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Newport, KY
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Newport, KY
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Situated directly across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati, the city of Newport was settled in 1791 and by 1900 was the third largest city in Kentucky, after Covington and Louisville. Newport and Covington are both considered satellites of Cincinnati.

Newport once had the reputation of "Sin City" due to its upscale gambling casinos on Monmouth street, but Monmouth was also home to many many men's stores, nice restaurants, and ice cream parlors. In the 1980s and 1990s, Newport began developing its riverfront and focusing on "family friendly" tourism, instead of the "Sin City" tourism of the past. In May 1999 the $40-million Newport Aquarium opened and the Newport on the Levee entertainment complex opened the following year.

Today, Newport is home to a thriving entertainment district, with attractions such as the world-class aquarium, upscale shopping and dining, the World Peace Bell and the sightseeing offerings of BB RIverboats and Stratus Helicopters, For a glimpse of Newport’s storied past, the Gangsters Dueling Piano Bar is the starting point of the Newport Gangster Tour which visits many of the local spots previously visited by America’s most notorious gangsters.

Newport hosts a variety of festivals throughout the year, including the Queen City Sausage Fest in July, the Great Inland Seafood Festival in August and the Newport Oktoberfest each September.

Newport is easily accessible from any part of Cincinnati or Covington and can even be reached on foot via the Purple People Bridge from downtown Cincinnati.

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