Kentucky May 20, 2017
You’ll Never Run Out Of Things To Do In This Small Kentucky Town
On the banks of the Ohio River, directly across from downtown Cincinnati, you’ll find the small town of Newport, Kentucky. This historic city has quite the past and its present and future are pretty exciting as well. The revitalized area continues to change and grow, so much so that you’ll never run out of things to do while visiting.
Newport was originally settled in 1795 by James Taylor, and the town was named after Admiral Christopher Newport. The city saw major growth in 1803 with the addition of an army post near the Licking River, called the Newport Barracks. Since then, Newport has played a major role in the Civil War, developed a transit system, played host to a number of gangsters and eventually was reborn into what it is today.
One of the major additions, and home base for many activities and eateries, was Newport on the Levee. The Levee includes a movie theatre, bars and restaurants, a bowling alley and other shops and entertainment. It's a great place to walk around, enjoy views of the river and check out the outdoor festivals and concerts that frequent the open promenade area.
Another major Newport feature is the Newport Aquarium. This world-class destination is filled with colorful fish, penguins and stingray and you have to be sure to walk across the netted shark bridge!
Across the street from the Levee and Aquarium is the landmark restaurant Hofbrauhaus. Although there are now others throughout the country, the Newport Hobrauhaus was the first of its kind outside of Germany. Enjoy one of their steins of beer and a pretzel in the massive outdoor patio.
Somewhat new to the Newport scene, New Riff Distillery brings the bourbon tradition to Northern Kentucky. You can take a tour of their distilling process (complete with sampling!) or attend one of their events. New Riff represents the future of Newport and the continued growth of businesses and entertainment throughout the town.
Newport is the perfect backdrop for a number of festivals throughout the year. Taste of Newport, ItalianFest, GoettaFest and the Bacon, Bourbon & Brew Festival are some of the favorites.
One area that's perhaps seen the most revitalization is the East Row Historic District. This area is the second largest historic district in Kentucky and is lined with lovely, restored historic homes and mature landscaping. You'll see a variety of home architecture - Italianate, American Four Square and Queen Anne - and it's a delightful place to walk and take in the history of Newport.
One of the most recognizable landmarks in Newport is the Purple People Bridge. This pedestrian-only bridge is bright in color and activity. You can walk right on from Newport and head across the river for stunning views. Just be sure to turn around and come back to experience even more of Newport's budding excitement.
Today, Newport is constantly changing with new construction, restoration and big plans for the future. Have you spent time in this Kentucky town? Did you have a favorite part? Share with us in the comments!