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

Address: Newport, KY
Phone Number: 859-261-6837
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Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Bridges, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: This bridge connects connects Cincinnati, OH to Newport, KY and passes over the Ohio River.
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Type: Bridges, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: This bridge connects connects Cincinnati, OH to Newport, KY and passes over the Ohio River.
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Kentucky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Very cool, to see all the locks people have put on the bridge. Nice walk good views. loved all the flowers and little gardens on the bridge. And something free!!!

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Kentucky
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The purple people bridge is a great place to walk. Usually a nice breeze from the river. Fun to watch other people walking their dogs, skating, riding bikes, strolling and running. The love locks are fool.

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Newport
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Nice view of the river. They have benches so you can sit and enjoy the river traffic as it goes up and down. Also a nice view of Cincinnati, Covington and Newport

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Wilmington, Ohio
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015 via mobile

Great peaceful place to walk and just enjoy the view of both of the citys. This is a grwat thing to do when u just need to relax and try to get away

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Covington, Kentucky
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

It's an enjoyable walk with nice views of both ky and oh. Seems that perhaps there should be a bit more presence of police, but I have never seen any trouble.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Repurposed and worth including in the Riverwalk tour. We crossed it on Segway. Very good views from the bridge.

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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, Illinois
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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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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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