Top 10 Things to do in Cold Spring, United States

April 8, 2018 Brandee Mangan

Cold Spring is a home rule-class city in Campbell County, Kentucky, in the United States. The population was 5,912 at the 2010 census, up from 3,806 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky metropolitan area.
Restaurants in Cold Spring

1. Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge

Newport, KY +1 859-655-7700
Excellent
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4.5 based on 241 reviews

Newport Southbank Bridge a.k.a. Purple People Bridge

This bridge connects connects Cincinnati, OH to Newport, KY and passes over the Ohio River.

Reviewed By Dan M - Des Moines, Iowa

The weather was perfect and the purple bridge offered a great opportunity to walk and enjoy the scenery or jog to burn off some energy. The crossing is long enough to feel like you've accomplished something, but it can be as easy as you would like. A fun place to view downtown Cincy and the river. And with Newport shops on one end, a dinner or drink is always close by.

2. St Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

1140 Madison Ave, Covington, KY 41011-3116 +1 859-431-2060
Excellent
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5 based on 140 reviews

St Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

Reviewed By Aunt P

The Cathedral is beautiful. Great place to visit and worship. Was able to go to Confession while in town several months ago. The priest homily was great. Highly recommend you go visit and spend some time with God while in town, even in you are not Catholic.

3. Blue Marble Books

1356 S Fort Thomas Ave, Fort Thomas, KY 41075-2427 +1 859-781-0602
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5 based on 6 reviews

Blue Marble Books

Our nationally-recognized bookstore specializes in books for children and young adults. We stock over 20,000 titles with quick access to over a million more in print. We also carry autographed and out-of-print books. If you need plush or puppets, we carry Folkmanis hand & finger puppets, as well as Gund and YOTTOY Children's literary character dolls. We also carry Maple Landmark wooden Name Trains. Other wonderful features of our store include the Great Green Room (which is modeled after the beloved book Goodnight Moon), the Great Teen Room, and a Secret Garden area where customers can relax and read books they've purchased or simply reflect on nature. A trolley sits in front of the store to commemorate and celebrate part of our local history, the #11 trolley.

Reviewed By Laura H - Decatur, Alabama

Whenever I am in the area, I stop at Blue Marble! It is an incredible destination. The staff is phenomenal! On my most recent visit, my children were not traveling with me (I live 6 hours away), and I relayed recent books my children enjoyed to staff member, Dave. I left with 14 books recommended by Dave -several of them autographed copies. My children were positively thrilled with each book! He not only hit the target with each recommendation; he hit the bullseye! He represents a very knowledgeable staff!
The store itself is a wonderland for all book lovers - young and old. I recommend this stop to all book lovers!

4. The Party Source

95 Riviera Dr, Bellevue, KY 41073-1337 +1 859-291-4007
Excellent
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5 based on 122 reviews

The Party Source

Reviewed By James Z - Lethbridge, Canada

Stopped in here while in Cincinnati and it was well worth crossing the river for. This is the largest liquor store in the USA. After a while if you get tired of looking at beer on the shelf you can go to the live brewery and get a pint of freshly made beer. A must see for anyone visiting the Cincinnati and area.

5. Smale Riverfront Park

West Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45201 +1 513-352-6180
Excellent
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5 based on 520 reviews

Smale Riverfront Park

Reviewed By James Z - Lethbridge, Canada

This park has a lot of family activites, a great view of the river and is close to the ballpark and many restruants. If you are in town to watch the Reds, I highly recommend checking out this park.

6. Sherlock's Escape Rooms

40 Martha Layne Collins Blvd, Cold Spring, KY 41076-1790 +1 859-414-3883
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5 based on 9 reviews

Sherlock's Escape Rooms

Looking for something fun and exciting to do? Our escape rooms are challenging, engaging, and fun for all! Find clues. Solve puzzles. Crack codes. One hour to escape! Our Cold Spring room themes include: The Shed, The Lost Kingdom, Motel Room 13, and Sherlock's Unsolved Mystery. Book online or give us a call to schedule your next adventure!

Reviewed By Jessica B

So long story short, we accidentally showed up when they were closed because we didn’t make a reservation- so MAKE SURE YOU BOOK THE ROOM. Despite the misunderstanding, they were super friendly and accommodating, and had a game master (Jovanni, who was also great) come in just for us! They really went the extra mile. We did The Lost Kingdom, and one of my groups favorite parts is that you get to dress up. The room itself was well put together and elaborate, and looked great! I’ve been to a couple other escape rooms, and this place holds its own. The guy who owns the place seems really nice, and I could tell he works really hard on the rooms. They also put together a little photo/video compilation, which was a nice touch- very humorous. Me and my group had a great time, and plan on going again!

7. Newport Aquarium

1 Aquarium Way, Newport, KY 41071-1679 +1 800-406-3474
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 1 reviews

Newport Aquarium

Rated #1 U.S. Aquarium by Readers’ Choice Travel Awards and #1 Aquarium in the Midwest by Zagat Survey. Home to thousands of aquatic animals in scores of exhibits, the Newport Aquarium will amaze you with all there is to see and do. You can touch a penguin, pet a shark, hear divers talk to the audience during feeding time, play games in Frog Bog, eat lunch in Sharkey's Cafe and a much, much more!

Reviewed By Maryann L - Cincinnati, Ohio

We visit the Newport Aquarium several times a year. (Helpful hint: If you live close by, invest in an annual pass. It is well worth the money). The best part for us is always walking in the tunnel with the sharks and other fish swimming above, below and on the sides of you. We never get tired of that experience!! We also always sit for a few minutes watching the penguins. You can touch a shark or a stingray and the employees assigned to these areas are very knowledgeable. If you're feeling brave, be sure to walk on the Shark Bridge!! A good time to visit is in the mid-afternoon. We usually go about 3:00 and it isn't crowded and you can take your time looking at the exhibits.

8. The Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum

940 Cochran Avenue, Fort Thomas, KY 41075 +1 859-572-1225
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5 based on 2 reviews

The Fort Thomas Military and Community Museum

Reviewed By jb s

This is an absolutely great little museum that tells the wonderful history of the old Fort Thomas (The West Point of the West). Tons of artifacts all with a local flair. Built on the grounds of the military installation the museum is a wonderful piece of history and military and history buffs will absolutely be delighted. Lots of military "stuff" located within.

Built during the civil war the installation remained in use thru the 1970's. Many of the buildings still stand and can be viewed as part of the walking tour. The volunteers at the museum are locals that can answer all kinds of questions. The area of Fort Thomas was active before the civil war and has a colorful history involving the underground railroad era, the civil war and the first two world wars and the gangster era when Newport rivaled Vegas.

Fort Thomas (the city) is a very upscale and fashionable area with plenty of dining options within walking distance of the museum and grounds. It is now known as Tower Park because of the unique water tower built there for the fort.

Well worth a look.

9. Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

1101 Madison Ave, Covington, Kentucky, Cincinnati, OH 41011-3115 +1 859-431-2060
Excellent
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5 based on 179 reviews

Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption

A gothic cathedral that has a design similar to Notre Dame in Paris.

Reviewed By Jonathan K - Cincinnati, Ohio

It's quite startling to discover a European-style cathedral in an unassuming spot in Covington, Kentucky. The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption can't compete with places like the Cathedral of Saint Louis in Saint Louis, or the National Cathedral in Washington. But its definitely a place that everyone in the Cincinnati area should visit. Just wandering around in the cathedral is overwhelming. A guided tour helps to appreciate the incredible level of detail.

10. Cincinnati Art Museum

953 Eden Park Dr, In Eden Park, Cincinnati, OH 45202-1557 +1 513-721-2787
Excellent
71%
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4.5 based on 836 reviews

Cincinnati Art Museum

One of the most prestigious art museums in the country, with over 100,000 works of art, this grandiose building atop an Eden Park hill, is well-known for its 19th-century European and American paintings, but also contains numerous other works including an outstanding pottery gallery.

Reviewed By Rosemary K - Newport, Kentucky

Checking local points of interest off slowly since we retired to Kentucky, a rainy Tuesday took us the the Cincinnati Art Museum. I have since then returned twice. Who knew??? This museum is huge!~ and has some fabulous collections. There are also often special exhibits. The Albrecht Durer exhibit drew us in. In my excitement, I grabbed a neighbor and returned to share our discovery and to have lunch in the cafe. The cafe was more than I had anticipated. From the outside, it almost resembles a cafeteria. The dining experience itself, anything but that. The food~delicious and the menu had a great variety of choices. Did I mention they also serve beer and wine? Definitely go. There is NO CHARGE! (for the museum)

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