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An integral part of the greater Cincinnati area, Northern Kentucky is located just across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati. Northern Kentucky venues blend urban convenience with a relaxed atmosphere. The region includes the cities Newport, where the world-class Newport Aquarium is found; and Covington, the location of the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. The destination is also home to world-class hotels, is surrounded by natural beauty and is within a two-hour-flight of 60 percent of the U.S. population.
Getting to Northern Kentucky is a breeze, as it's located within minutes of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Delta's second-largest hub, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport serves 200 daily departures to 70 nonstop domestic and international cities. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is served by the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) public bus system, which runs 27 routes through Northern Kentucky and downtown Cincinnati. TANK also operates the Southbank Shuttle, which connects the Northern Kentucky Convention Center to attractions and hotels along the Ohio River throughout Newport and Covington, as well as downtown Cincinnati.
The TANK transit center is conveniently located adjacent to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center. Perched on the south bank of the Ohio River, directly across from downtown Cincinnati, the Northern Kentucky Convention Center sits in the heart of Covington's rapidly expanding business and entertainment district known as The Banks. The convention center's exhibition center, main lobby and conference level together comprise 110,000 square feet of meeting space for up to 3,000 people. The Northern Kentucky Convention Center connects to the 317-room Marriott Cincinnati at RiverCenter, which offers additional meeting space.
Northern Kentucky is home to a number of unique venues and attractions perfect for smaller group events and meetings. Groups may gather at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center. The largest performing arts venue in Northern Kentucky, the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center sits in the heart of downtown Covington. The 17,000-square-foot facility features such Beaux Arts touches as a circular balcony and open rotunda, amber glass dome and ornate winding staircases, as well as several rentable spaces.
Among many spectacular Northern Kentucky venues is the Newport Aquarium. The aquarium houses 70 exhibits and 14 galleries, as well as five acrylic tunnels, totaling more than 200 feet long, that allow visitors to get up close and personal with the thousands of animals and marine life at the aquarium. The aquarium is available for private events of up to 1,500 people. Groups may gather in the aquarium theater, exhibit space, or in the 6,000-square-foot Riverside Room, which is located above the rainforest exhibit.
Groups also frequent the elegant Wiedemann Hill Mansion, which resembles a Bavarian castle, with stunning views of the Cincinnati skyline and surrounding hills. Built in 1894, the Wiedemann Hill Mansion hosts special events for up to 70 people; it features sprawling porches, hard-carved mantels, wood inlaid floors and gleaming cherry, mahogany and oak accents.
A wonderful destination for business and vacation travel, Northern Kentucky is located along the beautiful Ohio River, just across the water from downtown Cincinnati. Northern Kentucky is home to such attractions as the energetic entertainment area known as Newport on the Levee to a quaint, German-inspired village known as MainStrasse Village.
Northern Kentucky's rich history includes its important role during the U.S. westward expansion, as well as a destination for German immigrants. Today, Northern Kentucky is a richly diverse area home to the headquarters of such major companies as Omnicare, Ashland and Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing.
Many of Northern Kentucky's attractions honor its heritage and celebrate its location along the Ohio River. The Behringer-Crawford Museum, located along the Civil War Discovery Trail in Covington, celebrates the region's natural, cultural, visual and performing arts history. Visitors to Northern Kentucky can take in Northern Kentucky aboard a sightseeing cruise by BB Riverboats. Setting sail from Newport, the Belle of Cincinnati, Mark Twain and River Queen vessels have lavish Victorian features and climate-controlled decks.
For a water – and land – tour of Northern Kentucky, visitors can board Ride the Ducks Newport. The amphibious-design vessels take passengers on 40-minute tours of the region, past such hot spots as the World Peace Bell, Newport Aquarium and Roebling Suspension Bridge. For a truly unique tour of Newport, try the award-winning Newport Gangster Tour, which takes guests along a two-hour walking tour that focuses on Newport's bootlegging and gaming past and how it gave birth to modern-day gaming.
Northern Kentucky is also home to a number of fine dining establishments perfect for group functions. Founded in 1933, Newport's Pompilios serves award-winning Italian fare, including handmade sauces and soups. The charming Tousey House Tavern, located in historic Burlington, specializes in Southern cuisine served in a restored 1850s log cabin and 1830s Federal brick homestead.
Covington's historic MainStrasse Village is home to both Chez Nora and Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar. Chez Nora is full of Old World charm and features a spectacular rooftop terrace with views of downtown Cincinnati, while the Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar is known for its eclectic menu full of fresh, seasonal ingredients. Looking for authentic German fare – in Northern Kentucky? No problem. Touted as the first authentic German brewpub in the U.S., Hofbrauhaus Newport specializes in German beer and cuisine and features a large, festive bier garden with a view of the Newport waterfront and Cincinnati skyline.
All average costs based on U.S. Government Per Diem rates as published by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Northern Kentucky experiences a moderate, four-season climate. The region's warmest month is July, with an average high of 86°F and average low of 66°F, while its coldest month is January, with an average high of 38°F and average low of 21°F. The region experiences about 40 inches of rain per year, with the most (about 4.5 inches) falling in May.
Northern Kentucky Convention Center
Perched on the south bank of the Ohio River, directly across from downtown Cincinnati, the Northern Kentucky Convention Center sits in the heart of Covington's rapidly expanding business and entertainment district (known as The Banks). The convention center's exhibition center, main lobby and conference level together offer 110,000 square feet of meeting space for up to 3,000 people. Meeting spaces include the two-story, 8,000-square-foot main lobby, 46,200-square-foot exhibition center and 13,288-square-foot conference level with 10 breakout meeting rooms, 11,000 square feet of pre-function space and a 22,800-square-foot ballroom.
The Northern Kentucky Convention Center connects to the 317-room Marriott Cincinnati at RiverCenter, which offers additional meeting space. The convention center is also serviced by the Southbank Shuttle, which connects the Center to attractions and hotels along the Ohio River throughout Newport and Covington, as well as downtown Cincinnati.
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG)
Approximate taxi fare: $40 USD
Northern Kentucky's public bus system, Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky (TANK) has served Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, as well as downtown Cincinnati since 1973. TANK operates 27 routes daily and serves nearly four million passengers per year. Business travelers can easily navigate Northern Kentucky via TANK, as the TANK transit center is located adjacent to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and the TANK Airporter route provides direct access to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. TANK fares are $1.50 one-way, while a day pass costs $3.25 and a 10-ride pass costs $13.50. Special TANK rates are available for convention participants.
TANK also operates the Southbank Shuttle, which connects the Northern Kentucky Convention Center to attractions and hotels along the Ohio River throughout Newport and Covington, as well as downtown Cincinnati. The Southbank Shuttle runs Monday through Thursday from 6 AM to 10 PM, Friday from 6 AM to midnight, Saturday from 10 AM to midnight and Sunday from 10 AM to 10 PM. Shuttle fare is $1 one-way, $4 for a day pas, $10 for a three-day pass and $15 for a five-day pass.
Visitors to Northern Kentucky can use the Cincinnati Amtrak station, located at 1301 Western Avenue. The Cincinnati Amtrak station is located less than three miles away from the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.
Visitors to Northern Kentucky can use the Cincinnati Greyhound station, located at 1005 Gilbert Avenue. The Cincinnati Greyhound station is located less than three miles away from the Northern Kentucky Convention Center.
The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport's Car Rental Shuttle Station represents Alamo, Avis, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National and Thrifty.
Visitors to Northern Kentucky can access several taxi companies outside of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Visitors should expect to pay approximately $25 in taxi fare from the airport to the Northern Kentucky Convention Center and Covington Landing entertainment district. While in Northern Kentucky, visitors can hail taxis on the street or from hotel taxi stands.
Photo Credit : BB Riverboats
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