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.

Things You May Not Know About Put-in-Bay: It’s Home to People like You and Me

Things You May Not Know About Put-in-Bay: It’s Home to People like You and Me 06 Nov, 19

First things first, Put-in-Bay is a village located on South Bass Island who’s population is just under 150 people. That is one of the first Things You May Not Know About Put-in-Bay. The majority of those 150 people are full-time residents who remain on the island year-round. Yes, that includes the winter! There is one school on the Island: Put-in-Bay School. The Put-in-Bay Local School District teaches classes from Preschool to the 12th Grade from South Bass Island, Middle Bass... more information
Put-in-Bay’s Most Frequently Asked Questions

Put-in-Bay’s Most Frequently Asked Questions 14 Oct, 19

People often call us with random Put-in-Bay questions so we decided to make a list of Put-in-Bay’s Most Frequently Asked Questions. These range from topics such as what is the name of the monument, when do the ferries run, how much is a house rental, are golf carts allowed, is it ok for kids… ? We’ve come up with a few lists of questions and answers to help you! Here is the first: Q- What does Put-in-Bay mean? A- Several... more information
The History of Oktoberfest

The History of Oktoberfest 01 Oct, 19

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, 19

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
When Is the Best Time to Visit Put-in-Bay Ohio?

When Is the Best Time to Visit Put-in-Bay Ohio? 01 Sep, 19

In the midst of planning your next Ohio getaway, you may find yourself wondering: when is the best time to visit Put-in-Bay? While many people plan their trips during the summer, every season offers something unique. From the day the island officially opens to tourists in April to the day it closes in October, Put-in-Bay buzzes with constant excitement. Read on to discover what each month has to offer. Then, enter to win a free weekend at the bay for... more information
The Top 5 Put-in-Bay Attractions for Kids

The Top 5 Put-in-Bay Attractions for Kids 19 Aug, 19

WAR OF 18 HOLES War of 18 Holes   Miniature Golf has never been so historical! It is by far the #1 in our Top 5 Put-in-Bay Attractions for Kids. Along the way learn historical facts about the War of 1812 and Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s role in the victory of the Battle of Lake Erie. A great course for all ages. The course is under a canopy of shade trees, surrounded by a garden of azaleas, rhododendrons, hostas and... more information
How to Plan the Best Trip From Cleveland to Put-in-Bay

How to Plan the Best Trip From Cleveland to Put-in-Bay 01 Aug, 19

Every once in a while, we all need a vacation. Sometimes, your next great adventure is just a short drive away. Put-in-Bay, Ohio, located on South Bass Island, is a perfect spot for a summer family getaway. The island is only two hours from Cleveland and offers plenty of attractions to explore — from waterfront restaurants to kayak rentals and so much more. Are you ready to embark on a trip from Cleveland to Put-in-Bay? Read on to find out... more information
Stargazer’s Cruise on Miller Ferry

Stargazer’s Cruise on Miller Ferry 15 Jul, 19

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
Top 20 Free Things To Do at Put-in-Bay

Top 20 Free Things To Do at Put-in-Bay 01 Jul, 19

Here is our “Top 20” list for you, the Top 20 Free Things to Do at Put-in-Bay. Everyone loves something for free, especially at Put-in-Bay Ohio!  Read on… 1 – Visit South Bass Island State Park. With spectacular views of the lake and a pristine sunset, there is no better place to enjoy a relaxing day at Put-in-Bay. 2 – Explore the island on a Golf Cart, Bicycle or Moped at your own pace. 3 – Enjoy the live entertainment.... 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.


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.


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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.