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Something for Everyone in Northern Kentucky

From families to foodies, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the Northern Kentucky region.

By Livability on March 17, 2022

Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky
Clay Cook

For Families 

Your first stop should be at the Ark Encounter, then make your base in Florence or Covington, where the fun never stops, thanks to family-friendly attractions like the World of Golf and Flying Axes. Hop over to Cincy for an immersive art experience, thanks to the ArtWorks Cincinnati murals that adorn every block and must-do experiences like the Cincinnati Art Museum, Krohn Conservatory and the Contemporary Arts Center. 

Sports-loving families can catch a professional game pretty much any time of year since it’s the home of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team, NFL franchise Cincinnati Bengals and soccer team FC Cincinnati, who now call TQL Stadium home. Great American Ball Park even lays claim to The Reds Hall of Fame, an interactive museum dedicated to celebrating baseball. Can’t make it to a game? Watch from one of the 31 TVs at Holy Grail Tavern & Grill, 100 yards from home plate, instead.

Woman pours beer at Drake's in Northern Kentucky
Ron Baker

For Foodies

Foodies will love Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, in particular iconic foods like Cincinnati-Style Five-Way Chili, which includes spaghetti, chili, beans, onions and cheese served at many area restaurants. Newport, Covington and Cincy proper each has its own food identity, so pack your elastic-waisted pants and enjoy a progressive dining tour of the area. 

Taste of Belgium’s mouthwatering waffles – which you can sample at Findlay Market – are a must, but the restaurants serve much more extensive dishes like mussels, poutine with bier-braised beef and mozzarella curds, and the brand’s own spin on the Kentucky hot brown sandwich. For more fast-casual options, you can’t go wrong with Joella’s Hot Chicken, Jefferson Social, Condado Tacos or Burger Fi. 

Of course, what’s a lineup of decadent food without craft cocktails to wash it all down? The Stretch has a bevy of beers, cocktails and wine on draft (yes, on draft!), while Fishbowl at the Banks pairs live music and events like Tipsy Bingo with batched tiki-style cocktails served in, yes, fishbowls.

Bourbon sampler
Courtesy of Meet NKY

For Bourbon Lovers

Enlist a designated driver – or hire boutique transportation service provider TourWithUsKY – and plan to tackle the entirety of The B-Line. Download your digital passport via The B-Line’s website, visit at least two distilleries, two bars and two restaurants on the list, then redeem your form for swag from your trip. If you want to visit all 14 stops on The B-Line, you’ll need a solid three days, though it’s possible to check off the requirements for your digital passport redemption in just one if you’re dedicated to the task at hand.

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