Located in Kenton County at the confluence of the Ohio and Licking Rivers, Covington has a rich arts history influenced by the Catholic Church, most notably the architecture of St. Mary’s Basilica Cathedral of the Assumption built in 1910, as well as fine liturgical sculpture. As the northernmost gateway to Kentucky, Covington provides a unique introduction to those entering the Commonwealth.
The Covington Cultural District includes four cornerstone organizations: Artisan Enterprise Center, Covington’s community art center and gallery; the Carnegie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, housed in a restored original Carnegie library building; Baker Hunt Arts and Cultural Center, Covington’s oldest arts education institution; and Behringer Crawford, the city’s oldest museum where visitors can get a real sense of Covington’s culture and heritage. Included in the district are recreational trails along the banks of the winding Licking River, floodwall murals by Robert Dafford portraying the history of Covington, an extensive parks system and Mainstrasse Village’s restaurants, taverns and specialty retail shops representing Covington’s German heritage.
Experience Covington is a free interactive web-based tour of historical landmarks and places of interest in the community. Users can select from six different tours of Covington and listen to an audio narrative of each site as they walk or drive the tour route. The Faith Tour, Arts and Culture Tour, Historic Tour, Architecture Tour, Neighborhood Tour and Unexpected Covington Tour each offer a unique view of Covington.
Covington contains two of Kentucky’s 30 National Historic Landmarks. The Roebling Suspension Bridge, a familiar icon of both Covington and Cincinnati, opened in 1866 and was at that time the longest in the world. The boyhood home of Daniel C. Beard, a founder of the Boy Scouts of America, was built in 1821 and is one of the two oldest buildings in Kenton County.
Covington Cultural District
Arts District Manager
Covington Cultural District links and attractions
City of Covington
Artisan Enterprise Center
Carnegie Center for Performing and Visual Arts
Baker Hunt Arts and Cultural Center
Roebling Suspension Bridge
Boyhood home of Daniel C. Beard