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Excellent Fishing at Put-in-Bay

put in bay walleye fishing

This Spring has seen the usual influx of fisherman from across the Midwest and northwest. Trucks and trailers with license plates from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and even the state up north are on the island catching their limit of Walleye. There is still time to book a house for your fisherman group and enjoy the waters of Lake Erie.

Check out some of these fine samples…










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 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-small-towns-2015-180954993/?page=14&no-ist

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

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Frosty Family Pizza Night & Whiskey Light Weekend

roundhouse put in bay Whiskey Light Is On

Tired of winter? Join us at Frosty’s Bar in Put in Bay, Ohio for the official/unofficial start of the season April 10th at 5pm for the traditional pizza family buffet. There will be live music from the Sunset Strip Band at Mr. Ed’s all weekend. Many bars are finally open including Mr. Ed’s, Cameos, Topsey Turvey, Round House, Reel Bar, and of course Frosty’s. On Sunday, sing along as we celebrate the Whiskey Light at the Roundhouse bar which marks the opening of the 2015 summer season. Jump on the Miller Ferry and enjoy the festivities during annual event!

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!


Put-In-Bay Days in Key West

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Do you wish you were down in Key West right now at Put-in-Bay Days? So do we! The island may be cold now for the ice fishermen with incredibly good ice conditions, but it won’t be long before we reopen our doors for the Spring and Summer. Don’t forget to make your room/cottage reservations and if you don’t have one yet, Make a Golf Cart Reservation as popular weekends will definitely sell out each day!!

Mid-America Boat Show in Cleveland

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The 56th annual Progressive Mid-America Boat Show, Ohio’s largest winter boating event, will dock in Cleveland’s I-X Center this weekend, January 15–19, repeating its highly successful 5-day format for the third consecutive year. This year’s show will cover nearly 20 percent more exhibit space with nearly 400 boats from small inflatables to 45-foot motor yachts. The show kicks off big on opening night with a party in the Put-in-Bay section featuring island favorites Mike “Mad Dog” Adams, Ray Fogg, Westside Steve and lots of The Boardwalk’s infamous lobster bisque. But the music doesn’t stop there. Last year, two party crashers showed up unannounced to join their friends on Put-in-Bay Night – Pat Dailey and Alex Bevin – the biggest names in the logbook of island entertainment. Who knows, maybe they will pop in again this year!?! 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).

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).



Fourth of July Fireworks Events

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This weekend, the Lake Erie Islands will celebrate our nation’s Independence Day with various Fourth of July parades, festivals, events, and most especially FIREWORKS! To help you find what time the Put-in-Bay fireworks will be displayed, as well as other local cities, we have put together a handy chart for you, even up into the lower Michigan area

Ottawa County, Ohio:

  • Put-in-Bay: July 4 at dusk, over downtown harbor, Bay View Avenue
  • Lakeside: July 4 at 9:45 p.m., Lakeside Dock
  • Marblehead: July 5 at dusk, Marblehead Bay Point, 10948 East Bayshore Road
  • Oak Harbor: July 3 at dusk, downtown along the Portage River, Mill Street
  • Port Clinton: July 4 at dusk, Water Works Park, Perry Street

Lucas County, Ohio:

  • Maumee: July 3 at dusk, 100 East Wayne
  • Oregon: July 4 at dusk, Oakshade Grove, 3624 Seaman Road
  • Swanton: July 5 at dusk, Swanton High School Football Field, 601 N Main Street
  • Sylvania: July 3 at dusk, Centennial Terrace, 5773 Centennial Road
  • Toledo: July 4 at dusk, Promenade Park, Festival Park and International Park, Water Street
  • Waterville: July 4 at 10 p.m., Waterville Primary School, 457 Sycamore
  • Whitehouse: July 5 at 10 p.m., Village Hall, 6925 Providence Street

Erie County, Ohio:

  • Huron: July 5 at dusk, Huron Boat Basin, 330 Main Street
  • Sandusky: July 4 and 5 at dusk, Cedar Point, 1 Cedar Point Drive

Sandusky County, Ohio:

  • Clyde: July 4 at 10 p.m., Clyde Community Park
  • Fremont: July 4 at dusk, Walsh Park
  • Woodville: July 5 at 10 p.m., Trailmarker Park, Cherry Street

Monroe County, Michigan:

  • Luna Pier: July 5 at dusk, Lakewood Avenue
  • Monroe: July 3 at 9:45pm, over Lake Erie, Sterling State Park, 2800 State Park Road

Make sure you get your seat downtown early, as prime spaces fill quickly to view the Fourth of July fireworks, especially at the Boardwalk and at The Keys.

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.

Thanks to everyone who enjoyed the “holiday” weekend with us!

Arts on Erie – Put-in-Bay Ohio

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This year’s Arts on Erie festival is June 23-28. Each day from 11am-3pm, there will be a kid’s workshop at the Monument visitor’s center. The focus this year is to expose attending children to activities they may not have access to at home. There will still be hands on crafts as well.

Monday will kick off the event with a small “Pyrate” craft in addition to a beach glass and watercolor activity. This year’s Arts on Erie will create a huge community project at the end of the week so be sure to attend every day to find out what it will be and add to it!

Also, everyone be sure to come to the family concert on the 26th with the Central Ohio Symphony. Afterwards will be an ice cream social at DJ’s! Who wouldn’t want to miss that?!

Full Week Schedule:

Monday: Beach Glass and Watercolor with Celeste and Jan. Bring your beach glass!

Tuesday: Embellish Butterflies with Celeste and Jan.

Movie in the Park at sundown at De Rivera Park.

Wednesday: Dance Worshop with Jessica.

Thursday: Percussion Workshop with Central Ohio Symphony. From 11am-1pm, ages 8 and under; 1-3pm ages 8 and up.

Ice Cream Social following concert at DJ’s Ice Cream.

Friday: Improvisation Workshop with Anthony. 11-1pm ages 9 and under, 1-3pm ages 10 and up.

Saturday: Tie-Dye with Lauren. (T-shirts provided) Bring your own item to tie-dye too!