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Things To Do In Put In Bay


South Bass Island Things to Do

If you are looking for the time of your life, look no further than Put In Bay Island off the coast of Port Clinton, Ohio in beautiful Lake Erie. Surrounded by sparkling blue water on all sides, there is no shortage of things to do in Put in Bay.

The Island is located just a short drive away from places like Cleveland, Sandusky and Catawba. In order to get to Put-in-Bay, you'll have to ferry over from Port Clinton and choose between the Miller Ferry or the Jet Express. 

 Whether you are looking for a relaxing getaway from everyday life or just the opposite—an up-all-night, adventure-filled experience you will never forget—this little island has it all. Here we explore things to do while you are here. From mini golf to parasailing and everything in between, this island has something for you!

Golf Carts, Cave and More Things to Do at Put-in-Bay

The best way to get around the island and explore the sightseeing opportunities is by renting a Put-in-Bay golf cart. Golf cart rentals are readily available on the island. For Island Club and Put-in-Bay Condo guests, private golf cart rentals are available on site. If renting a golf cart isn't for you, the Island Club Taxis will take you anywhere on the island for just $3 per person!

Once your settled into the island, head right to Perry's Cave & Family Fun Center and enjoy dozens of things to do! There you'll find Perry's Cave, miniature golf, the antique car museum, rock wall climbing, ice cream, gemstone mining, fort amaze'n and much more. Take a tour of the cave to learn about its history and influence on the War of 1812. 

Nature lovers can visit the islands National Parks. The South Bass Island State Park is known to have one of the best sunsets in the country and serves as the island's public beach. 

For those who seek a thrilling water sport adventure, check out Put-in-Bay watercraft rentals. There, you can enjoy an opportunity to go kayaking or rent a jet ski!

Make your way to the visitor center in downtown Put-in-Bay via Taxi to learn more about the island's top attractions. Right next door is the Put-in-bay tour train that will show you a glimpse of what Put-in-Bay has to offer.  You'll drive past Crystal Cave, The Chocolate Museum, DeRivera Park, the downtown carousel, Heineman's Winery, and much more!

Put-in-Bay Restaurants 

Perhaps the island favorite is Goat, Soup and Whiskey. With a warm, accommodating staff, famous fish tacos and plenty of cocktail flavors to choose from, you will want to make this bar and grill a frequent stop on your quest of things to do in Put-in-Bay. 

For a fantastic atmosphere, great food and can't-live-without-trying-at-least-once coffee, check out Old Forge Cafe and Creperie. Get a bloody mary at brunch or truffle fries with a cocktail, you can't go wrong at this locally owned restaurant, a favorite Put In Bay attraction. 

If you are looking for the feel of the sea, visit The Boardwalk. Clam chowder and lobster bisque are fan favorites, but there is plenty of seafood to satisfy any patron. If you are looking for an attraction at Put-in-Bay to bring beach vibes, don't miss The Boardwalk. 

For those who love wine, visit the Put-in-Bay winery and start tasting the area’s finest wines.  If you are bringing kids with you, they also offer the World's finest grape juice. 

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Get a lay for the land by visiting Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial. The memorial pays homage to Oliver Hazard Perry and his influence on the Battle of Lake Erie. When you visit the monument, you can get a bird's eye view of all the Lake Erie Islands and the United States/Canada border from the observation deck.  Note: the memorial is accessible via elevator. 

Another option for those who aren't afraid to fly is to take a Put-in-Bay a helicopter tour.  Head over to the Put-in-Bay airport and fly away!

The real island crowd pleaser is the Butterfly House, where children and adults alike can frolick amongst local and tropical butterflies in a fun yet romantic environment. The habitat is beautiful and doesn't disappoint—and don't forget to visit the gift shop for a memento of your island visit. 

For those a little more adventurous, don't miss Perry's Cave. Should you choose to venture to the undergrounds, you will find a hidden lake and awe-inspiring geographical formations. The intimate attraction is accessed via steep, small steps, so keep that in mind as you are getting dressed for your excursion. 


The above include only a portion of the things to do on Put-in-Bay. While the island may be small, it packs a lot of attractions. Visitors can lounge at the beach, take in historical landmarks, partake in water sports and play a round of 18 holes on stunning golf courses. 

With so much to do, it is impossible to see everything in just one day. The Island Club offer the best Put-in-Bay lodging on the island. Meanwhile, if you’re interested in staying at the best Put-in-Bay resort, inquire about the Put-in-Bay Condos. Put-in-Bay Hotels and Lodging tend to book up fast so make sure you plan ahead!

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Can you take a vehicle to Put-in-Bay? 

The Miller Ferry allows passengers to bring a vehicle to Put-in-Bay.  It is the only ferry offer the additional service. Cars cost $18.00 to bring over and motorcycle tickets are $16.00 one way.

What are the "can't miss" events at Put-in-Bay?

Frankly, every weekend in Put-in-Bay there is at least one event happening. The most popular include the Pyrate Fest, Boaters' New Years, Historical Weekend, and of course the Official Original Put-in-Bay Spring Fling Customer Appreciation Party and its sister the Fall Ball party... both of which are hosted here at The Island Club.

Are golf carts allowed on Put-in-Bay?

Golf Carts are allowed on Put-in-Bay and are the preferred way to get around once on the island.  Island Club Rentals offer private golf cart rentals on site to guests staying at both the Put-in-Bay Condos and The Island Club.  

Is Put-in-Bay family-friendly?

The Island has a reputation for being a party place for adults only. Although the weekends bring in a more lively crowd, sunday through thursday is very family friendly.  During the week, Put-in-Bay is full of things to do for families to enjoy such as Perry's Cave, Perry's monument, The chocolate museum and much more!

Does the Island Club have a Taxi Service?

The Island Club has multiple taxi vans running 24/7 on Put-in-Bay.  Island Club taxis are the only taxis on the island allowed into the Island Club and Put-in-Bay Condos. Rides cost just $3 per person and the taxis will take you to and from anywhere on the island.

Fun Fact:

Did you know that the first ever co-ed swimming pool in the United States was at Put-in-Bay? The Victory Hotel was Put-in-Bay's first luxurious hotel that featured the country's first co-ed swimming pool, 625 guest rooms and 80 private baths.  Unfortunately, the building burned to the ground in 1919.  The remains of the foundation can still be found today at the South Bass Island State Park.



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