Discover the Possibilities of Life in and Around the Town of Essex, CT


Just minutes from the shoreline and Old Saybrook Station, Essex Meadows connects you to everything you love. Whether you’re seeking tranquility or enriching activities, opportunities to enjoy nature or to explore all Essex, CT, has to offer, our carefree lifestyle makes it simple to embrace the possibilities of each day.

No matter your passions or hobbies, Essex, CT, offers something for everyone. Explore the great outdoors, enjoy cultural attractions, events and performances, embrace your inner scholar and learn something new, or simply dine and shop. Everything is waiting here for you.

The Great Outdoors

Essex Meadows puts older adults in the very heart of nature. In fact, our 104 acres of beautiful natural grounds abut a 1,000-acre coastal forest and wildlife refuge called The Preserve. Walk the trails, catch sight of the bountiful flora and fauna, and enjoy the beauty that surrounds our community.

Beyond our campus, opportunities to enjoy nature abound.

Cast your line at Clark’s Pond, which is only 9 minutes away from Essex Meadows. Hike the various trails in the surrounding area. Looking for something a little further away? The Connecticut Shore is only 20 minutes away, where you’ll find a plethora of beaches, including Harvey’s Beach, Hammonasset Beach, and Rocky Neck State Park Bathing Beach.

Cultural Events and Performing Arts

For seniors with a penchant for the arts and culture, Essex is a wonderful place to be.

Ivoryton Playhouse hosts award-winning performances in a historic setting. Catch a performance or audition yourself.

Witness the hubbub of Burning of the Ships Day. On April 7, 1814, during the War of 1812, British troops attacked Essex and destroyed 27 privately owned American warships that preyed upon British merchant ships. The event signified one of the greatest financial losses of the war. This event commemorates this moment in history and Essex’s role in the War of 1812

You can also catch the many parades, summer concerts and festivals, or clubs.

  • The Lions Club
  • Essex Garden Club
  • Essex Rotary Club
  • Essex Historical Society

Lifelong Learning

There are opportunities to learn around every corner of Essex and our greater community.

Delve into the maritime history of the region at the Connecticut River Museum. From artifacts dating back to the War of 1812 to exhibits celebrating the town’s connection to the Long Island Sound, this museum offers a captivating glimpse into Essex’s seafaring past.

Experience the beauty of the Connecticut River Valley aboard the Essex Steam Train & Riverboat. Seniors can relish the views as the train winds through picturesque landscapes before embarking on a leisurely riverboat cruise, providing an immersive connection with the stunning surroundings.

Visit the Florence Griswold Museum, Cooper & Smith Gallery, and Essex Historical Society for a look into the arts and history of Essex and beyond.

Ready to enjoy an array of fascinating seminars? We work with many community institutions, such as Wesleyan University, the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council, and Yale University, so you can do just that.

Delicious Dining

Our location makes it easy to savor a range of dining options.

Indulge in a culinary journey at The Griswold Inn, an establishment with a history dating back to the early 18th century. Enjoy delectable cuisine while enjoying live music, creating an ambiance that seamlessly blends with the town’s historic charm.

You can also delight in dishes from:

  • Olive Oyl’s Carry Out Cuisine
  • The Black Seal
  • Siren Kitchen & Bar
  • Scotch Plains Tavern
  • Privateers Pizza and Provisions
  • Porky Pete’s BBQ
  • Noah’s at 63 Main


Is shopping more your speed?

Take leisurely strolls through Essex Village, where you’ll discover local crafts, find historic shops, and bask in the charm of this beautiful town. Visit the many art galleries, boutiques and antique shops in the area. As the weather warms, enjoy one of the area’s many farmer’s markets. The possibilities are endless.

Experience All There Is To Love About Essex Meadows

To learn more about our community, located in Essex, CT, our amenities, services and lifestyle, contact our team today.