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Roebling Suspension Bridge, Cincinnati
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The John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati, Ohio and Covington, Kentucky. When the first pedestrians crossed on December 1, 1866, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world at main span. Pedestrians use the bridge to get between the sports venues in Cincinnati (Paul Brown Stadium, Great American Ball Park, and U.S. Bank Arena) and the hotels, bars, restaurants, and parking lots in Northern Kentucky. The bar and restaurant district at the foot of the bridge on the Kentucky side is known as Roebling Point.Ramps were constructed leading directly from the bridge to the Dixie Terminal building used for streetcars. These provided Covington–Cincinnati streetcars "with a grade-separated route to the center of downtown, and the terminal building was originally intended to connect, via underground pedestrian passages, with the never-built Fountain Square Station of the infamous Cincinnati Subway." When streetcar service ceased in the 1950s the terminal was converted to a diesel bus terminal. The ramps were removed in 1998 when it ceased being used as a bus terminal.
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  • We are tourists in the area, and I found out about this bring on Trip Advisor. We decided to check it out, and I'm so glad we did! Our family of four drove over then parked and walked the span of the ...  more »
  • We stayed in the Ascent building which is right next to the bridge and so got to see it at all times of day and in all weather conditions. It is a great piece of engineering. take a walk over it. It g...  more »
  • Not a lot to see on the bridge, but if you like old history ad old things, it's something to say you crossed the Ohio River from Cincinnati OH to Covington KY on a 150+ year old suspension bridge. Bea...  more »
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  • Hard not to vote a free attraction 5 stars. This is a nice short bridge to walk across into downtown Cincinnati.   There is parking under the bridge off Greenup Street.  There is also a nice walk by the river close to the bridge. Recommend spending a few minutes walking across the bridge if your in town.
  • Excellent, a true GEM, prototype to the Brooklyn Bridge, John A Roebling's son constructed the Brooklyn Bridge. Great area, easy to walk across the bridge to parks, downtown Cincinnati, etc.... A Must See
  • The Roebling Suspension Bridge, or if you want to sound like a local, just call it the Suspension Bridge. If I had to pick a bridge that was my absolute favorite, this one would be it. Not just because it was built in 1866, as others have mentioned, and it's as beautiful and functional today as it was then. To me, this is the bridge that fathers walk over with their sons taking them to a ballgame. You can almost always find free parking in Covington even on gameday, so the obvious thing to do is to park on the Kentucky side and walk across the suspension bridge to the ballpark rather than paying however much to park closer to the stadium. As a child, this taught me an important lesson: Not all things in life are better because you spent money on them. Sure, parking for free is something that "cheap" dads do, but the money saved can be used to buy a bag of peanuts for the game from a vendor on the bridge, which is much cheaper than the ones sold at the stadium. Calling it "cheap" doesn't account for the beautiful vistas that dad and child share while walking the historic bridge, the chance to point out landmarks and buildings to the child, who will carry those memories with him or her forever, and be reminded every time they see the bridge of the childish wonder of dropping a peanut from the bridge just to watch it fall into the river, a simple act which gives them the power to have an effect, however small, on a distant and untouchable world.
  • One of my favorite features of Cincinnati. This bridge was completed in 1866 and still remains in service to this day. It was designed by John A. Roebling, the same man later went on to design the Brooklyn bridge, but passed away while surveying the project. His soon took the helm to finish the project. My best recommendation is to visit this bridge at sun rise or sun set. Take the family for a walk across from the Kentucky side and enjoy the fun new park on the Cincinnati side.
  • Late summer early evening stroll across. Dinner at The Gruff on KY side.