Put-in-Bay Events are numerous and planned for all age ranges. Kids have special events such as the Pooch Parade and Pyrate Weekends. Adults find exciting events such as the Historical Weekend and the Kid Rock Concert. Whatever you are looking for can be found. Give us a call if you need more info!

Saying Goodbye to the 2020 Put-in-Bay Season

Saying Goodbye to the 2020 Put-in-Bay Season
4 Nov, 2020

During the peak season on South Bass Island, more than 750,000 tourists visit between May and September! This number was threatened due to the restrictions on tourism in Put-in-Bay. Ohioans stuck together and stayed at home to stop the spread of COVID-19. When it was safe, leaders of this Lake Erie Island came together to see if opening up was a possibility. In 2020, Put-in-Bay, Ohio saw challenges that no one could’ve imagined. To keep guests safe and make this... more information
Put-in-Bay Upcoming Summer Events You Should Attend
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Put-in-Bay Upcoming Summer Events You Should Attend
23 Oct, 2020

In the Southwest corner of the Lake Erie Basin, there is a little island called South Bass Island, with a little village called Put-in-Bay, which has a plethora of Put-in-Bay upcoming summer events. This island is home to the famous, some may say infamous, summer boating town of Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Visitors come from near and far to enjoy the summer activities both on and off the water from April 1st through October 31st. (The island is usually ice-locked with no... more information
What Brought You to the Islands?

What Brought You to the Islands?
11 Aug, 2020

The following piece is published in this month’s Put-in-Bay Gazette. The Gazette has been producing incredible independent Put-in-Bay island news for over 40 years. If you have any interest at all in what is happening on South Bass Island, we urge you strongly to subscribe to the Put-in-Bay Gazette. One-year online subscriptions are only $15, and print subscriptions are available as well. To subscribe please click here. What Brought You to the Islands? Editor’s Note: We thought interesting articles would... more information
Where to Stay for Put-in-Bay Bachelorette Parties

Where to Stay for Put-in-Bay Bachelorette Parties
29 Jun, 2020

Tis the time to get ready for bachelor and bachelorette parties at Put-In-Bay for 2020! We see this question quite a bit and it brings back fond memories of past party weekends. Some information to get you started can be found at http://www.putinbaybacheloretteparty.com where you will find info on lodging, bars, entertainment, what to bring, drinks, etiquette, etc. It’s a good starter resource. A second source for more specific lodging would be the Put-in-Bay reservations site at https://putinbayohio.com where you can... more information
Put-In-Bay History, Mystery, and Scandal!

Put-In-Bay History, Mystery, and Scandal!
12 Jun, 2020

The Hotel Victory at Put-in-Bay, once gained fame as the largest hotel in the world (or at least the largest in America at the time). Today it is nothing more than a few sad ruins tucked away behind an Ohio State Park campground on South Bass Island, plus memorabilia scattered throughout places like the Lake Erie Islands historical museum and the forgotten corners of various attics spread throughout the region. What happened? Ottawa and Huron tribes lived in the Lake... more information
Last Minute Deal For A Beautiful Weekend!

Last Minute Deal For A Beautiful Weekend!
3 Jun, 2020

We’re expecting great weather this weekend at the Bay, and while many people have taken advantage and booked up their places to stay, we’ve still got room for a few lucky groups to come have an amazing time at Put-in-Bay! Our island lodging partners below are offering some great specials and last minute deals to fill up their final rooms, houses, and condos. So don’t spend your weekend at home indoors, get to Put-in-Bay Ohio with some people you care... more information
Guided Tour of Put-in-Bay in a Classic 1966 Pink El Dorado Convertible
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Guided Tour of Put-in-Bay in a Classic 1966 Pink El Dorado Convertible
1 Jun, 2020

Join us on a beautiful sunny day at Put-in-Bay in a Classic 1966 Pink El Dorado Convertible. Below is one of our many island videos to enjoy before you come for a visit! Enjoy the ride! more information
Bash on the Bay 2020 Cancelled

Bash on the Bay 2020 Cancelled
29 May, 2020

Put-in-Bay Bash on the Bay 2020 is Cancelled Unfortunately, event organizers for Bash on the Bay 2020 have made the difficult decision to cancel the event. This year’s Put-in-Bay Ohio’s country music festival was awaiting headlining acts to be released. Instead the island must cancel its biggest upcoming event. Given the unprecedented turn of events, the island felt it was necessary to cancel due to covid-19. Put-in-Bay lodging, hotels & resorts were preparing to be at full capacity for this... more information
May Madness Specials
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May Madness Specials
12 May, 2020

May Madness Lodging Specials!! We are back underway at Put-in-Bay! And while it may not be exactly the Put-in-Bay you’re used to, there’s still plenty of fun to be had during a quick getaway to the Bay during May Madness. In honor of that, we’re listing a couple of the best specials on the island, so that you can find your place to stay and enjoy a close to home vacation that you deserve! Click here to book online! Great... more information
Put-in-Bay Ohio News: We Are Open!

Put-in-Bay Ohio News: We Are Open!
8 May, 2020

Put-in-Bay Ohio News: We Are Open! STAY – PLAY – EAT – EVENTS – FERRY – CARTS   October 15, 2020 – Summer is slipping away. Wherever you go in Ohio you have to wear a mask (with certain exceptions). Wherever you go to eat, drink and play in Ohio, the establishments need to properly sanitize and provide for social distancing. Put-in-Bay is the same as the rest of the state in that regard and most everyone is complying. Check... more information
Put-in-Bay’s Path Forward: We are opening!

Put-in-Bay’s Path Forward: We are opening!
7 May, 2020

July is the high point of the season and Put-in-Bay is Definitely Open! Big News Came on May 8th that WE ARE OPENING and since that day, more and more people have made the trip to Put-in-Bay. Yes, we are open! There is a group of dedicated community leaders who met on the island to interpret the Governor’s most recent decrees, how they affect Put-in-Bay specifically, and what our path forward was to be… and it got implemented. Safety First!... more information
Miller Ferry Schedule Expanding May 11th

Miller Ferry Schedule Expanding May 11th
6 May, 2020

As Put-in-Bay prepares for an eventual reopening to the public on May 11th, the Miller Ferry has announced upcoming changes to their service schedule. As well as opening to visitors for the first time in 2020, the island is seeing an increase in arrivals of both island workers and property owners. The new level of demand is beginning to necessitate getting to and from the island later on in the day. As such, the Miller Ferry is beginning to ramp... more information
Ten Things You May Not Know About the Lake Erie Islands

Ten Things You May Not Know About the Lake Erie Islands
4 May, 2020

Brought to you by The Put-in-Bay Gazette PUT-IN-BAY, OHIO – May’s edition is now available, both in print and electronically. Learn about Put-in-Bay and the Lake Erie Islands and keep informed. Check out the Put-in-Bay Gazette May issue at www.putinbay.news to stay up to date on the latest happenings on South Bass Island. Now only $15 for a year subscription! 1. South Bass Island was once known as Ross Island. 2. Indian burial sites have been found on the islands.... more information
Put-in-Bay Ohio Re-Opening Plans
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Put-in-Bay Ohio Re-Opening Plans
24 Apr, 2020

A Huge Update Came on 5/12 – Big News From the Path Forward Committee We were so happy and excited to welcome you back to the Bay! From early May through today, we have been doing more and more to make sure you get the best and safest experience possible on your island vacation. There is a group of dedicated community leaders who originally met on Put-in-Bay on May 8th to interpret the Governor’s most recent decrees, how they affect... more information
Ohio State Marching Band COVID-19 Tribute & Put-in-Bay
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Ohio State Marching Band COVID-19 Tribute & Put-in-Bay
6 Apr, 2020

Join us to “Shelter in Place” with some of our band members and enjoy this cute video… Band Social Distancing We are proud to share this lovely video of the Ohio State Marching Band making their way to Put-in-Bay… TBDBITL Marches On and Off the Ferry And if you REALLY want to get your TBDBITL fix, here is a great 20-minute video of the band. They marched through the streets and then played a concert at the Perry’s Monument. Visitors... more information
Put-in-Bay Transit Canal Approved!

Put-in-Bay Transit Canal Approved!
31 Mar, 2020

Construction of Transit Canal to be Completed in 2022 It’s official! The long-discussed and debated “transit canal” transversing the east-side lawn at Perry’s Monument will become a reality in 2022. Planners from the Village of Put-in-Bay, the National Park System, Homeland Security, the Put-in-Bay Port Authority, the Ohio Highway Department and Army Corps of Engineers recently approved $8 million in funding for the project. According to www.putinbay.news, construction will start at the end of the 2020 season and will coincide... more information
Put-in-Bay Ohio News – The Ferry is Running!

Put-in-Bay Ohio News – The Ferry is Running!
6 Mar, 2020

PUT-IN-BAY FERRY STARTS SUNDAY – SPRING IS HERE! 01 | The Ferry Is Running The moment everyone has been waiting for has arrived! The Miller Ferry is making its first trips to and from Put-in-Bay on Sunday, March 8th, and everyone can finally head back to our island paradise. Give us a call at 216-898-9951 to book today! PUT-IN-BAY FERRY > 02 | New 2020 Island Guide Before you visit the island, you can download and/or print out our 10... more information
Boat Show Put-in-Bay Day: 2020 Cleveland Boat Show
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Boat Show Put-in-Bay Day: 2020 Cleveland Boat Show
12 Jan, 2020

Boat Show Put-In-Bay Day at the 2020 Cleveland Boat Show and Fishing Expo sponsored by Progressive Insurance Thursday January 16th, 2020. The expo kicks off with the Lake Erie Islands in the forefront.  The mood is festive as the theme is all things Put-In-Bay.  There is never a bad time to put an Island in Your Life! Grab some of the famous Lobster Bisque prepared by the masters at The Boardwalk Restaurant.  The succulent lobster and creamy base will leave... more information
The History of Oktoberfest

The History of Oktoberfest
1 Oct, 2019

Crown Prince Ludwig, who was later to become King Ludwig I, was married to the Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen on October 12th, 1810, starting the history ok Oktoberfest. All of the citizens of Munich were invited to attend the wedding festivities held on the fields in front of the city gates to celebrate the happy royal event. The fields have been named Theresienwiese (“Theresa’s fields”) in honor of the Crown Princess ever since that day, although the locals have since... more information
Official Put in Bay Island Club Fall Ball 2019 Customer Party
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Official Put in Bay Island Club Fall Ball 2019 Customer Party
16 Sep, 2019

Official Put-in-Bay Island Club Fall Ball 2019 – First Weekend of October For over 20 years, this annual fall festival called the Put-in-Bay Fall Ball has been taking place at the Island Club Home Rentals development on South Bass Island. It started out as a gathering of friends with a few beers, guitars, and bonfires and has grown into an all-out party with well over 1700 people in attendance. The cases of adult beverages have grown up to a complete... more information
Stargazer’s Cruise on Miller Ferry
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Stargazer’s Cruise on Miller Ferry
15 Jul, 2019

Join us aboard the Miller Ferry on August 5 2019 for a Stargazer’s Cruise as part of Island Green Week. The ferry will depart from the Downtown Miller Ferry Dock at 7:45 PM and cruise for two hours. Refreshments included. Passengers will have an amazing opportunity to enjoy the show from outer space as the ferry boat travels around the Lake Erie Islands. Heineman Winery is donating wine. Delicious hors d’oeuvres will be donated by Frosty Bar, The Put-in-Bay Gazette,... more information
What is Victoria Day?

What is Victoria Day?
1 Apr, 2019

Victoria Day is a federal Canadian public holiday celebrated on the last Monday preceding May 25, in honour of Queen Victoria’s birthday. As such, it is the Monday between the 18th to the 24th inclusive, and thus is always the penultimate Monday of May. The date is simultaneously that on which the current Canadian sovereign’s official birthday is recognized. It is sometimes informally considered the beginning of the summer season in Canada. Canadian Observation The holiday has been observed in... more information
What’s that Tall Ship in the Bay?

What’s that Tall Ship in the Bay?
16 Mar, 2019

The U.S. Brig Niagara, home-ported in Erie, Pennsylvania, is a replica of the relief flagship of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. This tall ship is the embodiment of the dual mission of the Erie Maritime Museum and the Flagship Niagara League: she is both a historical artifact and a vehicle for sail training, an experiential learning process that preserves the skills of square-rig seamanship. Brig Niagara History On September 10, 1813, nine small ships – six of them, including Niagara, constructed... more information
South Bass Island Lighthouse
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South Bass Island Lighthouse
1 Mar, 2019

The 119-year-old South Bass Island Lighthouse, which Ohio State University acquired from the federal government in 1967, has been restored and is being made available by the university for weddings and other special events starting in 2017, Chris Winslow, interim Ohio Sea Grant and OSU Stone Laboratory director, said. Ohio is one of 33 states with a college sea grant program operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Lighthouse Tours The South Bass Island Lighthouse has been like a... more information
Perry, Peace, and Put-in-Bay: The Famous Monument

Perry, Peace, and Put-in-Bay: The Famous Monument
15 Nov, 2018

Put-in-Bay is a popular vacation spot just 2 miles offshore of mainland Northwest Ohio in Lake Erie with a famous monument. While “Put-in-Bay” is technically the name of the village on South Bass Island, the name commonly is inadvertently used to refer to the entire island. A summer resort since the mid-1800’s, the village can be considered the hub of tourism among the Lake Erie Islands, with its numerous taverns, wineries, restaurants, waterfront condos, rental homes, and hotels. more information
Put-in-Bay: Our Hotel Heritage

Put-in-Bay: Our Hotel Heritage
15 Nov, 2018

Put-in-Bay is a popular vacation spot just 2 miles offshore of mainland Northwest Ohio in Lake Erie. While “Put-in-Bay” is technically the name of the village on South Bass Island, the name commonly is inadvertently used to refer to the entire island. A summer resort since the mid-1800’s, the village can be considered the hub of tourism among the Lake Erie Islands, with its numerous taverns, wineries, restaurants, waterfront condos, rental homes, and hotels. Hotels, homes, and condos are the... more information
Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend Cancellations

Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend Cancellations
15 Nov, 2018

Put-in-Bay is a popular vacation spot just 2 miles offshore of mainland Northwest Ohio in Lake Erie. While “Put-in-Bay” is technically the name of the village on South Bass Island, the name commonly is inadvertently used to refer to the entire island. A summer resort since the mid-1800’s, the village can be considered the hub of tourism among the Lake Erie Islands, with its numerous taverns, wineries, restaurants, waterfront condos, rental homes, and hotels Contact one of our lodging partners... more information
Rascal Flatts Ready to Rock the Island of Put-in-Bay Ohio

Rascal Flatts Ready to Rock the Island of Put-in-Bay Ohio
15 Nov, 2018

Put-in-Bay is a popular vacation spot just 2 miles offshore of mainland Northwest Ohio in Lake Erie. While “Put-in-Bay” is technically the name of the village on South Bass Island, the name commonly is inadvertently used to refer to the entire island. A summer resort since the mid-1800’s, the village can be considered the hub of tourism among the Lake Erie Islands, with its numerous taverns, wineries, restaurants, waterfront condos, rental homes, and hotels. Rascal Flatts is an American country... more information
2018 Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion

2018 Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion
15 Nov, 2018

Put-in-Bay is a popular vacation spot just 2 miles offshore of mainland Northwest Ohio in Lake Erie. While “Put-in-Bay” is technically the name of the village on South Bass Island, the name commonly is inadvertently used to refer to the entire island. A summer resort since the mid-1800’s, the village can be considered the hub of tourism among the Lake Erie Islands, with its numerous taverns, wineries, restaurants, waterfront condos, rental homes, and hotels. more information
The Official Put-in-Bay Spring Fling 2019

The Official Put-in-Bay Spring Fling 2019
8 Oct, 2018

Another Successful Put-in-Bay Island Club Fall Ball Thank you so much to all of our Put-in-Bay island friends and guests for once again joining us for the best party on Put-in-Bay, the REAL 20th Annual Put-in-Bay Fall Ball Party (October 5/6, 2018) ! Over 1,000 people came out on Friday and Saturday throughout the day to enjoy the entertainment and food that we always offer. Unfortunately, due to “an anonymous person” who reported us to Liquor Control, the adult beverages... more information
Put-in-Bay Top 7 Summer Entertainment
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Put-in-Bay Top 7 Summer Entertainment
19 Sep, 2018

Put-in-Bay may be small in size, but it has an incredibly large music scene in the summer! There are close to a hundred different bands and entertainers that play at Put-in-Bay for just one show, or a regular summer schedule. You will find reggae, hip hop, classic rock, blues, piano solos, big bands, Motown, original hits, and everything in between. Check out the Official Put-in-Bay Entertainment Schedule for dates, locations, and entertainers. Also check out our lodging options to book... more information
Mr. Ed’s – Featured Bar of the Month
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Mr. Ed’s – Featured Bar of the Month
15 Jan, 2018

Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille is a crowd favorite restaurant and bar on Put-in-Bay Ohio. This establishment is known for their over sized sandwiches, fresh homemade soups, and daily lunch specials. Also, their savory appetizers are not to be missed. Jumbo wings and chicken chunks are exceptional. Diners can eat inside the bar, or opt for lunch on the outdoor patio. So, at Mr Ed’s Bar and Grille there are options for everybody. The location of Mr. Ed’s is ideal,... more information
Lake Erie Winter Forecast & Rumrunners

Lake Erie Winter Forecast & Rumrunners
17 Dec, 2017

Need proof that the Lake Erie area has been in a deep freeze in the last few weeks? Check the winter forecast! For one thing, New Year’s Eve was one of the coldest on record and for another ice has been forming up in Michigan on the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River and Lake Erie almost as fast as Coast Guard icebreakers can cut through it. History of the Ice In fact, without icebreakers the Detroit... more information
What Happens When Tourists Leave and Islanders Take Over?

What Happens When Tourists Leave and Islanders Take Over?
9 Nov, 2017

On the small islands in the Great Lakes, ferry service is shutting down and tourism is grinding to a halt. This is what you will see on South Bass Island in Western Lake Erie in the days before the ferries stop running and tourists leave. For most of the year, two ferries serve the village of Put-In-Bay, which sits on an island in Lake Erie. But in winter, ferry service stops and residents face a quieter, more isolated, lifestyle. As... more information
Taking the School PLANE to Class

Taking the School PLANE to Class
18 Sep, 2017

School traffic never bothers Max Schneider. In the airplane he takes to class every day, his commute is pretty easy. Leaving Middle Bass Island It’s nearly 7:30 AM when a small, five-passenger Piper Saratoga plane takes off from the mainland in Port Clinton, Ohio. Pilot Bob Ganley is on his way to pick up students heading to school. His first stop is Middle Bass Island, about a half mile away from the school. Instead of a bus stop, Max’s father... more information
A Day on the Bay
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A Day on the Bay
14 Aug, 2017

Many of us grew up spending lazy summer days along the Lake Erie shore in Marblehead and Port Clinton. There were even a few occasions when we would accompany our dads on a fishing excursion – though those trips were few and far between because they usually liked doing the guys’ trip thing. While my dad preferred and still prefers to experience Lake Erie while being in the midst of it, I like my feet planted firmly on solid ground,... more information
2017 Frosty Family Pizza Night

2017 Frosty Family Pizza Night
12 Apr, 2017

Leave your winter blues behind as you join us for the annual family pizza buffet and light show at Frosty’s Bar in Put in Bay. The official/unofficial start to the season is April 21st at 5pm. This is the best pizza you will have all season long with special guest chef appearances. If you are lucky enough, you can also munch on some delicious home-made baked goods as well! Then Gas Station Disco and DJ Adubb will be entertaining guests... more information
Put-in-Bay Top Shopping
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Put-in-Bay Top Shopping
17 Feb, 2017

Shopping in Put-in-Bay reflects the unique charm and laid-back atmosphere that defines South Bass Island. Strolling along our quaint streets, you’ll find a wide variety of specialty shops, offering everything from resort-style clothing to unique gift items. With more than 30 retailers, the options are virtually endless. Discount stores, national and international retailers, local boutiques, furniture galleries, designer shops, specialty stores, high-end, discount – every kind of shopping in one great place – Put in Bay Ohio! Here’s our “Top... more information
Burning Snowman 2017

Burning Snowman 2017
17 Jan, 2017

Burning Snowman 2017 will be a rockin’ beach party Saturday, Feb. 25, at Dock’s Beach House & Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille in Port Clinton, with an exciting music lineup, roving performers and proceeds benefiting children’s charities. Entertainment and Events Rockstead, a favorite of last year’s festival, will headline before and after the burning of a 30-foot-tall Snowman to bid winter goodbye. The energetic Cincinnati band plays an infectious mix of rock, reggae and punk. Also returning are Papa’s Boys,... more information
Why Ride on the Jet Express to Put in Bay?

Why Ride on the Jet Express to Put in Bay?
7 Sep, 2016

The Jet Express is the preferred method for getting to Put-in-Bay Ohio because of a few factors. Just as with anything in life, you do pay for what you get (no such thing as a free lunch), but if you are already planning on spending hundreds or thousands on your day or weekend stay, what difference is $10? The difference is: 1- The Jet drops you off right in the middle of downtown so you can start your vacation immediately... more information
Put in Bay Road Race Reunion

Put in Bay Road Race Reunion
9 Aug, 2016

“Put-in-Bay Road Race Reunion” Showcasing Fabulous Vintage Sports Cars 8th Annual reunion scheduled for August 29-31, 2016: • Exotic vintage sport cars return for three days of qualifying, racing and a car show in Put-in-Bay • Events are open to the public, “FAN ZONE” with special viewing areas close to the action August, 2016 – Put-in-Bay, South Bass Island, Ohio – The Put-in-Bay Vintage Sports Car Road Race Spectator Experience 2016 Putinbay Race Cars   Put-in-Bay has a long and... more information
Island Green Week
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Island Green Week
25 Jul, 2016

Island Green Week at Put-in-Bay Ohio runs from August 6th through the 13th, 2016. Events are held on Middle Bass Island and Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) in Lake Erie, Ohio. Three of the biggest organizations and proponents of nature on the Erie Isles have teamed together to bring you some great activities during this week-long event. Experience a taste of the local wineries, a tropical island-style pig roast, kayaking on a Great Lake, and a dedication of the newest lakefront... more information
Family Fun at Put-in-Bay

Family Fun at Put-in-Bay
23 Jun, 2016

There is always something exciting at Put-In-Bay during the summer. Here is a list of some fun family-friendly activities that are coming up in a few weeks. Plan your island getaway today, bring the kids, and have a great relaxed week on the Bay!   Fourth of July When: July 4 @ 10:00 pm – 10:30 pm Where: Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, Put-in-Bay, 43456 Info: This years July 4th includes a freedom concert presented by Perry’s Victory and... more information
Upcoming Put-in-Bay Events in May and June

Upcoming Put-in-Bay Events in May and June
18 May, 2016

There is always something entertaining at Put-In-Bay during the summer. Here is a list of some fun family-friendly activities that are coming up in a few weeks. Plan your island getaway today, bring the kids, and have a great relaxed week on the Bay! Island Wide Garage Sale When: May 21 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Where: 148 Delaware Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456 Info: Islanders and island business owners are cleaning out what they no longer need and offering... more information
Draft Day at Put in Bay

Draft Day at Put in Bay
4 May, 2016

PUT-IN-BAY — The NFL Draft Day is now behind us and the Cleveland Browns are looking forward to a great rebuilding season with some top-notch draft picks! Put-in-Bay even has its own special group to cheer on and support the Browns. The Lake Erie Islands Browns Backers, headquartered on Put-in-Bay Ohio, spends all year raising money for the local community as well as cheering on the Browns. This year’s fundraising started with the 2nd Annual Draft Day 5k on April... more information
10 Best Restaurants in Put-in-Bay Ohio – #1 Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille

10 Best Restaurants in Put-in-Bay Ohio – #1 Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille
21 Apr, 2016

#1 — Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille — Upscale Bar Food in a Trendy Atmosphere If you read our last review of Mr. Ed’s, you know that this is one of our favorite hangouts on Put-in-Bay. So it was with mild trepidation that we heard that they had completely remodeled their menu for this year and invited us in for lunch. We were lucky to show up the day they were practicing and finalizing their new menu items and got... more information
Put in Bay Ferries and Fishing

Put in Bay Ferries and Fishing
8 Mar, 2016

Every year we play the guessing game of when the Miller Ferry will start running from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay. This year, the guessing is over early! The Miller Ferry started running last Friday, March 4th, and has begun a regular schedule for the season (weather permitting). For this first week, trips will leave Put in Bay at 8:30AM, 9:30AM, 10:30AM & 2:00PM, 3:00PM, 4:00PM. Trips leaving Catawba will be at 9:00AM, 10:00AM, 11:00AM & 2:30PM, 3:30PM, 4:30PM. For the... more information
American Pickers Comes to Visit

American Pickers Comes to Visit
22 Feb, 2016

Put-in-Bay friends, the Roeder family, on ‘American Pickers’ The Roeder family owned Tony’s Garage bar on the island for a few years when it was transitioning from Tony’s Place to the current Reel Bar. They also have owned Harley dealerships over on the mainland. ‘American Pickers’ found a jackpot at Roeder Racing & Service in Monroeville. Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, the professional duo, who scour the earth for antiques and treasures covered in rust and dirt as “American Pickers”... more information
Put-in-Bay Days in sunny warm Key West FL

Put-in-Bay Days in sunny warm Key West FL
15 Feb, 2016

Do you wish you were down in Key West last weekend at Put-in-Bay Days? So do we! The island may be cold now for the winter ice fishermen with good ice conditions, but it won’t be long before we reopen our doors for the Spring and Summer and shorts and sandals will be the standard. Here’s a few pics from Put-in-Bay Days so you can see what you missed. But don’t worry, you can see all three of these great... more information
Put-in-Bay rated again as a Cozy Tiny Town

Put-in-Bay rated again as a Cozy Tiny Town
23 Dec, 2015

Put-in-Bay, OH Population: 137 No, that number is no typo. This Lake Erie island – nicknamed the “Key West of the Midwest” – may be small, but it lays claim to one of best nightlife and foodie scenes in the Midwest. Packed with waterfront restaurants, taverns, and brewpubs serving local Lake Erie flavor, there’s plenty for visitors to see, do, and taste. For outdoorsy types, there’s kayaking through limestone cliffs, stand-up paddle-boarding, parasailing, guided fishing trips, and camping galore. (Check... more information
Perry’s Monument Rate Increase
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Perry’s Monument Rate Increase
1 Oct, 2015

Possible Perry’s Monument Fee Increase – The National Park Service is proposing a fee increase for summer 2016 that would more than double the cost to ride up to the top of the 352-foot-tall Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, the iconic Lake Erie islands monument that offers views of Canada, Michigan and Ohio. Entrance fees would increase to $7 in 2016, up from $3, in a recently announced park proposal. The current $3 fee has been in place since... more information
Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend was Again a Success!

Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend was Again a Success!
14 Sep, 2015

2015 Put-in-Bay Historical Weekend was Again a Success! This past weekend featured some of the best weather of the summer with warm sunny days and cool comfortable evenings. Historical buffs and revelers alike descended upon the island and partook of the many different historical celebrations throughout the three-day event. Some of the more memorable events: 9/11 Sunset Tribute on Friday night at Perry’s Victory & International Peace Monument. Perry’s Victory Heritage Festival on Perry’s Monument lawn. The 202nd Anniversary of... more information
Put-in-Bay Labor Day

Put-in-Bay Labor Day
25 Aug, 2015

Do you have Labor Day plans yet? Why not put an island in your life and come up to Put-in-Bay? Bring the family, rent a house, have a couple cookouts, and relax with some beautiful end of summer weather. We look forward to seeing you! Labor Day Weekend Bands – Sept 4-7, 2015 ======================= 4th day Echo Acoustic Mayhem Bob Gatewood & the Calabash Band Bright Light Band C.O.D. Dj Rehab Poolside Flyin Jays Hey Monea Killer Flamingos Mike “Mad... more information
Put-in-Bay Bartender Olympics

Put-in-Bay Bartender Olympics
9 Aug, 2015

Bartender Olympics is coming up! Tuesday, August 11th 2015, join us at the RoundHouse Bar! Sponsored by the Roundhouse Bar, this popular island event is held both on the main strip of Delaware Avenue and inside the red round bar. This friendly but vigorous competition begins at 7:00 PM with a traditional parade around the park and the lighting of the Olympic torch while the national anthem is recited. Almost all of the local bars and restaurants perform unique skits... more information
Dueling Pianos at Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille
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Dueling Pianos at Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille
2 Aug, 2015

Next Weekend is a special event at Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille. The only catch is that it is at the Port Clinton location! So if you are up on the island, you can pop over on the Jet Express to hear the Dueling Pianos and pop back on the last ferry to the island to catch some great late night Put-In-Bay bands as well! Dueling Pianos new time is from 6-9pm, this coming Sunday August 9, 2015! You don’t... more information
3W2 Fly In & Put-in-Bay Car Parade

3W2 Fly In & Put-in-Bay Car Parade
26 Jul, 2015

The 3 Whiskey 2 Pilots Association (the island’s pilots association led by Ray Fogg) is so pleased to be coordinating with their friends in the Put-in-Bay Car Parades for the upcoming Sunday’s August 9th combined Fly-in/Antique Car Event from 11am – 4pm. As we understand it, the car parade will depart from the airport (instead of the Twine Shanty) and return there after the parade. And if you didn’t hear, the event includes a PIG ROAST!!! Please feel free to... more information
The Annual Perry’s Victory Triathlon & Family Races
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The Annual Perry’s Victory Triathlon & Family Races
19 Jul, 2015

What a beautiful day for a race!!! The 3rd Annual Perry’s Victory Triathlon & Family Races was moved due to weather from Sunday, June 28, 2015 to today Sunday, July 19, 2015 at Put-in-Bay, Ohio (South Bass Island). Perry’s Victory Triathlon was a great opportunity to get in shape for the summer and everyone this morning enjoyed a day on the beautiful island of Put-in-Bay! The route had been designed to take runners on a scenic tour of the historic... more information
One of the 50 Coolest Small Towns in America

One of the 50 Coolest Small Towns in America
13 Jul, 2015

One tiny village on a small island in the north end of Ottawa County near the Canadian border continues to get quite a lot of attention, especially as the tourism season ramps up. It is one of the coolest small towns. Put-in-Bay has found its way into yet another list of top vacation destinations. Most recently, this humble little community on South Bass Island was named one of “The 50 Coolest Small Towns in America” by Esquire magazine. “This island... more information
Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial Keeps Superintendent

Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial Keeps Superintendent
5 Jul, 2015

The National Park Service plans on keeping a full-time superintendent and staff at a Lake Erie island landmark monument for 2015 and moving forward. Ohio Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur says the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial on South Bass Island will remain a separate unit of the park system. The park service had been looking at combining the staff overseeing the Perry’s monument site and the River Raisin National Battlefield Park in Monroe, Mich. The 350-foot tall monument in Ohio... more information
Top 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Ohio

Top 10 Most Beautiful Towns in Ohio
13 May, 2015

Brimming with history, Midwest charm and beautiful landscapes, Ohio is the place to be for quintessential American small towns. From arty Yellow Springs – one of the nation’s coolest small towns – to the picturesque island community of Put-in-Bay, The Culture Trip rounds up some of the prettiest places in the Buckeye State for 2015. Located on tiny South Bass Island around five miles from the Ohio mainland, Put-in-Bay is a picturesque island town and popular summer tourist destination when... more information
The Put-in-Bay Spring Fling Customer Appreciation Party
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The Put-in-Bay Spring Fling Customer Appreciation Party
29 Apr, 2015

The 2015 Spring Fling Customer Appreciation Party is coming up this weekend. The weather forecast is looking absolutely perfect for a street party! Sun and fun in the warm weather await everyone who comes up. There are still a very limited number of rooms available, so call ASAP to make your reservation! You can’t get into the party without a wristband, which you receive by being a guest at one of our select lodging partners. The Commodore Resort and Victory... more information
Put-in-Bay Spring Fishing
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Put-in-Bay Spring Fishing
18 Apr, 2015

Fishing the waters around Put-In-Bay has always been a tradition as far back as recorded history. From Indians to sailors to more recently visitors from the Midwest and Northwest. The past few weeks have seen some great catches and most of the fishermen are limiting out every day they are here! Check out these great fish… Put-in-Bay Fishing 6 Put-in-Bay Fishing 5 Put-in-Bay Fishing 4 Put-in-Bay Fishing 3 Put-in-Bay Fishing 2 Put-in-Bay Fishing 1 more information
Put-in-Bay is Open for Business!

Put-in-Bay is Open for Business!
3 Apr, 2015

Put-In-Bay is officially open for business for the 2015 season! The long hard winter is behind us and the Miller Ferry left the dock at 2pm this afternoon with great fanfare, making its maiden journey for the season. Islanders and visitors alike rejoiced. We are expecting another incredible summer at Put-In-Bay and welcome you to make your summer reservations now before everything books up! Visit our Hotels and Resorts page and check out what is available, or visit our online... more information

Put-in-Bay Events are numerous and planned for all age ranges. Kids have special events such as the Pooch Parade and Pyrate Weekends. Adults find exciting events such as the Historical Weekend and the Kid Rock Concert. Whatever you are looking for can be found. Give us a call if you need more info!