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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 11 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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Wilmington, Delaware, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Lafayette, Louisiana
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We loved crossing the drawbridge and going into the historic area of Mystic. Parking can be a challenge, but we got a hint that if you park BEFORE you get on the drawbridge, you can find parking spaces easier than across the bridge. It's a pretty walk across the bridge and into an area filled with cute shops, restaurants. Take... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

The bridge goes up 20 minutes before the hour during the season. It was actually fun to watch. Traffic does get screwed up so make sure you are where you are going! The town is quaint and cute.

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Devon, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
41 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Parking was a nightmare as town so busy but was well worth it to watch the bridge in action and to watch 2 large vessels pass through. Also a bonus if you buy a ice cream in the nearby parlour and sit on the balcony to watch, Clever piece of engineering

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Birmingham, AL
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89 reviews 89 reviews
30 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We drove across the bridge and then got out to take pictures. Cute shops in the area. Nice little town.

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South Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

most times it opens is 20 to the hour. Try to be in the area when this happens. I think the best place to view it is from the Groton (west) side of the inlet.

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Farmington, Connecticut
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

20 of the hour is when it goes up. I think it quits at the end of October. Wonderful to see and Mystic and the boardwalk are so walkable!

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Montville, Connecticut
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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