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Put-in-Bay Ohio on South Bass Island

Put In Bay Online is your one-stop resource for Put-in-Bay, Ohio information! We offer everyone’s favorite downloadable and online Island Guide with listings for Put-in-Bay hotels and resorts, vacation homes and cottages, and waterfront condo rentals. Furthermore, there is a ton of vacation information at your fingertips. Take a look around and see why this popular Lake Erie island is the Midwest’s hottest summer staycation destination. Hundreds of thousands of individuals, families, friend groups, bachelorettes, and corporate meeting planners call Put-in-Bay Ohio their vacation home during the summer. Every weekend is a different theme on the island so check out our Event Calendar to find the right one for you!

When you plan your vacation to Put in Bay, this website is Your Island Resource. Whether you are looking for relaxed family attractions on the island or a fun outing to the downtown Put-in-Bay bars and restaurants, you will enjoy your visit here. Put-in-Bay is consistently ranked as one of the top 10 vacation destinations on Lake Erie and in Ohio. We annually appear in magazine “top 10” lists for a best small city or best island getaway. Recreational boaters and tourists alike consider Put-in-Bay to be the Key West of the North. Have you discovered our island yet? If not, we invite you to read more about our destination and plan your visit, lodging, golf cart rentals, and relaxing vacation to this island paradise!

There's so much to do at Put-in-Bay!

South Bass Island isn’t called the Key West of the Midwest for no reason. Just a short drive from Cleveland and Sandusky, Put-in-Bay island is the ideal weekend getaway for all ages. Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center, Butterfly House and Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial are just a few of the great family friendly Put-in-Bay attractions found on the island. Jet skis and kayaks are also available to rent for the whole family. For those looking for some of the best nightlife in the state? Look no further than the downtown area of Put-in-Bay. The best bars are found around Derivera Park and they are all within walking distance. With so many upcoming events all summer long one will always have something to do!

Whether you are coming from Toledo or Detroit, South Bass Island is just a short trip away. With Put-in-Bay ferry boats leaving from multiple cities on the mainland the island is easy to reach. The Jet Express has two ports, one leaving from Sandusky and one from Port Clinton. The Miller Ferry’s dockage is found on Catawba Island. If you wish to take your vehicle to your vacation rental home on the island, this ferry is they way to go. The Miller Ferry also offers passage to and from Middle Bass Island and Kelley’s Island. You can even fly over the Great Lakes into Put-in-Bay Airport from Sandusky if you wish. Visit Put-in-Bay today!


Check out all of the Hotel and Resort rentals on the island! We can help you find the right fit for your group.

Make your stay one to remember – check out all of our beautiful lodging choices! From hotels to houses, we can accommodate up to 16 guests per lodging unit.

Need a vacation or a family getaway? Check out all of our holiday homes and waterfront condo rental options!

Make your reservation to rent a golf cart today! Most seat from 2 to 8 passengers. Busy weekends often sell out weeks in advance.

Enjoy a fun weekend in Put-in-Bay! Find upcoming events all season long. Our exciting Put-in-Bay bars and restaurants offer entertainment all summer long.

Coordinate the boat schedule with what is going on at Put-in-Bay to plan your perfect weekend or midweek island visit!


The most commonly believed reason is that the island has been used by mariners for many centuries, utilizing the protected harbor for safety.  Sailors would “put in at the bay” for refuge from Lake Erie storms.

The island of Put in Bay is most commonly accessed via a Passenger Ferry Boat.  Ferries departing from Port Clinton, Catawba Island and Sandusky provide water transportation over the great Lake Erie to South Bass Island, where the Village of Put-in-Bay resides.

Yes!  The Miller Ferry offers both passenger and vehicle transport from its Port Clinton, Ohio dock.  Service is rendered to the Lime Kiln Dock on the southern end of South Bass Island.  The Miller Ferry is the only Put in Bay Ferry that offers vehicle transportation to the island.

The most important thing to bring is a great attitude!  There are so many great things to do and see on the island that a willingness to have fun is all that is needed.  For items that you may truly need, there is a grocery store, convenience store and many shops serving the community and visitors alike.

The island of Put-In-Bay is mainly comprised of solid, dolomite rock.  Therefore, the shoreline is rocky with small pebbles and stones.  So, while there are beaches, they are not sandy beaches like Florida or Hawaii.

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Specials – Win a FREE Weekend!

Each summer, we award a free weekend lodging package to one lucky winner chosen at random from all entries received. Good luck!

Golf Cart Rental

Click here and discover information about the favorite way to get around the Bay. Then fill out a quick form for your golf cart rental!

Island Guide

Find out more about the island with our Island Guide. Print it off and take it with you! Or keep it on your phone as a PDF.

More Things to Do:

Put-in-Bay is chock-full of island attractions and things to do besides bar hopping! You can explore the lakeside South Bass Island Lighthouse, head to Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center for a game of mini-golf or a tour of the Butterfly House, or even rent a kayak if you want. You can also check out the South Bass Island State Park where they have great picnic areas and lake access. Plus, you can rent jet skis or paddleboards!

Put-in-Bay Ohio is home to the Commodore Resort, Island Club Home Rentals, Bird’s Nest Resort, Put-in-Bay Condos, Victory Station Hotel, and plenty of other Put-in-Bay lodging resorts, conference centers, and interesting lodging choices. Lakeview resort hotels with outdoor pools can be found on the island. Poolside tiki bars such as MIST can be found within walking distance of downtown lodgings. Book today!!

Did You Know?

The founder of Put-In-Bay was a wealthy Spaniard named Jose DeRivera.  In 1854, he purchased South Bass Island (where the Village of Put in Bay is located), Middle Bass Island, and a couple of smaller rocky outcroppings.  DeRivera Park in downtown PutinBay was donated by the village founder and entrusted to remain a park forever.

There is just so much to see and do on the island. From watercraft rentals to a 9 hole golf course at Saunders, there is something for everyone. Getting around is easy too! The best way to see the bay is with a Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rental. In addition to the many things to do, awesome events like the annual Pyrate Fest and Bash on the Bay bring crowds coming to our little slice of heaven.

With so much fun, why leave? Staying overnight on Put-in-Bay is the preferred way to get the most out of your island getaway. The Island Club home rentals and Put-in-Bay Condos offer perfect options for groups. Whether you are traveling with your family or friends, there are comfortable options for everyone. Stay tuned to this site and our Facebook partners for lodging specials throughout the year.