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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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Crossed over on way out of town before a snow storm that day!

More pleasant to visit in Spring, Summer or Fall. Enjoy shopping or sitting on benches in Park along riverside south of the bridge. Watch it open to let sailboats & yachts pass... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

More pleasant to visit in Spring, Summer or Fall. Enjoy shopping or sitting on benches in Park along riverside south of the bridge. Watch it open to let sailboats & yachts pass through on the hour.

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An interesting piece of engineering. There is a riverfront walk alongside this bridge which is also nice. The shops and restaurants in downtown Mystic, while primarily pricey, are varied and unique.

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Mystic, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the oldest bascule bridges in the country. Adds some additional charm to downtown Mystic. There are no tours, but obviously you can walk across it. Great view of the water while on it.

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Caerwent, Wales
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What can you say about a Bascule Bridge? Well periodically it goes up then down. It is pretty cool though and worth checking out if you are in Mystic.

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Etten-Leur, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a small park where you can park your car easily and walk trough the park to (and over) the bridge. There are some nice small shops nearby the bridge itself.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

This is an unusual and small bridge that is fun to watch when tall ships pass through...I enjoy watching draw bridges open and close but it is not what I consider a must see attraction

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Coventry, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

watch the bridge open and close to let the boats coming up and down the river pass thru. very neat to watch. we get ice cream next to the bridge and stand and watch it open and close. The kids love to watch it. you will also. then go shop in town. a great place. they keep the bridge in... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

If you enjoy mechanical things or engineering, this is a great little gem. It's pretty fun to stand under the huge concrete counterweights.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

We were here for two days but didn't get to see the bridge working. I guess with the cold weather many of the boats stayed in the harbor. Maybe when we come back this summer.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016

An engineering marvel that's just plain old fun to watch! The bridge cycles surprisingly quickly, so traffic is really never that backed up when raised to allow the passing of a vessel - besides, there are plenty of local shops to pass the time. Bring your camera, and enjoy this engineering blast from the past!

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