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.

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

Bottom Line: These Are the Best Put-in-Bay, Ohio, Kayak Rentals 14 May, 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 06 May, 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 26 Apr, 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
When Is the Best Time to Visit Put-in-Bay Ohio?

When Is the Best Time to Visit Put-in-Bay Ohio? 18 Apr, 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
How to Plan the Best Trip From Cleveland to Put-in-Bay

How to Plan the Best Trip From Cleveland to Put-in-Bay 18 Apr, 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
What Are the Best Put-in-Bay, Ohio Restaurants?

What Are the Best Put-in-Bay, Ohio Restaurants? 18 Apr, 19

The best way to explore a new destination is to eat your way through it! When you visit Put-in-Bay, you’ll be close to dozens of amazing dining options. From freshly caught Lake Erie perch to late-night pizza, there’s sure to be something that suits your palate. Read our guide to the best Put-in-Bay, Ohio restaurants and take your loved ones somewhere special on your trip. While you’re planning your vacation, don’t forget to enter to win a free weekend at... more information
Why You Need to Visit This Fantastic Put-in-Bay National Park

Why You Need to Visit This Fantastic Put-in-Bay National Park 28 Mar, 19

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
Top 3 Things to Do on Your Put-in-Bay Kid-Friendly Getaway

Top 3 Things to Do on Your Put-in-Bay Kid-Friendly Getaway 28 Mar, 19

Family vacations are an excellent opportunity to bond with your kids. One of the best places in the U.S. for a getaway your entire family will love is Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Fun activities, a family-friendly midweek atmosphere, and affordable accommodations are just a few reasons families return to the bay year after year. Read on to discover how to have the most fun during your Put-in-Bay kid-friendly vacation! Don’t forget to enter for your chance to win a free weekend at... more information
Put-in-Bay Island Club Pavilions

Put-in-Bay Island Club Pavilions 15 Nov, 18

Put-in-Bay is a popular vacation spot just 2 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 inadvertently 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, with its numerous taverns, wineries, restaurants, waterfront condos, rental homes, and hotels. The Island Club has recently added... more information

Ferries

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.

Accommodations

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.

History

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.