There are so many fun things to do at Put-in-Bay, and there are activities, tours, events and festivals that are sure to appeal to everyone.
Put-in-Bay attracts more than 750,000 visitors each year who come to learn about the island’s history and its impact on our entire country and that of Canada.
The Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum is a great place to start learning about Put-in-Bay and Lake Erie Islands history, including the “golden age” of hotels, the winery business and island life in general. The museum offers 6,000 square feet of displays and exhibits. There are also several tours available, including a narrated historical tour of Put-in-Bay, winery tours, historic home tours, antique car museum, cave tours, and National Park Service Ranger Programs about the War of 1812 and the Battle of Lake Erie.
The National Park Service took over management of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial in 1936. The 352-foot Doric column dominates Put in Bay’s downtown harbor and is a symbol of nearly 200 years of peace between the United States, Great Britain and Canada. Put-in-Bay and Amherstburg, ON, once strategic sites on opposite sides in the War of 1812, are now Sister Cities.
Put in Bay also has a variety of activities for folks who enjoy more physical pursuits on vacation. Kayak along South Bass Island’s rocky shoreline, explore the bay on jet skis, and get a bird-s-eye view of Put-in-Bay’s beautiful downtown harbor para-sailing. You can also spend part of your day biking, hiking, fishing, sailing, boating, golfing and even doing a little “rock climbing”.
Enjoy the novelty of exploring Put in Bay on a golf cart. There are many golf cart rentals on the island that rent by the hour and day, and overnight by reservation. Carts are available in 2, 4, 6 and 8 seats. Some are electric and other are powered by gas engines. There is a cart rental located adjacent to both ferry companies servicing the island, another at Put-in-Bay Airport, and another large rental downtown on Hartford Avenue a half block from the ferry dock. There are also many hotels and other accommodations that will rent golf carts to their guests. The larger cart rentals also rent bicycles.
The number past time by far on the island is shopping and Put-in-Bay offers a large variety of independently owned gift, apparel and souvenir shops, and a candy store that ranks in the top 5 confectionery destinations in the state of Ohio. The island’s largest souvenir house has more than 1,000 items with “Put-in-Bay” on them. You’ll also find resort wear, items that change color in the sun, sunglasses from Ray-Ban, Maui Jim, and Oakley, collectables, homemade fudge, housewares, and artwork.