Put-in-Bay Attractions & Things To Do

Put-in-Bay Ohio Island Attractions and Things to Do offer a guest a chance to visit an Ohio State Park, tour a history museum and view Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.  All of this while riding around on the best way to see Put in Bay, on a golf cart rental!

The Put-in-Bay Sign

The Put-in-Bay Sign

Brand new for the 2022 season, huge welcome to the Put-in-Bay sign! We are so happy to be able to introduce the latest Put-in-Bay landmark, the Put-in-Bay sign. Inspired by similar landmarks in large metropolitan areas, most notably the Cleveland sign, we think something like this has even more appeal at a vacation destination like Put-in-Bay. This sign is a result of the hard work of the Put-in-Bay sign committee. It involved months of planning and fundraising, including last year’s... more information
Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Depot

Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Depot

For a full range of options in the best way to get around South Bass Island, visit Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rentals. Located right on Catawba Avenue in the heart of downtown, Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rentals offer both online and phone reservations. Golf carts are a Put-in-Bay tradition which means they can be scarce in the summer season. Make sure to reserve a cart as soon as possible. Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Rentals Details Rentals begin the warmer starting in April and... more information
Benson Ford Ship House

Benson Ford Ship House

2024 Ship House Tour Tickets Can Be Found Here: FOR TICKETS TO THE JUNE 9TH TOUR, VISIT: http://bensonfordjune9.eventbrite.com/ FOR TICKETS TO THE AUGUST 18TH TOUR, VISIT: http://bensonfordaugust18.eventbrite.com/ Benson Ford Ship House Tours Twice a year, the Benson Ford Ship House opens its doors to the public, allowing visitors to tour this incredible home. In 2023, these tours will take place on June 11th and August 27th. For more information about the tours, and to purchase tickets, visit putinbay.com/tour About the... more information
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Towering 352 feet in the air, Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is a powerful testament to everlasting peace and friendship between nations. Built in 1915, this massive Doric column recently underwent a series of repairs in 2009 and reopened in 2012. The national monument is an iconic building well-known throughout the Great Lakes region in Ohio and the United States.  Perry’s Monument symbolizes American tradition and respect for our country’s history. Perry’s Victory... more information
Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center

Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center

Take a tour of one of Put-in-Bay's most well known historical attractions. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry discovered Perry's Cave on South Bass Island during the War of 1812 more information
Put-in-Bay Winery

Put-in-Bay Winery

Located at the Doller House Estate, Put-in-Bay Winery is one of the islands permanent wineries. With a full range of offerings, this winery is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon during a summer on Put-in-Bay. Put-in-Bay Winery Details Founded in 2009, Put-in-Bay Winery includes a winery exhibition, a wine garden, and store. The winery is committed to educating their visitors on their wines and the winemaking process in general. The wine tours and exhibitions are informative and enjoyable. How... more information
Tour Train

Tour Train

Tour Put-in-Bay the most fun way possible, with the Put-in-Bay Tour Train. This bright and cheery train choo-choos throughout the entire island, passing all the best attractions along the way. The open air trolley makes it easy to take in those lake breezes and sunny summer days on this one hour guided tour. Boarding the Tour Train Purchase tickets at the Downtown Bus terminal at the corner of Delaware and Toledo Avenue. This is right in the heart of downtown... more information
Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals

Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals

Put-in-Bay is such a special destination for many reasons. Lake Erie is without a doubt one of the biggest draws and Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals allows multiple ways to get into the water! They rent top quality crafts for all types of interests and skill levels. Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals Details In operation since 1992, Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals is located on the dock in South Bass Island State Park. This charming park can be found on the southern end of the island... more information
The Butterfly House at Put-in-Bay

The Butterfly House at Put-in-Bay

The Butterfly House is truly special. Every visit to Put-in-Bay should include a stop here This peaceful oasis in the midst of Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center is full of beautiful butterflies, lush greenery, and soothing music. The Butterfly House Details Visitors are invited to stroll along gorgeous pathways full of beautiful plants and discover secret passageways. Opened in 2004, this 4000 sq foot aviary houses over 50 species of butterflies from all over the world. Keep an eye... more information

With so many great Things to Do, the toughest part is choosing which ones to do!  So, go ahead and browse all of the fun things. From a mini golf course to a Lake Erie Bass fishing charter, there’s an island attraction for everyone.  Put-In-Bay is the perfect getaway from it all!

Island Attractions of Put-in-Bay offer guests a chance to live the island life.  Visitors can expect a wide range of fun activities for the entire family.  Additionally, adult oriented events will provide a fun respite for parents.  Hop on the Jet Express or Miller Ferry and set your watch to Island Time!

Put in Bay Ohio Things to Do  for Kids

island attractions

Island Attractions for Kids

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he island is home to many great attractions for kids.  There are things to do of all ages and abilities.  The following are excellent Put-in-Bay Attractions and Things to Do for families.

  • Adventure Bay
    • Here, guests can choose from many fun things to do.  This includes a swimming pool, arcade, watersports, batting cages and a go-kart track.  This family fun hotspot is located across the street from the Bayshore Resort Put-In-Bay.
  • Crystal Cave
    • Located at Heineman’s Winery, this interesting cave is home to some of the largest crystals found anywhere.  Years ago these crystals were mined to produce fireworks.  Today, visitors can tour the cave and partake in a wine tasting.  What’s not to like?
  • DeRivera Park
    • A waterfront park located in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay.  Multiple playgrounds for kids of all ages welcomes the little ones.  Picnic and grill areas provide an area for rest and relaxation.  Ice Cream at the Candy Bar is nearby!
  • Kayak the Bay
    • Guests can see the Lake Erie Islands from a great perspective, from the water.  Paddle around the rocky shoreline of Putinbay and take in the sights.  Also, see other boaters and jet skis coming into the harbor.
  • Kimberly’s Carousel
    • This Allen Herschel vintage carousel can be found on Delaware Ave in downtown Put-In-Bay.  Listen for the lighthearted melodies and head over for a blast from the past.  Afterwards, stop by the adjacent Candy Bar for some sweet treats.

So Much for the Kids!

  • Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum
    • Learn about the history of Put-In-Bay and the Lake Erie Islands.  Here, guests can find informative displays and programs aimed at preserving and teaching the history of our Great Lake Erie.  Also, a Resale Shop is located in the rear for those ready for a treasure hunt.
  • Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center
    • This island favorite features several different great activities.  Mini golf, Gemstone Mining, rock wall, the Butterfly House, Antique Car Museum, Fort Amaze’n and Cave Tours are just some of the attractions here.  Also, this a favorite stop of the PIB Tour Train.
  • Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial
    •  This excellent United States National Park pays homage to Oliver Hazard Perry.  Step inside the visitor center and learn about the Battle of Lake Erie and Perry’s Victory.  This battle was pivotal in the War of 1812.  Then, buy a ticket and head to the top to take in views from the observation deck.
  • Put-In-Bay Beaches
    • Put-In-Bay is home to a mostly rugged, rocky shoreline.  However, there are two main beaches where swimmers can cool off.  First, the beach at South Bass Island State Park is nice.  Here, there is a large rocky beach, playground, picnic areas and more.  Secondly, there is a bathing beach at the end of Delaware Ave in downtown Put-In-Bay.
  • Put-in-Bay Parasail
    • Get high and go parasailing.  From this great viewpoint, guests can get exceptional views of Put-In-Bay and the surrounding Lake Erie Islands.  Don’t forget to get some great pictures of this unique experience.

So Many Things to Do in Put-in-Bay!

With so many things to do and great sightseeing in Put-in-Bay, staying overnight at a Put-In-Bay Resort or home gives guest the most time to explore South Bass Island attractions. Try out some of the Put-in-Bay restaurants, bars, and shops while you enjoy the island experience.  Go kayaking and see Gibraltar Island up close.  Moreover, guests will be able to fully immerse in the Lake Erie life and island living at a Put-In-Bay Hotel.

So, set sail from Catawba or Port Clinton Ohio for a great island attraction.  Check out the island golf course, enjoy some water sports, learn at a history or chocolate museum or traverse to the top of our National Park Perry Monument.

No matter the choice, the outcome is the same: lots of fun!  So, be sure to look over all of our great offerings. The best way to get around to all the Put-in-Bay attractions is by golf cart or a Put-in-Bay taxi.

Top 10 Things to Do on Put-in-Bay

Put-in-Bay Things to Do

Put-In-Bay Things to Do

1. Go up to the Observation Deck of Perry’s Victory Monument

2. Get high with Put-In-Bay Parasail, right next to the Boardwalk

3. Swim at the Beach at South Bass Island State Park

4. Rent a Put-In-Bay Golf Cart and Explore the island.

5. Take a Helicopter Tour from the Put-In-Bay Airport

6. Play a round of miniature golf at the War of 18 Holes.

7. Sip Wine at Heineman’s Winery or the Put-In-Bay Winery

8. Explore the beautiful grounds at the South Bass Island Lighthouse

9. Ride a Jet Ski from Put-In-Bay Watercraft Rentals

10. Feel like a Cleveland Indian hitting balls at Adventure Bay batting cages

Put in Bay, What’s in a Name?

There are several theories as to how the island got its name.  First, it has been suggested the island is shaped like a pudding sack.  Over time the pudding evolved into put in.  Secondly, others have suggested it has been derived from the Native Americans.  They were reported to make a trip to South Bass to “put in at the bay.” It is believed to be a part of some sort of ceremonial happening.  Besides many wondering how the island got its name, there is also another quirky tidbit, the spelling.  There are several iterations of the Put-In-Bay name.  Check below to see if you recognize some of the other versions of PIB.

  • Put-in-Bay
  • Put in Bay
  • Putinbay
  • Put n Bay
  • Putnbay
  • Puttin Bay
  • Pudding Bay
  • Putin Bay (for our Russian friends!)

Research and Reserve Put in Bay Places to Stay

Put-In-Bay island is a great place to visit.  Fortunately, there is a wide range of great lodging options.  So, be sure to look through our impressive hospitality partners and find the right fit for your group. The sooner you book, the sooner you can get on a Put-in-Bay ferry from Sandusky.  The time is now to put an island in your life!

Top 10 Put-in-Bay Things To Do Questions