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Fun Awaits the Whole Family in Northern Kentucky

by Mary Melnick

Jul 20, 2023

Newport, Kentucky © Chris Boswell | Dreamstime.com

Destinations / North America

Northern Kentucky encompasses the historic towns of Covington and Newport and is the perfect family travel destination. Families looking for a fun, new location should check out these amenities and attractions in Northern Kentucky.


Satisfy your sweet tooth at local shops like Sweet Dreams Candy Company, Sweet Tooth Chocolates or Galerie Candy & Gifts.


Take a trip to Newport Aquarium, which boasts the world’s most exotic aquatic creatures including penguins, white alligators and stingrays. The aquarium features the first-in-the-world Shark Bridge, where you can cross a rope bridge inches above a tank full of sharks.


Visit Ark Encounter, a seven-story, 500-foot-long replica of Noah’s Ark featuring interactive exhibits, a petting zoo and zip lining.


Explore the outdoors by walking Purple People Bridge, a pedestrian-only bridge connecting Newport to Cincinnati; visiting Bridgeview Box Park at Newport on the Levee, an indoor/outdoor entertainment destination; cheering on the Florence Y’alls baseball team; or flying through the sky with Screaming Eagle Aerial Adventures.


For travelers interested in engineering, watch planes fly by at CVG Airplane Viewing Area. Train enthusiasts must visit EnterTRAINment Junction, the world’s only railroad-themed entertainment center. Families can also opt to take a cruise on BB Riverboats.


Lastly, let kids play the day away at KidZoo, an indoor, playground-style center; splash around at Coney Island & Sunlite Pool; or explore EarthJoy Village’s 12 acres of treehouses and outdoor space.


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