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Island Attractions for All Ages —Our Local Attractions Offer Something for Everyone!


Put-in-Bay Ohio Attractions, along with so many Things to Do on the island, offer visitors the opportunity to participate in many different experiences.  You can visit an Ohio State Park, tour a historical museum and explore the top of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. All of this can be done in one location! You’ll have a blast taking in our marvelous attractions while tooling around on the coolest way to see the island A Put-in-Bay golf cart rental!

Photo Of Put-in-Bay Sign the newest of Attractions


The newest of Put-in-Bay Attractions for the 2022 summer season is the Put-in-Bay sign! We are so pleased to be able to present the newest Put-in-Bay landmark, the Put-in-Bay sign. Inspired by comparable signs in large metropolitan areas, most notably the Cleveland, Ohio sign! This has even more allure at a vacation destination like Ohio’s Put-in-Bay. Please stop by for a photo op, and send us your photos!

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Photo of the Put-in-Bay Winery


The Put-in-Bay Winery is one of two Put-in-Bay Attractions that are wineries and is located on the historic Dollar Estate on Bay View Avenue. This Put-in-Bay Attraction opened in May of 2009 with a winery exhibit that follows the process of the grape from a seed in the ground to its final resting place in a bottle of quality wine. The mission of the Put-in-Bay Winery is to assist customers in understanding the dynamics of wine. 

Phone: (419) 285-3343

Photo of family on a Golf Cart going to Put-in-Bay Attractions


When exploring Put-in-Bay & all its attractions, the most popular method to get around is on Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rentals. Golf Carts are driven like cars & seat 2-4-6-& 8 passengers! They can be rented hourly, daily, & overnight. Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Reservations are suggested & should be made before arrival. All traffic rules apply to golf cart rentals, including drinking & driving. Driver’s License Required.

Phone: (419) 285-2724

Photo of Heinemans Winery


The Heineman’s Winery was established at Put-in-Bay in 1888 by Gustav Heineman. The winery raises its own grapes and produces over 21 varieties of wines that are well-known across the northern half of Ohio. The Heineman’s Winery has won numerous awards and recognition throughout the winery’s existence. Tours of the Winery are given with a complimentary sample of wine or grape juice at the conclusion of the tour. Wine and juice are sold by the glass or bottle, and the winery offers convenient carry-home packs. The winery to this day, continues to be family operated.

Phone: (419) 285-2811

Photo of Put-in-Bay Floating Tiki


It all begins with an idea. Miranda grew up on Put-in-Bay and had been boating the waters of the Lake Erie islands her entire life. She wanted individuals visiting the island to have the option to appreciate the waters that she grew up enjoying. In May of 2021, her vision became a reality, and the Floating Tiki officially launched. She can’t wait to show you the stunning sights of her hometown from the water! While Miranda was living in the Florida Keys in 2019 she studied and became a US Coast Guard licensed Captain. Departs from the Boardwalk Restaurant.

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Photo of Island Paws DofgPark at Put-in-Bay


Island Paws is a dog park located in Put-in-Bay. It is located just past the Put-in-Bay Airport by turning on Airline Drive. This fenced, off-leash recreation space has water, a pavilion and plenty of space to run. The park can be accessed every day of the week from dawn until dusk. There is no charge for the use of this attraction however dog owners are reminded to clean up any mess and to make sure they keep an eye on their pups as they play in the park. For Pet Lovers who wish to bring their dog to Put-in-Bay the Bay Lodging Resort accepts pets.

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Put-in-Bay Antique Car Museum


Considered one of the modern-day founders of Put-in-Bay, the late Charles “Skip” Duggan started the Sunday afternoon and holiday car parades that are now a staple on the island. Many of these classic antique cars can be seen at one of the most popular Put-in-Bay Attractions, the antique car museum. Located in front of Perry’s Cave on Catawba Ave

Phone: (419) 285-2405

Photo of the Put-in-Bay Aquatic Center


Operated by the Ohio State University thru the Ohio Sea Grant, the Put-in-Bay Aquatic Center offers visitors the opportunity to experience Lake Erie’s complex ecosystem thru hands-on science activities. One of the more educational Put-in-Bay Attractions, the aquatic center offers a fishing pier where children under 16 can fish for free and enjoy numerous educational programs 

Phone: (419) 285-1800

Photo of the Butterfly House at Put-in-Bay


One of the more popular Put-in-Bay Attractions is the Butterfly House. This 4000 square foot aviary offers an up close & personal experience with hundreds of Butterflies. Tropical landscaping, flowers & soothing music provide the perfect backdrop for interacting with the Butterflies. Kids enjoy secret walkways to explore while interacting with the Butterflies

Phone: (419) 285-2283

Photo of the Chocolate Factory Put-in-Bay


The South Bend Chocolate Company operates Put-In-Bay’s own Chocolate Museum, where tours are free. Visitors can learn about the rich history of chocolate & sample over 100 varieties of handmade chocolates. The chocolate museum features exhibits detailing the history of chocolate originating in Central & South America and spans over 2000 years. Put-in-Bay Attractions don’t come much sweeter than this!

Phone: (419) 285-2268

Photo Of DeRivera Park Put-in-Bay


In the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay, DiRivera park offers families a spectacular view of the Put-in-bay Waterfront with playground equipment for the kids. BBQ grills & picnic tables. A great place to take your carryout meal from is one of our great Put-in-Bay Restaurants  The large Gazebo in the park has hosted many wedding ceremonies & family gatherings. Lockers are available for a small fee.

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Photo of Fort Amazen at Put-in-Bay


One of the most popular Put-in-Bay Attractions with the kids is the Fort Amazen challenge. After you purchase your Maze passport, punch your time and compete as a team or individually to locate special destinations & stops along the way. Find the exit & punch your time to see your progress. There is an observation tower for parents to watch & a friendly staff to assist the kids. Located in the Perry Family Fun Center

Phone: (419) 285-2283

Photo of Gemstone Mining at Put-in-Bay


Located at the Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center, the Gemstone Mining Experience offers hands-on experience to discover fossils and gemstones. After purchasing a bag of rough mix, pan your mix with water to discover your gemstones. You can purchase an uncut Geode, and their trained staff will cut the Geode in half to reveal its inner beauty, and it’s yours to take as a souvenier.

Phone: (419) 285-2283

Photo of the Put-in-Bay Historical Museum


The Lake Erie Island Historical Society operates a museum representing the history of the Lake Erie Islands. Located behind the Put-in-Bay Town Hall, the museum offers a glimpse into the rich history of the Lake Erie Islands with numerous educational exhibits & displays. The Historical Society also operates a resale shop where you can purchase your piece of island history

Phone: (419) 285-2804

Photo of Kimberlys Carousel at Put-in-Bay


Ride Put-in-Bay’s original 1917 Herschel carousel, where children, young and old enjoy one of the last operating merry-go-rounds in the country from this era. This fully restored merry-go-round features lively characters such as Pete The Perch. You purchase your ride tickets in the Carriage House shop adjacent to the Merry-Go-Round on Delaware Avenue the main strip.

Phone: (419) 285-2212

Photo of Stone Laboratory at Put-in-Bay


Ohio State Stone Laboratory is Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie. They offer 25+ college courses as well as workshops every summer. Students and professionals can enroll in classes located on Gibraltar Island in Lake Erie. Ohio State Stone Laboratory Details They present introductory courses and workshops that are open to working professionals and job seekers. You can apply online to attend. They also offer scholarships for both high school and college students

Phone: (419) 285-5463

Photo of the Perrys International Peace Memorial


Towering over 300 ft tall the Perry International Peace Memorial is likely the most popular of Put-in-Bay Attractions. Visitors can travel up inside the Doric column to an observation deck where on a clear day you can see all of the Lake Erie Islands, Cleveland, Toledo, & Detroit. Park rangers give historical reenactments and history lessons. Please visit the Put-in-Bay History Page for more detailed information about the Perry Peace Memorial.

Phone: (419) 285-2184

Photo of Perrys Cave at Put-in-Bay


One of the more Put-in-Bay Attractions is Perry’s Cave which is registered as an Ohio Natural Landmark. At 52 feet below the surface of Lake Erie, the cave was discovered in 1813 & is 165 wide and 208 feet long. A rare underground lake contained within the cave rises & falls with the Lake Erie water level. The year-round temperature hovers near 50 degrees. 20 Minute Tours of the cave are conducted with a knowledgeable tour guide. Comfortable walking shoes are suggested with a light wrap or sweater.

Phone: (419) 285-2405

Photo of the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club


Located west of the downtown area the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club promotes sailing, power boating, and other types of aquatic sports. The Put-in-Bay Yacht club hosts notable events such as the Swim Sail program and Inter-lake Yachting Association events, including power and sail regattas, Junior Bay week, and numerous social functions, picnics, parties, and cruise outs. The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club has docks located at Put-in-Bay for additional information on docks, please visit the Put-in-Bay Docks And Marinas Page

Phone: (419) 285-4505

Photo of Saunders Golf Course at Put-in-Bay


Constructed in 1965, Sauders Golf Course offers visitors a 9-hole par three golf experience with a beautiful Lake Erie Backdrop. The Put-in-Bay Golf Course is a short course, walking only, and no golf carts are allowed. Reservations are not required, and groups are welcome. Open to the public, the Put-in-Bay Golf Course has clubs available for rent as well as a snack shop with refreshments. The course is located near South Bass Island State Park. The best way to get to the course is renting a Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rental.

Phone: (419) 285-3917

Photo of South Bass Island State Park


South Bass Island State Park at Put-in-Bay Ohio is a 33-acre campground with a stunning scenic overlook of Lake Erie. Campers will enjoy primitive campsites as well as sites with full electrical hookups & cabins for rent. Located a little over 1.5 miles from downtown Put-in-Bay, renting a Put-in-Bay Golf Cart is strongly recommended. The Put-in-Bay State park has a boat ramp that is open to the public as well as a snack shop, Jet Ski Rentals, a playground, and a pebble beach. For additional information visit the Put-in-Bay Camping page

Phone: (419) 285-2112

Photo of Adventure Bay at Put-in-Bay


The Adventure Bay entertainment complex is located behind the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center in downtown Put-in-Bay. Visitors of all ages will enjoy batting cages, Electric Go Cart Racing on a challenging race track, the latest in modern arcade games and games of skill with prizes, Brunswick Bowling Machines, and a stuff-your-own collectible animal display. A pool with a tiki bar is open to the public, with a DJ entertaining on weekends. A sand volleyball pit is a perfect location for an afternoon of fun with the family.

Phone: (419) 341-4716

Photo of the War Of 18 holes at Put-in-Bay


A covered bridge, waterfall cave, and winding paths challenge even the most experienced Miniature golf buff. Add a historical twist, and you can see why the War of 18 holes is one of the popular Put-in-Bay Attractions. The course is lushly landscaped and fun for all ages. A round of golf is $10.00 for adults, and children 6-12 years old are $6.00. Children 5 and under play free! The course is open weather permitting, May thru September, daily from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. October weekends from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Phone: (419) 285-2283

Photo of the Put-in-Bay Tour Train.


One way to see some of the Put-in-Bay Attractions is through the Put-in-Bay Tour Train. This one-hour narrated tour of Put-in-Bay travels the island, pointing out places of interest & historical significance. Stops include Heineman Winery & Crystal Cave, Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, Lake Erie Island Nature & Wildlife Center & more. The Tour Train offers the ability to get on and off the tour if you stop at a place you are interested in. The tour train costs $12.00 for adults, Children 6-12 are $5.00, and children under 6 are free.

Phone: (419) 285-2283

Photo of Crystal Cave Put-in-Bay


The Crystal Cave is at the Heineman Winery, Put-in-Bay’s oldest winery. In 1897 while digging a well for the winery, workers discovered the cave & what appears to be the world’s largest geode. Ranging from 18 to 8 inches long, these crystals were harvested & sold to produce fireworks. During Prohibition, the cave & its tours saved the winery from closing. Tours are offered of the cave. 

Phone: (419) 285-2811

Photo of Jane Coats Wildflower trail


The Jane Coats Wildflower Trail is a nature trail owned by the Put-in-Bay Township Park District and protected by the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy. Located 1/4 mile North of the Maple Leaf Cemetery on Put-in-Bay Road, the trail is a perfect place to bird watch or to stroll and enjoy the abundant flowers and tree species. No vehicles are permitted inside the nature trail including golf cart rentals.

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Put-in-Bay Jet Ski Rentals are located at the edge of town and feature late model Jet Skis and the proper safety equipment to ensure a fun-filled, safe experience. Rental rates are $60.00 per half hour or $100 per hour. Instructions and lessons are available for first-timers. Reservations are accepted and recommended for larger groups. Riders are required to stay inside the designated area.

Phone: (419) 341-4716

Photo of Put-in-Bay Parasailing


Put-in-Bay Parasail & Captain Jason Hall have been offering the ultimate in Put-in-Bay Attractions for years. Join thousands of people who have safely soared hundreds of feet in the air, enjoying a beautiful view of Put-in-Bay, Ohio. You can fly single or double as you are buckled in a parachute harness & hanger & gradually lifted from the back of the boat into the sky. At the conclusion of your ride, the winch & cable system brings you right back to the boat for a soft landing. Reservations are recommended

Phone: (419) 285-3703

Photo of Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals


Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals is your one-stop shop for family and couple fun at Put-in-Bay since 1992.  Located in the beautiful South Bass Island State Park and launches right on the beach.  Their designated riding area starts 300 feet right offshore. Hours are 10 am-6 pm every day from Memorial Day to Labor Day, weather permitting. All safety equipment and training are provided at no charge. Our most popular item is the fast and stable Yamaha Waverunner for one or two passengers.

Phone: (419) 573-2960

Photo of Rock Wall Climb At Put-in-Bay


The Put-in-Bay Rock Wall climb located at the Perry’s Cave Fun center offers four different climbs with varying degrees of difficulty. The 25 ft high wall is supervised by a trained staff who will ensure your safety thru a harness and rope. In the event, you slip and fall, a pully system brings you slowly down. Wall climbs are priced at $10.00 for three attempts. The wall is open weather permitting, seven days a week from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm from May thru September and on October weekends only from 11:00 am to 5 pm.

Phone: (419) 285-2283

Picture of Helicopter Tours at Put-in-Bay


Another one of the Put-in-Bay Attractions offers a high-flying way to tour the Lake Erie Islands. Put-in-Bay Helicopter Tours are offered by Paratus Air. Generally, tours are flown from the second weekend in May thru the end of September. Several tour options are available, and custom charter tours can be arranged in advance. The tours start and end at the Put-in-Bay Airport on Langram road. There are no words to describe the beauty of Put-in-Bay as seen on the helicopter tour!

Phone: (419) 285-4444

Photo Of Benson Ford Ship House


Freighters of the Great Lakes are famous for their endurance. The Benson Ford Ship House is living proof of that resilience today. In contrast to their saltwater relatives, lake freighters, as they are called, tend to rust slowly, take less abuse from mother nature, and tend to be around for an extended period of usefulness. The Benson Ford Ship House is one that has escaped the scrapyard and enjoys life reborn as one of the popular attractions at Put-in-Bay. A few times a year, tours are offered.

Phone: (419) 502-5101

Photo Of South Bass Island Lighthouse


The Put-in-Bay South Bass Island Lighthouse is owned an operated by Ohio Sea Grant. Visitors can access the top of the lighthouse to enjoy an expansive view of Lake Erie. The South Bass Island Lighthouse is listed on the National Historic Places Register. Individuals can tour the lighthouse for free and groups are $3.00 per person for a guided tour. For groups wanting to schedule a tour, please contact the Stone Labs Bayview office listed on the Put-in-Bay Attractions page

Phone: (419) 285-1800

Photo of the Lake Erie Islands Wildlife Center


The Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center is important to preserving South Bass Island. The center hosts various fun and educational activities throughout the summer. Examples include their annual Island Green Week in August, nature walks, and children’s nature camps. Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center is open seven days a week, June through August, and weekends in May and September. There are numerous exhibits that may be seen upon admission. The facility is located near Joes Bar and the South Bass Island State Park

Phone: (419) 285-3037

Photo Scheeff East Point Preserve


The Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve is an 8.8-acre parcel & part of the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy. It is located on the eastern point of Put-in-Bay. This park is best reached with a Put-In-Bay Golf Cart Rental. Scheeff East Point Preserve is one of the last remaining natural undeveloped spots on the Lake Erie islands. The Scheeff East Point Nature Preserve offers spectacular views of Lake Erie and all the surrounding islands, including Ballast and Middle Bass Islands. The rocky shores upland coverage and make for a perfect hiking trail. No vehicles, including golf carts, are permitted inside the preserve.

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Photo of Put-in-Bay Bi Plane Rides


Put-in-Bay Biplane Rides are offered weather permitting at the Put-in-Bay Airport, located on the southern half of South Bass Island. These thrilling bi-plane rides offer a new view of Put-in-Bay. Put-in-Bay Biplane Rides Tours take place in well-restored open-cockpit World War II Waco Biplane. Each flying adventure holds one or two passengers along with your instructor. Fly up and down the stunning coastline of South Bass Island Lake Erie. Be sure to bring your camera for some incredible pictures of Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass Island, Kelley’s Island, Port Clinton, and more!

Phone: (419) 285-8042

Photo of Put-in-Bay Rolling Pub


Appreciate Put-in-Bay on a remarkable bike built for 16! This electric-assisted pedal bike delivers unique excursions of South Bass Island, complete with an amusing, party-like environment. You’ll even get a little workout! There are several 2-hour treks to pick from and pedal, along with friends and family. It’s a perfect activity for Batchelor & Bachelorette groups as well! Wedding Groups and reunions are also often seen appreciating the ride. The Rolling Pub tours include stopping at several of the island’s hot spots, like the Blue Marlin Bar & Grill, along the way, so you get your fill!

Phone: (419) 654-0149

Photo of Kayak The Bay


Kayak the Bay and enjoy Put-in-Bay from a whole new perspective. Take a more unhurried path to your time on the island by floating along the banks of this beautiful Lake Erie region. Soak in the vistas, and even take a dip in the calm, cool waters. Kayak the Bay leases a variety of kayaks at a reasonable price. They offer exceptional group packages, expeditions, and instructions on how to use their gear. First timer? NO problem! They even have inner tubes if you’d prefer! An excellent option for families and friends seeking a little time on the water!

Phone: (419)-967-0796

Photo of Put-in-Bay Paddleboarding


Stand Up Paddleboarding has achieved popularity over the last few years. This exercise is straightforward to learn while still being a little demanding & can be a workout! It’s a way to discover new talent while taking the surrounding vistas. Slower-paced than jet skis & motor boats, paddleboarding is both leisurely & a workout, depending on your perspective. And since it doesn’t require any power, a green activity! Put-in-Bay Paddleboarding offers 12’ bamboo SUP boards at reasonable prices. Another ideal activity for groups wanting to experience something a little different!

Phone: (419) 341-7775

Put-in-Bay Attractions: Important Things To Know!


Visit Put-in-Bay Attractions! Most Put-in-Bay Attractions require no advance reservations and are accessible for a small fee or free of charge!

Put-in-Bay offers one of the widest variety of attractions of any vacation destination and all are located within a 5-minute golf cart ride from each other and the Hotels & Resorts! You can soar, ski, explore, fish, golf, and fly all in one location! Browse our informational listings below for info on Put-in-Bay Attractions and plan that vacation getaway today!

With so many amazing attractions and things to Do at Put-in-Bay, the most challenging part is deciding which ones to do! So, go on and check out all the fun things to enjoy on your next visit!

From the War of 18 Holes mini golf course to a Lake Erie perch fishing charter, there’s an island attraction for all age groups. Put-In-Bay is the ideal escape from it all!

Island Attractions offer Put-in-Bay guests a chance to live the island lifestyle. Guests can anticipate a broad range of fun-filled activities for the entire household. Additionally, our vibrant nightlife events will provide a fun break for parents. Jump on the Jet Express Ferry or Miller Ferry and set your clock to Island Time!



Island Attractions And Things to Do for Kids At Put-in-Bay


Put-in-Bay is home to numerous fantastic attractions for kids. There are things to do for all abilities and ages. These are just a few of the excellent attractions at put in bay and Things to Do for families.

Adventure Bay Guests can choose from many fun things to do. This includes a swimming pool, arcade, watersports, batting cages, and a go-kart track. This fun family hotspot is located behind the famous Put-in-Bay Resort, the island’s largest and newest resort hotel.

DeRivera Park Downtown A waterfront park located in the center of downtown Put-in-Bay across from the marina district. Multiple playgrounds for children of all ages accommodate the little ones. Picnic and grill sites provide an area for a BBQ. Ice Cream, homemade fudge, and specialty candy from generations ago can be found at the Candy Bar nearby!

Crystal Cave is located at Heineman’s Winery. This exciting cave is home to some of the largest crystals in the world. Many years ago, these crystals were harvested and sold to make fireworks. Today, tourists can explore the cave and participate in wine tasting. They even have Grape Juice for the little ones!

Kayak the Bay Visitors can witness the Lake Erie Islands from a unique viewpoint, from the water! Float around the rocky coastline of Put-in-Bay and take in the views. Also, see other boaters and jet skis arriving at the port.

Kimberly’s Carousel This restored Allen Herschel vintage merry-go-round can be found on Delaware Ave next to the Carriage House in downtown Put-In-Bay. You’ll enjoy the lighthearted tunes and enjoy a blast from the past. Afterward, stop by the Margaritas On The Rocks for lunch or a frosty cold beverage!

So Many Attractions for the Kids!

Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum Discover the history of Put-In-Bay, South Bass, and the rest of the Lake Erie Islands. Here, guests can find enlightening exhibits and programs aimed at teaching and preserving the history of our fantastic Lake Erie. A popular Resale Shop is in the rear for those ready for a treasure quest for something Put-in-Bay to take home!

Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial. This exceptional United States National Park pays tribute to Oliver Hazard Perry. Stroll inside the visitor headquarters and discover the Battle of Lake Erie and Perry’s important victory. The battle was key in the War of 1812. Then, purchase access for a nominal fee and proceed to the top observation deck to take in stunning views of Lake Erie’

Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center, One of the island’s favorite attractions, features various great activities. Gemstone Mining, Miniature golf, Gemstone Mining, rock wall climbing, the Butterfly House, Antique Car Museum, Fort Amaze’n, and Perrys Cave Tours are just some of the attractions here. Also, this is a favored stop of the Put-in-Bay Tour Train.

Put-in-Bay Parasail Fly high and go parasailing. From this excellent view, guests can get amazing views of Put-In-Bay, Middle Bass Island and the other Lake Erie Islands. Bring your phone or camera to get some great photographs of this extraordinary adventure.

 Beaches of Put-In-Bay

Put-In-Bay has a mostly rugged, stony shoreline. Yet, there are two primary beaches where swimmers may enjoy Lake Erie and swim. South Bass Island State Park has a nice pebble beach and a large grassy area for sunbathing. A nicely equipped playground, picnic areas, and BBQ make this an ideal location for a family gathering. There is also a bathing beach at the end of Delaware Avenue, downtown Put-In-Bay.

So Many Attractions And Family Things to Do in Put-in-Bay!

With so many things to do and fantastic sightseeing at Put-in-Bay, staying overnight at a Put-In-Bay Resort or rental home gives visitors the most time to enjoy South Bass Island attractions. Dine at some of our tantalizing Put-in-Bay restaurants, local pubs and bars, and unique shops while you enjoy the island adventure. There is no end to the fun things to do in put-in-bay for families.

Try kayaking and see the Ohio State Campus on Gibraltar Island up close. Visitors will be able to fully engage in the Lake Erie lifestyle and island living at a Put-In-Bay Hotel. So, hop on the ferry from Sandusky, Kellys Island, Middle Bass Island Catawba, or Port Clinton, Ohio, for a great island experience. 

Check out the island’s executive 9-hole golf course, enjoy some Jet Skiing and water sports, and learn at the Historical Society Museum. No matter what attractions you choose, the result is the same: lots of enjoyment! So, be sure to look over all of our great attractions. The best way to get around to all the Put-in-Bay attractions is by golf cart or a Put-in-Bay taxi.


Top 10 Things to Do And Put-in-Bay Attractions

1. Take the Elevator to the Observation Deck of Perry’s Victory Monument

2. Fly high with Put-In-Bay Parasail beside the Boardwalk Restaurant

3. Go swimming and picnic at the South Bass Island State Park Beach

4. Fly High and go Parasailing located next to the Boardwalk Restaurant

5. Rent a Put-In-Bay Golf Cart and Explore the island.

6. Book a Helicopter or BiPlane Tour from the Put-In-Bay Airport

7. Play miniature golf at the War of 18 Holes at the Perry Cave Fun Center

7. Take A Tour of Put-In-Bay Winery or Heineman’s Winery 

8. Check out the lovely grounds at the South Bass Island Lighthouse

9. Grab Some authentic Latin Food at Lesters Taco Shop.

10. Enjoy a swim at the Put-in-Bay Resort Pool, open to the public!

Put in Bay? How Did They Come Up With THAT Name?

There are a few hypotheses as to how the island got its moniker. First, it has been stated the island is shaped like a pudding bag. Over time the pudding became put-in. Others have proposed it had been derived from Native Americans. History books report they traveled to South Bass to “put in at the bay.” It has been written that this was a part of some type of ceremonial happening. In addition to many visitors wondering how the island got its name, there is another odd tidbit, the spelling of the name! There are several iterations of the Put-In-Bay title. Check below to see if you know some of the other renditions of PIB.

  • Put-in-Bay
  • Put in Bay
  • Putinbay
  • Put n Bay
  • Putnbay
  • Puttin Bay
  • Pudding Bay
  • Putin Bay

Book Put in Bay Places to Stay

Put-In-Bay is a wonderful place to vacation. There is a limited range of excellent lodging choices. Be sure to look through our exceptional hospitality members and find the right hotel for your group. Reservations for downtown hotels and resorts fill quickly as the downtown area is the preferred location to stay on the island. The sooner you book, the sooner you can get on a Put-in-Bay ferry and join in the fun! The time is now to put an island in your life!

Put-in-Bay Attractions Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

How much does it cost to get into Put-in-Bay?

There is no entrance fee to visit the island. You will have to pay to take the Put-in-Bay ferry to get to the island. Two main ferries service Put-in-Bay, the Jet Express and the Miller Ferry. The Miller Ferry is our freight and automobile ferry and arrives on the other side of the island. The Jet Express Ferry arrives right in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay where all the action is, and also offers late-night service to extend your visit!

When riding The Jet Express, you get a few extra luxuries, such as an enclosed air-conditioned cabin, secured parking just steps away from the boarding area, a tiki bar on site for pre-ferry cocktails, and a convenient downtown arrival. The Miller Ferry disembarks at the southern tip of South Bass Island, and you will need to catch a Put-in-Bay Taxi to get downtown.

Things To Do WIth Kids At Put-in-Bay?

There are numerous family-friendly attractions at Put-in-Bay. Some of the most famous are the Perry’s Cave & Family Fun Center & South Bass Island State Park. The centerpiece of the attraction is the cave itself, an underground cave with a lake located five stories below the surface! Perry’s Cave & Family Fun Center is home to Gemstone Mining, a rock climbing wall, a life-sized maze, the Butterfly House & The War of 18 holes putt-putt. The South Bass Island State Park is home to a playground, bathing beach, JetSki rentals, camping, and a great place for a family picnic.

How Much Does It Cost To Go To The Top Of The Perrys Monument?

The fee is $10 per adult to go to the observation deck atop Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Part of the National Park Service, the monument honors NPS passes such as the yearly and seasonal Passes are accepted here. Please check with the Monument Visitors Office for tour times and dates by season.

What Is The Best Put-in-Bay Attraction To See?

It would be impossible to decide the *best* Put-in-Bay attraction, but there are many incredible things to see and do on our small island. Nonetheless, the most iconic attraction is the Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, which is often referred to as Perry’s Monument or just “the monument.” Towering 352 feet tall, it is the fourth loftiest monument in America. Observing it’s located on an island just 3 square miles large, you could say it stands out! The lines can get a little long occasionally, but it’s worth waiting to get to the top when you see that view!


Are There Public Pools On The Island?

Well kind of, the Put-in-Bay Resort & The Bay Lodging Resort pools are open to customers. So, in essence, you can stop by for lunch and a cocktail and enjoy the pools!

Where Can I Find An ATM At Put-in-Bay

There are several ATMs on the island. The most accessible one would be in front of the Edgewater Hotel on the main strip across from DeRivera Park. Other options include Tipppers, the lobby of the Put-in-Bay Resort Hotel, and next to the Biergarten.

What Is There To Do At Put-in-Bay?

There is so much to do at Put-in-Bay you’ll have a difficult time fitting it all into one vacation! Put-in-Bay offers something for everyone, from shopping to incredible entertainment, dining, and hiking trails. Don’t overlook Put-in-Bay’s vibrant nightlife, famous throughout the Midwest! It doesn’t matter who you are or what you like, you will find something unique just for you at Put-in-Bay!

Alice H.

Know when to go! We stayed at Put-in-Bay Bay for over 20 years, up until a couple of years ago, always by ship. We treasure the island and appreciate shopping and the great Put-in-Bay Restaurants yearly. We've decided to come on a Monday or Tuesday and be off the island by Friday morning. We try to hit all the Put-in-Bay Attractions early before the crowds arrive. Weekends are an endless spring break party, suitable for families with young children if you go to the attractions and stay out of the nightlife.

Elania L.

A 20-minute ferryboat ride, automobiles, and motorcycles are allowed but discouraged. We went as pedestrians. You then lease a golf cart, or bicycle, or take the big bus downtown. A tour tram is available that gives an excellent expedition of the island with recounted history and stops at a few of the more prominent locations, like Perry's Cave. You must rent a golf cart if you don't take the tram. The downtown consists of pubs, Put-in-Bay restaurants, the harbor, bars, a few t-shirt places, and ice cream shops. The place to go if you want to see all the Put-in-BAy Attractions. Downtown has a beautiful park for families.

William B.

A fine family-oriented trip on weekdays, especially! Lease a golf cart ($60 for the entire day--way more affordable than Kelley's Island) and journey the island. The only thing that needs to be added to the island is the lack of real lovely beachfront. There are some respectable pools and a waterpark, and the State Park Beach is great, just not as large and sandy as you'd anticipate. There are enough Put-in-Bay Attractions to keep bust for several days. A beautiful July Wednesday was a wonderful trip. We really enjoyed the Put-in-Bay Restaurants a big plus is the last Ferry out to Catawba on a weekday is 9 pm most days, so you can enjoy a nice restaurant dinner before departing.

Sheryl V.

Islanders are a sociable bunch, as are most of the employees in restaurants and shops. Lots of quiet roads to ride along, a few nature preserves to walk through, and one is on the water. There is a vast harbor to check out, Perry's Monument, Perry's Cave, a par-three golf course on the water, a trip to Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island, and too many shops and Put-in-Bay attractions to hit in 1 day.

Larry L.

The island has changed--but for the better for families. Many more Put-in-Bay Attractions than there have been in the past. This is an excellent step for tourism and fun for families. Residents and the working attendants watch out for children and families, and most of the tourists are families buzzing around on golf carts. The police also maintain things in line for the most part

Patty S.

Perfect Day at Put-in-Bay! We just finished a great day with two 12-year-olds, an 11-year-old, and 8-year-old grandkids at Put in Bay on South Bass Island. We weren't 100% sure the kids would appreciate it there, but we tried it. First of all, they adored the Jet Express Ferry, which was such a delight. We had a fine lunch at the Boardwalk, one of the best Put-in-Bay Restaurants. The perch baskets were tremendous, and the kids loved their cheeseburgers. There are numerous Put-in-Bay Attractions to experience. Tooling all over the island in a 6-seat golf cart rental was entertaining and breezy on a hot day. Despite their "advanced ages," the kids enjoyed the playground in the downtown park by the waterfront so much that we had to stop three times for them to play. They had a terrific time running through the maze at Perry's Cave, and we appreciated watching them from above the activity. They also had miniature golf there. We were having so much fun with the attractions that we missed the 7:00 Jet-Express and had to wait till 9:15, so we had chow at Mossback's, another excellent meal. All in all, a wonderful day.

Randy G.

Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island. We have been visiting here for 20+ years and have had a home on Middle Bass Island for 15 years. There is something for everyone, history, family, and plenty of Put-in-Bay Attractions. There are quieter places and golf carts, and bicycle rentals. There are jet ski rentals and kayak rentals, swimming beaches, and a little golf course. If you are still looking for something to do for fun, you must have stayed within the boat that got you there. And even then, you still would have found something fun, depending on what you utilized.

Melvin F.

Not many people know about South Bass Island in Lake Erie. Unless you have a vessel and can navigate tricky waters, take the Jet Express ferry. A danger zone from the nuclear power plant to the west stretches to a national guard camp. All along the way are reefs, and you must have a satisfactory GPS and map to evade them. The most significant danger, though, is inexperienced boaters. Only bring a car if you have a hotel or cabin to park it at. Parking is minimal and useless on such a tiny island laden with golf carts and bike rentals. The drawback to Miller's Ferry is that you arrive somewhere other than downtown, but for 4 dollars or so a person, you can grab a bus taxi. The Jet Express is a better value and runs later in the evening, and it gets you into downtown. Timing is everything on the island. If this is a family vacation, go in the morning for the first opportunity possible. Even by noon, you will see it starting to get very busy. The island is filled with many great Put-in-Bay Attractions like the crystal cavern, go-karts, and a nice bicycle ride. If you are going with friends, I suggest staying at the Edgewater Hotel on the main strip. The hotel rooms on the island are pretty nice and large!

Ted C.

We had a wonderful time, and the kids really liked all of the Put-in-Bay Attractions and water sports. We should have planned to stay a few days. We will know better next time we visit!

Dallas C.

Our second visit to Put-in-Bay and this time we were able to enjoy more of the attractions. We learned last time to reserve a Put-in-Bay Golf Cart rentals before we go. We arrived last year and they were all sold out. We used Put-in-Bay Golf Carts online booking platform and it was a great experience.