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5 Reasons to Visit Northern Kentucky for the Weekend

by Aoife O'Riordan

Feb 3, 2023

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Destinations / North America

Family travelers looking for a low-key weekend trip should add Northern Kentucky to their travel list. This region offers a variety of attractions and affordable accommodations, and lies within driving distance of many major cities. Here are five reasons to visit the area for a weekend vacation:

Bridgeview Box Park

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Outdoor Adventures

Whether it’s walking the Purple People Bridge, a pedestrian-only bridge connecting Newport to Cincinnati, or attending a Florence Y’all’s baseball game, Northern Kentucky offers an array of outdoor activities for all ages. Visit Bridgeview Box Park at Newport on the Levee or fly through the sky with Screaming Eagle Aerial adventures.


Authentic Southern and German Cuisine

Local favorites like Libby’s Southern Comfort features southern comfort dishes, while Smoke Justis serves smoked meats. For local and sustainable dishes, head to Bouquet Restaurant. A trip to Northern Kentucky isn’t complete without trying the region’s most iconic dish — goetta. This German-inspired, meat-and-grain sausage can be found at various spots around the region.

BB Riverboats

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Planes, Trains and Boats Galore

Watch planes fly at CVG Airplane Viewing Area before visiting EnterTRAINment Junction, the world’s only railroad-themed entertainment center. For your future little engineer, take the family on a cruise on BB Riverboats.


Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Local sweet shops like Sweet Dreams Candy Company, Sweet Tooth Chocolates and Galerie Candy & Gifts offers so many candy and chocolate options, the hardest part will be deciding what to choose!


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Play the Day Away

At KidZoo, an indoor playground-style center, little ones can let their energy out in a fun environment. Other fun sites across the region include Coney Island & Sunlite Pool; EarthJoy Village, a 12-acre site filled with treehouses and exploration opportunities; and Newport Aquarium, home to the world’s first Shark Bridge.


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