Things To Do In Put-In-Bay

We may be a little biased, but here at Put-in-Bay Online, we think you should come and spend some time at beautiful Put-in-Bay Ohio. And if you’ve found your way here to this page, you’re already thinking about it. But you may be wondering what exactly there is to do at Put-in-Bay. You can find things down low in Perry’s Cave or up high on Perry’s Victory Memorial.

What makes this place worth spending your precious vacation time? Well, aside from the nightlife, famous all over the Midwest. And the acres and acres of incredible green spaces for the public to enjoy. And the calendar full of exciting Put-in-Bay upcoming events. Well if somehow those things aren’t enough for you, just read below about all of the amazing things to do at Put-in-Bay!

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

Quick Info:
177 Sandcastle Road, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
419-285-5466

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

Quick Info:
419-341-2858

South Bass Island State Park

South Bass Island State Park, with official signage.

South Bass Island State Park is a 33-acre state-owned park on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. It is a scenic landmark offering visitors incredible views of the Lake and surrounding islands and access to Lake Erie for swimming, fishing, and boating. The large wooded campground and family lakeside picnic area offer a quieter atmosphere than the raucous entertainment of downtown Put-In-Bay.

A boat launch ramp near the picnic area provides boat access to Lake Erie. If you don’t have your own boat, watercraft rentals are available next to the ramp including power boats, fishing boats, kayaks, and jet skis. read more

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1523 Catawba Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH, 43456
419-285-2112

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!

About Us

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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Bay Bucks Coupons

Put-in-Bay Bay Bucks Coupons

Bay Bucks Coupons are the premier saving option for a trip to Put-in-Bay.  Inside the booklet, there are many island discounts.  The total value is hundreds of dollars.  Participating businesses represent both Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island.  There are over 60 businesses participating in the booklet.  So, there is a considerable amount of savings.  Savings for such great attractions as Put-in-Bay Para Sail or Kayak the Bay.

Bay Bucks = Real Savings

A day trip to Put-in-Bay involves a few steps.  First, drive to one of the ferry terminal.  The Miller Ferry offers passenger and vehicle service from Catawba Island.  The Jet Express offers passenger service from Port Clinton.  Then, set sail for South Bass Island.  Once on the island, there is a host of shops, restaurants and attractions.  The Bay Bucks Coupons will help in all of these aspects.  There are discounts for some of Put-in-Bay’s best stores and the most fun things to do.  So, a trip to the island is not complete without Bay Bucks.  Grab yours today and realize the benefits. read more

Quick Info:
306-364 Bayview Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, USA
216-898-9951

Bayview Gifts

bayviewgifts

Bayview Gifts offers a wonderful selection of great apparel and home decor. Find that special gift for that special someone.  Browse among the carefully chosen products.

A quick walk from the downtown area of Put-in-Bay will lead you to Bayview Gifts. It is a small and charming gift shop just down the road from the Miller Marina. You can get a beautiful view of the lake and the local docks. Then you can head in to the shop to find the perfect gifts for family and friends!

The store offers anything from clothes, to decorations, to Put-in-Bay themed souvenirs that are a great way to help you remember your trip! All of the items in the gift shop are carefully chosen by the Bayview curators to ensure that all the gifts and souvenirs are unique and original products. Buy some gifts to take home to your family and friends and maybe one or two for yourself! read more

Quick Info:
560 Bayview Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, United States
(419) 285-1410

The Bucket Shop

window in the round put in bay

The Bucket Shop can be found within the walls of the World renowned Roundhouse Bar.  Take home some Roundhouse swag to commemorate your visit with a variety of great choices. The selection is eclectic.  Items include t-shirts, hoodies, blankets, ear rings and much more.  This shop is located in the rear of the building near the back entrance.  Selections are added often, so check often to see the latest styles and items.

The Bucket Shop and Roundhouse Bar History

Since 1873, many revelers have passed through and enjoyed a libation at Put-In-Bay’s  oldest watering hole.  Originally called the Columbia Restaurant, offerings included beer, wine, food and ice cream.  Still, the origins of the Roundhouse Bar name remain unknown.  However, two theories exist.  One of the first owners, George F. Schmidt, had the nickname of Round House Smith.  However, others point to the very shape of the building that sparked the name.  Today, the Roundhouse Bar is owned by the McCann family who purchased it in the 1950s.  They painted the exterior the iconic red it is today. read more

Quick Info:
199-259 Delaware Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, USA
419-285-5665

Butterfly House Put-in-Bay

Butterfly House

Since 2004, the Butterfly House at Put-in-Bay has been an enjoyable family attraction for many visitors. The location is within the Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center, which boasts several other notable attractions such as Gem Stone Mining and the War of 18 Holes Miniature Golf Course. Guests can stroll around the over 4000 sq. ft. space, while in the midst of hundreds of butterflies. There are pathways and secret passages in the garden that are sure to delight kids of all ages. Over 50 species of butterflies from all around the world grace this majestic space. Additionally, there is a gift shop that features figurines, jewelry, garden items and more butterfly inspired items. Also, butterfly specimens in glass and other lovely nature inspired items are available for your perusal. Take home a memento to commemorate your stroll through this unique island offering! read more

Quick Info:
979 Catawba Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, United States
419-285-2446

The Candy Bar

Put in Bay candy bar

The Candy Bar is one cool candy store, selling 1/4 pounds of fudge, taffy, chocolate and novelty candy. Probably more types of unique candies in one store than you have ever seen. We have an ice cream shop that sells ice cream, shakes, sundaes, etc. and is available to enjoy on the outside patio. Remember all those candies you enjoyed as a child?  The Candy Store probably has it on the shelves.

Customers can find  the most well stocked unique Candy shops they have ever visited.

Candy Bar History

The Candy Bar is one of the oldest kids’ bars on the island.

Old Fashioned Candy Brands

  • Nerds
  • Taffy
  • Mallow Cups

Testimonials

Connor O: “This is a very nice candy shop. It’s a true dream for kids both young and old! They carry everything to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. From packaged regular candy to the exotic candy-coated bugs. They have a huge selection of chocolate covered items and a large selection of fudge flavors also for those who like something a little colder on a hot day they serve a wide selection of ice cream.” read more

Quick Info:
170 Delaware Ave, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456, United States
419-285-2920

Carriage House Put-in-Bay

Carriage House

The Carriage House is one of Put-in-Bay’s largest souvenir shops.  This impressive building is very prominent in the downtown Delaware Avenue strip. The bold green façade is inviting and intriguing, so one can’t help but stroll in.  Located across the street from the Boathouse Bar and Grill, and adjacent to DeRivera Park, the location is both convenient and accessible. Carriage House is just a short walk from the Jet Express dock, so a prime location.

Inside, there is the largest and most comprehensive gift shop on Put-In-Bay.  Also, they proudly carry over 600 items that bear the Put-In-Bay name. These items vary from shot glasses, Frisbees, hats, trinkets and much more.  Additionally, they have a vast selection of collectables, toys, clothing, accessories and a variety of other items.  There is something for everyone at the Carriage House. read more

Quick Info:
160 Delaware Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, United States
419-285-2212

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

Waterline Shop

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. Call a Put-in-Bay Taxi to get you from your rental home to downtown quickly.

Family Fun at the Bay!

kimberlys kids carousel

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 Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the War of 1812, and the Battle of Lake Erie while having fun. Come during Pyrate Fest for some awesome reenactments!

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 are so many things to do in Put-in-Bay, all over the island that you will need to get there somehow. So how do you get here? Take a Put-in-Bay ferry! Boat to the island on the Miller Ferry or Jet Express. Easily call a Put-in-Bay taxi to get you to and from (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 over Put in Bay harbor. Do it all!

Put-in-Bay Lodging

Our favorite Put-in-Bay Resorts are the Island Club and Bird’s Nest Resort. Our Favorite Put-in-Bay Hotels are the Commodore and the Grand Islander. We also have Condos and Bed and Breakfast’s. The best B&B is “Peace and Quiet” while the best condos are the Put-in-Bay Waterfront Condos

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.

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