Did you know Put-in-Bay is home to the world’s largest geode? Take a tour of Crystal Cave 40 feet below ground, and experience the Put-in-Bay in a whole new way. Just beneath the Heineman Winery, you will be able to descend through the pale blue crystals formed as far back as 15,000 years ago. Not only is the cave a beautiful sight to see, but it also holds deep history and some of the greatest tales of the island. In fact, it was accidentally discovered when winery workers were digging a well. Talk about actually finding a hidden gem!
Once you’ve explored Crystal Cave underground, make sure to visit the Heineman Winery above ground as well. Established in 1888 and passed down through 5 generations, this is the oldest family-operated winery in Ohio. Can you imagine having over 125 years to perfect a family recipe? The Heineman family has taken their signature grape juice and popular wines seriously for over a century and it shows.
Heineman Winery Favorites:
- Island Chablis (White)
- Niagara (White)
- Crystal Cave Spumante
- Cedar Woods Red
- Catawba Grape Juice
While most winery and distillery establishments were put out of business during Prohibition, the Heineman Winery had a solution. The winery made it through Prohibition by offering Crystal Cave Tours. The Heineman’s even cultivates over 50 acres of land for wine production. Once you’ve toured both attractions, make sure to treat yourself to a bottle of wine. Then stroll over to Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center, and enjoy the energy-side side of Put-In-Bay’s attractions.
Crystal Cave Tour Prices:
Children, Ages: 6-12, $4.00
Children 5 and Younger: FREE
Hours of Operation
Monday – Saturday: Tours Begin at 11:00 am
Sunday: Tours Begin at 12:00 pm
Tours Conclude Daily at 5:00 pm
Nathan M: “Very cool. I thought the winery would be a waste after seeing the cave, but no, the cave was incredible and the winery tour was interesting and informative. The included glass of wine(or juice)was delicious. Multiple award-winning wines from a vineyard where they still pick the grapes by hand because they have to, machines won’t fit!”
Adam R: A very cool place to visit. This is a cave that is also the world’s largest geode. There is also Perry’s Cave right across the street. Both are very cool places to visit and at very reasonable prices. It’s a short trip by ferry. The Island is pretty big for walking. You can ferry your car, motorcycle, or bikes. Taxis are available as well as golf cart and bicycle rentals. Plan on spending a full day and remember to find out when the last ferry leaves the island to the mainland. Have fun!”
Lauren B: “It’s a huge celestite geode you can walk in! I’m a rock hound, so I wish it was a longer experience. They had to drag me out to go on the wine tour. It’s a small space and they pack it tight. You’ll find it interesting if you aren’t a rock person, but one short walkthrough and you’ll be good. Be prepared for stairs. No touching!”
Ian P: “A small little cave with crystals all over the place. The name definitely does it justice! For a small amount of money, you can go on a cave tour and winery tour and get a sample of one of the wines they make there. Great deal.”
The fun doesn’t have to stop there, consider bringing some of the Heineman Winery back home to stock your collection. Purchase 12 or more bottles of wine and receive 20% off your purchase. Maybe you’d rather bring some wine home to your family and friends? What a perfect opportunity to share the story of one of the world’s best wineries, located 40 feet above the world’s largest geode, Crystal Cave!
What are you waiting for? Plan your Put-in-Bay vacation today. BOOK YOUR LODGING HERE!
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