Category: News

Put-In-Bay Ranked #14 Best Small Town in America

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Put-in-Bay has made the list again! We are #14 in the USA! Read the article at

Townspeople commemorate the events of 1812 every September with Perry’s Victory Heritage Fest, featuring music, art and a recreation of an 1812 military encampment. This summer also marks the start of five years of visits from the U.S. brig Niagara, a historic replica of one of Perry’s ships that will offer tours, sailing trips and the chance to learn old-fashioned seamanship skills. Perry’s Cave (where the commander found drinking water for his men) also offers historic tours, while Crystal Cave across the street features the world’s largest geode, sparkling with pale blue celestine crystals read more

Awards, News

Put-In-Bay Opens for 2015!

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The long hard winter is behind us and Put-In-Bay is officially open for the season! The Miller Ferry left the dock at 2pm this afternoon with great fanfare, making it’s maiden journey for 2015. Islanders and visitors alike rejoiced. We are expecting another incredible summer at Put-In-Bay and welcome you to make your summer reservations now before everything books up! Visit our Lodging Page and check out what is available, or visit our online Calendar of Events to choose a theme weekend for you and your family or group.

Pretty soon, the trees will be filled with leaves, the pools will be filled with fresh water, and the island will be filled with the joyful sounds of children and adults alike. Come join us. Have a great day… and we’ll see YOU at the Bay! read more


Brig Niagara to Visit Put-in-Bay in 2015


It’s official! The tall ship Brig Niagara is scheduled to sail to Put-in-Bay Ohio for the next 5 years. The Flagship Niagara is scheduled to visit Put-in-Bay on the third weekend of June in 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 and 2020 as part of the Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest (in 2017, it will be in dry dock for maintenance and refitting). For more 2015 Put-in-Bay events, check our Put-in-Bay 2015 Calendar to find a weekend that you want to visit. As always, for hotel and rental home reservations, check our Put-in-Bay Lodging or call 419-285-3101 (hotels) or 216-898-9951 (homes). read more


Put-in-Bay Christmas in July a Success

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Island businesses decorated for this annual “holiday” weekend. Tinsel and twinkling lights abounded all over downtown, in the park, in the front windows of shops, and all around the bars and restaurants. Not to be outdone, the annual Christmas Eve parade featured a record number of “floats” and good times were had by all. Food and beverage specials in a Christmas in July theme were featured throughout the island and there was much eggnog to be found at The Island Club.

This event is one of the busiest weekends of the year so be sure to make your hotel reservations early for next year! Some people actually booked their room when they checked out on Sunday morning, and many hotels are filled by January for the next year!!! Great live entertainment and nearly the entire downtown area is decorated for Christmas. The Jet Express offers extra late night ferry service for this special event. read more

Events & Gatherings, News

Put-in-Bay Accommodates Unlucky Cedar Point Travelers

cedar point entrance

Ohio’s most popular amusement park, Cedar Point, was closed through the June 7th weekend. This happened after a water main break in the city of Sandusky. It disrupted the primary water supply, putting an initial damper on thousands of summer vacations. This caused havoc to the many summer weekend visitors. Most had planned their trips to Cedar Point for weeks, months, even years in advance.

Park officials closed Cedar Point and three hotels on its northern Ohio property on a picture-perfect Saturday. It didn’t expect to reopen until Monday, saying a lack of reliable water posed a safety risk. Many visitors to the roller coaster kingdom didn’t know about the closure until after they arrived. Some after driving hundreds of miles. Alternate plans had to be made quickly and many chose to visit Put-in-Bay for the day and see Perry’s Victory Monument and other island attractions. read more