Fun Things to Do in Newport, Kentucky

by Emily Adams, Demand Media

    Newport is located on the banks of the Ohio River in northeastern Kentucky and sits directly across the water from Cincinnati, Ohio. It serves as an extension of the entertainment community that serves the greater Cincinnati area. The Newport Aquarium provides an anchor for the city's expansion into more entertainment venues and attractions.

    Newport on the Levee

    Newport on the Levee (newportonthelevee.com) is a 10-acre entertainment, dining and shopping center that has the Ohio River and Cincinnati skyline as its backdrop. Entertainment facilities include a 20-screen movie theater, bowling alley and comedy club. Shopping opportunities include local specialty shops and retail chain stores. Dining options range from snacks and drinks to burgers and fine Italian. In addition to permanent businesses, the levee hosts a variety of special events, including concerts, classic car shows, parades and charitable walks and runs.

    Newport Aquarium

    The first attraction at the Newport Levee, Newport Aquarium (newportaquarium.com) features aquatic animals from around the world. Its 70 exhibits and 14 galleries provide guests an up-close look at everything from jellyfish and alligators to stingrays and catfish. Guests will also enjoy animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, an interactive dive show and Shark Central, which features a 5,000-gallon touch tank. Newport Aquarium is open 365 days a year with extended hours during summer months.

    Ride the Ducks

    Ride the Ducks (newport.ridetheducks.com) offers a 45-minute land and water sightseeing tour of the greater Newport area. Tickets can be purchased by phone or at the ticket kiosk in front of the Newport Aquarium. Pricing is based on age; children under 2 are free. Tours run daily from late April through November and on a limited basis during the off-season. Life jackets are provided.

    World Peace Bell

    Newport is home to the world's largest free-swinging bell. At 66,000 pounds and 12-feet high, The World Peace Bell (verdin.com) was designed for the International Day of Peace in 2000. It has become a permanent attraction in Newport and is less than a five-minute walk from Newport on the Levee. There is no charge to view the bell.

    Purple People Bridge

    Take a walk to Ohio. The Purple People Bridge (purplepeoplebridge.com) -- whose official name is the Newport Southbank Bridge -- is a half-mile pedestrian bridge that links Kentucky to Ohio. This renovated railroad bridge allows visitors to walk from dinner at Newport to shopping in Cincinnati. There is no charge to walk the bridge.

    About the Author

    Emily Adams is a freelance writer located near Louisville, Ky. She has more than eight years of experience writing for organizations and companies including G.E. Appliances, Kentucky Center for the Arts, Zeon Chemicals and Cherry House Furniture among others. She has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Ball State University.

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