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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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Dover, New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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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Agawam, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Got to the bridge just in time for it to open and allow boats through. Managed to have an almost front row seat.

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Cornwall
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 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

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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

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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61 reviews 61 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

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

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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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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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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