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Frequently Asked Question (FAQS) About Put-in-Bay

The top Put-in-Bay most frequently asked questions & FAQ answers!

When travelers plan to Visit Put-in-Bay Ohio, we receive many questions and inquiries and below are the most common ones.  If your questions are not answered here just e-mail us.

What do I need to bring for my stay in a rental home?

Bring any items you may need, such as paper plates/cups, utensils, paper towels, etc. The better Put-in-Bay rental homes come with linens and towels. There is no need to bring beer, ice, groceries as these items are available on the island. We do not have a liquor store at Put-in-Bay.

What is your operating season?

Our Put-in-Bay Hotels and Resorts operating season begins April 1 and ends Halloween weekend. The island welcomes winter visitors for Perch and Walleye ice fishing.

How far are you from Cedar Point?

The two Put-in-Bay Ferry Boats are both about a 25-minute drive from Sandusky Ohio where Cedar Point is located. Both Ferry boats offer ample parking for your car while you Visit Put-in-Bay Ohio. For additional Put-in-Bay Information in the ferry schedules check their website. Schedules vary by time of the year.

How far in advance should I make my Put-in-Bay Hotel or Resort reservation?

Put-in-Bay Hotels and Resorts book up very quickly, especially for weekend stays. Most hotels and Resorts begin taking reservations a year in advance so it is suggested that you make your reservation as early as possible. Call us at (888) 742-7829 or visit our accommodations page to book a property.

Do your properties have a minimum stay?

Weekends require a two-night minimum; holiday weekends require a three-night minimum. There is not a minimum required for midweek stays (Sunday through Thursday nights) when Sunday is not part of a holiday weekend. Some hotels and resorts offer a single night stay in April and a few of the October weekends. For additional Put-in-Bay Information on a hotel or resort, you may contact the individual hotel by visiting Put-in-Bay Hotels and Resorts

How do I get to Put-in-Bay?

The Jet Express and Miller Ferry both run from the mainland to the island. For more information, check out our Put-in-Bay Ferry page. Put-in-Bay Ferry schedules vary by the time of the year.

What’s island weather like?

Weather at Put-in-Bay will generally be the same as larger cities along Ohio’s north coast like Cleveland and Toledo. We suggest that you bring a light jacket or sweater in the fall and spring.  If you would like Put-in-Bay Information on the weather forecast, our zip code is 43456. Don’t forget that no matter the weather outside, it’s always warm and never rains inside our great restaurants and bars!

Should I bring my car to the island?

We strongly recommend that you do NOT bring your car to Put-in-Bay. Besides the hassle of getting your car to the island – including paying for it to go on the ferry and waiting in line for up to three hours to get it on or off the island- the parking is very limited on the island. Once you get to the island, a car isn’t even really necessary.

Most attractions are within walking distance, but there are also plenty of taxis and buses that will take you anywhere you need to go.  When you Visit Put-in-Bay Golf Carts are available to rent and are the most common method of transportation. Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Reservations are suggested and may be made online in advance of your trip.

Do I need a driver’s license to rent a golf cart?

Yes! Golf carts are treated as licensed motor vehicles on the island. This also means that all driving laws apply, including open container laws and drinking and driving. If you are under 18 but have a valid license, a parent or guardian can rent a cart for you to use.

How old do you have to be to rent a moped?

You must be at least 18 years old.

Where’s the best place to eat?

Put-in-Bay has a wide variety of dining options to choose from. For a more complete description of dining options visit our Put-in-Bay Restaurants page.

What time do the bars close?

Most places close around 1:30 a.m. For late-night food visit Lesters Taco Shop or for delivery the Put-in-Bay Pizza Company

Can I walk from bar to bar with a drink?

NO! Ohio law and Put-in-Bay laws prohibit open containers of alcohol outside of a liquor establishment. This includes a Golf Cart!

Can I bring alcohol to my hotel room or rental home?

Yes. All the rentals featured on Visit Put-in-Bay allow you to bring beverages to your own hotel or resort room or rental home. There is no liquor store on the island, but beer and wine can be purchased at  Put-in-Bay carry out stores for prices that are comparable to those on the mainland. Be sure to check with your hotel before reserving as some do not permit alcohol.

Which entertainers are playing when?

Check out the Put-in-Bay entertainment page for information on what bands and entertainers are playing on the dates of your visit.

Do the docks take reservations?

Put-in-Bay Docks are available on a first-come, first, serve basis for boat dockage. Visit our Put-in-Bay Dockage page for additional information.

Do I need reservations for the ferries?

As a passenger no as the ferry boast can move as many as 300 people each trip. If you plan on taking your car across, reservations are suggested.

What if I miss the last ferry?

This is not a good idea! Last-minute lodging can be difficult – if not impossible to find. We suggest buying your return trip ticket when you purchase your ticket to Put-in-Bay.

Is there a grocery store on the island?

Yes! There is a full-service grocery store and carry out store on Catawba Avenue next to the Beer Barrel Saloon and a drive-through beverage store that has beer and wine on Hartford Avenue next to the Boathouse Bar and Grill.

Does Put in Bay have a school?

There is a K-12 school downtown For additional information on the Put-in-Bay School visit our Put-in-Bay Information Page

How many people live on the island year-round?

There are about 480 to 550 full-time residents of Put in Bay.

How do you get to the island in the winter?

When the ferryboats aren’t running, there are several charter airlines that fly in and out of Put-in-Bay airport. In some winters, the ice is thick enough for snowmobiles, 4-wheelers, or modified cars to drive across the lake.