Many people coming to Put-in-Bay for the first time end up being a little overwhelmed at just how much there is to do on our little island. With all of the 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. This is our handpicked best-of-the-island! Check out our favorite activities below and try to hit as many as you can while you’re here.
Grab a golf cart at the Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Depot and you can get around Put-in-Bay like an islander! No matter what you hope to do while you’re up at the island, you’ll need a way to get around. Bringing the car over can be a hassle, so leave it at the ferry and rent a golf cart. Put-in-Bay isn’t very large, but you won’t be able to do everything you want on foot, that’s for sure. The Put-in-Bay Golf Cart Depot is the best way to meet your transportation…View More
If you’re looking for a little more of an active Put-in-Bay activity, one that doesn’t involve shopping for souvenirs or hanging out at a bar, one that will get your blood pumping, one that will show you the awe inspiring beauty of Lake Erie up close and personal, one that will make for a true memory, Bay Paddleboarding is the solution. 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 do their job…View More
Massie Cliffside Preserve was dedicated on August 7th, 2016. It spans 11 acres of Put-in-Bay. This land is mostly woods, 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…View More
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. There is a great variety of flora in the Dodge Woods…View More
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…View More
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, unforgettable souvenir of your…View More
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 it’s 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, that also give credit to the island’s rich history. Choose from a variety…View More
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 it’s 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…View More
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. The Memorial, a Doric column rising 352 feet over Lake Erie, is situated 5 miles from the longest undefended border in the world. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is the only international peace memorial in the United States National Park…View More
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!