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Roebling Suspension Bridge, Cincinnati

Categories: Bridges, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
4.4/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web
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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  • could see this bridge from our hotel we walked acrossed it into kentucky born in brooklyn ny it was cool because this was the proto type for the brooklyn bridge 
  • Beautiful engagement photos can be taken day or night. I love this bridge and downtown Cincinnati so much! 
  • Bridge in front of the Brooklyn Bridge built by John a. Roebling, who built the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City, it seems. Appears in the mini version of the Brooklyn Bridge, seems to able to here. It is particularly beautiful at night.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • One of if not the most beautiful sight in Cincinnati. A must see at night
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