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.

Island Club Taxi Service

island club taxi

Island Club Taxi Service on Put-in-Bay is the islands preferred transportation provider. We want your visit to be a pleasurable experience.  Our drivers strive to give the best service with a smile possible. To get a ride now, call 419-285-5466! Staying at the Put-in-Bay Condos? Call 419-285-2227 for a Put-in-Bay Condo Taxi!

Island Club Taxis specializes in weddings, conventions, groups, school groups, business meetings, family reunions, and tours.  We’ve even been utilized for weddings.  This has included transport of the bridal party, to and from the reception and ferry transport.  Let us do the planning for you and make your event worry free! To make arrangements for your group or just to ask questions about our special group services, contact us via email at reserve@putinbayreservations.com or call 216-898-9951. read more

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177 Sandcastle Road, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456

MIST Pool Bar

Put-in-Bay MIST Pool Bar

MIST Pool Bar is the island’s hottest wet spot!  Here, guests can immerse themselves in the beautiful setting.  The sounds of the waterfalls crashing sets the tone.  Swim right up for a hand crafted cocktail while enjoying the scene.  Weekends feature outstanding local DJ’s spinning tunes.  The scene is electric!  Weekdays offer a more relaxed vibe, a respite from the hustle of daily life.

Be sure to check the Entertainment Schedule, as great acts play on the pool deck throughout the season.

MIST Pool Bar Location

MIST is located behind Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grill.  Mr. Ed’s is situated in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay on Delaware Avenue.  Also, the Subway Restaurant is just outside the gate for the pool bar.  This central location makes it very accessible from anywhere on the island. read more

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The Put-in-Bay Winery

Put-in-Bay Winery

Put-In-Bay Winery, located in Put-in-Bay, Ohio between Sandusky and Toledo just north of Port Clinton, opened its doors for visitors on South Bass Island in May 2009. Visitors from nearby Midwestern states, southern Ontario Canada, and around the world come to visit our winery exhibit. Once you get off the ferry, hop in a taxi and tell your drive you are headed to the Put-in-Bay Winery!

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The winery exhibit, which follows the grape fruit from the moment the seed enters the ground, through its journey to the bottle, completes itself in a spectacular wine tasting room and gift shop with lots of goodies for purchase. Visitors can sample local island wines and varietals grown around the region, finding delicious new choices and new favorites. Enjoy a glass of wine while relaxing in our wine garden or on the front porch of the Doller House Estate with its wonderful view of the Put-In-Bay harbor. read more

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Mr Ed’s Gift Shop

mr eds gift shop

Mr Ed’s Gift Shop has fun t shirts, hoodies, hats and more.  Here, at Mr. Ed’s, “Nobody is Ugly after 2.” Clearly, this mantra reflects on the fun and quirky items available. There are styles available with Mr. Ed’s, Mist and Green Room logos.  There is the right Mr Ed’s gear to represent for the favored hot spot.  All in all, one can’t go wrong with a gift from Mr Ed’s Gift Shop.

Mr Ed’s Gift Shop Location

Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grill is home to this shop. The location is prime on the main Put-in-Bay strip. Consequently, this lively establishment is a top favorite of visitors to Put-in-Bay.  Here, outstanding live entertainment is featured in multiple areas.  The inside stage hosts bands nightly.  Furthermore, on the outside patio, acoustic performances lighten the mood.  When darkness falls, the fun continues upstairs at the Green Room.  The main bar area also boasts more televisions than any other on the island.  More importantly, the latest sporting events are always aired.  Overall, Mr. Ed’s is the go-to location for the best entertainment on Put-in-Bay.  So, be sure to include this hot spot on a Put-in-Bay bar crawl.  Likewise, bring some friends too! read more

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272 Delaware Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, United States

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

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

Perrys Victory Monument

perrys victory visitors center
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is the most striking Monument on Put-In-Bay.  This massive doric column rises 352 feet above the skyline!  The monument is a nod to Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory in the War of 1812.  Additionally, the national monument serves as a reminder of lasting peace between the US, Canada and Great Britain. Perry’s Monument is well-known across the entire Great Lakes Region for commemorating the lessons of international peace learned by the British and American fleet.

Perry’s Victory Monument Location

Finding it is easy.  In fact, the monument is visible from Sandusky, Ohio. 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 AttractionsDining and Shopping options are nearby.  So, this is a good starting point when looking for things to do on the Lake Erie Island. read more

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

Put-in-Bay Watercraft

put-in-bay watercraft rentals

Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rental is an awesome way to get active on Lake Erie.  Here, guests have options on watercraft to rent.  There are jet skis, boats and kayaks available.  Put yourself on the water for a memorable experience.

Put-in-Bay Watercraft Location

This great Put-in-Bay Attraction is located next to South Bass Island State Park.  This state park has several great features and amenities.  This includes a children’s plaground, picnic tables, pavilions and a bathing beach.  Catawba Avenue dead ends on the South Side of the island at this location.  Also, Joe’s Bar is just a short distance away by Put-in-Bay Golf Cart. read more

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1500 Catawba Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, USA

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.

Put-in-Bay Lodging

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!