Perrys Cave

There is always something exciting at Put-In-Bay during the summer. Here is a list of some fun family-friendly activities that are coming up in a few weeks. Plan your island getaway today, bring the kids, and have a great relaxed week on the Bay!

What: Nature Camps ~ Intro & My First
When: July 11 – July 13
Where: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, 255 Meechen Road, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: Intro to Nature Camp (4 year olds) and My First Nature Camp (5-6 year olds) introduces young children to the world around them with a nature story, a hands-on nature activity, a craft, and a physical activity. Registration forms are available at or email For more details, call Jackie Taylor at 419-279-3199. Nature Camps at the Bay are sponsored by the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, Miller Boat Line, the Put-in-Bay Recreation Committee, the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, and the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy.

What: South Bass Island Lighthouse Tours
When: July 11 – July 12
Where: South Bass Island Lighthouse, 2368 Langram Rd., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: Tour the South Bass Island Lighthouse for Free and learn about its history on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:00am-5:00pm. June 20 through August 9. Climb the stairs to take in a great view of Put-in-Bay from the top of the tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds are open to the public dawn to dusk free of charge and the lighthouse and grounds are also available for rental for private parties and special events. Call 419-285-1800 for more information and pricing.

What: Wild Tuesday ~ Lizards
When: July 12
Where: Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, 255 Meechen Road, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: The Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center is excited to announce the continuation of our WILD Tuesday! Programs begin Tuesday, June 14, from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. The programs will continue every Tuesday thereafter (same time) through August 16. This program is FREE! Although your donations are appreciated and help us to bring in our special guests. Brought to you by the Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center, the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, Miller Boat Line and the Ohio State Univerity Stone Laboratory. So come out, bring the kids, and get WILD in a good way at Put-in-Bay. Lizards with Joseph Byrnes. Do we have lizards on the island? Come find out! Live animals for an up-close and hands-on experience.

What: Random Workshops of Art
When: July 12 – July 13
Where: Middle Bass Island, Middle Bass Island, OH
Info: Creative Embroidery in a Fabric Box Workshop by Sue Gerbick. TIME: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with an hour for lunch. Learn to make yo-yo’s and fabric flowers to adorn a pre-cut and sewn fabric box. You will also learn different embroidery stitches to add to items in your box. A Progressive Class in the Art of Acrylic and Watercolor Painting by Janet Stearns. TIME: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. You will continue to learn different techniques as you create something new or work on a current project. Janet will guide you in the creation of your art piece.

What: Red Cross Blood Drive at Put-in-Bay
When: July 12 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: Put-in-Bay Town Hall, 431 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: Put-in-Bay Town Hall and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive. Please join this lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today! Coordinator Name: Mike Roe. The Red Cross is in urgent need of blood! Please take the time to give blood and help save a life. During the summer months our hospitals get very low on blood supply and we need your help to keep them supplied. Thank you for taking the time to give blood. The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime. Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!

What: Gibraltar Island Tours
When: July 13
Where: Gibraltar Island, Gibraltar Island, The Ohio State University Stone Laboratory, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Info: Have you ever wondered what kind of research goes on at Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory? Want to see Cooke Castle? Science and History Tours of Gibraltar Island will be held each Wednesday, June 22 through August 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A tour fee of $10 ($5 for children 6-12) supports Stone Lab student scholarships.  To get to Gibraltar, meet at the Boardwalk Restaurant Harbor Taxi Landing, 341 Bayview Ave. Put-in-Bay, Ohio at 10:45 a.m. to catch a water taxi at a cost of $6 round trip, payable to the boat driver. Tour guides lead a walking tour of the island, including Perry’s Lookout, the glacial grooves, Stone Lab buildings, and the outside of Cooke Castle. The second hour will focus on the Lake Erie research currently being conducted at Stone Lab. Tours are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of 70 people. You can also schedule a tour April through November by calling the Stone Lab Office at 419-285-1800.