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Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge

Newport, KY
859-261-6837
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Ranked #1 of 20 Attractions in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bridges, Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: This bridge connects connects Cincinnati, OH to Newport, KY and passes over the Ohio River.
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Newport, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

It is a nice walk although you could always walk it. Even when traffic and trains traveled along side when it was called the L&N Bridge. Like the 4th Street Bridge connecting Newport to Covington, the Purple People Bridge now has access to the Newport flood wall and the riverfront. What the 4th Street Bridge and the Taylor-Southgate bridge don't... More

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Peru
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31 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Wanted to walk over to Kentucky and saw this bridge. I can't believe how old it is but it is nicely restored to a pedestrian/bicycle bridge. The city of Newport restored it and is a good link between Cincy and the Newport shopping area. Great views of the city and the river, a must see. They used to have a... More

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Danville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

If visiting Cincinnati this area is a must. Newport was nice and had several good restaurants and things to do. One thing that was interesting is people engrave or mark their personal padlocks and lock them along the bridge.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We visited the bridge just to see it, but found that this is best for visiting Cincinnati as well. We parked in Newport early morning, toured all day in Newport and Cincinnati, and at the end of the day paid only $2 for parking.

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Muncie, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

It's not really purple... Would call it gray! We enjoyed evening stroll across bridge looking at skyline, river activity and many locks left by others on bridge. Great place for pictures! Highly recommend taking moment to experience this landmark!

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North Royalton, Ohio, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This bridge is so convenient to go for a walk between Cinn and Newport, Ky. Very pretty views of both cities and the bridge is done up with benches and huge flower pots!

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Zanesville, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

what an interesting history of this bridge. We didn't have time to crossover but its history is amazing.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is something unique and different and FREE! Plus it is fun to tell others you walked from Kentucky to Ohio and back in less than a day. As you cross the bridge, you get to see the riverfronts of both Kentucky and Ohio and take some amazing pictures. If you are planning a trip to Newport, I would recommend... More

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Dayton, Ohio, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Nice to walk from Kentucky to Ohio and back after lunch or dinner. See the sights on the river, and cityscape lovers will enjoy the bridge and the skyline. Plus it doesn't cost anything but the calories you burn.

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Troutville, Virginia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It's a great way to get from Newport on the Levee to the baseball stadium, and it's also an interesting attraction on it's own. I'll admit I like old bridges, but it is pretty cool. It's also a good place to get some good pictures of the Cincinnati riverfront.

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