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.

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 Appreciation Party
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Official Put in Bay Island Club Fall Ball 2019 Customer Appreciation 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
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
Top 20 Free Things To Do at Put-in-Bay

Top 20 Free Things To Do at Put-in-Bay 30 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
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
Bottom Line: These Are the Best Put-in-Bay, Ohio, Kayak Rentals

Bottom Line: These Are the Best Put-in-Bay, Ohio, Kayak Rentals 26 Jun, 19

The best way to explore South Bass Island is from the water. Paddle around Lake Erie with Kayak the Bay, your go-to spot for Put-in-Bay, Ohio, kayak rentals. You won’t want to miss this fun and unique way to discover the island! Read on to learn more, then enter to win our free weekend getaway. One lucky winner is drawn each month to receive free accommodations and a golf cart rental. Don’t miss out on your chance to win!  ... more information
What You Need to Know About Put-in-Bay Bike Rentals

What You Need to Know About Put-in-Bay Bike Rentals 07 Jun, 19

There’s nothing better than exploring your vacation destination on your own terms. During your next visit to South Bass Island, check out our favorite Put-in-Bay bike rentals and tour the island from your own two wheels. Are you ready to pedal your way to fun? The only thing better than a trip to Put-in-Bay, Ohio, is a free trip to Put-in-Bay! Every month, we give away a free weekend, including accommodations and a golf cart rental. Enter to win and... more information
The Put-in-Bay Ferry Lines You Need to Know About

The Put-in-Bay Ferry Lines You Need to Know About 19 May, 19

Put-in-Bay, Ohio, located on South Bass Island in Lake Erie, boasts incredible waterfront dining, family-friendly attractions, and can’t-miss events. While you can fly or take your own watercraft to Put-in-Bay, the island is most easily accessible by ferry boat. There’s so much to explore on this fantastic island, and you won’t want to waste any of your time worrying about how to get here. Read on to find out which Put-in-Bay ferry line that is the best fit for your... more information
New Putinbay.com Website Launched

New Putinbay.com Website Launched 01 May, 19

The year 2019 marks a major milestone for Putinbay.com LLC and their website. We have re-launched our flagship website with a fresh modern look and hope that you enjoy it! Every section has had a facelift and we urge you to search for your favorite Put-in-Bay information. From Attractions to Shopping, Restaurants to Events, even our Entertainment section has been updated. Did you know that there is a musical talent on the island somewhere for every single day of the... 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.


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.