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Mystic River Bascule Bridge

Address: U.S. Route 1 over Mystic River, Groton - Stonington, Mystic, CT 06355
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Ranked #3 of 8 Attractions in Mystic
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bridges, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Bridges, Sights & Landmarks

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Central New Jersey
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141 reviews 141 reviews
52 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This bridge is interesting as you can be up close and personal with it during its operation. The span is close to the water - you get to see both the ship passing through and the bridge itself from either end of the dozen. The cantilever action is cool on a structure this large - considering it was built in... More 

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New City, New York
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18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

During my visit and walk in Mystic, I was ecstatic to hear the bridge warning bell sound and ran out of the store I was in to observe the bridge in action. This is an old bridge and took 13 years to fix up and have it running up to par. The bells sound to alert all that the bridge... More 

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Westchester County
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231 reviews 231 reviews
64 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Fans of non-stationary bridges should come out to see the Dr. Seuss-ian design of this drawbridge. Come out in the summer when it operates on a regular cycle so you don't have to wait for a sailboat to come down the Mystic on it's way to the sound. However, one imagines it snarls traffic fiercely during the season. In short,... More 

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North Tonawanda, NY
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122 reviews 122 reviews
12 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I might not be so charmed with this bridge during the height of the summer season's crowded streets and waterways, but this working drawbridge in the middle of a bustling town and seaport is usually down when I need to use it, the summer schedule of openings is well-publicized, and so it is possible to drive around it if you... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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59 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 via mobile

A visit in mystic is unique by all means. There is a lot to do in the city and surroundings which I will write about in a different item. I do like to share the experience of being on this particular bridge in a the late afternoon. Standing on the bridge allows you to look at the Banks of the... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

A very old bridge that still operates as it did in the early 60's. Interesting area. On my last visit an aging artist retired airline pilot gave me a tour of his art work and the schooner the art was displayed in. Could happen no where else.

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Wood Ridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Use this bridge to either walk or drive into the town of Mystic. This bridge leads you up through the main where there are shops and the famous Mystic Pizza Restaurant. This is where the movie Mystic Pizza was shot with Julia Roberts. The pizza was very good. A lot of history in this area of town .

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Miami, Florida
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73 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I understand that there is not another one like it. We saw it go up and it was extremely quiet. It also comes down very quietly. The draw bridge is not divided. The whole road goes up at an angle.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Mystic is a small but very charming city. You should take a walk around. The bridge is nice but not spectacular. It connects the wharf to the most commercial and busy area.

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Wilmington, Delaware, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We drove over this bridge and sailed under it several times. This is NOT a drawbridge, but a bascule bridge, weighted at one end by tons of concrete. Automobile traffic stops when ships are ready to sail on the Mystic River, and almost everyone gets out of their cars to take pictures, So do the people on the water.

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