John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge
Whether driving or walking, experiencing the iconic John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge on your trip to Northern Kentucky is a must. The bridge was constructed from 1856 -1866 to connect Cincinnati, Ohio to Covington, Kentucky. An engineering prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge, the Roebling Bridge was recognized as a National HIstoric Landmark in 1975.
Under the bridge, you’ll find Covington Plaza Amphitheater, which includes two hiking and biking trails connected to the Riverfront Commons trail, two overlooks, canoe & kayak access to the Ohio River, and a 1,350-seat amphitheater. Visitors and locals enjoy a multitude of activities under the bridge including partaking in performances, exercising on the steps, riding bikes as a family, or just sitting on the steps watching the river traffic while eating take-out from a favorite local restaurant (check out our suggestions below).
Let the bridge serve as a backdrop for your tour of the Covington Floodwall Murals, an installation led by artist Robert Dafford. This piece spans hundreds of feet along the floodwall telling a variety of stories from Jacob Price, a local African American leader of the late 1800s, to the meeting of General George Rogers Clark, Simon Kenton and Daniel Boone on the mouth of the Licking River. When you’re finished, marvel at the architecture and statues along the John A. Roebling Bridge, Riverside drive. More information about the self-guided tours can be found from NKY Art Tours.
If you’re a movie buff, the bridge, among many Cincinnati locations, was featured in the movie Rain Man. Picture Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise and Valeria Golino crossing the bridge in a 1948 Buick convertible while Hoffman mocks the bridge’s distinct humming noise.
The Roebling bridge is much more than just a bridge—it is a piece of local history celebrated every year with festivals and concerts showcasing the incredible local artists and restaurants of the Cincinnati Region. Be sure to check out nearby restaurants and shops in Roebling Point including Blinker’s Tavern, Keystone Bar & Grill, The Gruff, Smoke Justis, Molly Malone’s, Lil’s Bagels, Covington Yard, Eishaus, Frosthaus, Butler’s Pantry and Cafe, and Roebling Point Books & Coffee.