Put-in-Bay News

Located on Lake Erie’s South Bass Island, Put-in-Bay village is a short ferry ride from Port Clinton or Catawba Island, Ohio. From Cleveland, the 65-mile drive via the Ohio Turnpike or Route 2 takes about an hour. Keep updated on the latest news about Put-in-Bay to pre-plan your trip.

Why You Need to Visit This Fantastic Put-in-Bay National Park

Why You Need to Visit This Fantastic Put-in-Bay National Park 14 Sep, 20

There’s something so awe-inspiring about visiting a piece of our nation’s history. You learn something new, and you come away from the experience with an enhanced appreciation for the United States. Many people don’t know that there is a significant national monument in the small island town of Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is the only Put-in-Bay national park. Read on to learn more about this impressive monument’s historical significance. There’s so much to discover on Put-in-Bay.... more information
What Might Have Been: Bash on the Bay 2020

What Might Have Been: Bash on the Bay 2020 27 Aug, 20

Thursday, August 27th 2020 is a pretty quiet day at the Bay. There are some people who were lucky enough to get Friday off from work who came up a day early for a long weekend, but for the most part, things are pretty calm in advance of a summer weekend. But this is not how it was supposed to be, not at all. In another universe, Keith Urban’s set is winding down, and everyone is heading out to enjoy... more information
What Brought You to the Islands?

What Brought You to the Islands? 11 Aug, 20

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
What’s Fun To Do at Put-in-Bay Before 10PM

What’s Fun To Do at Put-in-Bay Before 10PM 31 Jul, 20

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. There’s plenty of ways to have that fun at Put-in-Bay before 10PM besides our famous party and plenty of space to safely have... more information
Cameo Pizza – An Island Favorite

Cameo Pizza – An Island Favorite 15 Jul, 20

Cameo Pizza – An Island Favorite Put-in-Bay Cameo Pizza joined the South Bass Island and Put-in-Bay community in 2006 and quickly became an island staple. Cameo Pizza is proudly located on Delaware Avenue inside Mr. Ed’s Bar. These two businesses joined forces in 2018 and now provide the South Bass Island community and Put-in-Bay with a classic and loved combination of delicious beer and pizza. Late night, Cameo Pizza offers ready to go, whole, large pepperoni pizza as well as... more information
Where to Stay for Put-in-Bay Bachelorette Parties

Where to Stay for Put-in-Bay Bachelorette Parties 29 Jun, 20

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, 20

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! 03 Jun, 20

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

Guided Tour of Put-in-Bay in a Classic 1966 Pink El Dorado Convertible 01 Jun, 20

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


From the dock, it’s a short trip across Lake Erie via two ferries: Jet Express (jet-express.com, 1-800-245-1538) costs $17.50 one way (or $19.75 from Sandusky) and $4.50 per bike. Parking is $12/day to park in the main lot or $10 (one time in/out) in a lot one block away. Miller Ferry from Catawba Island (millerferry.com) costs $7 one way, $2 per bike and $15 for cars. Limited free parking; if it’s full, an auxiliary lot costs $5/day. If you absolutely must bring your car (while permitted, it’s not encouraged because parking is so limited), you can use the Miller Ferry for an extra $15.

Golf Carts

Once on island, golf carts are the preferred method of transportation. Prices range from $11-$17/hour for a 2-, 4- or 6-passenger cart, or $70-$90 per day. An overnight, weekend or holiday rental adds $10 to the bill. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends. You also can rent bikes ($5/hour or $15/day) and mopeds ($15/hour or $60/day). For those not in a hurry, buses run all over the island late into the evening ($2.50 per ride), and there are also taxis, which charge a flat rate of $3 per person.

There are a few golf cart rental agencies we recommend when visiting Put-in-Bay. Learn more about the Island Club Golf Carts, Put-in-Bay Condo Golf Carts, and the Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Depot.


Do you want to be right in the middle of the action or somewhere quiet? Relaxing in luxury or happy just with the basics? Put-in-Bay has everything from economy hotels and full-service resorts to charming B&Bs and rustic state campgrounds. During the season (April through late October), there also are more than 100 homes available to rent. Note: Hotel rooms and rental homes can be nearly impossible to find on weekends without a reservation, so plan accordingly.


Put-in-Bay Ohio offers a full listing of information for visitors to explore. Our Put-in-Bay News and Blog Posts are meant to explore the history, events, and passions of our Lake Erie island. We welcome guest posts and would be happy to discuss opportunities.

Historically, Put-in-Bay has been involved with the largest naval battles in the Lake Erie region between Britain, Canada, and the USA. While there are multiple Lake Erie Islands, Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island stands out as the most visited, most historic, and most noted.

Put-in-Bay is a popular vacation spot just a couple 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 often 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 and busier than any surrounding island. With its numerous taverns, wineries, restaurants, waterfront condos, rental homes, and hotels it is a staycation mecca.