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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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Cornwall
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

This bridge is the heart and soul of Mystic. It draws a crowd everytime it is raised, about every hour and you can feel the electricity in anticipation! All you engineers will love it!

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

If you're in Mystic during the summer, particularly a weekend, you're likely to see the drawbridge be pulled up several times an hour. A great spot for a photo is the boardwalk just to the south of the bridge - the sun will usually be at your back providing perfect light.

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Mineola, New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Every 40 minutes a fog horn sounds and this engineering marvel swings into action. To see a huge bridge move quickly and smoothly is truly amazing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

The bridge is not beg but the view is interesting. Downtown area is fun to walk with interesting stores. We were lucky we saw bridge draw not sure if there is a way to find a schedule.

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Waretown, New Jersey
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32 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

After getting something to eat on a beautiful August morning, we decided to take a walk down the main street up into the steep hills of Mystic. When we read that this bridge was one of the top tourist attractions, I admit that I just didn't get its popularity! However, we had a great walk, met some nice people, ate... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

Don't get me wrong, it's a nice, little bridge, but it's not exactly one of a kind. It was fun to watch the bridge go up (unless you were driving - traffic can stop for more than a quarter of a mile each way), and many people gather to watch it, but if you're in Mystic on Main St. (and... More

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Medford, New Jersey
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11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Of course if you are in town, you can't miss it! Great old bridge worth waiting for to open. You don't see these every day.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We saw the bridge go up many times while we were there, both from the River's edge and from the water. As many times as you see it and hear it- the horn is always startling! : ). Hard to believe that not that long ago the bridge was raised manually by 6 men turning a wheel.

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Preston, United Kingdom
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Great to see this in action whilst wandering around Mystic. Built in 1922 it is an integral part of Mystic Harbour. Some may say it's only a bridge!

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Reidsville, North Carolina
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12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I have never seen a bridge like this and it was amazing to watch. I have always enjoyed seeing the different types of bridges that open for boats to pass through and this is now at the top of my list. I can't begin to imagine how they came up with the idea of the weights to raise it and... More

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