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

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Perfect use of Abandoned Infrastructure

My wife and I regularly walk this bridge in the evenings. The fresh air and innovative views never... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
A lovely stroll

Great views of the ohio river. Walk from ohio to Kentucky. Benches along the way if you need a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Vermilion, Ohio
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This bridge connects connects Cincinnati, OH to Newport, KY and passes over the Ohio River.
Newport, KY
+1 859-655-7700
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I regularly walk this bridge in the evenings. The fresh air and innovative views never fail to refresh our spirits after a hectic day at work. The periodic special events on the bridge are always a treat. A "must- see" for anyone...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great views of the ohio river. Walk from ohio to Kentucky. Benches along the way if you need a break.

Thank IceMitchell
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not a far walk back and forth from KY to OH. In the center as in France there is a fence to place a lock for your love go online for explanation. Great photo ops and many other bridges on each side make for a...More

Thank Nicki P
Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

This is a great pedestrian bridge between 2 states close to all downtown sights, shops, restaurants and entertainment. Get some added exercise in while sightseeing both sides of the bridge.

Thank cola6769
Reviewed September 3, 2018

On a visit to Cincinnati, my daughter called Uber to take us to dinner across the river in the Newport Area. After dinner, we strolled through the mall and then walked over the Purple People Bridge to the Ohio side of the river and on...More

Thank english2ths
Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

The first thing we did, after we checked into our hotel in Newport, Kentucky, was to walk across the Purple Pedestrian Bridge (a short 2 block walk) right next to the Newport-on-the-Levee mall. We enjoyed early evening beautiful views of the Ohio River, other bridges...More

Thank J A
Reviewed August 8, 2018 via mobile

The Purple People bridge does not just connect KY and OH; it is steps from great family attractions. On the KY side, you step off the bridge into Newport on the Levee. Super fun place with shopping, dining, the famous train ride for kids, bungee...More

1  Thank Dawn C
Reviewed July 17, 2018

The day we took this walk it was 98 degrees, but we did have a nice little breeze on the bridge. Kind of neat to stand in two states at once, and of course do the usual tourist thing and take a picture. I have...More

Thank dbruns2
Reviewed July 10, 2018 via mobile

We went to the Aquarium and then took a little walk across the bridge. It is a nice walk and the kids enjoyed being in 2 states at the same time. The views from the bridge were nice. Best of all it’s free.

2  Thank Mike K
Reviewed July 5, 2018

Nice walk across the bridge from Newport News to Cincinnati. On Wednesday's during the summer the vendors setup on the bridge and you can listen to music and drink beer. Great way to get your exercise in for the day!

2  Thank Charmain D
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June 11, 2017|
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Response from Jack C | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Purple bridge is safest. All bridges have bike/pedestrian walk-ways. Both sides of bridges have great pathways and parks! Enjoy.
March 15, 2017|
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Response from bkloui | Reviewed this property |
On the street parking is available as well as lots. Parking prices are reasonable and meter parking may be free on Saturday and/or Sunday.
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February 22, 2017|
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Response from Becky B | Reviewed this property |
We stayed at the Residence Inn "The Phelps" by Marriott (see my review) on 4th St, downtown Cincinnati. It's 2 blocks from the bridge, which allows easy access to Newport on the Levee across the river (KY side). You are also... More