the put in bay tour train

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.


Dan F: “Definitely a MUST when visiting the island. Lots of GREAT information and history. It goes everywhere you want on the island. You can get off and back on at your leisure at the various stops. Even if you rent a cart it is better to take the “Tour Train” first to explore the island. Tour takes about an hour if you do not get off at one of the stops. If you do decide to get off the train comes back every 30 minutes for you to get back on to the next stop. Great narrators who are courteous, respectful and have lots of information.”

Kathy T: “We stopped at the visitor’s Bureau in Port Clinton and bought our fun packs. The visitor’s center provided vouchers for the attractions which needed to be exchanged at each site.It included round trip tickets to Put in Bay and tickets to several Island attractions. A bus dropped us off at the train which took us to all of the other destinations. It provided hop on hop off service but you could not go back once you passed the stop. The drivers were knowledgeable about the island and its history so it made the ride more interesting. Stops were at the Put in Bay Winery and Dollar House Estate, Perry’s Cove, Heineman Winery and Crystal Cave, Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center and the final stop at Perry’s Monument and visitor’s center. The trains come about every 20 to 30 minutes to allow you time to explore each stop. Very informative and a great way to get around the island.”

Debbie R: “We were on a ladies trip, and debated about renting a golf cart or take the Tour train, we decided on the train and was very happy that we did. The tour guides were very knowledgeable about the Island. They stopped at many attractions and you could get on and off when you wanted. The last train is at 5:30, so you have to get to the island early in the morning, around 9:00 if you want a full day. Very reasonably priced.”

So Much to See on the Tour Train

There is much to do at the scheduled stops.  First, at Perry’s Cave there are several great things to do.  Take a leisurely stroll through the Butterfly House or seek out treasure at Gem Stone Mining.  Also, there is an awesome mini golf here aptly named the War of 18 Holes.  Next, Heineman’s Winery is an interesting stop.  Boasting an interesting cave, Crystal Cave, as well as a fine selection of island wines.  Interestingly, this winery is the oldest family owned in Ohio.

Third, the tour train stops at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.  This National Monument pays homage to Oliver Hazard Perry.  His leadership propelled the U.S. to victory during the Battle of Lake Erie.  Last, the train stops at the Lake Erie Island Nature and Wildlife Area.  Here, guests can learn about the natural environment of the Lake Erie Islands.  Also, they can browse through an impressive taxidermy collection

So, to cover much ground on Put-in-Bay choose the Tour Train.  The rich history and culture of Put-in-Bay is on full display.  Also, this is a leisurely activity that can be enjoyed by guests of all ages.  See you at on the trolley!