The Best of the Best at Put-in-Bay
There may not be a Put-in-Bay island tunnel to see, but there is more to see than you can imagine. Once a Put-in-Bay ferry, like the Miller Ferry or Jet Express, brings you to Put-in-Bay’s shores, you’ll have to find a way to see as much as possible in the short time that we are lucky enough to have you as a guest. That’s why we want to have a list of the best of the best, the things to do in Pt-in-Bay that are a must-see on our wonderful little island.
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial
By far Put-in-Bay’s most famous attraction, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is also our #1 must-see attraction on the island. Towering over the island, it is for many the perfect visual representation of Put-in-Bay and South Bass Island. The monument was built to honor and commemorate our victory in the Battle of Lake Erie led by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry in the War of 1812. You’ll notice the monument in many logos including our own if you look at the “I”. for even more info check out the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society. Come during “Pyrate Fest” for some awesome reenactments!
Family Fun Center: Putt-putt, gemstone mining and more!
If you’re bringing the whole family to the island, and you need some all-ages fun, look no further than Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center. Here you will find putt-putt, a life-size maze to navigate, and an incredible butterfly conservatory called the Butterfly House. You can also check out my personal favorite, the gemstone mining. I vividly remember sifting through the bag of rough as a child and finding amazing geodes inside, even now 25 or so years later. It’s a unique and memorable experience for all kids.
Perry’s Cave: An Underground Delight!
The centerpiece, though, is Perry’s Cave itself, a stunning underground cave and lake 5 stories below the surface. With amazing tour guides who can tell you both the geological and historical significance of the cave and make every trip down a fun and enlightening experience, Perry’s Cave is not to be missed on your trip to this Lake Erie island.
Put-in-Bay’s Famous Nightlife
One thing you won’t find listed above, but we still consider a must-do during your time on the island, is to visit some of the Put-in-Bay Restaurants, bars, and pubs that have made the nightlife on the island famous all over the area. Bachelor and bachelorette parties flock to the island on summer weekends for their bashes thanks to the downtown strip of bars that basically makes a bar crawl! Enjoy some drink specials or just people watch, either way you’ll have a blast!
Getting Around Put-in-Bay: Golf Cart Rentals
There are several golf cart rental agency’s to choose from, so we’ll give you a list of our favorites. First we have Island Club Cart rental. These carts are reserved exclusively for guests staying at an Island Club rental home. Next we have the Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Depot downtown next to Reel Bar. Lastly we have Island Bike & Cart Rental which can be found off the dock off bot the Jet Express coming from Sandusky or Port Clinton and the Miller Ferry dock coming from Catawba.
South Bass Island has a lot of different types of lodging: You’ll find Put-in-Bay Hotels, Bed and Breakfast’s, waterfront condos, Put-in-Bay Resorts, and more. No matter what you like, you’ll definitely be able to find somewhere that you’ll love. Once you get settled in, it’s time to figure out what you’rte going to do while you’re here. There’s great bars like Joe’s Bar, The Round House, and Mr. Eds; winery’s like Heineman’s or the Put-in-Bay Winery, and great restaurants like The Boardwalk and The Boathouse. You can also check out the South Bass Island State Park for Jet Ski rentals!
All of the Above and So Much More!!!
That’s not to say that this list above is the be-all end-all. There may be the perfect thing for your interests waiting on one of our other things to do pages, so check them out. But we do think this list represents a collection of things that everyone will want to check out while they’re visiting the Key West of the Midwest, Put-in-Bay Ohio! So hop into a golf cart and see as much as you can, and when you’re out of time, start planning your next getaway to the Bay!