Most people come to South Bass Island to relax. They want to put their feet up, layout in a deck chair looking over Lake Erie, and get some sun. Or some spend time in front of a grill flipping burgers, listening to music, and sipping a cold beer. Some people though, no matter where they are, want to face a challenge. They want to battle. To feel that surge of adrenaline that only competition can provide. If that person is you, you can find your Everest at Put-in-Bay, Ohio. Take a visit in your Put-in-Bay golf cart rental to Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center and challenge someone to race up the new Perry’s Cave Rock Wall. Will you be the first to make it to the top? 

Perry’s Cave Rock Wall has about 5 different sides of wall to climb with varying levels of difficulty. Challenge a friend or challenge yourself to beat your own best time out of 3. $10 gives you three tries to reach the top of the wall to hit the buzzer. To climb you must weigh a minimum of 50 pounds and a maximum of 250. 

Attractions At Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center

The Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center is home to the Rock Wall, but that’s just the start of what’s going on at the Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center complex. Take the Put-in-Bay tour train to or from Perry’s cave where it’ll make frequent stops throughout the day. There’s no better place on the island for the entire family to have fun! Nature lovers will fall in love with the Butterfly House, where you can see dozens of beautiful butterfly species fluttering about. Those who love puzzles will meet their match in Fort aMaze’n, a winding labyrinth that will test your skills. You can also watch others try and fail from above thanks to the observation deck. Or test your luck to find beautiful gemstones and geodes at the gemstone mining tower where you can buy a gemstone filled bag of soil to search for unique treasure. You can also play the War of 18 holes mini-golf. This miniature golf course features a waterfall cave, winding paths and a covered bridge. Then head to the gift shop to buy some great memories of your day at Put-in-Bay. But the one thing above all else that makes the trip to Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center a can’t-miss Put-in-Bay attraction is it’s namesake, Perry’s Cave itself.

The famous Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry found Perry’s Cave in 1813. You’ll notice that there’s no shortage of things on Put-in-Bay Island named after Commodore Perry, he is such an important part of the island’s history. But Perry’s Cave is a particularly significant site in the story of Commodore Perry and the Battle of Lake Erie. You’ll learn all about it from the great tour guides at Perry’s Cave. They’ve got so much fascinating information to share about the cave, not only the role it has played in the island’s history but its unique geological features as well. The underground lake in the cave has to be seen to be believed. This is one of Put-in-Bay’s marquee attractions, be sure to find the time go out sightseeing the next time you get off the Put-in-Bay ferry!


Kevin W: “The family had fun, all of our kids enjoyed the variety of things to do here. Quality putt-putt course, the maze is fun and the caves are something special and a piece of history. The new climbing wall this year looks like fun too. Worth the stop if you’re on the island.”

Ashley A:  “There’s so much to do here. We always visit when we’re in Put in Bay because Perry’s has so much to do. Our favorites are definitely the cave and butterfly house. There’s also gem mining, a climbing wall, and a small antique car museum. If you’re looking for fun activities to do while on the island then you definitely want to stop here.”

Jayson W: “Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center is a place you can easily spend several hours. There is a lot to do with the rock wall, mini-golf, the huge gift store, and the Perry’s Cave which is a MUST DO! We did the Cave tour for the first time and it is almost like something you would see out of a movie. Everything here is very affordable and the staff is very friendly and helpful. Always love visiting while on Put In Bay.”

Other attractions on the Island 

Also called the Key West of the North, Put-in-Bay is the only vacation destination in the United States with plenty of Put-in-Bay attractions and upcoming events. The nightlife is not the only fun to be had on South Bass Island. Whether you arrive on the island via Put-in-Bay ferry, like the Miller Ferry or Jet Express, Put-in-Bay airport, or even Jet Ski you’ll be sure to have a fantastic time while you’re here. During your next getaway take a Put-in-Bay taxi or Put-in-Bay golf cart rental to the South Bass Island Lighthouse, The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, The Boardwalk, or the lakeside South Bass Island State Park. We also have two major cave tours on the island (Crystal Cave and Perry’s Cave). As well as two major Put-in-Bay wineries (Heineman’s Winery and the Put-in-Bay Winery). Take a nice stroll down Catawba Ave, Delaware Ave, or stop and get some ice cream at the Chocolate Museum. 

One must-see on the island is Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial by downtown Put-in-Bay. This monument is one of the most important sights to see on the island! Right near Derivera Park, the monument is named after Oliver Hazard Perry during the war of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie. At the monument they also have an observation deck that you can go out on and see everything surrounding PIB, like Gibraltar Island. They often also have live reenactments right in the grass outside of the monument. One of the best Put-in-Bay family-friendly activities on the island is Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center. Choose from a variety of kid-friendly activities at the Family Fun Center like mini-golf, gem mining, the Butterfly House, a rock climbing wall and more! Boaters usually come down to fish for some fresh Lake Erie Walleye. Stay for one of our Put-in-Bay events like Pyrate weekend or Jeep Fest. Play a couple holes at the golf course, kayak the Bay, or check out a couple of our great Put-in-Bay restaurants. We host many bachelorette parties and bachelor parties all season long also. Take a helicopter tour or go to the national Park for Put-in-Bay watercraft rentals  and water sports. Go kayaking around the island or test your nerves at parasailing. Head over to the visitor center to learn all about the monument and history on the island. The Visitors center also gives out information on all of our island events all season long. 

Whether you’re coming from Cleveland, Port Clinton, Sandusky or farther we have great Put-in-Bay lodging and vacation rentals. Choose from waterfront condos, Island Club rental homes, bay lodging resorts and put-in-bay hotels. 

Put-in-Bay is a great way to experience one of our Great Lakes and all of the fun places Ohio has to offer nearby like Cedar Point, Kelleys Island, and Middle Bass Island. Check out Put-in-Bay Island Guide on Facebook and come visit Put-in-Bay Ohio today! 

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