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

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Address: Newport, KY
Phone Number: +1 859-261-6837
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This bridge connects connects Cincinnati, OH to Newport, KY and passes over...

This bridge connects connects Cincinnati, OH to Newport, KY and passes over the Ohio River.

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A must see

This is a must see if you are in the area. It's a cute home town site & a great location for pictures.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must see if you are in the area. It's a cute home town site & a great location for pictures.

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Independence, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you ever find yourself at Newport on the Levee, be sure to take a trek across the "Purple People Bridge." It is a pedestrian only bridge with ample walking room and seating, as well as amazing views of the Ohio River and the Cincinnati Skyline. Once you reach the Cincinnati side, there is a set of stairs that leads... More 

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Oconomowoc, Wi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First opened on April 1, 1872, under the name Newport and Cincinnati Bridge, and was Cincinnati's first railroad bridge spanning the Ohio River. Over the course of the next 35 years, the bridge would be retrofitted to accommodate streetcar, pedestrian and automobile traffic. Fast forward to October 2001 when it was closed to all traffic due to years of neglect... More 

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It links Newport to Cincinnati and is pedestrian only. There are various points of interest/activities on the bridge , aimed at young children and the views are very good.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

I enjoyed walking across the Purple People Bridge from Cincinnati, Ohio to Newport, Kentucky on a Wednesday afternoon in October 2016. I enjoyed the nice view of riverboats on the banks of the river, as well as the views of downtown Cincinnati and Newport. It was a fun feeling to be able to walk across a bridge where cars (and... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

OK I love walking on the banks of rivers with my wife. We parked on the KY side of the Ohio river walked along the banks across the purple people bridge then along the river on the Ohio side and across another bridge and then another walk and then dinner on a river bank restaurant. Wonderful

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

If you have visited New port you should walk across this bridge; It gives you good feeling on walking over the bridge ; boats going beneath you ; Capture few images and if you have bike or Bicycle run it across this bridge.. Thats it nothing more you can do on this bridge. :)

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Lovely way to see the expanse of the Ohio and both cities. You can enjoy the river walk and restaurants on both sides. It is a few minutes walk to the Aquarium (see my review) and of course, loads of people use it to get to the Reds ball park.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016 via mobile

The Purple People Bridge offers a great access to Cincy downtown area for ball games or visiting the downtown area. We parked and ate on the Newport side then walked across to see a Reds game. It offers a great view of the river and both sides. From the bridge foot in Newport to the ballpark is about 20-25 minutes... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

Loved everything about this place from the aquarium to Joe's Crab Shack to the Riverboat lunch cruise. Lots to do and see in this area. Not that far from the casino in Ohio either.

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