Welcome to Covington, Kentucky! Founded in 1815, Covington is the largest city in Northern Kentucky and has the largest number of National Register historic districts (16), for a city its size, in the state of Kentucky. Covington is well known for its historic neighborhoods including Licking-Riverside, MainStrasse Village and Wallace Woods as well as for it's downtown commercial district which is home to a large concentration of historic buildings, the Artists' Enterprise Center, the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and an eclectic small business mix including Donna Salyer's Fabulous Furs, the shoppes of Mainstrasse, numerous art galleries, the Covington Arts District and unique eateries and dining districts including Mainstrasse Village and the Roebling Pointe neighborhood.
This vibrant urban community, directly across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati, is home to many of Kentucky's premier attractions including the Carroll Chimes Bell Tower, the Garden of Hope, John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge, Mother of God Church, St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, Behringer-Crawford Museum of Northern Kentucky History and Heritage, the Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center, the Railway Museum, the Madison Theater, Devou Park Bandshell & the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, and much more.
Covington is also home to many of Northern Kentucky's most beloved and popular events and annual festivals including the First Friday Gallery Hop, Maifest, Mainstrasse Oktoberfest, Mardi Gras, The Original Goetta Festival, Fresh Art and many others.
See the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark by walking across the Roebling Suspension Bridge -- the prototype for the Brooklyn Bridge; Enjoy a tour of the breathtaking Cathedral Basilica -- a 1/3 size replica of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris; Listen to great jazz on the rooftop at Chez Nora; Take in local art at the First Friday Gallery Hop or catch a show at the Madison Theater.
Dining out in Covington is never an easy choice -- try one of Mainstrasse Village or Roebling Pointe's many restaurants or pubs; sample authentic Korean at Riverside Korean; order a tasty Reuben and potato pancake at Izzy's; feast on authentic Cajun specialties at Dee Felice Cafe; Guinness and Irish Stew are always on the menu at Molly Malone's Irish Pub; try Greenup Cafe, Chalk Food + Wine or Otto's for delicious contemporary small plates and inspired spins on the classics. And for pure kitsch including Elvis on the jukebox, try the diner locals know & love: Anchor Grill...they doze but they never close!
Covington is one of the largest of the 40+ closely-situated cities & historic small towns collectively known as "Northern Kentucky" -- a unique region located at the northernmost tip of Kentucky directly across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati and the many attractions, restaurants, major museums and world class performing arts organizations that call this area home. The wide variety of entertainment options available to visitors make the Northern Kentucky & Greater Cincinnati area a must-see place to visit during a trip through Kentucky. Area attractions include the Cincinnati Reds, Newport on the Levee Entertainment Complex, Kings Island Amusement Park, the world-famous Cincinnati Zoo, Hofbrauhaus, Museum Center @ Union Terminal, the Newport Aquarium, Kentucky Symphony, Music Hall and the Creation Museum -- plus much much more! For complete information on Covington and on the entire Northern Kentucky / Greater Cincinnati area, please visit www.nkycvb.com