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.

Upcoming Put-in-Bay Events in May and June 2021

Upcoming Put-in-Bay Events in May and June 2021 08 Apr, 21

There is always something entertaining at Put-In-Bay during the summer. Here is a list of some fun family-friendly Put-in-Bay Events in May and June. Plan your island getaway today, bring the kids, and have a great relaxed week on the Bay! Island Wide Garage Sale When: May 15th @ 10:00 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 to shoppers for... more information
The Legend of Pat Dailey

The Legend of Pat Dailey 25 Mar, 21

Pat Dailey is a legend on Put-in-Bay, Ohio – the famous Lake Erie Island which is also known to many as South Bass Island.  If this the first time you’ve ever heard of him, allow me to provide some back story. He’s a musician who dedicated his whole life to performing in cities all across the USA. Here’s the story of how he ended up in Put-in-Bay, Ohio: Life Before Put-in-Bay Pat is a very famous island musician who originally... more information

3/12/21: THE FERRY IS RUNNING! 12 Mar, 21

PIB NEWS ALERT: THE FERRY IS RUNNING! It’s one of our favorite days of the year here at putinbay.com, as the Miller Ferry made its first trip to Put-in-Bay in 2021 this morning. A sign that Spring has officially sprung, it also means that the 2021 Put-in-Bay season is right around the corner! Pretty soon the sidewalks of downtown Put-in-Bay will be filled with family vacations, bachelorette parties, sightseers and daytrippers, and WE CAN’T WAIT! In honor of the occasion... more information
Put-in-Bay’s Benson Ford…House?

Put-in-Bay’s Benson Ford…House? 18 Feb, 21

The YouTube channel Doc Bites recently featured Put-in-Bay’s famous Benson Ford house in one of their videos, and it’s fantastic. Enjoy the video right here, and then read on to learn a little more about the Benson Ford! Put-in-Bay’s Famous Benson Ford House The Benson Ford is among the most famous attractions on the Lake Erie island of Put-in-Bay, Ohio, so it’s important to understand the history behind how it became what it is today. The house actually started its... more information
Put-in-Bay COVID-19 Update: Second Round Of Vaccinations Complete

Put-in-Bay COVID-19 Update: Second Round Of Vaccinations Complete 03 Feb, 21

Put-in-Bay COVID Response We spoke to Patrick and Tina Rodgers to get an update on the island’s vaccination efforts, which are going very well. Tina currently serves as the Event Coordinator for the Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce, as well as a volunteer EMT. Patrick is the manager of the island’s Emergency Medical Services. Updates On Put-in-Bay Vaccination Efforts In our last COVID-19 update we mentioned that the first round of vaccinations for EMS, police and fire, and select other high-exposure... more information
Put-in-Bay COVID-19 Update: Vaccinations begin at the Bay

Put-in-Bay COVID-19 Update: Vaccinations begin at the Bay 08 Jan, 21

Put-in-Bay COVID-19 Vaccinations Begin This week’s big news out of Put-in-Bay is on a topic that’s big news all around the world. The first Put-in-Bay COVID-19 vaccinations have begun to roll out on the island. This past Tuesday saw the first island residents receiving vaccines. They were, of course, Put-in-Bay’s first responders. Members of the Fire Department, Police Department, EMS and a handful of teachers received their vaccines. Updates From Fire Department and EMS Kelly Mohn, of Put-in-Bay EMS, told... more information
Perry’s Family Fun Center – Kid Approved!

Perry’s Family Fun Center – Kid Approved! 22 Dec, 20

Considered by most visitors as one of the main family-friendly and kid approved attractions in Put-In-Bay, Perry’s Family Fun Center features a variety of fun and exciting things to do: Perry’s Cave, the Butterfly House, War of 18 Holes mini-golf, gemstone mining, a rock climbing wall, a fort maze and a small antique car museum. There’s even a snack stand to get refreshments and take a quick break from all the fun. Families can easily spend half of a day... 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 26 Nov, 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
Hotel Victory:  Put-in-Bay’s “Grandest” Memory

Hotel Victory: Put-in-Bay’s “Grandest” Memory 11 Nov, 20

The crown jewel of the Lake Erie Islands is Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island). The island offers a rich history, and tourists have been visiting Put-in-Bay for more than 200 years. The Hotel Victory is one of many stops that guests have made. It was from Put-in-Bay that Commodore Perry and his fleet found victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. And ever since then, Put-in-Bay has come to represent freedom, joy, and... 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.


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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.