Kid Friendly Things to Do on Put-in-Bay

Put-in-Bay may be a paradise for the partier on the weekend, but there are also more kids activities than you can even imagine. Anything from some of the best caves in Ohio to parasailing over the island! After all, the party can’t last 24/7! During the week, Put-in-Bay is a quiet, relaxing place for families and couples to enjoy cool breezes, beautiful green spaces, unique shopping and famous historical landmarks.

Perry’s Cave Rock Wall

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…

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Alfred Parker Park

If you’re looking for a quiet getaway for a Put-in-Bay picnic, Alfred Parker Park might fit the bill exactly. Captain Alfred Parker was a beloved captain of a ferry at Put-in-Bay and was a Put-in-Bay Township trustee for over 30 years. This lakeview park stands as a memorial named in his honor. You’ll enjoy some amazing views from this overlook. A Glance At Green Island The view from Alfred Parker Park is also one of the best views you can get from land at Green Island. Green Island is not…

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War of 18 Holes Miniature Golf

Get your putter game ready, because the War of 18 Holes is waiting for you at Put-in-Bay! War of 18 Holes is the only miniature golf course on Put-In-Bay and a definite crowd favorite. Challenge your crew to a little friendly competition and learn about Put-in-Bay history with every hole. Each hole of this miniature golf course presents historical details about Commodore Perry and his noble role in the Battle of Lake Erie and the War of 1812.

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Adventure Bay Amusement Park

Your group is sure to enjoy Adventure Bay Amusement Park during their Put-in-Bay getaway. Adrenaline rushes are sure to ensue with arcade games for days, go-karts, and so much more during your trip to Put-In-Bay! Prefer a dose of healthy competition? Take a swing at the batting cages, or let out some steam in the soccer cages. Maybe you’d rather get wet? Launch a few water grenades at your friends and family with the Water Wars Water Balloon Launcher.

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Put-in-Bay Raceway

Looking for a day of adventure for the whole family? We’ve got you covered. Start the day out with a little speed racing and burn some rubber at Put-in-Bay Raceway. This is the perfect attraction for all ages and the raceway has a selection of remote control cars to compete for the title of first place! They might seem small, but these little cars can reach speeds of over 50 miles per hour! Challenge your crew and see who ends up taking home the raceway bragging rights. All that racing…

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Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center

Take a tour of one of Put-in-Bay’s most well known historical attractions. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry discovered Perry’s Cave on South Bass Island during the War of 1812

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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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Tour Train

The Put-In-Bay Tour Train is the preferred way to see Put-in-Bay and explore its rich history and fun attractions. Take a break from the excitement and let the training guide take you on an entertaining and educational adventure. This open-air guided tour offers multiple stops to some of the island’s most popular attractions. All Aboard the Put-in-Bay Tour Train Grab your cameras, binoculars, and your smartphones, because you’ll definitely want to capture all the sights on your Tour Train adventure. Located on the corner of Delaware and Toledo Avenues, near…

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Stonehenge Historic Estate

If you have a fond appreciation for historic estates, look no further. Stonehenge Historic Estate is one of the hidden gems of Put-in-Bay. Take a break from downtown attractions and walk back in time on 6 acres of history. With all the lush trees and foliage this ranks at the top for being one of the most peaceful locations on the island. Walk the grounds of this estate and reflect on all of the footsteps that have shared the same paths and what it must have been like to be…

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The Put-in-Bay Beach & More!

For kids who love the outdoors, we recommend spending some time at the Put-in-Bay beach located at the South Bass Island State Park. The Put-in-Bay beach offers a great place to skip rocks, swim in the lake and have a picnic. In addition, the Put-in-Bay beach is the best place on the island to watch the sunset! Other Kids activities include renting a golf cart to visit places like Perry’s Cave & Family Fun Center and The Candy Bar/ Ice Cream Parlor.

What is at Perry’s Cave & Family Fun Center?

The Perry’s Cave & Family Fun Center is home to the Butterfly House, War of 18 holes mini golf, The Antique Car Museum, Gemstone Mining, Rock Wall climbing, Fort Amaze’n and much more!

Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial

Want the best sightseeing view of all the Lake Erie Islands? Check out the observation deck at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial.

Named after Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, the monument serves to commemorate the lives lost in the War of 1812 as well as the Battle of Lake Erie.  We highly recommend stopping by Perry’s Monument National Park during your Put-in-Bay island getaway!

Other Things to Do on Put-in-Bay

Kids Activities on the island range from cruising around on a Put-in-Bay golf cart rental, hanging out at the arcade, the chocolate museum and so much more. So pack the kids in the car and head to the Bay for a great family outing. Listed below is just a sampling of what you’ll find to do with the whole family!

Once you hop off the Jet Express from Port Clinton, or the Miller Ferry from Catawba, we are certain you’ll have blast with your kids!

Here is a list of other Kid Friendly Put-in-Bay attractions:

​-DeRivera Park

-The Boardwalk (one of the best Put-in-Bay restaurants)

-Gibraltar Island

-The Put-in-Bay Tour Train

-Sonder’s Golf Course

-Kimberly’s Carousel (located in downtown Put-in-Bay)

-The SouthBass Island Lighthouse

-Kayaking the Bay

-Lake Erie Islands Historical Society

-Miniature Golf

– Helicopter or Biplane  tours from the Put-in-Bay airport.

-Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals

Thanks for Reading about Put-in-Bay!

If you feel like you won’t be able to get the full Put-in-Bay experience in just one day, make sure to check out our lodging options. You can book a Put-in-Bay resort, hotel, condo, or renal, but make sure you book sooner rather than later. Weekends fill up fast in the summer and you don’t want to miss out! The faster you book, the faster you can get on a Put-in-Bay ferry!

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