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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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Montville, Connecticut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

If you are coming to the area, you must see the bridge. It is a Mystic must see. When the bridge is up, the traffic, especially in the summer, gets very backed up though.

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New Rochelle, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

It's worth getting stuck in traffic to watch this bridge go up and down, and even better to stand on at night eating ice cream from the Mystic Ice Cream & Sweet Shop watching the fish chase each other. Downtown Mystic is a charming little town with a wonderful bookstore and my favorite store this trip, The Spice and Tea... More

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Stonington, Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This bridge is truly beautiful and that is coming from a "local" who has been stuck in traffic too many times to count as a result of it going up. I mean really, take a moment from texting and enjoy the show.

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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

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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79 reviews 79 reviews
26 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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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456 reviews 456 reviews
158 attraction reviews
263 helpful votes 263 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
9 helpful votes 9 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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120 reviews 120 reviews
53 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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