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Put-in-BayUnited States of America

The historical site of the Battle of Lake Erie gets a modern makeover as Ohio’s top getaway destination.

Surrounded by Lake Erie, Ohio’s South Bass Island feels a world apart from the mainland. The island’s only town, Put-in-Bay (often written Put In Bay), has become a top Midwest getaway. The village got its name in the 1700s, when boats would “put in” to the bay during inclement weather.

Put-in-Bay has many restaurants, shops and bars concentrated in its downtown. Relax in a village nightspot and enjoy live music, available almost any evening. During the day, find a winery and pass the afternoon lounging on the expansive vineyards. Doller House, one of the area’s most famous wineries, doubles as a museum depicting island life in the mid-1800s. Heineman’s Winery is home to the famous Crystal Cave, which holds the world’s largest geode.

Spend a few hours at Perry's Cave Family Fun Center, with cave tours, an antique car museum and a butterfly house. Learn about the history of the island at Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, which was built to commemorate those who fought in the War of 1812’s Battle of Lake Erie. The setting of the massive column against the water creates a perfect photo opportunity.

Lake Erie appears prominently in Put-in-Bay’s recreational activities; during summer the waterfront is filled with swimmers, kayakers, Jet Skiers and sailors. Moorings are also available so that visitors can bring their boats from the mainland.

The town offers a variety of accommodation that ranges from budget hotels to quaint bed-and-breakfasts. South Bass Island State Park, located at the far end of the island, has a campground with full facilities.

Although cars are permitted in Put-in-Bay, most people opt to explore by foot, or with golf cart or bicycle, both of which can be rented upon arriving on the island.

Most people visit Put-in-Bay from May to September. Ferries run to and from the island daily during the peak season. Port Clinton, Sandusky and Catawba Island are the top mainland departure points. Alternatively, visitors can fly into the tiny Put-in-Bay Airport or take a private boat.

Top Hotels in Put-in-Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Put-In-Bay Resort and Conference Center
Put-In-Bay Resort and Conference Center
3 out of 5
439 Loraine Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH
The price is $149 per night

Situated in Put-in-Bay, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, Stonehenge, and DeRivera Park. Aquatic Resource Center ...

3.7/5Good! (227 reviews)

"Hotel was fine. Double queen room is your standard hotel room. Nothing fancy, gets the job done."…"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2020

Put-In-Bay Resort and Conference Center
Bay Lodging Resort
Bay Lodging Resort
2.5 out of 5
405 Lakeview Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH
The price is $217 per night

Situated on a lake, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, DeRivera Park, and Heineman Winery. Lake Erie and Perry's ...

3.6/5Good! (172 reviews)

"Great staff and excellent place to stay. We have stayed here 1 other time and now with new owners, we definitely will be making this our go to hotel. Treated us all like family."…"

Reviewed on Jun 19, 2020

Bay Lodging Resort
Harbour Square Suites (sleeps up to 12 people)
Harbour Square Suites (sleeps up to 12 people)
3 out of 5
185 Toledo Avenue, Put-in-Bay, OH
The price is $140 per night

Located in the heart of Put-in-Bay, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of DeRivera Park and Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. Heineman ...

3.9/5Very Good! (148 reviews)

"Nice place with a great location near the bars. Beds are a bit lumpy, but who really cares. The AC in the room rocks, it was super cold! I would definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Jul 4, 2020

Harbour Square Suites (sleeps up to 12 people)

Popular places to visit in Put-in-Bay

South Bass Island Lighthouse
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South Bass Island Lighthouse

You can find out about the history of Put-in-Bay when you stop by South Bass Island Lighthouse. While you're in the area, stroll along the lakeside.

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
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Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial

4.5/5(4 reviews)

Admire sweeping views of Lake Erie from the lookout platform of this tall monument and browse exhibits about the Battle of Lake Erie at its visitor center.

DeRivera Park
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DeRivera Park

4/5(1 review)

Explore the great outdoors at DeRivera Park, a lovely green space in Put-in-Bay. Experience the area's festivals and opera house.

Cedar Point
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Cedar Point

4.5/5(661 reviews)

Have a fun-filled day at Cedar Point and see why people love this theme park in Sandusky. Wander the lakeside and beautiful beaches in this family-friendly area.

African Safari Wildlife Park
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African Safari Wildlife Park

4.5/5(65 reviews)

Visit the native and exotic animals and see why African Safari Wildlife Park is a popular stop in Port Clinton. Stroll along the waterfront or visit the amusement park in this family-friendly area.

Marblehead Lighthouse
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Marblehead Lighthouse

4.5/5(149 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Marblehead Lighthouse, a lovely green space in Marblehead. Stroll along the waterfront or visit the fun-filled waterparks in this family-friendly area.

Top things to do in Put-in-Bay

City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ohio
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of Ohio

$10
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Ohio
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of Ohio

$20
Per adult

Reviews of Put-in-Bay

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 26, 2020

One of my favorite places on earth!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 23, 2019

Put-in-Bay has so many attractions to explore! We especially enjoyed the Crystal Cave and Perry's Cave.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 7, 2019

Would stay at Resort again.

5/5 - Excellent

Anthony

Sep 10, 2019

I would like to see more pet friendly places to eat.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Sep 9, 2019

Great fun. Good food and drinking spots. Great variety of live music.

5/5 - Excellent

Kate

Aug 19, 2019

Love coming here every summer. Chicken next to round house, hiking, history, great wine, caves, unplug, great food.

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