Put-in-Bay featured activities

Many people coming to Put-in-Bay for the first time end up being a little overwhelmed at how many things to do in Put-in-Bay there are. This is our handpicked best-of-the-island! Check out our favorite Put-in-Bay attractions below and try to hit as many as you can while you’re here.

Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Depot

Grab a golf cart at the Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Depot, right in downtown Put-in-Bay, and you can get around South Bass Island like an islander! Located next to the Victory Station Hotel, you’ll find the best EZ-GO four and six passenger golf carts. Since the island is so small compared to the mainland, the most common mode of transportation you’ll see on the island are golf carts and taxis. No matter what you hope to do while you’re up at the island, you’ll need a way to get around and…

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Bay Paddleboarding

If you’re looking to get a little more active on your trip to Put-in-Bay, Ohio, one activity that will be sure to get your blood pumping is Bay Paddleboarding. You’ll get to see the awe-inspiring beauty of Lake Erie up close and personal, get that heart rate up, and get out in the sun! Paddleboarding will be sure to make for a true memory. Bay Paddleboarding is in the business of making memories. It’s their job to ensure that you have an amazing experience out on the lake, and they…

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Massie Cliffside Preserve

Massie Cliffside Preserve was dedicated on August 7th, 2016. It spans 11 acres of Put-in-Bay. This land is mostly wooded, however, the Preserve also has 265 feet of Lake Erie shoreline. This is one of the most recently preserved nature spaces on South Bass Island. The Lake Erie watersnake, which had been gone from the island for quite a while, use the cliffs at Massie Cliffside Preserve as a habitat. If you keep an eye out, you might see some bluebells among the wildflowers on the cliffs. The bluebell is…

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Dodge Woods Preserve

Spanning a little more than 3.5 acres of land at the corner of Thompson and Langram Rd., you’ll find the Dodge Woods Preserve. It is one of the most recent parcels of land on the island acquired for conservation (February 2017). These are younger trees than you’ll find elsewhere on the island, because recently (by tree standards) there was a vineyard on this land. Cedar, walnut, and cherry trees are prevalent, there are other types of trees as well like those advanced trees, for instance. There is a great variety…

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Scheeff East Point Preserve

You will find Scheeff East Point Preserve on the northeastern tip of the island. The Preserve is a heart-shaped loop trail. It passes through wooded areas, tall grass, and shrubs. If you want to go down to the beach and enjoy incredible views of Lake Erie, you can head down one of the four trail offshoots that go to the beach. You’ll be in awe of these views. There is kayak access at Scheeff East Point Preserve, and the beachfront is also a great place to do some fishing from…

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Put-in-Bay Parasail

Put-in-Bay Parasail has been an island institution for more than 30 years. They’ve stayed in business that long because they are the masters of creating an unforgettable Put-in-Bay experience for you and your family and friends. You will soar the length of a football field above Lake Erie, enjoying a totally unique perspective of downtown Put-in-Bay. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial will look amazing, as you’ll be soaring at just about the height of the monument. Put-in-Bay Parasail also offers a one of a kind, an unforgettable souvenir of…

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Kimberly’s Carousel

Kimberly’s Carousel is one of the oldest carousels in the country and was built in 1917. George Stoiber grew up riding the carousel as a child and purchased the beloved attraction to pay homage to his childhood on the island. He desired to restore the carousel back to its original glory days, which included 12 of the original horses. George has also added some fun characters to the ride, with the assistance of his wife’s artistic skills, which also give credit to the island’s rich history. Choose from a variety…

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Heineman Winery Tours

Founded in 1888, Heineman Winery is a historical Put-In-Bay island landmark originally developed by Gustav Heineman. As one of the designated stops of the Tour Train, guests can explore the winery, learn its history, and enjoy expertly crafted wine made and sold locally. As guests tour the winery they will also learn about the generations of tradition that are infused in every bottle. Located 40 feet above the magnificent Crystal Cave, home of the world’s largest geode, lies the multi-generational family winery. Having immigrated from a region of Germany best…

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Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Perry’s Monument – Put-in-Bay’s Most Iconic Building During the War of 1812, South Bass Island played host to the Battle of Lake Erie. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie and to celebrate the long-lasting peace among Great Britain, Canada, and the United States. Today, Perry’s Monument is one of the top attractions of Put-in-Bay, Ohio. The Memorial, a Doric column rising 352 feet over Lake Erie, is situated 5 miles from the longest undefended border in the…

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Why Put-in-Bay?

With all of the Put-in-Bay bars, restaurants, water activities, green spaces and historical sites, there’s not just something for everyone, there’s a lot of somethings for everyone. So much in fact, that you can’t get to it all in one trip. That’s where we come in.

As soon as you get off the ferry to put in bay, you have plenty of options of things to do from restaurants, to bars, to recreational activities and shopping.

Get a Put-in-Bay golf cart rental to help you tour the island faster! If you find that you can’t get the full island experience in just one day, then check out our lodging options on the island. Put-in-Bay has everything from a resort and condo to hotels and rentals! There is something for everyone so make sure to book early because weekends fill up fast in the summer! The sooner you book, the sooner you can get on a Put-in-Bay ferry!

If you need additional help planning your Put-in-Bay vacation, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 216-898-9951, where one of our knowledgeable staff will be happy to answer any questions that you might have!