the only road connecting it to the mainland – is covered by water. This little estuary island offers the simple pleasures of a day by the seaside, complete with colourful beach huts, delicious seafood and a charming small-town vibe. Why go? If the seafood world is your oyster, Mersea is the pearl. Lovers of shellfish should visit The Company Shed to sample the world-famous oysters – this small, no-frills restaurant always has a queue outside. Continue a fishy theme with an afternoon crabbing from the small jetties and admiring the boats and peaceful estuary views from the beachfront.

Mountfitchet Castle

4.  Mountfitchet Castle

Where is it? Stanstead Mountfitchet. What is it? This Motte and Bailey castle went through Roman, Saxon and Viking hands, before 1066 when the Normans made it into a castle like you see today. After coming to ruin, Mountfitchet Castle and its Norman village have been artfully reconstructed. Why go? Essex boasts several impressive castles, and the big names like Colchester or Hedingham might be the first to spring to mind. Lesser-known Mountfitchet is a reconstruction (the original was also made of wood), but it’s also the only castle of its kind rebuilt on its original site. Step back in time to the Middle Age – and you can also feed the friendly animals wandering around the place.

Secret Nuclear Bunker

5.  Secret Nuclear Bunker

Where is it? Just outside the village of Kelevdon Hatch.  What is it? Visit Essex’s best-kept secret: an underground nuclear bunker. Strong enough to withstand a nuclear blast, this hidden bunker started life as an RAF air defence station, before becoming a regional government HQ. It was decommissioned after the Cold war and is now open to the public for self-guided tours.   Why go? A mast and simple-looking bungalow are the only things marking the entrance, but descend the 120m reinforced tunnel and you’ll find yourself in the heart of a nuclear shelter. Imagine life here by visiting the rooms built to recycle air and communicate with the outside, try on gas masks and even eat in the canteen. Afterwards, why not try an aptly-themed onsite escape room by Clue HQ?

Dedham Vale

6.  Dedham Vale

Where is it? North of Colchester.  What is it?  Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the  picturesque Stour Valley sit pretty in the middle of Constable Country. Dedham village is filled with quaint cottages, tearooms and churches, and surrounded by ancient woodlands, verdant meadows and accessible walks – it’s the perfect escape to the countryside. Why go? It’s little wonder the surroundings here have inspired artists and writers. Follow the easy two-mile walk through fields of cows from Dedham to Flatford Mill. Or if you prefer, hire boats and row the same route along the River Stour. Finish your trip with cake in one of the many tearooms in the area, or head to nearby Le Talbooth restaurant for a top-notch dinner.


7.  Firstsite

Where is it? Colchester.  What is it? This visual arts space opened in 2011 and showcases an ever-changing creative programme of exhibitions, films, performances and events. Its contemporary golden building designed by architect Rafael Viñoly is work of art in its own right. Why go? With plenty going on (and free entry), it’s always worth checking to see what’s on at this under-the-radar gallery. Past exhibitions have included some big names, like pop-art poster boy Andy Warhol. There are plenty of alternative film screenings and art classes too for both kids and adults.

Southend pier

8.  Southend pier

Where is it? Southend-on-Sea.  What is it? Extending out into the sea for more a mile, Southend pier is the longest pleasure pier in the world. For more than 100 years, it’s survived fires, storms, boat collisions and two world wars – not bad going for a seaside attraction. Why go? As much a British seaside icon as fish and chips and striped deckchairs, no day at the beach would be complete without a mooch down the pier. It’s quite a walk, so take the electric train that runs the length of the pier one way, and save your energy for mini golf…

Sugar Hut

9.  Sugar Hut

Where is it? Brentwood.  What is it? This restaurant, cocktail bar and night club shot to fame several years ago thanks regular appearances on the popular reality show ‘ The Only Way is Esse x’ . Why go? There’s a reason this venue attracts revellers from all over the UK (and beyond). With a classy dress code and plenty of hen/stag dos around, you’re guaranteed to have a good time dancing the night away here – and who knows, you might even see a few famous faces while you’re at it.

Audley End House and Gardens

10.  Audley End House and Gardens

Where is it? Just outside Saffron Walden. What is it? The opulent Jacobean mansion at the heart of the estate is one of the most impressive of its kind. An English Heritage site, you can wander the mansion’s great hall, state apartments and library, then spend time in the tranquil surrounding gardens. Why go? There’s lots to see at this historic property. Head down to the servants’ quarters, where costumed characters will help you imagine life here in its Victorian heyday. Don’t forget to pay a visit to the stable yard either, where you can meet the resident horses and catch a riding display.

Harwich Redoubt

11.  Harwich Redoubt

Where is it? Harwich.  What is it? This pleasingly circular fort was originally built to protect the Harwich harbour against Napoleonic forces (a destiny it luckily never had to fulfil). The ancient monument has since been restored to its former glory and is now open as a museum. Why go? The volunteers from the local historical society run the museum – and they are full of passion and knowledge for the place. See some of the original canons that manned the fort, as well as exhibitions of military and maritime collections. If you like your history lessons all guns blazing, reenactments of battles are sometimes held outdoors in the summer.

[image] [title]

Discover Time Out original video

  • Press office
  • Investor relations
  • Work for Time Out
  • Editorial guidelines
  • Privacy notice
  • Do not sell my information
  • Cookie policy
  • Accessibility statement
  • Terms of use
  • Modern slavery statement
  • Manage cookies
  • Advertising
  • Time Out Market


If you come visit us, you might not want to go home.

Essex County boasts stunning water views. We're home to an ever-expanding  network of trails and paths connecting parks teeming with wildlife and recreational opportunities. We are blessed with wineries, distilleries and dozens of historic tourist attractions.

From Point Pelee National Park to Holiday Beach Conservation Area to the wineries along historic County Road 50, Essex County is a top notch tourism destination with attractions for kids, families and adults looking to get away from it all.

Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island is your one-stop shop to find attractions, events and things to do in Windsor-Essex.

Check out our Festivals and Events calendar.

Things to do in Essex: 25 places in Essex you need to visit in your lifetime

There's a lot to do and see in Essex

  • 13:13, 29 JAN 2022

Audley End House in the autumn sunshine

For daily updates and all the latest breaking news sent straight to your inbox sign up to our daily newsletter

We have more newsletters

In Essex , there's an endless number of things to do and places to see.

Whether it's an adventure, shopping, dining or a family day out that you're after, there's something for everyone in the county.

We have some of the best attractions and most beautiful countryside views - and you have to go and see them in your lifetime.

READ MORE: I went to Essex's first and only celeb-endorsed nugget joint and was surprised at what I found

From activities for the thrillseekers to more subdued, relaxing sights, there's something for everyone.

EssexLive has compiled a list of some of the best places in Essex that you must visit in your lifetime.

The MegaCentre Laser Tag and Soft Play

Megacentre soft play in Rayleigh

The MegaCentre Rayleigh is an Essex-based charity that offers a range of activities including Megazone Laser Tag and Soft Play.

The laser tag provides a huge amount of fun for anyone aged six and up and is also available for parties to be booked.

The soft play centre provides huge entertainment for children and is also a great place for parties.

TeamSport Go Karting

Go Kart stock image

Fancy unleashing your inner Lewis Hamilton?

Located in Basildon, TeamSport Go Karting is a state-of-the-art karting track with flyover and electronic timing.

The multi-level thrill ride spans a massive 500m, with fiendish chicanes, steep ramps, hair-raising slopes and hairpin corners - these are just some of the obstacles you’ll have to tame if you want to see your name on the leader boards at this circuit.

Located next to Festival Leisure Park, TeamSport Basildon is perfectly placed to host birthday parties, stag and hen nights, days out with the kids and even workplace getaways.

There's also a fully licenced bar for a few tipples after racing.

There's also a circuit in Harlow!

Lakeside shopping centre

For the shopaholics out there, Lakeside is the perfect location to shop until you drop.

There's a range of shops available so there will definitely be something for everyone to enjoy.

And Lakeside doesn't just offer shopping - they also offer experiences such as brunch and prosecco and even beauty bar treatments.

Freeport Braintree

There are plans to give Braintree Freeport a facelift

Don't fancy a trip to Lakeside? Essex also has Freeport in Braintree.

The outlet offers a variety of brands and is the perfect place to avoid the hustle and bustle of busy high streets.

Whether you're after some clothes, a bite to eat or a beauty treatment, there's something for everyone at Freeport.

Feeding and petting the baby lambs is not to be missed

At March Farm, you can meet the animals, feed the birds and cuddle the pets.

It's the trip of a lifetime for kids across the county.

With a variety of indoor and outdoor play areas, family events and chances to interact with some of the cutest farm animals around, it's the place to be for all animal lovers this year.

READ MORE: All the shops and restaurants we lost in Essex last year

Colchester Zoo

Colchester Zoo

It's not just Marsh Farm where you can see animals, Colchester Zoo offers the experience too.

Visitors can get up close to some of the world's finest and rarest species, with animals from all over the world housed at Colchester Zoo.

The zoo is home to 180 species and is set in 60 acres of parkland and lakes.

You can also be a keeper for the day, become part of the Kids' Zoo Academy and even have your birthday party there. The list of opportunities is endless.

Old MacDonald's Farm

Old MacDonald's Farm

There's never been more fun at the farm than at Old MacDonald's.

Go on a journey on the farm-themed train, ride the "doggy dog rollercoaster" and make your very own structures in the JCB construction zone.

And when you've had enough fun on the rides, you can go and say hello to the alpacas, llamas, deer, and meerkats as well as all the other classic farm animals.

Essex Outdoors

Essex Outdoors

From zip wires to sailing, and from climbing to archery, there is a range of fun activities for the whole family at Essex Outdoors.

With four locations across the county - Mersea, Bradwell, Danbury and Harlow - the centres provide high-quality outdoor learning opportunities, from activity days and Forest Schools through to residential experiences and adventurous expeditions.

It's a great place for both young and old to enjoy a day in the great outdoors.

Great Notley Country Park

Great Notley Country Park

There aren't many better places for a day out in the Essex countryside.

The park covers more than 100 acres of open space and is home to the county's longest play trail at 1.2km.

Kids can be entertained for hours with a giant see-saw, a climbing forest, tyre swings and forts, and the beautiful surroundings offer a perfect escape for adults too.

You can also climb through the sky on the park's Sky Ropes adventure course, which is suitable for all ages.

Dedham Vale

Dedham boating

Located on the Essex/Suffolk border, the Dedham Vale provides some of the most spectacular views not only in Essex but across the country.

The area received Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status back in 1970 for its stunning landscape, farmland, ancient woodlands, rivers and meadows.

Covering around 90 square kilometres and with a population of just 10,000, Dedham Vale is an essential visit for those with a love for the countryside.

You can even take a boat ride on the beautiful lakes.

Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle

With so much to do and with so much history to explore, Colchester Castle is right up there when it comes to places to visit in Essex.

The castle's keep is the largest ever built in the UK and the largest that remains in existence throughout Europe.

It also houses a museum that takes visitors on a journey through the centuries of history at the castle. You can try building an arch using the sponge bricks and immerse yourself in a number of interactive exhibits.

You can also pay a visit to the jail if you're feeling brave enough.

Audley End House

Audley End House in the autumn sunshine

Audley End's Mansion House is arguably Essex's finest country home, and one of the best in the whole of the UK.

On your visit, you can wander the impressive great hall, magnificent state apartments, intimate dressing rooms, libraries and the 18th-century gothic-style chapel.

You can also visit one of the venue's resident horses at the Victorian stable, or take a look around the estate's service wing and beautifully-designed gardens.

There's a children's play area as well as the Servants' Hall Tea Room which will ensure the whole family enjoys a day out at Audley End.

Lee Valley White Water Rafting

From white water rafting on the Olympic course to family paddling on the lake, there's something for everyone at Lee Valley.

The centre was an official London 2012 Olympics venue and offers a variety of action-packed water sports for both adults and children.

Have a go at exhilarating hydrospeeding, ride the waves in rubber doughnuts or even practice your strokes with some open water swimming.

You can find Lee Valley White Water Centre on Station Road, Waltham Cross.

Adventure Island

Adventure Island in Southend-on-Sea

One of the most well-known activities in Essex is Adventure Island.

The amusement park is located at Southend-on-Sea and offers a variety of rides and attractions for people of all ages.

From popular rollercoaster The Rage to the adrenaline-inducing Claw, it's a great day out for all the family.

Roots Hall Stadium is home to Southend United

What's better than a day out supporting a local football team?

Roots Hall is home to Southend United Football Club - and it's perfect for a day if you fancy cheering on a local team.

The Shrimpers' home stadium is conveniently located with great transport links too.

Southend Pier

You can take the tours from the end of Southend pier

Southend Pier is the longest pleasure pier in the UK, stretching 1.34 miles into the Thames Estuary.

It's been standing since 1830 and has lived through fires, boat crashes and some of nature's harshest attacks. It's a historical Essex icon known to people across the country.

A train ride along the pier will take you from one end to the other, or you can walk the full distance, which is likely to take 25 minutes.

At the end of the pier, there's even a golf course for you to enjoy.

Because of its history and the records it holds, it has to place high on the list of things to see in Essex.

Sea Life Centre

Just a short walk away from Southend's popular Adventure Island, Sea Life provides even more fun for the whole family by the sea.

You can say hello to the sharks, fish, penguins, turtles as well as a variety of other wildlife.

And the centre's brand new Wild exhibition now gives visitors the chance to meet meerkats and even macaques.

Mountfitchet Castle

Mountfitchet Castle

The castle is a National Historic Monument, protected by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Believed to have been an early Iron Age fort and Roman, Saxon and Viking settlement, the castle and its grounds have a historic story to tell.

After 1215, the castle site lay overgrown and forgotten for more than 700 years until its reconstruction.

It now offers visitors the chance to explore its stunning remains.

It's the only wooden Motte and Bailey castle and village to be reconstructed on its original historic site anywhere in the world - so if that's not a reason to visit, then we don't know what is.

Hylands Park

Hylands Park in Chelmsford

When considering which is the most spectacular part of the county, Hylands Park is right up there.

The Grade II listed public park covers 574 acres of historic parkland on the outskirts of Chelmsford and is home to the stunning Hylands House.

The renovated neoclassical villa can be hired out for special occasions including weddings, celebrations and business events, and is even open to the public on select days.

You can also find a café, visitor centre and resident artist studio within the grounds, and there are numerous paths and open areas to explore.

Chelmsford City Race Course

Chelmsford City Racecourse

Chelmsford City Racecourse, formerly known as Great Leighs, takes pride in being the only racecourse in the county.

It is Britain's newest racing venue which offers thrilling all-weather racing under the floodlights, and is also home to a number of high profile acts and events throughout the year.

The award-winning facility is a must-see attraction for anyone who hasn't been, and whether you're a fan of the races or you just want to enjoy a day out with the family, make sure you check it out.

The Naze Tower

Naze Tower

One of the most recognisable Essex coastline landmarks, the Naze Tower stands at 86ft tall in Walton-on-the-Naze.

The Naze Tower offers visitors the chance to see far and wide across the west of the county on its roof viewing platform, with spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding area.

There is also an art gallery which features three exhibitions each year, as well as a museum that explores the fascinating history of the tower.

And after all that, make sure you have a bite to eat and a refreshing drink in the tower's tea room .

Tiptree Jam

Tiptree Jam Factory

Wilkin & Sons is one of the most recognisable brand names in Essex and you can immerse yourself in the history of the company at the Tiptree Jam Factory museum.

The factory was founded in 1885 and the museum now allows you to explore the tools, products and machinery used over three centuries by the company on its way to becoming a globally-recognised preserves brand.

And if you want to taste the food for yourself, head next door to the Tiptree Tea Room and Shop to get your hands on some fresh Wilkin & Sons produce . You won't regret it.

This is by far one of the most unique and eye-catching tourist attractions in the county.

Grayson Perry's 'A House for Essex'

Face on wide shot of the House For Essex created by Grayson Perry

'A House for Essex', designed by Chelmsford-born contemporary artist Grayson Perry, is a house overlooking the River Stour in the west of the county.

With two bedrooms and two bathrooms inside the wonderfully-wacky property, it's available to rent for two or three-night breaks.

It'll make for the perfect staycation.

Brentwood Ski Centre

Brentwood Leisure Park is home to the Ski and Snowboard Centre

One for adventure seekers. Whether you want to brush up on your skills, have some fun, or get ready for your next winter holiday, Brentwood Ski Centre offers a great choice of outdoor sports for all ages.

From skiing and snowboarding to sliding down a ski slope in a rubber ring, there's something for everyone, no matter how much experience you have on the slopes.

New Hall Vineyards

The vines at New Hall Vineyards

Tucked away in the Purleigh countryside, the New Hall vineyards have played an important role in the history of English wine for centuries.

According to records, the first vineyard on the site was planted in 1120, making it one of the oldest vineyards in the country, and with more than 65 hectares of vines, it's also one of the largest.

They have now become East Anglia's signature grape variety and the source of many international wine competitions, so it's well worth a visit, especially for wine lovers.

You can even do a tour of the vineyard.

Want more news sent straight to your inbox? Sign up to the EssexLive newsletter here.

  • Things to do in Essex
  • Daybreakers
  • Most Recent

essex county tourist attractions

Top Things to Do in Essex, England - Essex Must-See Attractions

Things to do in essex, explore popular experiences, popular cities in essex.

essex county tourist attractions

Ways to tour Essex

essex county tourist attractions

Private 4x4 Dorset Safari. 6 Hour Cruise Ship Jeep Safari Special

essex county tourist attractions

Tours of Colchester

essex county tourist attractions

Roman Visitor Outdoor Escape Game in Colchester

essex county tourist attractions

Zombie Scavengers Game - Southend-on-Sea, UK

essex county tourist attractions

60 minute Thames & Medway Estuary Helicopter Tour

essex county tourist attractions

Colchester Walking Tour + Farmers Market

essex county tourist attractions

Historic Walking Tour of Colchester

essex county tourist attractions

  • Private Guided Historic Colchester and Lavenham Tour

essex county tourist attractions

Lost Centurion Outdoor Escape Game in Colchester

essex county tourist attractions

Private 4x4 Safari - Lulworth, New Forest & Corfe - Southampton

Top attractions in essex.

essex county tourist attractions

Fun & Games

essex county tourist attractions

Historical Tours

essex county tourist attractions

Self-guided Tours

Private sightseeing tours.

essex county tourist attractions

Walking Tours

Half-day tours.

essex county tourist attractions

What travellers are saying

Pamela J

  • Adventure Island
  • Tiptree Jam Museum & Tea Room
  • Weeleyhall Wood
  • Colchester Zoo
  • Hylands Gardens & Parkland
  • Imperial Bird of Prey Academy
  • Green Island Gardens
  • Partyman World of Play
  • Bridge End Garden
  • Private Cruise Ship Special from Portland (Stonehenge) UK
  • Private Cruise Ship Special from Southampton Port
  • London Private Layover Tour from London Stansted Airport
  • London Private Layover Tour From London Stansted Airport
  • Maldon Escape Rooms
  • Cluetopia - Clacton Escape Rooms
  • Cluetopia - Walton Escape Rooms
  • Chelmsford Escape Rooms
  • Keylock Games

Essex Tourist Guide

Location preferences


Essex is a tourism hotspot, so when planning your day out, be sure to check out some of these must-see Essex tourist attractions.

  • with address
  • with contact
  • with social networks
  • with website
  • with images
  • with videos
  • with attached file
  • with description
  • with products/offers
  • with events

Maps detected!

This page uses Google Maps. The map will be loaded from Google-Server and some of your data may be used by Google. In order to see the maps, please click accept. You can also click here to see further information related to this.

Hedingham Castle

Hedingham Castle

Hylands house and estate, colne valley railway, poplar miniature railway, green island gardens, adventure island, braxted park estate, mountfitchet castle, audley end house and gardens, southend pier & railway, brightlingsea museum, bourne mill, promenade park, cressing temple barns, royal gunpowder mills, hadleigh country park, southchurch hall and gardens, east anglian railway museum, layer marney tower, tiptree jam museum & tea room, the companye of merrie folke, rhs garden hyde hall, thorndon country park, clacton pavilion, butlers farm alpacas, beth chatto gardens, nuclear high ropes, blackwater alpacas & pygmy goats, thames sailing barge trust, weald country park, great notley country park, walton pier, danbury country park, grange barn, chelmsford city racecourse, museum of power, hopefield animal sanctuary, mangapps railway museum, belhus woods country park, escape room at stow maries great war aerodrome, chelmsford cathedral, bridge end garden, audley end miniature railway, barleylands, cudmore grove country park, prittlewell priory, central museum.

In order to perform this action you have to login

Click here to login

Essex Tourist Guide

Essex Tourist Guide blog

  • Claim your Free Listing
  • Featured Advertising

Tourist information

  • Essex County Councils
  • Getting to and around Essex
  • Public Holidays
  • Tourist Information Centres

Other Tourism Related Websites

I'm looking for...

Accommodation & Places to stay in Essex

Food & Drink in Essex

Things to do & Places to visit in Essex

Events & What's on in Essex

  • Special offers
  • Cafes, Coffee Shops & Tearooms
  • Braintree area
  • Brentwood area
  • Chelmsford area
  • Clacton area
  • Colchester area
  • Epping area
  • Finchingfield area
  • Harlow area
  • Maldon area
  • Rochford area
  • Saffron Walden area
  • Southend area
  • Vineyards, Breweries & Distilleries
  • Search all Food & Drink
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Caravan & Camping
  • Holiday Parks
  • Self Catering
  • Search all Places to Stay
  • Leisure Centres
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Spas & Wellbeing
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Animal Attractions & Zoos
  • Country Parks & Gardens
  • History & Heritage
  • Adventure & Theme Parks
  • Child's Play Centres
  • Sightseeing & Tours
  • Shopping Centres & Retail Parks
  • Things to Do for Free
  • Search all Things to Do
  • Plays & Pantomimes
  • Quiz Nights
  • Tribute Nights
  • Sightseeing, Tours & Walks
  • Classic Car Shows
  • Heritage Railway events
  • Family Friendly events
  • Food & Drink events
  • Free Admission events
  • Christmas & New Year
  • Father's Day
  • Fireworks displays & Bonfire Night events
  • Mother's Day
  • School Holidays
  • Valentine's Day
  • Car Boot Sales
  • Farmers' Markets
  • Music Festivals
  • Religion & Spiritual events
  • Sport & Leisure events
  • Event Organisers & Promoters

Pelee Island

Pelee is one of Canada’s best kept secrets!

Link to Pheasant Hunts webpage

Tourism on Pelee Island


From historical sites to shops, nature walks, and night life, Pelee Island provides visitors with a myriad of opportunities. Whether taking a bike ride, going for a swim, browsing through the local shops or indulging in the food and drink that the Island has to offer, Pelee Island can satisfy your desire for calm and quiet or for new sights and sounds. Come and experience all that the Island has to offer and see why it is one of Canada’s Best Kept Secrets!

Check out the Pelee App! Available for download now!

2023 Pelee Brochure

essex county tourist attractions

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for?

  • Enter Jersey Cash Codes
  • Visit New Jersey
  • New Spadea podcast
  • Small Biz Monday
  • App on iPhone
  • App on Android
  • Merch Store

New Jersey 101.5

Essex County – Top 9 Activities

  • Share on Facebook
  • Share on Twitter

Essex County is located in the northeastern part of New Jersey. It's the second-most densely populated county in the state, coming behind Hudson County. Here's a list of the top nine things to do in Essex County, NJ.

Newark Museum

The Newark Museum is the largest museum in New Jersey. Enjoy unforgettable experiences in the arts and natural sciences. There are dozens of programs and workshops specifically designed for families, kids and adults. For more information and a complete list of upcoming events, visit online or call (973) 596-6550.

Turtle Back Zoo

The Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange provides an enriched recreational experience that fosters excellence in wildlife education and wildlife conservation. There are many exhibits, housing more than 700 animals in all. Admission runs from $7 to $9 depending on age. For more information call (973) 731-5800 or visit online .

Montclair Art Museum

The Montclair Art Museum is one of the few museums in the U.S. devoted to American art and Native American art forms. The museum is home to more than 12,000 displayed works. Admission ranges from $10 - $12, kids under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge. For more information call (973) 746-5555 or click here .

Mini Golf Safari

Mini Golf Safari, in West Orange, is an extension of the Turtle Back Zoo. It is an extremely fun African themed 19-hole mini golf course. Mini golf birthday parties are also available for those wishing to celebrate with friends. General admission is $8 for adults and $6 for children. For more information call (862) 520-5024 or click here .

JumpNasium in Fairfield is the perfect place to have a child’s birthday party. Kids will surly have a blast jumping and bouncing around in this clean, climate-controlled indoor facility. Specifically designed for children age 3 and up, JumpNasium is an indoor inflatable playground that parents love. For more information and pricing call (973) 808-1700 or click here .

A Little Taste of Purple

A Little Taste of Purple is a winery in Fairfield. Take a tour through the vineyard or learn to make your own wine. This is the perfect experience for wine lovers or those who are simply interested in the art of wine making. For more information or to make a reservation call (973) 575-9463 or click here .

Essex Equestrian Center

The Essex Equestrian Center in West Orange is a horse stable that provides the perfect getaway for the beginner or the advanced rider, as well as for children and adults. Their instructors make learning to ride fun and easy, while meeting everyone’s needs. For more information about riding lessons, or about the weekly horse shows, call (973) 731-4182 or click here .

Eagle Rock Reservation

Eagle Rock Reservation is a 400+ acre county park situated in West Orange and Montclair. Enjoy the excellent view of the NYC skyline, or the “Old Casino” restaurant, which has been noted for its excellent cuisine and spectacular view. Simply enjoy the outdoors with hiking paths, horseback riding and picnic areas. For more info please call (973) 268-3500 or visit online .

The Newark Bears

Attend an exciting Newark Bears baseball game during the baseball season. Ticket prices are typically $10, for more information call (973) 848-1000 or visit online .

More From New Jersey 101.5 FM

Suspect sought after stolen car pins 2 people in Newark, NJ bar crash

essex county tourist attractions

Places to visit in Essex

There’s more to Essex than reality TV. History buffs will love travelling through time as they start by exploring Roman Britain, and venture through motte-and-bailey Norman keeps, Tudor forts, and finally Victorian country estates and gardens. Essex has more than history though, it’s also got enough shopping centres and spa breaks to help you let go, relax, and enjoy a break from the ardours of modern life. If you’re still not convinced, why not ride one of England’s last running steam train services, marvel at the wonders of science at The Time Machine, or admire the tranquillity and perfection of Essex’s horticultural gardens.

essex county tourist attractions

20 Experience Results

View results as:

  • (-) Remove Essex filter Essex
  • South East England (20) Apply South East England filter
  • Extreme Sports (1) Apply Extreme Sports filter
  • Tours and trails (1) Apply Tours and trails filter
  • Free (1) Apply Free filter
  • Coastal towns (1) Apply Coastal towns filter
  • Harbours and fishing villages (1) Apply Harbours and fishing villages filter
  • Areas of outstanding natural beauty (1) Apply Areas of outstanding natural beauty filter
  • Forests and woodlands (1) Apply Forests and woodlands filter
  • Gardens and Parks (4) Apply Gardens and Parks filter
  • Wildlife and Nature Reserves (1) Apply Wildlife and Nature Reserves filter
  • Literature, film and TV (1) Apply Literature, film and TV filter
  • Museums galleries and libraries (1) Apply Museums galleries and libraries filter
  • Attractions (1) Apply Attractions filter
  • Dog friendly (1) Apply Dog friendly filter
  • Outdoor Activities (1) Apply Outdoor Activities filter
  • Toddler Friendly Holidays (1) Apply Toddler Friendly Holidays filter
  • Zoos wildlife and safari parks (1) Apply Zoos wildlife and safari parks filter
  • Vineyards and wine tasting (1) Apply Vineyards and wine tasting filter
  • Castles and Historic Properties (5) Apply Castles and Historic Properties filter
  • Industrial Maritime And Transport (2) Apply Industrial Maritime And Transport filter
  • Military history (1) Apply Military history filter
  • Shopping and fashion (1) Apply Shopping and fashion filter
  • Picturesque places (2) Apply Picturesque places filter
  • Spring (3) Apply Spring filter
  • Summer (15) Apply Summer filter
  • Winter (1) Apply Winter filter

essex county tourist attractions

Gold winner: Piglets Boutique B&B

Escape the rat race at this upmarket bolthole with its own sauna and gin library – winner of the Bed & Breakfast and Guesthouse of the Year Award 2023.

essex county tourist attractions

All aboard heritage steam trains at the Epping Ongar Railway

Pay a visit to Epping Ongar Railway, and ride on running steam and diesel engines between period stations, through countryside and forest.

Location: Chipping Ongar, Essex

essex county tourist attractions

Enjoy the ultimate shopping experience in Colchester

Discover easy and interesting shopping in Colchester; with its great mix of big name stores and specialist shops, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Location: Colchester, Essex

essex county tourist attractions

Take a guided walking tour and discover the real Colchester

Britain’s oldest recorded town has a raft of different tours exploring different aspects of the town’s history, all hugely enjoyable too.

essex county tourist attractions

See breathtaking vistas at Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens

Explore these breathtaking and inspirational gardens created by 10-time Chelsea Gold Medal Winner and Gardening Author, Beth Chatto OBE.

essex county tourist attractions

Unleash your inner explorer at Hatfield Forest

No other venue provides a better backdrop for young budding explorers than Hatfield Forest.

Location: Takeley, Essex

essex county tourist attractions

Experience Victorian family life at Audley End House and Gardens

Experience a real life period drama as you explore life above and below stairs at this decadent mansion.

Location: Saffron Walden, Essex

essex county tourist attractions

Visit the oldest recorded battlefield in Britain

Viking raiders used Northey Island as a base during the Battle of Maldon in AD991. Today it’s a lot more tranquil...

Location: Northey Island, Essex

essex county tourist attractions

Be King or Queen of the Castle at Hylands Park

Whether it’s a short stroll or a long walk there are many routes to choose from at 574-acre Hylands Park.

Location: Chelmsford, Essex

essex county tourist attractions

Discover a new visitor experience at Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle is the biggest Norman keep in Britain, in fact, it’s the biggest ever built by the Normans anywhere in Europe.

essex county tourist attractions

Visit the dramatic landscape that inspired John Constable

Follow in the footsteps of John Constable and explore Dedham Vale and Stour Valley an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Location: Dedham, Colchester

essex county tourist attractions

Sample a selection of wines at Dedham Vale Vineyard

Dedham Vale Vineyard is a great place to experience wine tasting whilst enjoying the pristine rolling English countryside.

Location: Boxted near Colchester, Essex

essex county tourist attractions

Take a seaside break 50s style

Discover this iconic English seaside resort that people have been holidaying at since 1871 when the barrel organs on the pier first whirred into action.

Location: Clacton on Sea, Essex

essex county tourist attractions

Audley End House

An atmospheric portrait of daily life in Victorian times.

essex county tourist attractions

Harwich Maritime Heritage Trail

Take a voyage of discovery around the old port of Harwich and discover a wealth of maritime history.

Location: Harwich, Essex

essex county tourist attractions

Seal watching in Arthur Ransome’s ‘Secret Water’

Explore Walton’s ‘Secret Water’, the setting for Arthur Ransome’s ‘Swallows and Amazons’ book.

Location: Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex

essex county tourist attractions

Trot over to meet Redwings Horse Sanctuary's rescued residents

Come nose to nose with some of Redwings Horse Sanctuary's most delightful residents at Redwings Ada Cole Rescue Centre in Essex.

Location: Nazeing, Essex

essex county tourist attractions

Treat your partner to an unforgettable date at Colchester Zoo

Treat your loved one to a Perfect Partner experience at Colchester Zoo to celebrate a landmark birthday, anniversary or even to propose marriage…

essex county tourist attractions

Have a close encounter with Daleks and medieval peasants in Essex

Choose to travel back in time to medieval England in 1066, the toys of your childhood or even WWII (though chances are you’ll want to do all three).

Location: Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

essex county tourist attractions

Find a little piece of heaven on earth in Colchester

Green Island Gardens features stunning gardens professionally designed by Fiona Edmond and set within woodland destroyed by the 1987 hurricane.

essex county tourist attractions

Climb, jump and crawl at Wild Forest Gym

Check out the UK’s 1st Obstacle Training Centre and Natural Movement Gymnasium for adults and children aged 7+.

Location: Brentwood, Essex

Related Items

essex county tourist attractions

Visit grand stately homes, English seaside resorts, diverse British wildlife, and a vast network of waterways. There are attractions for all the family in Norfolk.

essex county tourist attractions

Visit Suffolk to see swanky coastal towns, landscapes straight from Constable and Gainsborough, and the home of the old Kings of East Anglia. Suffolk is quintessentially English.

We've something we want to share

Want to receive travel tips and ideas by email?

VisitEngland would like to invite you to take part in a short survey about our website, it should take no more than a couple of minutes.

Go to the survey

To add items to favourites …

… you need to be logged in.

If you already have an account, log in.

Or register a new account

Access your account

  • Entertainment Festivals Family Friendly Gaming Shopping LGBTQ+ 🏳️‍🌈 Live Show Venues Nightlife
  • Outdoor Adventure Cycling Birding On the Water Golf Tours Parks & Trails Camping Fishing
  • Arts & Culture Art Galleries Public Art Performing Arts Heritage Sites & Museums Our History
  • Dine Food & Drink Restaurants Farm to Table Tours Wineries Breweries & Distilleries Coffee Culture
  • Stay Where to Stay Hotels Motels Bed & Breakfasts Campgrounds Cottages & Short Term Stay
  • Experiences
  • Blog Maps & Guides Getting Here

CROSSROADS Historical Guide

essex county tourist attractions


Step out of the present day and enter the past with the crossroads historical guide..

Windsor Essex has a rich and storied history. To fully appreciate what makes us so unique today, we need to immerse ourselves in our past. A past which encompasses our Indigenous roots, agricultural pioneers, French settlers, our role in the War of 1812 and place along the Underground Railroad, alongside the innovators and trailblazers behind the birthplace of the Canadian automobile and whisky. The Crossroads Historical Guide will shed light and provide an informative context to the settlements and advances that have played an integral role in shaping who we are.

REGISTER TODAY for your free digital CROSSROADS pass below to explore the historical significance of Windsor Essex. 

  • Register for your free pass by clicking the button below
  • Bring together past and present by visiting stops featured in the passport, and discover the rich history of our area.
  • Check in as you explore!

essex county tourist attractions


War of 1812, prohibition, agriculture & french history, black history, register for your pass, explore select sites.

essex county tourist attractions


Blogs: How To Experience Our Past

essex county tourist attractions

Remembering & Honouring: Black History In Windsor Essex

essex county tourist attractions

County Sights & City Lights: Windsor Essex Family Road Trip

essex county tourist attractions

Picture Perfect Sunsets: The Top Things To Do On Pelee Island

essex county tourist attractions

Best Things to Do in Windsor Ontario: Ultimate Weekend Getaway

essex county tourist attractions

Lost In Ontario: Black History In Windsor Essex

Itineraries: visit the places that tell our story.

essex county tourist attractions

Arts & Culture

History & Heritage: Black History in Windsor Essex

essex county tourist attractions

Historical Sites & Delicious Bites

essex county tourist attractions

Culture & Traditions: Indigenous History in Windsor Essex


Share with us on Instagram as you explore the Crossroads locations across Windsor Essex – tag @twepi and use #crossroadsyqg to be featured on our page!

We acknowledge that we are on land and surrounded by water, originally inhabited by Indigenous Peoples who have travelled this area since time immemorial.  This territory is within the lands honoured by the Wampum Treaties; agreements between the Anishinaabe  , Haudenosaunee , Lenni Lenape  and allied Nations to peacefully share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.  Specifically, we would like to acknowledge the presence of the Three Fires Confederacy (Ojibwe , Odawa , Potawatomi)  and Huron/Wendat Peoples.  We are dedicated to honouring Indigenous history and culture while remaining committed to moving forward respectfully with all First Nations, Inuit and Métis.

Instagram Follow+

essex county tourist attractions

Discover incredible outdoor art all across Windsor Essex! See a variety of different murals from artists including @enjoydenial #YQG #WindsorEssex #DiscoverON #DiscoverYQG #DiscoverCanada #OntSouthwest 📷 @enjoydenial ...

Explore the streetscapes of Downtown @VisitAmherstburg! Explore the local boutique shops, rich history and stunning water views! The town is deemed as one of the oldest in Southwest Ontario #YQG #WindsorEssex #DiscoverON #DiscoverYQG #DiscoverCanada #OntSouthwest

Explore the streetscapes of Downtown @VisitAmherstburg! Explore the local boutique shops, rich history and stunning water views! The town is deemed as one of the oldest in Southwest Ontario #YQG #WindsorEssex #DiscoverON #DiscoverYQG #DiscoverCanada #OntSouthwest ...

Today the @citywindsoron celebrates the NFL Draft! Join us through 6pm at City Hall - then until 11pm on Ouellette Ave in @downtownwindsor. Details -> visitwindsoressex.com/nfldraft. And it’s all FREE!

Today the @citywindsoron celebrates the NFL Draft! Join us through 6pm at City Hall - then until 11pm on Ouellette Ave in @downtownwindsor. Details -> visitwindsoressex.com/nfldraft. And it’s all FREE! ...

essex county tourist attractions


Essex County

Lakeplacid.com , adirondackhub.com , lakechamplain.com , whiteface.com, roost efforts in supporting essex county.

As the accredited Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) [view Corporate milestones on the home page for more information] for Essex County, ROOST is responsible for promoting Lake Placid and the High Peaks, the Adirondack Hub (formerly the Schroon Lake Region), the Whiteface Region, and the Lake Champlain region to the traveling public. 

We do this with staff dedicated to both leisure and conference marketing and sales, and by supporting the business associations who provide services to the region’s businesses.


In addition to operating a visitors center on Main Street in Lake Placid and at the Lake Champlain bridge, ROOST hosts, manages, maintains, develops content, performs search engine optimization, and executes paid campaigns for the following destination websites, lakeplacid.com , whitefaceregion.com , adirondackhub.com , lakechamplainregion.com . 

The communications team hosts travel writers to secure editorial coverage and maintain several social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Pinterest boards.


The sales strategy for the Conference Center at Lake Placid is conducted cooperatively by the Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism (ROOST) and the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA). The strategy includes attracting a combination of regional day business, and multi-day, town-wide conferences, which are typically booked up to four years in advance. 

Our office also maintains the meetings website: MeetingsLakePlacid.com

Ticonderoga and  the Wilmington Region/Jay has completed a Tourism Destination Area workbooks (TDA) in conjunction with our staff. Whilst, Keene/Elizabethtown/Lewis, Newcomb/North Hudson/Minerva, Essex/Westport/Willsboro/Chesterfield, and Schroon Lake are currently undergoing the process of creating a Tourism Destination Area Workbook. Destination Management is currently active in Lake Placid.

Support of Business Associations

Although ROOST has evolved away from Chamber of Commerce-like activities, (see Corporate Milestones on the Home Page ) we still support local business efforts:

Lake Placid Business Association  

Keene valley business association, lake placid/north elba community development board  , funding streams.

Tourism initiatives for Essex County is funded through a variety of resources:

  • Essex County Occupancy Tax (no more than 95%)
  • Business participation in marketing initiatives
  • I Love NY Matching Funds ($102,801 in 2020)
  • Commissions on Convention Sales


Town of north elba contract, hotel tax law, ironman contract, how to promote your business.

Businesses in Lake Placid and Essex County can take advantage of the following opportunities:

  • Enhanced photo listings on lakeplacid.com – LakePlacid.com received 883,862 unique visitors in 2013
  • Sponsorship of quarterly contests on lakeplacid.com
  • Lodging establishments have access to our FREE reservation system on lakeplacid.com
  • Lodging Packages & promotions on lakeplacid.com
  • Weekly ‘Adirondacks, USA’ E-Blast sponsorship.
  • Take your business ‘for a spin’ on adirondacksusa.com
  • Opportunities to host travel writers
  • Brochure display in the Lake Placid Visitors Center

for more information visit our Marketing Opportunities Page or contact [email protected] , 518.523.2445 x 115.

Business Resources

If you’re in business in the area or would like to start a business, finding the resources to assist you in the Adirondacks can be complex. We’ve provided a variety of links below that may help in funding and marketing:


Consumer journey to online purchase, travelers road to decision, conference center convention calendar, consumer buying cycle, essex county i.d.a., adirondack park recreational strategy, lake placid brand tool kit files:.

  • Tool Kit Ideas
  • Colored Logo
  • Black and White Logo

Check out the weekly “what to do” event highlights!

essex county tourist attractions


  1. What to See in Vermont at Essex County

    essex county tourist attractions

  2. Top 15 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Essex

    essex county tourist attractions

  3. Things To Do In Essex

    essex county tourist attractions

  4. 8 Of The Best Places To Visit In Essex

    essex county tourist attractions

  5. 9 Great Places to Visit in Essex for a Fun Day Out

    essex county tourist attractions

  6. 15 Best Places to Visit in Essex

    essex county tourist attractions


  1. Around Mistley & Manningtree

  2. Essex v Ireland: Tourist Match Live Stream (Day 3)

  3. Explore Edinburgh: The Ultimate Top 10 Guide🇬🇧🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  4. Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve

  5. Essex v Ireland: Tourist Match Live Stream (Day 3)

  6. Tourist Development Council


  1. Essex County

    Pelee Island. Canada's southernmost destination is a favourite for outdoor enthusiasts. If slowing down is on the agenda, Pelee Island is for you. Relax on pristine beaches, take a leisurely bike ride around the island or explore trails with natural wonders. Take in stunning sunrises and sunsets with panoramic views of Lake Erie.

  2. Essex Tourist Guide

    Today's featured businesses and attractions on the Essex Tourist Guide. Hylands House and Estate. Chelmsford. 01245 605500. Historic Buildings & Monuments. 5 / 5. The George Hotel. Colchester. 01206 578494.

  3. All Top Attractions in NJ in Essex County

    Twilight Tours of the gardens! Greenwood Gardens regularly host tours of the grounds at twilight. It's a magical and beautiful setting where you can enjoy a guided walk and wine and cheese on the East Terrace. Snacks start at 6 p.m. and the walk begins at 6:45 p.m. until 7:30.

  4. 50 things to do in Windsor and Essex County before you die

    50 things to do in Windsor and Essex County before you die: Drive out to Texas Road on Halloween or Devil's Night and go for a walk in the dark, if you dare. Eat renowned Windsor pizza from any ...

  5. Home

    Tourism Windsor Essex Staycation Expo. Friday, April 26 to Saturday, April 27. Windsor Express vs. West Virginia Grind. Friday, April 26, 7:00 pm. Windsor Comedy Show featuring Jared Nathan from 'Kill Tony' Friday, April 26, 7:00 pm. An Intimate Evening with Godsmack at Caesars Windsor. Friday, April 26, 8:00 pm

  6. Essex National Heritage Area

    The Essex National Heritage Area consists of the 34 cities and towns that makes up Essex County, located on the North Shore and Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts. These cities and towns offer their own unique landscapes, history, and opportunities for exploration. Bakers Island Light Station is located on Bakers Island off the coast of Salem ...

  7. Essex Coastal Scenic Byway

    The Essex National Heritage Area is a federally designated region that encompasses the geographic area of Essex County, Massachusetts. Cities and Towns; Get to know the 34 cities and towns of Essex County, MA. ... for a comprehensive management plan that is guiding community and regional leaders in their efforts to implement tourism-based ...

  8. Essex Tourism

    Tourism Essex is the official tourism website for the Town of Essex and its communities: Colchester Centre, Essex Centre, Harrow Centre and McGregor Centre. We invite you to visit us regularly to find out what's happening in Essex. Get Directions. Homepage for the Tourism Essex website, explore the towns in Southern Ontario.

  9. Discovering Beautiful Essex County

    Irene Matys | July 2022. If you haven't visited Essex County, you truly are missing out.Located in Southwestern Ontario just a short drive from Toronto, it is surrounded by three body of waters- Lake Erie to the south, the Detroit River to the west and Lake St. Clair to the north. Essex is Ontario's warmest county with world class fresh water beaches and at the southernmost point of ...

  10. Incredibly Fun Things to Do in Windsor Ontario & Essex County

    HOW TO GET TO WINDSOR & ESSEX COUNTY. Windsor and Essex County makes a great getaway from a number of locations. You've got options whether you're looking to road trip it, take the train, bus it or even fly! The 401 directly connects Toronto to Windsor for a 4-hour drive, making it a great weekend adventure.

  11. Best Things To Do in Essex

    Head down to the servants' quarters, where costumed characters will help you imagine life here in its Victorian heyday. Don't forget to pay a visit to the stable yard either, where you can ...

  12. Visit Us

    We are blessed with wineries, distilleries and dozens of historic tourist attractions. From Point Pelee National Park to Holiday Beach Conservation Area to the wineries along historic County Road 50, Essex County is a top notch tourism destination with attractions for kids, families and adults looking to get away from it all.

  13. Visit Windsor

    W.E. have it all in Windsor Essex! A diverse, yet highly inclusive destination, here your time is well spent, as you explore an abundance of opportunities in Canada's southernmost region. A region which is brimming with breathtaking views and charming districts meant to captivate you as you adventure by pedal, by paddle, by car or by foot.

  14. Things to Do & Places to Visit in Essex

    A day trip in Essex needn't cost a fortune! Enjoy a priceless day out in Essex with these suggestions of things to do for free. Danbury Country Park. Chelmsford. 01245 222350. Country Parks. Maldon & Heybridge Heritage Harbour. Maldon. History & Heritage.

  15. 25 places in Essex you need to visit in your lifetime

    Essex Outdoors. Essex Outdoors (Image: Visit Essex) From zip wires to sailing, and from climbing to archery, there is a range of fun activities for the whole family at Essex Outdoors. ... This is by far one of the most unique and eye-catching tourist attractions in the county. Grayson Perry's 'A House for Essex' Face on wide shot of the House ...

  16. THE 10 BEST Things to Do in Essex

    1. Colchester Zoo. 6,504. Zoos. Colchester Zoo is constantly developing and has won many awards for its work. With over 155 species to see, set in 60 acres of beautiful parkland and lakes, Colchester Zoo is well worth a visit. As you walk around the zoo, there's plenty to see and do, from exploring the African plains at Kingdom of the Wild and ...

  17. Attractions in Essex

    Saffron Walden. Steam & Miniature Railway Attractions in Essex. Brightlingsea Museum. Brightlingsea. Museums in Essex. Great Notley Country Park. Braintree. Country Parks. Prittlewell Priory.

  18. Tourism

    2023 Pelee Brochure. Tourism on Pelee Island From historical sites to shops, nature walks, and night life, Pelee Island provides visitors with a myriad of opportunities. Whether taking a bike ride, going for a swim, browsing through the local shops or indulging in the food and drink that the Island has to offer, Pelee Island can satisfy your.

  19. Best Things to Do in Essex County, NJ

    Here's a list of the top nine things to do in Essex County, NJ. Newark Museum. The Newark Museum is the largest museum in New Jersey. Enjoy unforgettable experiences in the arts and natural ...

  20. Places to visit in Essex

    Location: Brentwood, Essex. Looking for things to do in London? Visit the exquisite patchwork of boroughs for a metropolis of music, art, theatre, food, shopping and much more. Weekend breaks in Essex come with picture-perfect countryside and plenty of outdoor activities. Start planning your short break in Essex at VisitEngland.

  21. CROSSROADS Historical Guide

    The Crossroads Historical Guide will shed light and provide an informative context to the settlements and advances that have played an integral role in shaping who we are. REGISTER TODAY for your free digital CROSSROADS pass below to explore the historical significance of Windsor Essex. Bring together past and present by visiting stops featured ...

  22. Recreation and Culture

    Recreation and Culture. The world-famous, picturesque mountain village of Lake Placid, nestled in the scenic High Peaks of the Adirondacks and the shores of Mirror Lake, is the proud site of legendary performances in two Winter Olympics. The Lake Placid / Wilmington region offers year-round activities at Whiteface Mountain and other Olympic venues.

  23. Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism

    Businesses in Lake Placid and Essex County can take advantage of the following opportunities: Enhanced photo listings on lakeplacid.com - LakePlacid.com received 883,862 unique visitors in 2013; Sponsorship of quarterly contests on lakeplacid.com; Lodging establishments have access to our FREE reservation system on lakeplacid.com