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 on a hot day 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.
Click here for a detailed map of the riverfront area.