The Antique Car Museum, located at Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center, is that rare attraction that is both free and fascinating! Put-in-Bay is known to celebrate vintage cars and roadsters. Thanks for Charles “Skip” Duggan, there is a weekly Put-in-Bay Car Parade. He is also responsible for all the cars on display at the Antique Car Museum.
The Antique Car Museum Details
Open seven days a week from May to October and weekends the rest of the year, this museum is free, yes really free! While other attractions at Perry’s Cave do require tickets, car aficionados can view this impressive collection without dropping a dime.
The oldest automobiles on the island is on view here as well as rare Model T’s, vintage snowmobiles, road signs, and gasoline station memorabilia. This is a chance to get up close and personal with these beautiful vehicles.
The Put-in-Bay Car Parade
Every sunday since the 1990’s, car enthusiasts have paraded through the streets of South Bass Island. The island car owners meet at the old Twine Shanty on Langram Rd. and take off around 2:00 pm. Families gather on the downtown sidewalks to get a glimpse at this spectacle. Children eagerly await the candy that is tossed into the crowd.
After the parade, the participants enjoy an after-parade party hosted by one of the car owners or local businesses. This is definitely a very special Put-in-Bay tradition. We can all thank Skip Duggan for sharing his love of vintage cars with the whole island!
Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center
There’s no better place to let loose and have a blast than at Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center! Families, couples, and groups of friends flock to this complex for everything from cave tours to mini golf.
They offer packages for their various attractions as well as group discounts. Most individual tickets costs between $8 – $10 so if you plan on spending the day here, a combo package is definitely the way to go.
Of course, you don’t need a ticket to the Antique Car Museum!
Perry’s offers up fun with a healthy dose of education. Just take the War of 18 Holes Mini Golf Course. This lovely course is landscaped with lush greenery and pretty flowers. Players compete with each other while learning about the battles of the War of 1812, in which Put-in-Bay played a pivotal role.
Gemstone Mining offers visitors a first hand experience of actual gemstone mining. Purchase a bag of rough mix and wash water over the sand to discover actual gemstones and fossils. This is a glimpse into the unique ecology of the island.
Speaking of unique ecology, make sure to visit Perry’s Cave. This fascinating and beautiful limestone cave is really quite remarkable. General Perry discovered this cage in 1813. Underground, he found a rare lake full of fresh water. This was a lucky discovery, as his troops needed this is the midst of the Battle of Lake Erie.
After visiting the Antique Car Museum, definitely make sure to visit all the other amazing attractions at Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center.