Put-in-Bay Ohio News: We Are Open!

Put-in-Bay Ohio News: We Are Open!

Today is the day that we can finally deliver the big news that you’ve all been waiting for. Put-in-Bay Ohio is finally ready to receive visitors in 2020! That’s right, as of May 11th, the Miller Ferry will no longer be limited to essential travel and will be taking all travelers to this Lake Erie island.

For up-to-date info on all things Put-in-Bay, please call the Put-in-Bay reservation center at 216-898-9951 (open midweek 9-6, and Saturday/Sunday 10-4). Or email us at reserve@putinbayreservations.com

But WHAT Is Open?!?

It may have taken a little longer than we’re used to, but our winter hiatus is finally over. We are going to get started safely with fishing, grilling out, beautiful sunrises and sunsets with family and friends and all of the things that make Put-in-Bay such a cherished vacation spot.

Read on for specific information: for Lodging (click here), for Ferry Information (click here), for Things To Do (click here), for Golf Cart Rentals (click here).

Looking for a Put-in-Bay summer job? Put-in-Bay is hiring enthusiastic individuals for Housekeeping, Retail, Food Service, Landscaping, Housekeeping (very in demand), and more. Please submit a quick Put-in-Bay Summer Employment Application and we will contact you soon.

Lodging (Hotels, Rental Homes, Resorts, Cabins, Condos, Cottages, Bed & Breakfasts)

(as of May 27, 2020)

  • Island Club Rentals | 216-898-9951 – Open daily
  • Commodore Resort | 419-285-3101 – Open daily
  • Put-in-Bay Condos | 216-898-1105 – Open daily
  • Victory Station Hotel | 419-285-0120 – Open daily
  • Bird’s Nest Resort | 419-285-6119 – Open daily
  • AB Lodging | 419-285-7433
  • Ahoy Inn | 419-503-3211
  • Arbor Inn | 419-285-2306
  • Anchor Inn Boutique Hotel | 419-285-5055
  • Ashley’s Island House | 419-285-2844
  • Aunt Mary’s Place | 419-719-4469
  • Back Bay Condos C&D | 419-341-1638
  • Bay Club Cottages | 419-285-3581
  • Bayshore Resort | 866-422-9746
  • Bodee’s Bungalow | 419-966-2185
  • Cantillon’s Poor Man’s Nantucket | 321-258-7837
  • Casual Cape | 419-260-0568
  • Dodge House | 419-341-9760
  • English Pines | 419-285-2521
  • First Island Son B&B | 419-285-4448
  • Freshwater Retreat | 419-366-1372
  • Getaway Inn at Cooper’s Woods | 419-285-9012
  • Harriet’s House | 419-341-2191
  • Park Hotel | 419-285-3581
  • Put-in-Bay Cabins | 419-285-6348
  • Rays by the Bay | 440-248-6637

Restaurants and Attractions (Golf Carts, Family Destinations, Shopping)

(as of May 27, 2020)

  • Island Club Golf Cart Rentals | 216-898-9951 – Open Daily
  • Put-in-Bay Condos Golf Cart Rentals | 216-898-1105 – Open Daily
  • Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Depot | 419-779-5147 – Open Daily
  • Cameo Pizza | 419-285-4444 – Patio opening May 15th – Open daily 11a-close – Delivery and pickup also available
  • Joe’s Bar | 419-285-5637 – Patio opening May 15th – Open daily 11a-close
  • Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille | 419-285-5042 – Patio opening May 15th – Open Daily 11a-close
  • Subway | 419-285-1000 – Open daily 10a-8p (later on weekends, if busy)
  • AB Cart Rental | 419-285-7433 – Open daily 10a-7p
  • The Boardwalk | 419-285-3695 – Patio opening May 15th – Open Fri, Sat & Sun
  • The Boathouse | 419-285-5665 – Patio opening May 15th – Open Fri 4-10p, Sat 11a-10p & Sun 11a-5p
  • The Bucket Shop at The Round House | 419-285-2323 – Opening 5/16 – 12-5p – use side entrance
  • Carriage House | 419-285-2212 – Open daily, Sun to Fri 11a-4p & Sat 11a-6p
  • Candy Bar | 419-285-2920 – Open Memorial Day Weekend 12p-close
  • Chocolate Café | 419-285-2268 – Check back soon for more details
  • Chicken Patio | Facebook message for orders – Open Fri to Sun 12-10p & Mon 12-4p
  • Country House | 419-285-3105 – Open Wed to Sunday
  • Crew’s Nest | 419-285-3625 – Patio opening May 15th – Open Fri 5-9p, Sat 11a-9p, Sun 11a-7p & Mon 11:30a-close
  • Dockside Gifts | 419-285-7300 – Open daily starting May 22nd
  • E’s Carts | 419-285-5553 – Open daily
  • Erie Island Karts | 419-285-5278 – Open daily 9a-8p
  • First National Bank | 419-285-7340 – Open Wed 9:30a-3:30p
  • Fishbowl | 419-285-3833 – Open daily at 12p starting May 22nd
  • The Forge | 419-285-0022 – Opening May 22nd – Open Fri 5-9p & Sat to Mon 9a-9p
  • Freshwater Remedies | 419-366-1372 – Open weekends 12-5p in May – Open daily 12-5p throughout summer
  • Frosty’s | 419-285-3278 – Patio opening May 15th – Open Fri, Sat & Sun
  • The Goat Soup & Whiskey | 419-285-4628 – Check back soon for more details
  • Heineman’s Winery | 419-285-2811 – Patio opening May 15th – Open daily, Mon to Sun 11a-6p & Sun 12-6p – no tours available yet
  • Hooligans | 419-285-3695 – Check back soon for more details
  • Island General Store | 419-285-4091 – Open daily 10a-4p – Masks are required, maximum of 4 in the store at a time
  • Island Hardware Store | 419-285-6887 – Open Mon to Fri 8a-5p, Sat 10a-4p & Sun closed
  • The Keys | 419-285-5397 – Check back soon for more details
  • Lime Kiln Bus | 419-285-4855 – Opening May 23rd – Open Sat & Sun
  • Margaritas on the Rock | 419-285-3040 – Open at 11a Fri to Mon Memorial Day Weekend
  • Misty Bay Boutique | 419-285-7925 – Open daily, Mon to Thu 10a-4p, Fri & Sat 10a-5p & Sun 10a-3p
  • Mossbacks | 419-285-8888 – Open daily at 11a starting May 22nd
  • Mojito Bay | Open weekends
  • Muscle Bay Fitness | Opening Tuesday May 26th – Hours to be determined.
  • Pasquale’s Café | 419-285-8600 – Opening May 22nd – Open Daily, Mon to Fri 8a-1p & Sat & Sun 7a-2p
  • Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center | 419 285-2283
  • Gift Shops | Open daily 10a-4p – At Butterfly House
  • Cave Tours | No tours available yet
  • Mini Golf | Check back soon for more details
  • Gemstone Mining | Check back soon for more details
  • Perry’s Victory Visitor Center | 419-285-2184 – Opening June 13th
  • Monument Tours | Closed until further notice
  • Put-in-Bay Township Parks & Trails | Open daily
  • Put-in-Bay Winery | 419-285-3343 – Open Fri to Sun 11a-8p & Mon 11a-7p – Weather permitting
  • Red Moon | 419-285-2323 – Opening Memorial Day Weekend – Open Thu 7p-close & Fri to Mon 2p-close
  • Reel Bar | 419-285-1318 – Open Daily
  • Round House Bar | 419-285-2323 – Opening Memorial Day Weekend – Open Thu 6p-close & Fri to Mon 12p-close
  • Sand Bar | Open at 11a Fri to Mon Memorial Day Weekend – Pool closed until May 26th
  • Sun Stoppers | 419-285-7777 – Open Wed to Mon 11a-7p
  • Put-in-Bay Surf Shop | 419-285-2242 – Check back soon for more details
  • Put-in-Bay T-Shirt Shop | 419-285-7006 – Check back soon for more details
  • Topsy Turvey’s | 419-285-4511 – Open daily
  • Zen Café | Opening June 5th at 6:30am



Of course, this isn’t to say that the island you arrive on in 2020 is the same island you left in 2019. Island businesses, workers and residents are extremely alert to the current situation that we are all facing. We are taking extraordinary efforts to ensure that a vacation at the Bay is safe for everyone. If you join us on the island in the coming weeks, and we sure hope that you do, please remember that the island is also home for a lot of people. You will be expected to be responsible and respectful during your visit. We are all in this together and we ask you to be mindful of that. Please read the letter from the Put-in-Bay Path Forward committee located here: Put-in-Bay Path Forward Letter 5/8

Put-in-Bay Ohio Ferries

The Miller Ferry expanded service to all travelers starting on May 11th. They’ve also released their schedule for the next month and a half, which you can find here.

Whether you are traveling from Cleveland, Sandusky, Catawba, Toledo, or even just Port Clinton, the Put-in-Bay ferry are getting ready for you! Make sure you save the phone number for a Put-in-Bay taxi to get you quickly from the ferry dock to your rental home, condo, or hotel! (419-285-5466)

The Jet Express will begin service to Put-in-Bay island on May 29th. We will update this page as soon as more news becomes available. Stay tuned for updates. You can find their revised 2020 schedule here.

sonny s ferry

Put-in-Bay Lodging

*Please reach out to each business individually to confirm hours, availability and current status.*

The following Put-in-Bay Lodging establishments are taking reservations now and will be ready to receive guests as soon as the island is open. We have Waterfront Condos, Put-in-Bay resorts, Vacation Home Rentals, Fishing Cottages, and Put-in-Bay hotels for groups of all sizes. There are also some beautiful Bed & Breakfasts on the island for a couples’ getaway.

Island Club Home Rentals – Beautiful rental homes in a dedicated development, with a long list of amenities including full kitchens, outdoor grills, central air and a famous private pool. The perfect spot for any group gathering from family reunions to fishing outings. Call 216-898-9951

Commodore Resort – Great accommodations with a location that can’t be beat, the Commodore Resort sits right in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay, mere steps from the island’s most beloved attractions. Home of MIST pool bar and cabanas. Call 419-285-3101

Put-in-Bay Condos – Only a few feet from the Lake Erie shore, the Put-in-Bay Condos are the newest lodging on the island. Private balconies offer breathtaking view of the sunrise, and spacious floor plans can accommodate up to 12 guests in maximum comfort. Call 216-898-1105

Victory Station Hotel – Perfect for a romantic getaway, Victory Station is located just steps away from downtown Put-in-Bay, close enough to jump right into the action, but detached enough to retreat for some peace and quiet. The best of both worlds! Call 419-285-0120

Bird’s Nest Resort – Rooms at the Bird’s Nest offer the privacy of a home rental for smaller groups. Impeccably maintained rentals with satellite TV and air conditioning are perfect for couples or even individuals, as well as larger units that can sleep up to 8. Call 419-285-6119

Ashley’s Island House B&B – One of the most beloved island bed and breakfasts, each individual room is decorated with various themes, so guests can experience the comfort of home on the island. This B&B is a specialist in providing a cozy feel! Call 419-285-2844

A Place At The Bay House – A Place At The Bay offers all of the great amenities of the affiliated Island Club, with the feel of a private home rental. Jump into the Island Club pool and then head back to your home on a wooded lot across the street. Call 216-898-9450

View from Put-in-Bay waterfront Condo balconyPut-In-Bay Real Estate Island Club

Bars and Put-in-Bay Restaurants

*Please reach out to each business individually to confirm hours, availability and status.*

PLEASE NOTE: Island bars and restaurants will be operating under the conditions set forth by the state, which mandate that outdoor dining began on May 15th, and indoor dining began on May 21st, with a seating plan that maintains social distancing. Indoor entertainment is still being implemented as under the “Dine Safe guidelines” issued by the State of Ohio, live music at a bar or restaurant CAN return under certain limitations.

Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille – A Put-in-Bay Ohio institution, Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille is one of the Lake Erie islands’ most well-known hotspots. From sipping cocktails in the afternoon breeze to dancing the night away, Mr. Ed’s has been THE place to be at the Bay for years, and that won’t change anytime soon! Ed’s will be open for drinks with outdoor seating on May 15th!

MIST Pool Bar – “The Island’s Favorite Wet Spot” might not yet be able to serve up all the pool bar antics that have made it Put-in-Bay’s most loved swim-up bar just yet, but they are dipping their toe into the 2020 season with poolside drinks outside starting May 15th.

Tree Bar – The new kid on the block, Tree Bar is already gaining fame for their specialty cocktails. With a great location overlooking MIST Pool Bar, Tree Bar makes for the perfect place to start or end your evening. Or any time in between!

Joe’s Bar & Restaurant – Joe’s Bar calls itself “The Best Five Star Dive Bar” and we’re inclined to agree. Perhaps most famous for their Sloppy Scotty’s and Bloody Mary’s, Joe’s Bar is often the first port of call for island visitors disembarking from the Miller Ferry.

The Boardwalk – An amazing complex of multiple restaurants situated right on the water at the downtown harbor, a meal at The Boardwalk comes with views that can’t be beat. Home of the world-famous Boardwalk Lobster Bisque, expect an experience you won’t soon forget!

Reel Bar – Put-in-Bay’s “Oldest New Bar,” Reel Bar was opened in 2014, but has made decades worth of memories. Music if often performed by island legends Ray Fogg and Bob Gatewood. Hours for May 11-17 are: Wed/Thur 4PM-8PM and Fri/Sat/Sun 12PM-9PM. Hours for May 18 and onward are: Sun-Thur 12PM-8PM and Fri-Sat 12PM-11PM. You can view a copy of the Reel Bar Spring Menu online.

Topsy Turvey – A favorite of the locals, Topsy Turvey is a bar, restaurant, carryout, fishing supply shop and more. They are particularly renowned for their Cuban sandwiches. Pair one with their signature cocktail, the Brandy Alexander! Current Hours are 11AM-2PM and 5PM-8PM. Call 419-285-4511 for carryout orders.

Cameo Pizza – Now located inside of Mr. Ed’s Bar and Grille, Cameo Pizza has had a couple different homes on the island over the years, but the one thing that hasn’t changed is their commitment to making delicious pizza for resident and visitors alike! Current Hours are 11AM – close. Delivery is available on Friday and Saturday only until the 21st, then delivery daily. Call 419-285-4444 for orders. You can also view the Cameo Pizza Spring Menu online!

The Forge – Famous for their crepes, The Forge is known as one of the best breakfast spots on the island. They also have an extensive lunch and dinner menu that shouldn’t be overshadowed by their breakfast fame.

Subway – Situated inside the Commodore Resort lobby, this is the same Subway you know and love from the mainland. Reliable, quick and affordably priced, it’s the perfect pitstop to refuel and get back to enjoying all that Put-in-Bay has to offer!

The Boardwalk Restaurant complex with harbor in the foreground.


*Please reach out to each attraction individually to confirm hours, availability and current status.*

Put-in-Bay Attractions – Not all Put-in-Bay Ohio attractions are open, but if you want to check out everything that Put-in-Bay usually has to offer, please visit our main attractions page. As attractions open, we will list them below for you! Find out when the caves are open, the golf cart rentals start up, jet skis, perry’s cave, DeRivera Park, Heineman’s Winery, and more! We also have our annual War of 1812 reenactment, and for all the history buffs we have the Historical Society museum.

South Bass Island State Park – The South Bass Island State Park is OPEN for hiking, and island visitors can come enjoy the incredible sunsets on the shore of the park, however the park remains CLOSED to camping at this time. Please contact the ODNR for more information regarding eventual resumption of camping.

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial – Perry’s monument remains CLOSED for the time being. The Visitor’s Center is scheduled to open on June 13th, but that remains subject to change. Opening dates for the observation deck are TBD.

Put-in-Bay Upcoming Events

Some Put-in-Bay events have been postponed, delayed, cancelled, or on hold. Many events are still active and we hope you enjoy them. For a current list of Put-in-Bay events this season, please visit our Upcoming Events page or call our reservation center at 216-898-9951. The Spring Fling party is still on, with dates to be announced. Also, make your plans now for the Fall Ball party because everyone will want to go after a long summer!

South Bass Island State Park campground plot

Golf Cart Rentals

*Please reach out to each business individually to confirm hours, availability and status.*

Golf cart rental companies will be opening soon. Please keep watching our Put-in-Bay Golf Carts page for updated openings, rates, and more information.

Put-in-Bay Taxis

Island Club Taxis – are your best bet for a quick ride on the island.

Put-in-Bay Condo Taxis – offers rides to their guests but is also available for a quick safe ride downtown to all Put-in-Bay Ohio guests.

Tony’s Taxi – is the newest company on the island. Give them a buzz for a fun and friendly ride. *Opening Soon*


Fishing licenses will be available online at the ODNR Wildlife page. They cover all Lake Erie islands.

We can’t wait to see our Out of State Walleye Fisherman again! You can purchase out of state licenses again, effective 5/8. See www.islandclub.com for accommodations.


*Please reach out to each marina individually to confirm hours, availability and status.*

Park Place – Docking available to members starting May 15th.

Crew’s Nest – Docking available to members starting May 15th.

Miller Marina – Docking available to members starting May 15th.

Public Docks – Docking available to the public starting May 15th.


*Please reach out to each business individually to confirm hours, availability and status.*

Lovella Fashion Apparel – Lovella is a beloved Put-in-Bay Ohio boutique clothier that specializes in everything someone might need to wear during their trip to the island. Swimwear, sunglasses, and clothes worthy of a night on the town, you’ll find whatever you need here, and then take it home with you to wear a memory of Put-in-Bay on the mainland.

Public Pools

Good News! Public pools on the island re-opened on May 26th! With proper sanitation and safety protocols, the Island Club and Put-in-Bay Condos pools re-opened on that date as well!!!

Practice Safety


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