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470 Loraine Avenue Suite 267
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456

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Frequently Asked Questions!

Everything You Might Ask About Put-in-Bay!

Can Alcohol be Brought into Put-in-Bay Hotels?

Yes. All the Put-in-Bay hotels and resorts listed on our site 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.

Is Put-in-Bay a Party Destination?

Home to a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and clubs, Put-in-Bay is a great place to celebrate and unwind. Friday and Saturday are prime partying times, while Sundays and weekdays are ideal for family fun and corporate meetings.

Can you walk around Put-in-Bay?

Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island’s primary destination, is only one square mile in size. Everything is within easy walking distance in the downtown area. The island is about 2.5 by 5 miles long and the most popular way to explore the island is on a Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rental

How do you get to Put in Bay?

There are only two ferry services to Put-in-Bay Island, the Miller Ferry and the Jet Express. Both ferries leave Port Clinton, Ohio, and arrive on the island in roughly 20 minutes; then, you can grab a taxi or rent a golf cart to get around. Golf carts are the preferred way to travel around the island. Contact us should you need additional information. Large groups may contact us for assistance. 

Is there a Grocery & Beer / Liquor Store At Put-in-Bay

Yes! There is a full-service grocery on the Island on Catawba Avenue next to Tippers called the Island General Store. The Beverage Center is just next door. They sell Beer & Wine only. There is no liquor store. The Put-in-Bay Hardware Store also has a good selection of grocery items and is located by the Post Office on Langram Road, just a few blocks from town.

Do I Need Reservations for the Put-in-Bay Ferry?

No! The Put-in-Bay ferry boat services run on a first-come, first-served basis operating as frequently as one boat every 15 minutes during the prime season and one boat every hour in the off-season. Both ferry services have numerous boats. Arrive early for your trip to Put-in-Bay to ensure the best availability and shortest waits! Check our Miller Ferry or Jet Express Pages for schedules

Should I Bring My Car To The Island

We advise that you do NOT bring an automobile to the Island. Aside from the high expense associated with ferrying your vehicle across the water on a boat, parking is minimal on the Island. Waiting to get a car on or off the Island can run as long as three hours or longer! Most of the more popular Put-in-Bay Hotels and resorts are located in downtown Put-in-Bay and are just a short walk from the Jet Express and an enjoyable golf cart ride to most attractions.

Is It Expensive To Stay At Put-in-Bay?

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) 742-2827. They often have information about last-minute cancellations, Put-in-Bay Discounts and Specials!

When is Put-in-Bay Open Or Closed For The Season

From November to March, much of Put-in-Bay is closed. The ferries either stop running or run a minimal schedule. Lake Erie freezes over, and the island becomes a sleepy community of under 500 residents for the winter months. Reservation arrivals begin for the year in early April when fishermen flock to the island from all around the country to take part in the walleye hatch. Bachelor & Bachelorette parties flock to the island beginning in April to celebrate their upcoming nuptials. You may contact us if you have specific dates to inquire.

Is Put-in-Bay Good For Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties?

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 to ensure 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 (833) 742-2827

Are Put-in-Bay Hotels Resorts And Home Rentals Kid Friendly

Yes! While summer weekends tend to be more of an adult crowd, Sundays thru Thursdays are packed with families, kids & corporate meeting groups. Put-in-Bay is an exciting Ohio Vacation option for an all-ages family getaway. There are some great things to do for kids on the island and incredible sights and experiences, from water activities to go-carts! You can contact us for help selecting lodging.

Do Hotels & Resorts Offer One Night Stays?

Yes! During selected parts of April, September, and October, you may be able to book a one-night stay on weekends. All hotels require a 2-night (some are 3-night) stay on weekends. Sunday thru Thursday, hotels will accept single-night stays unless there is a special event. The hotels, resorts & home rentals located in the downtown area book p first, as everyone wants to be near the main strip. It is best to call the central reservation center at 833-742-2827 for the most current information.

What Is The Best Place To Stay At Put-In-Bay

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 most people want to stay. For rental homes, the Put-in-Bay Villas located downtown are the most luxurious. All have either 4 or 5 bedrooms and three full bathrooms and are the only modern rental homes on the island. Youcan contact us for help selecting lodging.

What Is There To Do At Put-in-Bay

The easier question is, what is there NOT to do? Put-in-Bay has everything from on-island to mid-air and even activities high above the ground! Zip across the water on a Put-in-Bay Jet Ski Rental, Travel to the top of the moment, or to the bottom of Perry’s cave. Fly high above the island with Put-in-Bay Parasail, Bi-Plane Rides, or helicopter rides.

How Much Are Put-in-Bay Events

The events themselves are generally free of charge. “Events” at Put-in-Bay generally are themes for a particular week or weekend. Enjoying the display’s re-enactments, music, and vendors displays generally cost nothing. Some events that feature food & beverage, such as Oktoberfest, may have a small fee associated with the event.

Are Put-in-Bay Events Family Friendly

For the most part, all of the events published here are family-friendly. Some events that run later into the evening may begin family-friendly and move to a more adult crowd later in the evening. If you have a specific question, it’s best to contact us the Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau.

How Old Do You Have To Be To Rent A Golf Cart At Put In Bay?

You must be 18 years of age to rent a golf cart. A valid driver’s license is required. If you are a licensed driver but under 18 a parent or guardian may rent a golf cart for you. Reservations are suggested and may be made here

How Old Do You Have To Be To Rent A Moped At Put In Bay?

You must be 18 years of age to rent a golf cart. A valid driver’s license is required. If you are a licensed driver but under 18 a parent or guardian may rent a moped for you. Reservations are suggested and may be made here

How Much Is A Golf Cart Rental At Put In Bay?

Golf Carts are rented hourly and daily, andPut-in-Bay Golf Carts rent overnight. Rental rates are always less expensive when you book online, as the rentals when you get off the ferry are often much more expensive. The Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau offers a $5 discount coupon on their website. You can contact us for large group bookings.Reservations for the lowest rates should be made here

Where Can I Drive A Put-in-Bay Golf Cart

For the most part about anywhere a car can go. A good rule of thumb is to stay on paved roads, out of parks or Federal Monument property, off docks, and pay close attention to signs indicating private roads or property.

Where Can I Find Put-in-Bay Hotels Discounts Deals Or Packages

The Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau Maintains a list of package deals, discounts, and promotions for Put-in-Bay Hotels Here.

Where is the Best Place To Rent A Golf Cart

The Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau recommends three Golf Cart Rental Companies. Put-in-Bay Golf Carts, Delaware Golf Carts & Put-in-Bay Rentals. These three companies offer the lowest rates, the newest cards, and rent hourly, daily, and overnight. Reservations are suggested and may be made on their websites. You can contact us for large group reservations.

What is the best seafood restaurant at Put-in-Bay

Ranked by the Best Of The Bay Awards they are:

  1. The Boardwalk
  2. The Fish Shack
  3. Mossbacks
  4. The Boathouse Bar & Grill
  5. The Goat Soup & Whiskey
What Happens If We Miss The Last Ferry?

We suggest you don’t! Trying to find a last-minute Put-in Bay Hotels late in the evening can be challenging if not impossible, particularly on busy sold-out Weekends. The Jet Express offers the latest operating schedules.

What is the best Restaurant or Bar for live entertainment?

With so many options for food, there are even more options for types of entertainment. We suggest checking the Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau website, where you will find the most comprehensive entertainment schedule for Put-in-Bay

What Time Do The Bars Close At Put-in-Bay

As an all-around tradition, most downtown pubs close around 1:30 am. The Island has a few late-night bars: The Brewery, The Green Room, and Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grill. These bars stop serving alcohol at 2:00 am and ask any remaining customers to leave by 2:30 am. At this moment, places like Lesters Taco Shop & the Put-in-Bay Pizza Company get VERY busy!

Where Can I Get Late Night Food At Put-in-Bay

Put-in-Bay Pizza Company and Lesters Taco Shop are the two most popular venues for late-night restaurant food at Put-in-Bay. Both Deliver and the Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau Website has phone numbers for both.

Are there any Put-in-Bay Restaurants Open Year Round

Put-in-Bay Restaurants are privately owned and typically open and close at the start and end of the season. Topsy Turvey and Reel Bar are generally open all or part of the offseason. It is always best to call when in doubt. The Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau maintains a list of contact numbers on its website.

How Do People Get Back & Forth In The Winter?

When the ferryboats cease operating, several charter airlines that fly in and out of Put-in-Bay. Look to Griffing Flying Service and Island Air Taxi for your winter island transportation needs. There are no landing lights at the Put-in-Bay Airport, so charters are only able to fly during daylight hours. The only exception to this is LigeFlight.

Does Put-in-Bay Have A School?

Yes! Put-in-Bay has a K thru 12 school in the downtown area. The school hosts students come from all the central Bass Islands and even once in a while from the mainland. The children from Middle Bass Island arrive on a school boat when available or by airplane when Lake Erie is iced over. They often take boats or planes to compete in sporting and education off-island events.

When Are Events Published For The Upcoming Year

Put-in-Bay Events are released late season the year prior. A complete list of things to do at Put-in-Bay is generally complete and finalized by February. You can contact us for information about specific events.

Are Put-in-Bay Hotels Resorts And Home Rentals Kid Friendly

Yes! While summer weekends tend to be more of an adult crowd, Sundays thru Thursdays are packed with families, kids & corporate meeting groups. Put-in-Bay is an exciting Ohio Vacation option for an all-ages family getaway. There are some great things to do for kids on the island and incredible sights and experiences, from water activities to go-carts!

What Are The Most Popular Events At Put-in-Bay?

The most popular events at Put-in-Bay are the ones you have an interest in!  Everyone has different tastes but by past event history here are some of the more popular events at Put-in-Bay

  • Official Spring Fling Season Opener Party at Put-in-Bay Resort
  • July 4th Fireworks and Concert in July
  • Pirate Fest in June
  • Historical Weekend in September
  • Oktoberfest in October
  • Fall Ball Customer Appreciation Party At the Put-in-Bay Resort
How Much Are Tickets To Put-in-Bay Events

The best part about the Put-in-Bay experience is that there are no tickets, it is a completely free visit if you want it to be! Some attractions have fees, but visiting the island is FREE! The only expense you have is getting here!

What is Happening At Put-in-Bay Today?

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!

Are There Midweek Events At Put-in-Bay

Yes there are a few we have listed below. Many events in Put-in-Bay are held on weekends when most people have time off work to visit the island. Midweek is relaxed and permits more exploration of the island. However, there is always something to do. Some midweek events include:

  • Nature Camp
  • Art In The Park
  • Wild Tuesdays
  • Junior Sail Regatta
What Are The Put in Bay Golf Cart Laws?

Golf Carts are treated as licensed motor vehicles on the Island. All traffic laws apply, including open container laws as well as drinking and driving. Put-in-Bay Golf Carts rents to licensed drivers over the age of 18. For those under 18 but holding a valid license, a parent or guardian may rent a golf cart for your use. A safe way to treat golf cart laws is that generally speaking, any law that applies to a motor vehicle applies to a golf cart. This includes parking, safe operation, and driving rules.

Is Gas Included In The Golf Cart Rental

Yes, carts are full of fuel when you depart, and fuel usage is included in the rental rates. There is no need to refuel, and golf carts will run on a tank of fuel for several days. It is best to book your golf cart in advance at Put-in-Bay Golf Carts to ensure availability. 

Are Your Golf Carts Gas Or Electric

The best Put-in-Bay Golf Carts carts are gas-powered. There are a few electric carts on the island, but they are not in high demand as they are battery-powered, start slow, and just get slower as the day goes on. We recommend you make sure to request a gas-powered golf cart rental.

Can Golf Carts Be Driven At Night

Yes, Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rentals may be driven at night and are equipped with headlights, taillights & turn signals as a car is. Golf Carts should not be operated at any time by anyone who has been consuming alcohol.

Interesting Put-in-Bay Facts

The population was 138 in the village limits and a few hundred more in the township at the most recent census, and it may go up soon! The village is a famous summer vacation destination. With its wide variety of recreational activities and educational attractions, it’s the perfect place for families and friends. Contact Us for any additional information you may need!

Do you want a vacation getaway to unplug and de-stress? Put-in-Bay camping is a favorite of many. If you are more into the late-night setting on the island, there are plenty of Put-in-Bay restaurants and Put-in-Bay Bars to enjoy! The Put-in-Bay ferry boats and other transportation services link the community with Catawba Island, Port Clinton, Kelleys Island, and Sandusky, Ohio.

Put-in-Bay History played an important role in the War of 1812 as the backdrop of the squadron of U.S. naval commander Oliver Hazard Perry, who departed from the port on September 10, 1813, to confront a British unit just north of the island in the famous Battle of Lake Erie.

Photo on the Contact Us and FAQ Page of Frosty Pizza At Night
Photo of a couple riding a bike at Put-in-Bay
Photo of the July 4th Fireworks at Put-in-Bay