Put-in-Bay is a small island, but we pack so much into our few square miles, that there’s no way you can see it all in one trip. So many people ask us about the best of the best. What are the can’t miss Put-in-Bay attractions? Well wonder no longer! This is our specially curated list of the best that Put-in-Bay has to offer! There’s plenty more great things to do than this, but if you’re only here for a day or two, these are the things that you can’t miss.

Gemstone Mining

gemstone mining perrys cave

Become a Put-in-Bay prospector at Gemstone Mining.  After purchasing a bag of rough mix, guests can sift through to find treasures.  Inside, there are real gems and fossils.  So, dig right into this fun thing to do in Put-in-Bay.

Gem Stone Mining Location

Finding this location is a breeze.  This attraction and several others are located at Perry’s Family Fun Center.  Here, guests can choose from a variety of fun attractions.  The Butterfly House is onsite and teeming with a large assortment of creatures.  Fort  Amaze’n is ready to challenge the best of navigators.  Go underground to Perry’s Cave and see where Oliver Hazard Perry gathered water for his men.  Regardless, much fun is to be had. read more

Quick Info:
979 Catawba Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, United States

Perrys Victory Monument

perrys victory visitors center

Perry’s Victory is the most striking Monument on Put-In-Bay.  This large column rises above the skyline.  The monument is a nod to Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory in the War of 1812.  Additionally, it’s a reminder of peace between the US, Canada and Great Britain.

Perry’s Victory Monument Location

Finding it is easy.  In fact, the monument is visible from a great distance from the island.  The downtown Put-In-Bay area is home to the Monument and the Visitor’s Center.  The Jet Express Put-In-Bay terminal is just steps away.  Also, the majority of the Put-In-Bay Attractions, Dining and Shopping options are nearby.  So, this is a good starting point. read more

Quick Info:
136-180 Bayview Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, USA

The Best of the Best at Put-in-Bay

There may not be a Put-in-Bay 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. In fact you will see it adorning the logos of many island businesses (including our own! Take a look at the I in our site logo!) and t-shirts and other apparel you’ll find on the island. Take a trip up to the top for a breathtaking view of the island, and learn all about Put-in-Bay’s place in American history in the War of 1812.

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.

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!

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!