After a visit to Newport Aquarium or to see a movie at Newport on the Levee, it's an easy walk across the Purple People Bridge to picnic and explore Sawyer Point. The Purple People Bridge is the longest connector of its kind in the country that links two states, and it’s still just a 10 minute walk from one side to the other! Plus, it is strictly a pedestrian bridge so it’s especially safe with little ones in tow. For a slightly different view, take the Taylor Southgate Bridge across which drops you off right by U.S. Bank Arena.
On the Ohio side, stroll through Smale Riverfront Park and let the kids splash around in the fountain to cool off or take a break on the porch-style swings overlooking the Ohio River. When you're thirsty or your stomach's growling, head over to one of the many restaurants at The Banks to refuel. For views of the river and bridges try Moerlein Lager House or Yard House, or pick up a frozen treat at Orange Leaf to enjoy on the go.
Ready for more exploring? Head south from Smale Riverfront Park across the historic John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, and you'll land in Covington's Roebling Point neighborhood. From here you can enjoy the Roebling Murals, Northern Kentucky Riverwalk Statue Tour or stop by one the neighborhood's restaurants like Keystone Bar & Grill or Blinkers Tavern.
All of the pedestrian-friendly bridges in Cincinnati USA make getting around so easy. Walking a bridge is especially popular for those attending Cincinnati Reds games at Great American Ball Park so check out these tips for where to park. It makes getting to the ballpark a no-brainer and you get to take in the amazing views of the skyline and river. And if your feet get a bit weary, you can always hop aboard the Southbank Shuttle which costs just a $1. (view route map)
Click here for a detailed map of the riverfront area.