Newport, KY

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Famous for its riverfront entertainment and infamous for its mobster history, this Northern Kentucky destination is the original Sin City.

Newport, Kentucky, is an exciting city set on the Ohio River. Explore its lively waterfront, find cultural centers inside historic landmarks and cross a state border via a footbridge. Established in 1795, Newport wasn’t always a tourist-friendly destination. Retrace the paths of notorious gangsters who roamed the streets in the 1920s and 1930s and gave rise to the town’s Sin City nickname.

On the riverfront, Newport on the Levee is a one-stop amusement, dining and shopping complex. It has art galleries and retail outlets, fast-food joints, upscale restaurants, a movie theater, train rides and video arcades. Experience the thrill of being surrounded by sharks at Newport Aquarium.

Stroll along scenic Riverboat Row and board the USS Nightmare haunted steamboat. The row hosts summer events including June’s Italianfest, August’s Great Inland Seafood Festival and September’s Newport Oktoberfest.

The revitalized downtown buildings once housed gangster-run casinos and speakeasy bars. Enthusiastic guides lead tours of the popular haunts of racketeers. One of these, Thompson House, is the former home of the Thompson submachine gun inventor John T. Thompson. Today, enjoy the art gallery and performing arts venue inside this 1820s mansion.

The Southgate House Revival is a 19th-century church converted into a concert hall. Admire stately Victorian-era mansions in the East Row Historic District. While walking the downtown streets, listen for the daily midday chime of the huge World Peace Bell.

Another fun activity is walking across the Purple People Bridge. It spans the Ohio River to Cincinnati and connects with the Ohio River Trail. Follow the trail to major Cincinnati attractions such as the Great American Ballpark and U.S. Bank Arena. Return via the John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge to Newport’s neighboring city of Covington and spend a sunny afternoon in Devou Park.

Fly to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport and catch a bus or rent a car from there. As it is just a 5-minute walk from downtown to the riverfront, Newport is a great city to explore on foot.

Where to stay in Newport

Hampton Inn & Suites Newport/Cincinnati
Hampton Inn & Suites Newport/Cincinnati
2.5 out of 5
275 Columbia Street, Newport, KY, 41071
The price is $104 per night from Feb 26 to Feb 27
$104
per night
Feb 26 - Feb 27
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Newport. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,036 reviews)
"Had a great view of the Cincinnati. Will definitely stay here again. Try and get room 215 or ones above for beautiful view. Best Hampton"

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2023

Hampton Inn & Suites Newport/Cincinnati
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Newport
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Newport
2.5 out of 5
420 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY, 41071
The price is $137 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$137
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Newport. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the clean rooms and the overall value in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (118 reviews)
"Clean, affordable and close to everything. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Newport
Aloft Newport On The Levee, a Marriott Hotel
Aloft Newport On The Levee, a Marriott Hotel
3 out of 5
201 E 3rd St, Newport, KY, 41071
The price is $149 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
$149
per night
Jan 28 - Jan 29
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Newport. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,007 reviews)

Reviewed on Jan 17, 2023

Aloft Newport On The Levee, a Marriott Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Located in Heart of Newport
Located in Heart of Newport
Newport, KY
Stay at this vacation home in Newport. Enjoy a water park, WiFi, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Northern Kentucky Gambling Museum and World Peace Bell ...
5/5 Exceptional! (24 reviews)
Who Dey
"We stayed here for the Bengals playoff game! Great place short walk to Newport on the levee and the stadium! Well worth it! And it was super cute!!!"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

Located in Heart of Newport
NEWPORT INN #3 - NO CLEANING FEES!! FREE PARKING!! WALK TO GAMES AND CONCERTS!!
NEWPORT INN #3 - NO CLEANING FEES!! FREE PARKING!! WALK TO GAMES AND CONCERTS!!
Newport, KY
Stay at this apartment in Newport. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Our guests praise the spacious rooms and the overall value in our reviews. Popular ...
5/5 Exceptional! (118 reviews)
Pleasant stay
"I had a pleasant stay, and Jeff was a great communicator. The check-in process was smooth and the room was nice."

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

NEWPORT INN #3 - NO CLEANING FEES!! FREE PARKING!! WALK TO GAMES AND CONCERTS!!
NEWPORT INN #2 - NO CLEANING FEES!! FREE PARKING!! WALK TO GAMES AND CONCERTS!!
NEWPORT INN #2 - NO CLEANING FEES!! FREE PARKING!! WALK TO GAMES AND CONCERTS!!
Newport, KY
Stay at this apartment in Newport. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a patio. Our guests praise the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular attractions Northern ...
5/5 Exceptional! (171 reviews)
An easy choice.
"Why we booked this property: a king sized bed, included parking, and great location. Why I will recommend and likely use again: smartly furnished and great communication with the hosts. These are experienced hosts who know what you need in a VBRO."

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

NEWPORT INN #2 - NO CLEANING FEES!! FREE PARKING!! WALK TO GAMES AND CONCERTS!!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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