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

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Address: , Newport, KY
Phone Number: 859-261-6837
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: This bridge connects connects Cincinnati, OH to Newport, KY and passes...
This bridge connects connects Cincinnati, OH to Newport, KY and passes over the Ohio River.
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Romantic Walk

Nice place to stroll with loved ones, the views are lovely from the bridge and they have pretty flowers along the way.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Richmond, Kentucky
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Convenient walking bridge for access from Newport Kentucky to downtown Cincinnati. However, it is not very well lit at night and you have to be careful of rude morons on bikes coming up behind you.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Nice place to stroll with loved ones, the views are lovely from the bridge and they have pretty flowers along the way.

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IL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Great views, lovely walk between Cincy and Newport. Very safe and love the locks of love on the bridge!

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Columbus Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

One of those things you should do if you're in Newport for fun. The walk was easy and the view you get of both sides is a great touch.

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North Branch, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

Yay! A pedestrian bridge across the Ohio River. Provides wonderful opportunity to move back and forth between Downtown Cincinnati and Newport without danger of vehicles. Very well located by commercial property in Newport and downtown Cincinnati--especially riverfront and stadiums. Stayed in Newport when we had baseball games and used bridge extensively.

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Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The Purple People Bridge has been on my Bucket list since I heard about it! Big Purple Bridge that you can walk the top tier up and down the arches. We got there and it was faded and needs a good scrapping and paint but that's ok. The plants and healthy notes of encouragement are cool. The Paddle Locks are... More 

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Convoy, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We like that you can go from the Kentucky to the Ohio banks on this bridge because Newport on the Levee has tons of activities, but the OH side of the river does too! We walk to this cute little park under the bridge at Sawyer's Point. The bridge can be a long walk for young children, so a stroller... More 

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Newport, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Nice breeze over the river as you walk... even in summer! All ages enjoyed it! Wonderful view of both Cincinnati, OH and Newport, KY. Excellent use of an old structure.

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Cincinnati
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Love to walk this bridge. It is closed to vehicles and is just a walking bridge; it is the longest pedestrian bridge over a river in the world. (That is what the sign says.) The base of the KY side is at the Newport Levee. Walk the bridge over the Ohio River and you wind up in Cincinnati's Sawyer Point... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I love walking over this bridge. It is scenic and close to the levee where there are restaurants, an aquarium, and movie theater. It is nice to walk over after lunch or dinner. I've walked across this bridge as well as ran across it. It makes for a nice photo opportunity as well. I always enjoy it!

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