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Mystic River Bascule Bridge

U.S. Route 1 over Mystic River, Groton - Stonington, Mystic, CT 06355
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Ranked #3 of 12 Attractions in Mystic
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bridges
Traveler Description: The Bascule bridge is a small wonder of the world. While you will find it interesting just to walk across it to the many shops and resturants on... more »
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Murrieta, CA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
27 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Cool bridge in a cute town. During the summer months, the bridge rises on the 40th minute of every hour. Worth walking across it and watching it rise and lower. The counter weights are huge!

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Hopewell Junction, New York
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78 reviews 78 reviews
26 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I’ve been on drawbridges before but nothing like this. Watching the counterweight swing and the bridge go up was worth the walk from mystic pizza.

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Mts of western NC
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432 reviews 432 reviews
147 attraction reviews
238 helpful votes 238 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Easy to find as it is located right in the center of the Mystic tourist hub. It is certainly worth stopping for to see up close. A very unique bridge. Great place to take photos of the waterways on both sides. A short walk from Mystic Pizza if you happen to eat there while on vacation. An easy stroll past... More

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New Durham, New Hampshire
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

The bells ring, the gates go down and up goes the street. Not your everyday drawbridge, but a bascule bridge that is cantaleveored with huge cement blocks. It only takes about 5 minutes or so depending on the boat traffic waiting to go up or down river. There is a waterfront park along the east side of the river with... More

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Clinton
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

If in Mystic you need to go downtown to see the bridge in operation. Once an hour the bridge lifts up the road to allow bigger boats to get into the bay. This is well worth a look, ice cram shop, restaurants and a free park with a clean rest room is right there. Fishing is allowed also.

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Western Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

From the twenties construction right out of the Wild wild west styling. Home made ice cream near by made for a nice end to the short boardwalk, during the taste there was quite a lot of teens and seniors to mix it up a bit.

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Norwalk, CT
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48 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Obviously this bridge is a must see, but I'm going to say what I said about the East Haddam Bridge: It's a bridge and there's nothing much to see. Kids enjoyed it, though, so we always stop by when getting ice cream.

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New York City, New York
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I loved watching the traffic obey the "turn off your engine while waiting" rule - very refreshing, as it was quite a long wait from bridge up to bridge down. So lovely to see it functioning, and the locals and tourists all stop together to watch it.

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New Providence, New Jersey
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189 reviews 189 reviews
84 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Unique drawbridge that seems to have everyone stand in awe...it works. Not too often you get such an up close look at a draw bridge. This bridge is pretty cool to look at. I witnessed people just looking up in awe...I was not one of them.....although, my kids were. The counterweight system and the appearance in general added to its... More

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Dover, New Hampshire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The bridge itself was a very neat site to see! Watching it raise was entertaining and walking across it to the small shops was an experience. We saw it raise one evening and as we walked over it after there were a bunch of fish down below feeding on the incoming tide.

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