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Mystic River Bascule Bridge

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Address: U.S. Route 1 over Mystic River, Groton - Stonington, Mystic, CT 06355

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This is an amazing bridge with fabulous views of the harbor. Makes walking to the downtown shopping district a breeze. Parking is at a premium so go early in the morning to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Jan B
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Olathe, Kansas
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New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is just a drawbridge. Maybe I missed something but I do not really see this as a tourist attraction. Mystic seems to be stretching to give tourists more to see.

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Olathe, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is an amazing bridge with fabulous views of the harbor. Makes walking to the downtown shopping district a breeze. Parking is at a premium so go early in the morning to enjoy a stressful visit to Mystic.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

You don't see many bridges that have very large blocks of concrete to counter balance the rising and lowering when boats pass by. Lots of waiting even at night because the boat traffic is heavy

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Thank Steve S
Minersville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We watched the bridge being raised and it was amazing how they are able to lift it straight up into the air. It is a metal grated bridge that they use huge counter weights to help lift the bridge so the high boats can go up the river to the mystic seaport and points farther north

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Thank Nancy R
Rochdale, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In the centre of Mystic is the road bridge that between April 1st and October 31st opens everyday 40 minutes after the hour. The weight of the bridge is balanced exactly by 2 large concrete weights, so the bridge operator has only a small generator to operate its opening. It was constructed in 1922 and still works efficiently every day.... More 

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Thank David M
Barrie, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The seaside town of Mystic is full of charm, lots of small shops and one of the coolest draw bridges ever. The bridge does not break in the middle as most do but rather tilts all from one side. The counterweight is huge and you get to walk under it! Even better if you get to see it in action.

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Thank Berniejank
washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a remarkable bridge, worth the trip to walk across. great view. Interesting shops all around. Good places to eat on all sides, The only problem is parking. I do not have an answer. Park where you can and walk.

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Thank William S
Macon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very old but sturdy. Full of history. An iconic symbol of the past. This is one bridge I am not afraid to cross on foot. We even stop to take selfies in the middle.

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Thank Elizabeth G
Northampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The bridge is a unique feature of downtown Mystic. (Maybe not so much fun if you're stuck in traffic while it's up!). But pull up a window seat at a local restaurant and watch the tony boats pass under the bridge. Very cool. My son loved it when he was little

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Thank Localgirl0330
Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nothing else like it. 1920's bascule bridge that certainly attracts many cameras. Iv'e yet to see anything like it. Went through a major rehab a couple of years ago and is still a great bridge !!

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