Hotels & ResortsGet the lowest rates on Put-in-Bay hotels and resorts by booking directly on the Put-in-Bay Resort website! Comfortable accommodations await, so book today, and enjoy your stay.
Island EventsGet information about upcoming Put-in-Bay events here. Starting in April and running through late October, Put-in-Bay plays host to a ton of fun events. Experience them for yourself!
Island AttractionsPut-in-Bay offers a wide variety of attractions and things to do—most of them free and easily accessible, with no advance reservation required. Explore all the amazing attractions!
Island Fun For Everyone
Fine wine, antique cars, natural and local history, golf, sailing, a guided train tour, and more! Visit this fascinating community, and immerse yourself in Put-in-Bay’s many attractions.
Golf Cart RentalsFind out where to rent the best, newest golf carts in Put-in-Bay! Golf carts are the most fun and cost-effective way to traverse the downtown core.
Getting Around The Island
Rent a golf cart in Put-in-Bay, and get around like the locals do! Over 300 new, high-quality golf carts, configured for between 2 and 8 passengers, are available. Book yours today!
Welcome To The 2023 Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau’s
Official Island Guide & Tourist Information Center
Visit Put-in-Bay, Ohio
The Official Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau has tailored this website as a tourist information center and island guide to providing you with all of the necessary information for planning your trip to our Put-in-Bay, Ohio Island. For the best Put-in-Bay hotels, resorts, home rentals, reserving a golf cart rental before you arrive, we have it all.
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From our well-appointed Put in Bay hotels and resort accommodations, our spacious Rental Homes, and our large comfortable Put-in-Bay Villas, you’re sure to find the lodging requirements that will meet your family’s needs. We don’t have a lot of hotels and resorts on the island, but we have some great ones! Our Put-in-Bay Hotels, Resorts, and Home Rentals book up quickly so early reservations are strongly recommended far in advance. Most properties offer online booking where you will almost always find your lowest rates by booking directly with the rental of your choice.
Richly entrenched in history, Put-in-Bay, Ohio offers the young and the old incredible experiences all found on one Lake Erie Island. No other vacation destination offers you the ability to explore a cave, tour a winery, soar 800 ft in the air with a parasail, fly across the water on a Jet Ski, land a trophy size walleye, and play a round of golf all within 10 minutes of travel on a Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rentals!
Our Perry’s International Peace Memorial and its visitors center offer tours that include a ride up an elevator to an observation deck with a stunning view along with a narrated tour and historical reenactments. On a clear day, you can see Detroit, Toledo, and the Cleveland skyline from the observation deck high above the Put-in-Bay Harbor.
About Our Put-in-Bay, Ohio Island
Our 2.5 by 5 mile Put-in-Bay, Ohio island is the crown jewel amongst the Bass Islands and is a true island in that you will need to take the Put-in-Bay Ferry to reach us. Once on the island, you will enjoy a wide variety of dining options, from casual to upscale, shopping, island adventure, and a slew of other things to see and do. Our Lake Erie Island walking trails and nature preserves are perfect for nature walks and sightseeing.
Our state park is an excellent place for a cookout or a swim in Lake Erie. Relax along the pebble beach or enjoy a picnic lunch with food from one of our fine restaurants. Stop at the Put-in-Bay airport for a ride around the island in a vintage Waco open cockpit airplane or hover high in the sky with a helicopter tour.
Lake Erie fishing for perch and walleye is some of the best in the United States, and anglers flock to Put-in-Bay from all over the Midwest to catch daily limits of these highly prized delicious fish. In the winter months, the ice fisherman and their shanties can be seen for miles on the ice harvesting their catch. Boaters enjoy the modern and ample Put-in-Bay docks with daily and overnight rates. Fuel service and mooring balls are also available.
Still not enough adventure? Our Put-in-Bay Ferry offers inter-island service to Kelly’s Island as well as service to Sandusky, Ohio, home of Cedar Point. The Sonny S Ferry transports passengers to Middle Bass Island, where another historic winery awaits your visit.
So what are you waiting for? Browse our website and plan your Lake Erie Vacation and Visit Put-in-Bay, Ohio!
Plan Your Trip To Put-in-Bay
We enjoy assisting guests in getting the most out of a Put-in-Bay getaway vacation. It can be hard to know where to start with many places to shop, dine, and enjoy on Lake Erie’s South Bass Island. We’ve created a Put-in-Bay Island Guide to help you plan the complete island vacation. Local suggestions for must-see attractions and dining. There is an endless number of possibilities that await! So, the earlier you book, the earlier you can get on a ferryboat to Put-in-Bay!
Some say the travel to reach Put-in-Bay Island is part of the excitement!
Moreover, visitors have several alternatives on how to make their way to Put-In-Bay, Ohio. For those using GPS, the zip code is 43456. One of the most traditional ways is to become a Lake Erie boater, and Put-in-Bay offers a large selection of docks to accommodate vessels of all sizes. Some take reservations, and some are first-come, first served.
The Miller Ferry departs from the Catawba Island dock every half hour in the peak summer season. This ferry is the island’s primary method of transporting freight and goods to South Bass Island. While bringing a car to Put-in-Bay is not needed or recommended, they are the only ferry capable of getting a vehicle to the island. They operate from Mid March to late December, depending on weather conditions and Lake Erie Ice formation.
The Jet Express Ferry is designed around passenger comfort and departs from Port Clinton, Ohio, and Sandusky near Cedar Point. Your trip to Put-in-Bay will include a narrated tour with unbelievable views of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, the Benson Ford Ship House, surrounding the Lake Erie Islands, and more. When arriving by “The Jet.” you will disembark right in the downtown area and will not need a taxi or to ride a bus to get into the downtown area. Also, you can enjoy the benefit of the late-night ferry service. Visitors can have an entire day of fun, including the fabulous nightlife, by selecting the Jet Express Ferry.
Frequently Asked Questions About Put-in-Bay
Yes. All the Put-in-Bay hotels and resorts listed here allow occupants to bring alcohol into their private quarters. Please note that alcoholic beverages may not be brought into poolside or walk-up bars, in accordance with liquor license rules.
Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island’s main destination, is only one square mile in size. Everything is within easy walking distance, and getting around by foot is almost as popular as traversing the island in a golf cart.
There are only two ferry services to the Put-in-Bay Island, the Miller Ferry, and the Jet Express, both ferries leave from Port Clinton, Ohio, and arrive on the island in roughly 20 minutes, then upon arrival, you can grab a taxi or rent a golf cart to get around. Golf carts are the preferred way to travel around the island.
A weekend visit to Put-in-Bay can get somewhat pricy if you come by yourself but that’s rarely the case! When divided amongst friends staying with you lodging is comparable to other vacation getaways in Ohio. Many lodging options offer discounts, packages, and deals mid-week. It’s best to call the Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau for the latest info at (888) 742-7829 They often have information about last-minute cancellations and specials!
Of Course! Known as the bachelor and bachelorette party capital of the north coast, there is no place that packs more fun than Put-in-Bay Ohio to host your party! The key is booking your accommodations early as you want to make sure your group is IN TOWN and not stuck in rustic cabins that require a taxi in and out of town! For home-type rentals, the Put-in-Bay Villas are modern 4 & 5 bedroom homes located right in town! The island’s most popular hotel & swim-up bar the Put-in-Bay Resort is another favorite! Book early by calling the central reservation center at (888) 742-7829
From November to March much of Put-in-Bay is closed. The ferries either stop running or run a very limited schedule. Lake Erie freezes over, and for the winter months, the island becomes a sleepy community of under 500 residents. Reservation arrivals begin for the year in early April, when fishermen and bachelor & Batchelorette parties flock to the island, from all around the country to take part in the walleye hatch.
The most popular hotel is the new Put-in-Bay Resort Hotel. The hotels in the downtown area sell out first as it is where the majority of people want to stay. For rental homes, the Put-in-Bay Villas located downtown are the most luxurious and all have either 4 or 5 bedrooms and 3 full bathrooms and are the only modern rental homes on the island.
Ranked by the Best Of The Bay Awards they are:
- The Boardwalk
- The Fish Shack
- The Boathouse Bar & Grill
- The Goat Soup & Whiskey
The Put-in-Bay events schedule is kept pretty much up to date! Simply look for the dates you are planning your vacation for an overview of what is happening!
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This Summer on Put-in-Bay Island
Our Summer season offers you the most entertainment, history, and vacation appeal for your hard-working dollar. Spend your vacation here at Put-in-Bay
and get special values on accommodations, dining, shopping, and attractions with our Jet Express partnership. Learn more
Spring & Fall Getaways on Put-in-Bay Island
Spring and Fall are wonderful times to visit South Bass Island. Vacations on Put-in-Bay offer a variety of ways to enjoy those things that inspire and revitalize you and create wonderful family memories. Plus, with annual seasonal vacation specials, it is an affordable close-to-home getaway at Put-in-Bay! View our special travel offers
Weddings – Put-in-Bay Island Style
Celebrate the wedding you desire, beautiful by nature, with pristine views and island charm. Exchange vows barefoot in the park, on the Monument lawn set against blushing Lake Erie skies or in a luxurious decorated ballroom. Your wedding dreams come true at Put-in-Bay. Wedding tips and resources
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