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!
Saunders Golf Course is the only course on Put-In-Bay. This Par 3 nine hole course is a fun way to spend an afternoon with friends. Interestingly, this is one of the few places on the island where a golf cart is not allowed! Be sure to remember this interesting fact, as it is a common question on island scavenger hunts.
Saunders Golf Course Location
The location of the course is on Catawba Avenue. The South Bass Island State Park is directly across the street. This park offers a waterfront beach, picnic areas and covered pavilions. Also, there is a lovely playground to keep the little ones happy. Lastly, for an adult refreshment, Joe’s Bar is a short walk away.read more
1495 Catawba Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, United States
Nestled on seven acres of woods and beautifully landscaped grounds, the Stonehenge Estate brings to life a segment of island history from the 1800’s through present day living. An on-going family preservation project, Stonehenge represents the old family grape growing farms & wineries that prospered on the island in the mid-late 1800’s. The Stone Farmhouse and Wine Press Cottage are both listed in the prestigious National Register of Historic Places and are open to the public for tours throughout the summer months.
Quinn S: “We found Stonehenge to be a nice change of pace from all the chaos uptown. The relaxing wooded trail that leads to the entrance made us feel like we were stepping back in time to what island life used to be. The gift shop was phenomenal! We also liked the self-guided audio tour because we could wander at our own pace with just our family…no pre-scheduled tour with a big group. Nice. The staff was pleasant and very knowledgeable about other island history.”read more
808 Langram Road, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, United States
Adventure Bay Amusement Park has options for the whole family. From a large arcade to a go cart track, there is fun around every corner. Bring the family for a memorable time.
Adventure Bay Location
This family fun center is located just outside the downtown Put-In-Bay area on Main St. Nearby, the Put-In-Bay Post Office and Island Hardware are the closest neighbors. Also, the Put-In-Bay Resort and Conference Center is a short stroll away.
Adventure Bay Attractions
One of the most striking features of Adventure Bay is the large pool. The pool encompasses over 9,000 square feet. Also, the pool area is tastefully decorated with a tropical theme. Real palm trees sway in the breeze at Adventure Bay. Also, there are private cabanas for rent. Here, guests can reserve there very own piece of the pool deck. Feel special with your own server, bottle service and place to hang. Cabanas are the way to go! Furthermore, when hunger strikes after all the fun, they have a full menu. Options include pizzas, salads and paninis. Furthermore, their menu options change each season. So, be sure to look for their newest tasty offerings.read more
The Put-in-Bay Tour Train is an outstanding way to see and learn about the island. Enjoy the island breezes while embarking on a one hour guided tour. The open air trolley is easily visible with its yellow color scheme.
Boarding the Tour Train
Tickets are available at the Downtown Bus terminal. This is located at the corner of Delaware and Toledo Avenues. Then, passengers board on an open air trolley driven by a Jeep. The tour provides riders with a wealth of information about the history of Put-in-Bay. Also, it points out various points of interest along the way. Another great aspect of the scheduled stops on the journey. During the journey, the tour train makes stops at Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center, Heineman’s Winery, Perry’s Monument and the Lake Erie Island Nature and Wildlife Area.read more
The War of 18 Holes Miniature Golf is the only course on Put-in-Bay. Here, guests can challenge friends to a round. The course is both beautifully manicured and challenging. Stop in and see if you can step up to the challenge.
War of 18 Holes Location and Other Attractions
The War of 18 Holes is at the Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center complex. This great Put-in-Bay Attraction is located on Catawba Avenue. Also, Heineman’s Winery and Crystal Cave is right across the street. Here, guests have a wide selection of fun things to do for the family. This includes Gem Stone Mining, the Butterfly House, Cave Tours and Fort Amaze’N. First, Gem Stone Mining requires the purchase of a bag of rough mix. Then, participants can use the mining sleuth to uncover precious gems and fossils.read more
979 Catawba Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456, United States
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. Call a Put-in-Bay Taxi to get you from your rental home to downtown quickly.
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 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!
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.