Perrys Cave

Perry’s Cave is the centerpiece of a great Put-In-Bay Attraction.  Here, guests can take tours of the cave.  Also, visitors can learn about its formation, history, and more.

Perry’s Cave Location

The cave is located in Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center.  This is located on Catawba Avenue, between Joe’s Bar and The Goat Restaurant.  Additionally, Heineman Winery and Crystal Cave are across the street.  Furthermore, the fun center has a great number of activities.  Here, the Butterfly House, War of 1812 Mini Golf, and GemStone Mining are located.

About Perry’s Cave

The cave lies about 52 feet below the surface of Put-In-Bay.  Discovery is accredited to Oliver Hazard Perry.  He is believed to have found it in 1813.  More importantly, he used water from the cave for his men.  Perry is responsible for defeating the British in the Battle of Lake Erie.  The cave is 165 feet wide by 208 feet long.  Furthermore, the heavily encrusted calcium carbonite has formed interesting formations.  These include stalagmites, stalactites, and cave pearls on the walls.  Inside, the temperature remains at 50 degrees year-round.  Also, the lake inside is notable.  It rises and falls with the levels of Lake Erie. So, some speculate that it may connect to the lake underground.

Tours of Perry’s Cave originate in the Gift Shop.  Furthermore, all attractions and activities for Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center are purchased here.  This shop boasts a huge assortment of toys and candy.  So, there’s a chance your little ones will be wanting a treat!


Joe A: “We had a great time at this complex. Get the 3 attractions deal it’s worth it. For our 3 attractions, we did the cave tour, putt-putt, and the butterfly house. The cave tour is pretty accessible as cave tours go. There are a lot of steps. I don’t think my 3 yr old could handle them yet but 4-5 years should do okay with minimal assistance. The temperature in that cave is heavenly on a hot day. The putt-putt course is well maintained and challenging. (We lost a ball in a water hazard and had to retrieve it.) The butterfly house is lovely and reviewed separately. One thing to note all beverages on the complex are sold through vending machines that do not take debit/credit cards. Drinks are not sold at the snack counter or gift shop.”

Sandra W: “My husband and I took our bikes and we rode bikes on the island and I am so glad that we stopped here to see the crystal cave. It did not cost much ($2.00) and was very interesting and beautiful!”

Chad B: “This was my second trip to Perry’s Cave. With that being said, I love the selection of gifts available in the shop. The staff has been friendly on both trips over the years. Our tour guide, Josh, was spot on with his information even if we were a tough crowd for his jokes that day. I even asked about something discussed on my previous trip which wasn’t covered this time. It saddened me to hear people were damaging the cave with the previous information so they didn’t openly share it any longer. The staff was kind enough to let us store our gift bags from the island behind the counter while we were on the tour. I really wasn’t looking forward to carrying those bags through the cave tour. With that being said the tour is great with aspects of history and science combined!”


Planning a trip to Put-In-Bay?  There are lots of resources to use.  Check out the great Put-In-Bay Attractions, neat shopping, and tasty Restaurants.  Then, get ready for your trip.  Getting to the island is half the fun.  A ride on the Jet Express is both fun and informative.  See the many Lake Erie Islands and learn about South Bass Island.  So, what are you waiting for?