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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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Drawbridge in action

We were lucky to be able to see the drawbridge in action, and marvel at the engineering required to make it work so smoothly.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were lucky to be able to see the drawbridge in action, and marvel at the engineering required to make it work so smoothly.

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Natick, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The bridge is a classic. We visit it every time we go to Mystic. During the warm season, the bridge is raised at 40 minutes past each hour if one or more boats are waiting to come through, which is usually a given. It's great to sit on a bench by the water and watch traffic stop and the bridge... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I am interested in neat bridges. This one ranks right up there. Cute town and bridge goes up every hour so you are sure to see it. Great photo opp.

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Thank Stacey P
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This bridge is the centerpiece of Mystic...a terrific example of a counterweighted drawbridge...each time the bells started going off, we stopped what we were doing and watched it go up and down...I honestly could have sat and watched it for hours more...simply a beautiful piece of engineering...

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

During the summer, the bridge goes up every 45 minutes (hope I'm not mistaken) and while you wait to go down again, you can admire the beautiful boats that pass by. The bridge is close to the level of the water and it is one of the landmarks of Mystic CT.

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Thank Claudia C
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Observing from one side or the other it is fascinating when the bridge needs to open. First of course is the whistle to warn you that the bridge will be opening. Then the bells as the gates, both car and pedistrian come down. Then, every so slowly, the bridge rises. Our view was from the Oster Club restaurant patio. It... More 

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A unique bridge- very cool to watch it go up and down, Definitely take a walk over it if you get a chance. Especially since downtown in Mystic is very quaint. I've never seen a bridge like this before so worth investigating with a stroll.

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Sevierville, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I grew up spending my summers in Charlevoix, Michigan. Downtown Charlevoix has a drawbridge that connects Round Lake and Lake Charlevoix with Lake Michigan. The coast guard docks in Round Lake. The Beaver Islander docks in Round Lake. And fleets of amazing sailboats, tall ships and yachts dock in round lake. The cool thing is watching the drawbridge open and... More 

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Greenport, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Very active Bridge on Mystic's Main Street. Water clearance only 3 to 4 Feet. Very Interesting piece of History and Engineering

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This marks the center of the tourist district so it's a good spot for meeting friends. If you don't live near a waterway with drawbridges, this will be fun for you little kids. Otherwise, it's just another drawbridge.

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