Put-in-Bay Things To Do
When it comes to things to do at Put-in-Bay, the only problem you will have is how to get as many as possible into your vacation time! There’s so many different attractions for so many different hobbies. You could check out a history museum, play a round of golf, visit a park. Whatever your interests, and however you like to spend your free time, Put-in-Bay doesn’t just have one thing for you, it has scores! What are the top things to do in Put-in-Bay? Every attraction in Put-in-Bay is a great thing to do!
Visitors come from all over the United States, but most come for a local staycation. You can make it a multi-stop vacation as you explore Toledo, Port Clinton, Catawba Island, and Cleveland either before or after your island visit. Many families also stop at Cedar Point Amusement Park for a day of roller coaster fun and thrill ride adrenaline!
Shopping at Put-in-Bay
Put-in-Bay shopping is incredible. You can literally shop until you drop! The main street downtown is loaded with all kinds of unique shops where you can buy gifts for your friends and family back home. Or just scoop up a bunch of stuff for yourself! We’re not here to judge. The island stores have a little something for everyone.
From nautical themed decorations, to Put-in-Bay branded novelty clothing, and even wine that is made, from vine to bottle, at Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, you won’t believe all of the things that you’ll find in this shoppers’ paradise! Del Sol is famous for their line of clothing, jewelry, and nail polishes that change colors in the sun. Also try out the new Local Color shop down by the Jet Express and Keys.
Pool Bars: A Put-in-Bay Classic
One of the things Put-in-Bay is most famous for is its pool bars. Nowhere else in the northern half of America is more synonymous with the pool bar. When you swim up and order a cold beverage to enjoy without even leaving the pool, you’ll think you’re hanging out on South Padre Island, not in the middle of Lake Erie! This is of course for adults only, but if you are an adult, even if you aren’t a big partier, we recommend you check a pool bar out, if only for a minute, because it’s a totally unique experience you’ll likely never get again!
Are there public swimming pools on the island? Yes, all hotel and resort pools on the island are open to the public. A notable exception is the Crews Nest pool and kids complex, but that is a private members-only club. Bring a towel and your bathing suit; you will have fun.
Family Fun at the Bay!
But Put-in-Bay isn’t all about the party scene, far from it. During the week Put-in-Bay is a relaxing haven for vacationers of all ages to kick back and decompress for a few days. And Put-in-Bay has all of the family activities needed to fill the time, and then some. You can also filter our attractions to only family/all-ages attractions. Grab an ice cream cone at the Chocolate Museum or explore the world’s largest geode in the Crystal Cave.
Kids will spend lots of time at Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center, one of the hottest Put-in-Bay attractions. Here they can climb a rock wall, go down in a cave, and do some gemstone mining. More mellow kids can tour the Butterfly House, check out the antique car museum, and play a round of putt putt mini golf (aka miniature golf). No trip to this center would be complete with challenging yourself in Fort Amaze’n.
The one thing that every Put-in-Bay visitor of any age should do is visit the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial and National Park Visitor Center. This is Put-in-Bay’s most famous landmark and with good reason! You can learn about the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie while having fun.
Beautiful Lake Erie Ohio
This is all leaving out perhaps the greatest draw of Put-in-Bay Ohio, its beautiful surrounding waters. The harbors are filled with boats, and you can join them out on the water on a jet ski, or in a paddleboard to explore the Lake Erie Islands. You can also sail high above them all while parasailing!
Or you can hop onto a downtown Put-in-Bay charter and enjoy some of Put-in-Bay’s incredible fishing out on the lake. Put-in-Bay attracts hoards of professional and amateur anglers in the spring for the Walleye spawn, which is the most abundant in the world. You can even catch great fish from the pier out at the South Bass Island State Park. The catch remains great all year long so don’t fret if you’re joining us in the fall!
What to Ride at the Bay
There is so much to do all over the island that you will need to get there somehow. Boat to the island on the Miller Ferry or Jet Express. Easily call a Put-in-Bay taxi to get you to and fro (419-285-5466). Get a Put-in-Bay golf cart rental for sightseeing. Leisurely explore Put-in-Bay island on the tour train. Go kayaking to Gibraltar Island downtown in a kayak rental. Jet Ski out from Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals at the State Park. Go round and round riding the carousel. Ride high at the Put-in-Bay Airport. Float aloft while parasailing. Do it all!
Put-in-Bay Has It All!
The wonderful thing about Put-in-Bay is how much variety is squeezed into our tiny little slice of heaven. Whether you’re coming to have a party, to have a relaxing getaway, to soak up the sun, catch some waves, or land the big one, Put-in-Bay is the perfect place for your summer vacation!
What is the best Put-in-Bay Attraction? That really depends on what you like to do. Send us a note and tell us what YOU think is the best Put-in-Bay attraction! Your vote will help in choosing this year’s Best of the Bay award winner.