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Put-in-Bay Activities & Attractions

Enjoy the stunning natural beauty of Put-in-Bay by participating in the large array of awe-inspiring activities available for parents and kids alike. Race the surf on a speedy waverunner. Lounge under the sun poolside while the kids enjoy the safe zero depth Splash Pad. Stoll along Delaware avenue in downtown Put-in-Bay and enjoy quaint shops and delicious dining experiences. Whether seeking a romantic intimate getaway, or time with the entire family, Put-in-Bay truly offers one of the widest variety of activities in one location in the Midwest.


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Located at Perry's Cave Family Fun Center, the Put-in-Bay Antique Car Museum houses vintage snowmobiles and Model T Fords sure to impress any car fan. Many of these same cars can be seen every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in the Put-in-Bay antique car parade by heading to downtown Put-in-Bay.

979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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The Aquatic Visitors Center on Putinbay, Ohio, offers a public dock for fishing with no license needed and free fishing equipment! It's a wonderful place to take the kids to learn about South Bass Island marine life, with hands-on exhibits, live fish displays, a playroom, videos, activities and the former state fish hatchery. Kids will learn while they're having fun on the island. The center is open May through September and admission is free.

1 Peach Point Rd., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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Part of Perry's Cave, one of Put-in-Bay's most family friendly attractions, the Put in Bay Butterfly House offers island visitors the opportunity to interact with more than 500 different types of butterflies that have been brought to Put in Bay from around the world. For only $7 ($4 for kids), you can relax in the educational butterfly garden for as long as you'd like.

979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456


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Indulge your sweet tooth at Put in Bay's very own Chocolate Museum. Right here on the Lake Erie Islands, visitors can learn about chocolate's rich history, then appreciate it firsthand by tasting one of 100 different types of sinfully delicious chocolates on sale. Take home a chocolaty Put in Bay souvenir or enjoy fresh roasted coffee and dessert in the courtyard dining area.

820 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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Workers at Heineman's Winery discovered in 1897 what would later be identified as the world's largest geode, right on Put in Bay Island. Visitors to the Put in Bay can share the wonderment on guided tours, offered daily for $6 for adults and $3 for children. Venture 40 feet below South Bass Island's surface to enjoy this island attraction!

978 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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Downtown Put in Bay is the location of DiRivera park, offering a beautiful view of the Put-in-Bay harbor and Delaware Avenue. There's no better place to sit and relax after a busy day at the bay. Picnic tables make for a great place to bring lunch (bring it from home or order carryout from your favorite restaurant). Kids will have a blast on the playground or climbing on the cannon monuments. The bathhouse is open to the public if you're in need of a quick shower for a small fee.

Between the harbor and Delaware Avenue, near the Jet Express docks Downtown Put-in-Bay Ohio.


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South Bass Island may not be a big island, but that doesn't mean you can't get lost on it! Visitors to Fort Amaze'n are challenged to find their way out of a large maze, which is reconfigured and changed over time. Race your friends and family or try to beat your best time at this challenging Put in Bay attraction! Admission is $4.50 the first time around, and $2.50 after. Located at Perry's Cave Family Fun Center.

979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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Another great way for kids to learn while having fun is Gemstone Mining at Perry's Cave Family Fun Center. Once you sift through a bag of rough mix ($4-$9), you'll uncover real gemstones and fossils. Also located at the Gemstone Mining is the geode cutter, which slices uncut geodes right in front of you.

979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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A comprehensive history of not only Put in Bay and South Bass Island, but all the other Ohio islands can be found at the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum. Three buildings showcase information on winemaking at the Put-in-Bay, the Hotel Victory's rise and fall, Put-in-Bay genealogy and the ships that have sailed Lake Erie. The historical society sponsors tours, children's events, Elderhostel's and lectures. Admission to this Put-in-Bay attraction is $2 for individuals or $5 for an entire family.

25 Town Hall Place, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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The Heineman Winery is an institution on Put in Bay, founded in 1888 and playing an important role in Put-in-Bay history ever since. Tours and demonstrations show wine is made, and then you taste the finished product in their beautiful wine garden. Be sure to tour Crystal Cave, the world's largest geode, which is also located at the winery.

978 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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Put-in-Bay's is home to an original 1917 Herschel carousel, one of the last merry-go-rounds in the country that's still up and running and you can ride this classic for only $1.50. Kids love riding the cow, chicken, rooster, horse and pig, but any islander will tell you that Put-in-Bay's favorite animal on the carousel is Pete the Perch. Tickets can be purchased next door at the Carriage House.

Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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Built in 1895 and located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island in the Put in Bay harbor, Frantz Theodore Stone Laboratory is Ohio's Lake Erie laboratory. Stone laboratory is the nation's oldest freshwater biological field station and the Island Campus of The Ohio State University. College-level courses are offered at the laboratory each summer with faculty and students coming from all over the country. Students from 40 Ohio colleges, 27 out-of-state colleges, and 257 high schools have taken these courses for college credit since 1990. Year round research also takes place at the Laboratory and it also offers special conference facilities and speakers. The Laboratory develops and offers custom-designed Aquatic Workshop programs for grades 4 through adult with over 5,000 participants annually.

878 Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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Located 50 feet below Put in Bay, Perry's Cave is open to island visitors for 20-minute tours. South Bass Island's secret limestone cave is 165 feet wide and 208 feet long and has its own freshwater lake underneath Lake Erie. A sweatshirt or light jacket and comfortable walking shoes are suggested, as the temperature underground drops to about 50 degrees.

979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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The Perry Peace Memorial and Visitors Center on Put in Bay was built in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry, who defeated the British in a huge naval battle on Lake Erie that played a key role in the American victory in the War of 1812. Visitors to Put-in-Bay can travel 317 feet up to the top of the monument and enjoy a spectacular view of the Lake Erie Islands and the shores of Ohio, Michigan and Ontario Canada. At the base of the monument, Put in Bay park rangers give living history demonstrations. Admission is $3.00; 15 years and under are free.

Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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The fastest cars on the Lake Erie Islands can be found at the Put in Bay Raceway! These remote controlled cars reach speeds of more than 50 miles per hour! For $2.00 a car, you can compete with other racers in a two and a half minute race around the oval track that's built to scale. You don't need a license to race these cars!

Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club (PIBYC) is located downtown Put-in-Bay in the western end of Lake Erie. They are dedicated to promoting all forms of power boating, sailing, yachting and other aquatic sports. Annual events at Put-in-Bay include cruise outs, picnics, parties, and numerous other social functions. PIBYC is host to the Inter-Lake Yachting Association (I-LYA) Annual Regatta and other national and international sailing events. Put-in-Bay Yacht Club is also a member of the Associated Yacht Clubs (AYC); members are encouraged to participate in AYC sailing and cruising events.

Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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This challenging 9-hole par-3 and 4 course with a beautiful view of Lake Erie and the nearby Ohio Islands is a great deal at only $10. If you left your clubs at home, don't worry - there are some available for rent for an additional $10. Saunders is the only golf course on Put in Bay. Snacks and refreshments are for sale inside.

Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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One of the best kept secrets on Put in Bay is the South Bass Island State Park, offering one of the best views of Lake Erie that Put-in-Bay has to offer. Visitors can enjoy Jet Ski rentals, a stone beach, playground, glacial grooves, a refreshment stand, volleyball, fishing pier, picnic tables with umbrellas and the ruins of the Hotel Victory, at one time the largest hotel in the world.

1523 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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A visit to South Bass Island, Put in Bay isn't complete without a visit to Stonehenge. Situated on seven acres of wooded land and beautifully landscaped grounds, Stonehenge brings to life a segment of island history from the 1800's through present day living. Enjoy the beautiful grounds, farmhouse and wine press cottage at your leisure while taking a self-guided audiocassette tour of the property. Be sure to stop in and visit the gift shop.

808 Langram Rd., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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Don't leave Put-in-Bay without stopping by Adventure Bay Amusement Park, the newest addition to the South Bass Island Family. Adventure Bay promises fun for the whole family, with water wars water balloon launchers, electric go karts, batting cages, video arcade games, batting and soccer cages, and more. The Brunswick's Virtual Bowling Lanes is one of only three in the whole country. The gift shop features many fun souvenirs, including stuffed animals by Animaland. Pizza, sub sandwiches, and other snacks are sold for eat-in or to go.

Toledo Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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All aboard the Put-in-Bay Tour Train for a venture out to the rest of South Bass Island while learning interesting history and facts about Put in Bay. The train stops at island attractions like Crystal Cave and Heineman Winery, Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, and Perry's Cave Family Fun Center. Adults pay $10 and children $3.50. Departs from the Depot downtown Put-in-Bay.

Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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The entire family will enjoy the War of 18 Holes miniature golf course at Perry's Cave Family Fun Center. Challenge each other to game of putt-putt while learning Put-in-Bay island history. Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for kids.

979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43546


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Located at the South Bass Island State Park, Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals offers a variety of things to do. Fully equipped with kayaks, wave runners, dinghies, and power boats, Put in Bay Watercraft Rentals allows you to further explore the island and its waters. Powerboats, Yamaha Wave runners, Kayaks & Dingys are available for rent.

South Bass Island State Park, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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Located just two blocks from the Put-in-Bay Resort your only downtown jet ski rental option. Jet Ski at The Bay is located in downtown Put-in-Bay on the waterfront adjacent to Toledo avenue. Jet skis rent by the half hour and can be reserved online. A coupon for 20 percent off the rental price is available on their website. To better your experience, Watercraft Rentals offers a unique Jet Ski tour that winds its way around the island and through the Bay itself. The tour will take about 45 minutes to arrive where you can enjoy the Boardwalk Restaurant before returning back to the marina on your jet ski. The tour usually lasts 2 1/2 hours. It is recommended that you call and make a reservation at least 2 days in advance.

Toledo Avenue, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456


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Kayak at the Bay is located on Bayview Avenue across from the Doller Mansion and offers single and double sit-on-top and sit-in kayaks for cruising the Lake Erie islands. Whether you choose to stay in the harbor or go on an adventure around the island, you're guaranteed to have a good time. The Ohio State Fish Hatchery and Oak Point state park are located at the other end of the harbor and open to the public and accessible by kayak. Floats, water bikes, and ski tubes are also available for rent. Located one block from the Jet Express.

760 Bayview Avenue, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
For reservations call 1-419-967-0796


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The Put-in-Bay Parasailing company is located one block from the Jet Express. Parasailing is a great way to see Put in Bay. The parasailing headquarters is conveniently located by the Boardwalk on the docks. Enjoy the windy breeze as you tour the island's beautiful terrace. By sailing from a 600—foot towline, taking off and landing on boats with flight decks allows you to remain dry. Or on a hot day, you have the option of getting wet if you choose. Parasailing is safe and fun for ages 3 and up, and no experience or athletic ability is necessary.

Bayview Avenue Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
For reservations call 1-419-285-3703


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During the winter months, the Put-in-Bay airport is the lifeline for supplies, mail and getting on and off the island. In the summer month's visitors have the opportunity to enjoy airplane ride in a barnstorming style Waco aircraft or tour the Put-in-Bay from high above in a helicopter. No reservations are needed and flights are daily weather permitting.

Langram Road, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456

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