Put-in-Bay Ohio Island Guide2022-12-18T21:51:12+00:00

The Put-In-Bay, Ohio Island Guide Welcomes You!

The Put-in-Bay Island Guide will be your tourist informational and vacation planning guide to all that’s happening on our little secret “Key West Of The North”

You’ll find a wide variety of Attractions, Restaurants, Historical Offerings, and a host of other things to do at Put-in-Bay. Let’s make this your favorite and ideal family vacation destination!

Things To See & Do

Few vacation destinations offer such a wide variety of things to do in one place as Put-in-Bay! Activities that appeal to adults & children of all ages!

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Everything Within Walking Distance

Our modern Put-in-Bay Hotels & Villa Home Rentals offer modern comfort within walking distance of the attractions, restaurants and vibrant nightlife!

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Our team of experts know all the really cool places and things to see. Below are just a few! They also know where are the best Put-in-Bay discounts and package deals are just click here:

Photo of the Perry’s Victory & Peace Memorial on the Ohio Put-in-Bay island.

Perry’s Victory & Peace Memorial

Photo of the Perry’s Victory & Peace Memorial on the Ohio Put-in-Bay island.

South Bass Island State Park

Photo of the Perry’s Victory & Peace Memorial on the Ohio Put-in-Bay island.

Butterfly House

Photo of the Perry’s Victory & Peace Memorial on the Ohio Put-in-Bay island.
Photo of the Perry’s Victory & Peace Memorial on the Ohio Put-in-Bay island.

South Bass Island Lighthouse

Photo of the Perry’s Victory & Peace Memorial on the Ohio Put-in-Bay island.

The Put-in-Bay DeRivera Park

Put-in-Bay Ohio – The Crown Jewel Of The Lake Erie Islands

Who Are We At Put-in-Bay?

Some say no matter where, once you’ve slept on an island, there is nothing else quite like it. We want to think so too! Put-in-Bay, to us is home, and most of us who live on the island make it our focus to make your Ohio Vacation the best it can be.

Put-in-Bay In The Winter Months

While most of the state pauses thru the long winter, South Bass Island Residents are busy planning the upcoming seasons’ events.  Booking entertainers, planning events, and expanding to meet the growing demand each year are just a few of the things that happen over the Winter. Fewer than 700 people make Put-in-Bay, Ohio, their home on a year-round basis.

In the long cold winter months, residents depend on local airplane service to get on and off the island after the ferry boats stop. Islanders must carefully plan for the lack of ferry service. Meat orders are placed, canned goods are stocked, and things we take for granted daily are forgone. There is no Mcdonald’s, Dominos Pizza, or Longhorn Steaks, and we like it that way!

Our gas station may open a few days a week, and the bank just one. But that’s just fine as we know just around the corner, thousands of you will return each year to enjoy the island.

When we thaw out, the birds return, the trees sprout new leaves, and we welcome a new season. Just about every year, there is something new at Put-in-Bay. It might be an attraction, restaurant, shop, hotel, or ferry boat. It’s always better than when you last saw it, and still worth another trip!

The Put-in-Bay Season

The first weekend in April, the Put-in-Bay Hotels open to receive guests, who come in droves. Birdwatching is especially popular this time of year, and birders see hundreds of species of birds migrating annually. The bars open with refreshed menus, a few new faces, and many of the same entertainers. Mike Mad Dog Adams has been performing here for over 40 years, and each year the crowd gets bigger!

For Seven fun-filled months, Put-in-Bay transforms into a vacation playland that offers something for everyone, regardless of age. The island is a safe community with a local police department, Modern EMS with Lifeflght Care, and a Fire Department. No stoplights, trains (well, other than a tour train), or highways to disturb the day. When was the last time you sat by the lake, and the only thing you heard was crickets?

Put-in-Bay has been nicknamed the “Key West of the North” and offers an exciting nightlife with live entertainment to satisfy all generations, young and old alike. Strolling Barbershop singers, bagpipers, and steel drums are just a few of the ats you will see!

Things To Do At Put-in-Bay

Rare is a place where there are so many attractions in such a small area. The 2.5 by 5-mile island packs an attractions menu that few places on earth can rival. From soaring high above the ground in a Parasail, Helipcoter, or Bi-Plane to being underground in one of our mystical and historical caves. The Perry Peace Memorial reaches over 300 feet above the ground with an elevator and observation deck. On a clear day, you can see the Toledo & Detriot Skylines while learning about the battle that shaped the United States as we know it today.

We discourage motor vehicles on the island; we don’t need them. Instead, we drive Golf Carts, and you can too! These specially equipped golf carts seat 2-4-6 & 8 people and are rented by the hour, day, or overnight. Put-in-Bay Golf Carts Should Be reserved online here: Our attractions don’t end with just a little adventure! Many of the Put-in-Bay Attractions incorporate learning into the experience (hey, the kids don’t have to know!), and we hear time and time again how these experiences have stuck with children for years. Many of our returning guests were here as children and still remember the experience vividly!

Getting To Put-in-Bay

Many people say half of the fun is getting here! We are an actual island, so you have to take a Put-in-Bay Ferry to get here! The Jet Express Ferry offers a narrated tour with comfortable inside and outside seating. The trip is a scant 20 minutes or so, depending on which ferry you take. These are large ocean-certified vessels inspected by the United States Coast Guard annually and generally offer a smooth, comfortable ride. You’ll leave your car on the mainland side; you won’t need it at Put-in-Bay.

Things To Do At Put-in-Bay

Sailing, Swimming, hiking, and biking are convenient, and our trails are abundant. Our Lake Erie Islands Historical Society has an extensive collection of artifacts that show how island life has evolved over the years.

There are endless things to do on Put-in-Bay, which can be as simple as a stroll through town. Visit our stunning state parks, Perry International Peace Memorial, and lakeside pebble beaches on your journey. Spend the afternoon playing with the kids at the Put-in-Bay Resorts heated pool and swim-up bar! Rent jet skis and see the island from a boater’s perspective! There’s no shortage of unique experiences and family togetherness on the island. Once it gets close to lunchtime, check out the local Put-in-Bay restaurants! There are plenty of options for everyone!

Let’s Not Forget The Shopping!

No, we don’t have a mall, but you will be reminded of a simpler time when the village square was filled with specialty shops. The excellent service levels at Put-in-Bay seem to be something lost in time on the mainland. Browse the storefronts. Many are packed with locally created goods. Our local “Candy Bar” pumps out homemade fudge by the pound in various colorful flavors. Their extensive candy selection often includes childhood favorites like Red Hots, Lemon Heads, and Pop Rocks. Freshly made hand-dipped ice cream is served in many locations on the island and is quite popular.

Many of the island restaurants also have gift shops where they sell their specialty sauces, clothing items, and popular food selections to go! Be sure to grab some Lobster Bisque for the trip home! It’s one of the island’s best sellers. Local craftsmen and women create artwork and jewelry, some made with locally sourced beach glass. Local wineries sell gift boxes loaded with their award-winning wines and grape juice. An excellent gift for a friend or family member who appreciates wine!

Put-in-Bay Dining!

We all have a little “Foodie” in us, and Put-in-Bay does not disappoint when it comes to great food. From barefoot casual to picnic, resort casual to fine dining, we’ve got you covered! On a warm summer day, the simplicity of an old-fashioned picnic has never been more accessible. Mother Nature has created some fantastic dining spots in our parks, nature trails, and shorelines. Many Put-in-Bay Restaurants will prepare your order to go for your enjoyment. In the center of town, De Rivera park has numerous picnic tables and even a few BBQ grills that you can cook out on with supplies from the local grocery.

Local Chefs have creative and delicious ways to serve up Lake Erie’s prized Yellow Perch and Walleye. A good steak always hits the spot, and we have plenty of them! Several of our Put-in-Bay Restaurants offer stunning waterfront dining with views of the shoreline, local harbor, and docks. While most of the restaurants are located in town, there are several hidden gems situated on the interior of the island, such as the Goat & Joe’s Bar. Be sure to peruse our restaurants’ page for a complete restaurant-by-restaurant breakdown of menus and service styles.

Sometimes, dining in the comfort of your hotel room or poolside is appealing. Everyone loves Pizza, and the Put-in-Bay Pizza Company delivers to all major hotels, resorts, and island rental homes. The Put-in-Bay Resort is the island’s most extensive, newest, and most modern hotel, with a pool open to the public. The Blue Marlin Restaurant on-premises offers some of the most affordable dining on the island poolside.

The Put-in-Bay Nightlife!

Our entertainment venus rivals any big city setting. Many of the entertainers you would see in surrounding major cities play their summer gigs at Put-in-Bay! The Beer Barrel Saloon is our largest venue, seating over 1200 people and home to the world’s longest bar. Nationally known touring acts are frequently seen there. Our Put-in-Bay entertainment page details the most up-to-date information on who’s playing where. Many venues have several different entertainers performing throughout the day! There are over 30 places to enjoy an adult beverage, and all are within a 5-minute walk from each other.

Many of our nightlife hotspots are popular restaurants by day that convert to dancing and nighttime fun sometime near 9 pm. Late-night options include pizzas, sandwiches, and new 2020 Lesters Authentic Street Tacos in front of the Edgewater hotel on the main strip. Many late-night options are open long after the bars close, so there is no excuse to go hungry!

Put-in-Bay Conventions And Meetings

For over ten years, Corporate groups have been hosting their meetings at the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center. It is the islands’ only full-service meeting facility with all amenities and rooms located on-site. Over 800 different companies have enjoyed productive, fun meetings on the island. Imagine a corporate meeting where everyone is excited to go!

All the conveniences of a big city meeting without many of the significant city expenses! In many cases, meeting rooms are complimentary, and the ferry ride is less than parking at most major city hotels. Did we mention things to do AFTER the meeting? Our planners can assist in fishing charters, golf, meal planning, and many other team-building events. With five meeting rooms, on-site AV & Catering, and a reasonably priced menu, Put-in-Bay is an obvious choice!

Family Reunions, And Social Functions

Family groups have been planning reunions for decades at Put-in-Bay. It’s so easy to please everyone with activities, shopping, and dining option on the island. Large Villas Syle Rental homes are located right downtown and are the perfect choice for families. The island has hosted bowling leagues, church groups, school field trips, teachers’ getaways, and more! Anything that involves friends and fellowship is an excellent match for Put-in-Bay! Our Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau is available to help plan all aspects of your Put-in-Bay Vacation!


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What Are The Two Most Popular Packages Deals On Rooms At Put-in-Bay2022-11-28T12:29:09+00:00

The Jet Away Getaway is offered at the Put-in-Bay Resort and the Bay Lodging Resort. These packages include the room, overnight golf cart rental, and breakfast. The Schools out special at the Edgewater Hotel offers a  special room upgrade along with a free Put-in-Bay Golf Rental. All must be booked by calling the property directly. The central reservation center can also assist in booking these package deals by calling 888-742-7829

What Are The Hours Of The Put-in-Bay Airport2020-02-22T14:13:26+00:00

Generally speaking, you have access to your plane 24 hours a day. The airport itself is not a manned tower. Takeoffs and landings are restricted as the runways are not lit. There is no published IFR approach into the Put-in-Bay Airport. Parking is available for a daily fee.

Is There Fuel At The Put-in-Bay Airport2020-02-22T14:06:04+00:00

No there is no fuel service. The closest fuel is Port Clinton (PCW) about 6 miles south of the Put-in-Bay Airport. Be sure to contact them in advance for fueling hours.

What Do I Need To Do To Bring My Boat To Put-In-Bay2020-02-22T13:59:36+00:00

If you are planning on bringing your boat to Put-in-Bay we suggest that you bring extra fenders and lines. Most all docks and marinas require rafting off of other boats as many as 4 deep. These extra lines and fenders will help keep your boat securely tied off. You should also take into consideration the same with a water hose and power cords.

Can I have Alcohol On My Boat At Put-in-Bay2020-02-22T13:56:09+00:00

Yes, you can. The docks themselves do not permit open containers but you may enjoy your beverages on your private boat. There are local stores that sell beer & wine. There is no liquor store on the island.

Where Is The Best Place To Get A Golf Cart If I Am On A Boat2020-02-22T13:56:35+00:00

Put-in-Bay Golf Carts is located across the park from the Public Docks & Marinas and services all public and private marinas. Reservations are strongly suggested and may be made by calling 419-285-7427 Ample parking along the docks is available.

Is There A Place To Purchase Boat Fuel At Put-in-Bay2020-02-21T23:06:08+00:00

Yes, the marina at the Boardwalk docks and restaurant complex has fuel service with Diesel and Gasoline.

Are There Public Boat Ramps At Put-in-Bay2020-02-21T23:04:26+00:00

Yes, there are several options for boat ramps. Between “C” and “B” dock there is a public ramp free of charge. There is one at the Put-in-Bay Yacht Club for a small fee. There is one at the Soth Bass Island State Park along with ample boat trailer parking.

Is There Fresh Water On The Docks2020-02-21T23:01:58+00:00

Yes, All of our docks have a freshwater connection. Boaters are advised to bring their own hoses and fitting to make the connection. Connections are shared to fill holding tanks and then disconnected. A 50 to 75-foot hose is generally sufficient.

Is There Electric Service For Boats On The Docks2020-02-21T22:58:57+00:00

Yes, there is. Various levels of amperage are available and included in your dockage rates. Longer shore power cords are favorable as you may be a short distance from the closest connection.

Can I Make A Reservation For A Boat Dock at Put-in-Bay2020-02-21T22:56:39+00:00

The Public Docks at Put-in-Bay are on a first-come-first-served basis. If you are planning on coming on a weekend, the earlier you get to Put-in-Bay, the more likely you are to get a dock. The privately-owned docks take reservations, and some offer memberships granting priority dockage. Mooring balls in the harbor are also an option. There is a water taxi that brings boaters to and from their boat to the shore.

How Do I Reserve A Golf Cart For Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T16:56:24+00:00

Putinbaygolfcarts.com website allows and encourages advance reservations. They feature the largest and newest fleet of rentals at Put-in-Bay. Travelers are encouraged to book early as supplies are limited and they often run out. Golf Carts are available to rent in two, four, six and eight-person seating. Carts are rented daily and overnight. Golf Carts are treated as cars and all licenses and rules apply.

What Is The Phone Number For The Taxi At Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T16:51:32+00:00

The phone number for the taxi service at Put-in-Bay Is 419-285-2667. You can call while on board the ferry to request pick up. Advance reservations are also accepted along with all major credit cards.

How Much Is A Taxi At Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T16:49:36+00:00

A Put-in-Bay Taxi is $3.00 to $4.00 per person anywhere on the island. Coops cabs are the best known on the island and have the newest vans and accept all major credit cards. When getting off the ferry, you may select any taxi you wish and are not required to use the one in the front. The nicer cabs are quite easy to see.

How Much Does It Cost To Go To The Top Of Perry’s Monument2020-02-15T16:45:16+00:00

The fee is $10 per adult (16 years of age and older)for a day pass to go to the top of Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Children under 15 are free when accompanied by an adult. The monument is part of the National Park Service. NPS passes such as the Annual Pass and Season Pass are accepted here.

Where Can I Find An ATM At Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T16:39:48+00:00

There is an ATM located on the main strip called Delaware Avenue in front of the Edgewater Hotel and the Put-in-Bay Golf Car Rental. There is also an ATM in the lobby of the Put-in-Bay Resort. Both are accessible 24 hours a day in season.

Can We Have Extra Guests In Put-in-Bay Hotel Rooms Or Home Rentals2020-02-15T16:01:01+00:00

No this is not permitted. The State of Ohio Fire Marshall sets occupancy limits for all hotels and rentals and owners are not permitted to exceed those limits under any circumstances. Always be sure to book enough rooms for your group as their will rarely be anything left to book last minute. All locations are strict bout the enforcement of these rules. If a room at a Put-in-Bay hotel is advertised as a six-person suite, then it is a six-person maximum


Where Should We Stay At Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T15:56:33+00:00

Put-in-Bay offers a wide variety of lodging options. The preferred option is to stay is in town within walking distance of the attractions, nightlife, and dining. There are several hotels and downtown home rentals that eliminate the need to rely on transportation into and out of town. Taxis can be expensive and time-consuming and often hard to find. The central reservation center can assist you in booking the best lodging for your needs. The Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau is another great option for the island’s preferred lodging.

Where Can I Find Information About Put-in-Bay Hotels2020-02-15T15:51:01+00:00

Put-in-Bay Hotels and resorts all maintain their own individual websites. Much of the information you are seeking may be found on our lodging page or the hotels’ website. The Put-in-Bay Visitors and Convention Bureau also is a great source for hotels and lodging information about Put-in-bay. Each hotel has an individual page here for you to review information and pictures. You can also call the reservation center for Put-in-Bay at 888-742-7829

What Hotels Offer A One Night Stay2020-02-15T15:41:41+00:00

All Hotels and Resorts at  Put-in-Bay require a 2 or sometimes 3 night minimum on weekends in peak season. In April and some October -weekends, they will permit a one night stay. Sundays through Thursdays all locations will generally permit a one-night stay unless it is a holiday. The Put-in-Bay Reservation Center keeps a list of all openings and can assist travelers by calling 888-742-7829


What Is The Best Hotel For Families At Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T15:37:38+00:00

Put-in-Bay offers several hotels that have modern amenities, and are generally known as the best hotels for families at Put-in-Bay. The Put-in-Bay Resort s the largest hotel on the island with a wide variety of room types ideal for families. They have rooms from two to eight people and the islands only downtown rental homes. There is a splash pad for the kids as well as a large pol and hot tun. Bay Lodging Resort also located downtown has 2 bedroom units and hotel rooms with the islands only indoor-outdoor pool, a big hit with kids.



What Is The Best Hotel At Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T15:14:24+00:00

Each hotel at Put-in-Bay offers a unique experience. The best hotels at Put-in-Bay are located in town, where you can walk to everything. The Put-in-Bay Resort is the island’s largest, newest and most popular. They are well known for their swim-up bar, hot tub, and golf cart rentals. The Bay Lodging Resort is also located just off downtown so it is a little quieter and also offers golf carts and the island’s only indoor/outdoor pool and is pet-friendly.

What Hotel Has The Best Pool Swim Up Bar2020-02-15T14:59:31+00:00

This is a matter of personal choice however over the last 5 years the Put-in-Bay Resort and it’s Blue Marlin Bar And Grill have been voted the island number one pool venue and the cleanest pool facility. The Blue Marlin features DJ Adubb and is the most popular place to be on Friday afternoons and all day Saturday. The pool is open to the public.

How Do I Get From The Ferry To My Hotel2020-02-15T14:56:16+00:00

The best way to get to your hotel from the ferry dock is to rent a golf cart or take a taxi. When you get off the ferry you will generally see several taxis waiting to transport visitors to their Put-in-Bay Hotel or Resort. If you decide to bring a car (not recommended) many hotels have a limited number of parking spots. Keep in mind you may wait as long as three hours each way to get a car on or off the island.


Where can I Find Deals And Discounts Or Packages For Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T14:51:28+00:00

We recommend visiting Put-in-Bay hotels downtown rental home websites. The Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau maintains a page with the current hotel, resort, and home rental specials. Visit their website for the most up to date information on discounts and packages for Put-in-Bay.



Where Is The Best Place To Stay At Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T14:38:46+00:00

There are many different choices for lodging at Put-in-Bay, and where the best place is will depend a lot on you and your group. Most people want to be in town and close to the restaurants, shopping, and nightlife where everything is walkable. If you are not able to get a place in town, you may find yourself stuck having to rely on a taxi to get back and forth. We suggest starting with the Put-in-Bay Resort, The Edgewater Hote, The Put-in-Bay Villa Home Rentals or the Bay Lodging Resort.



Is There Pet Friendly Lodging At Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T14:31:55+00:00

Pet-friendly rentals are in limited supply at Put-in-Bay. There is one hotel resort that offers options for pets, the Bay Lodging Resort. It is located in the downtown area, walking distance to the main strip. pets are welcome on the Ferry Boats on a leash or in a proper pet carrier. Pet-friendly rooms are in high demand and making reservations early is suggested.


How Do We Get The Cheapest Deal On Hotels And Home Rentals At Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T14:28:11+00:00

Book direct! Call the hotel or resort directly or use their online booking to reserve. Online travel agents like Expedia and Booking.com make their profit by charging you a fee (generally 15% more) for using their service. The central reservation center 888-742-7829 will also often know of specials and packages that can make for a more affordable stay. All of our lodging partners may be contacted directly on this site with just a click or a phone call!

Can You Stay Just One Night At Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T14:24:03+00:00

During some parts of the season in April Late September and October, Put-in-Bay Resort & Bay Lodging may offer single night stays on weekends. In Peak season on weekends, all rentals require a 2-night minimum stay. Holiday weekends are often a thee night minimum. The central reservation center is generally the best information option and will have the most current lodging info at 888-742-7829

When Does Put-in-Bay Close2020-02-15T14:20:24+00:00

From November to March, Many Put-in-Bay businesses are closed for the season. This does not mean the island no longer accommodates visiting guests. The ferries stop running and when Lake Erie freezes over, some tourists arrive for ice fishing. Put-in-Bay becomes a tranquil quiet village of about 500 people over the winter. Over the winter many people are making their reservations for the upcoming season which begins in April.


Are Put-in-Bay Hotels Kid Friendly2020-02-15T14:16:11+00:00

Most of the Put-in-Bay Hotels and Lodging, as well as the Put-in-Bay Villa Rental Homes, are kid-friendly. Several hotels such as the Put-in-Bay Resort and Bay Lodging Resort have amenities and organized activities that cater to families and kids. The Put-in-Bay Villas Rental homes are ideal for families ad they have a great pool, a splash pad for the kids and are located right in town the preferred location.

Where Is A Good Place For Bachelor Or Bachelorette Parties At Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T14:12:38+00:00

Put-in-Bay is well-known for bachelor and bachelorette parties.  It has been ranked as one of the best places to hold a bachelor and bachelorette party in the Midwest. The most popular locations for these groups are in the downtown area. When in town, nobody needs a taxi to get around. The Put-in-Bay Villa Rental Homes, Edgewater Hotel Suite and the Put-in-Bay resort all feature rooms and lodging for larger groups. All of the aforementioned are in town, and walking distance to the Put-in-Bay Nightlife, Shopping, and Dining.


How Much Does It Cost To Stay At Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T13:59:57+00:00

Put-in-Bay Hotels and rental homes are more expensive on weekends. During the week, Sunday through Thursday rates are significantly lower. Groups lodging together tend to get the best rates per person in the larger downtown rental homes. Some hotels and resorts offer package deals with a golf cart included in the rate. There is a central reservation center that generally knows what the best deals on lodging are. Their number is 888-742-7829


Can I Rent A House At Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T13:48:32+00:00

Yes! There are several modern houses for rent at Put-in-Bay called the Put-in-Bay Villas and the All-Star Ohio House. Like any vacation rental, you want to be close to town where walking to the shops and restaurants is possible. When booking a Put-in-Bay Rental home be sure that you are in town and that sheets, towels, and linens are provided as some primitive rentals do not offer them.


How Long Is The Ferry Ride To Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T13:42:44+00:00

Miller Ferry takes 18 minutes to get to Put-In-Bay. It lands on the other side of the island away from downtown. The Jet Express takes 30 minutes and provides a narrated tour. The Jet Express serves the island including late-night service and arrives in the downtown area. Mouse Island, Kelleys Island, Rattlesnake Island and the other Lake Erie Islands will be visible along the way.

What Is There To Do At Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T13:38:52+00:00

Island Attractions include Golf, Mini-Golf, Nature Trails, Jet Ski Rentals, Parasailing, Shopping, Dining and so much more. In fact, there are more attractions at Put-in-Bay in the 2.5 miles by 5-mile island than anywhere else!  Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial and South Bass Island State Park bring thousands of visitors annually to see the colorful and historical attractions.



What time does Put-in-Bay Open2020-02-15T13:35:01+00:00

Put-In-Bay is not a park like Cedar Point and is open 24 hours a day like any community. Peak tourism season starts in April and ends in late October with the annual Halloween weekend. During the winter months, after the ferry stops, visitors must rely on local air taxis to get to Put-in-Bay.


Is there A Tunnel To Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T13:31:59+00:00

No. The Put-In-Bay Tunnel was an April Fool’s Joke by local businessman Mark Mathys that was popular and went viral. The main way to get to Put-in-Bay still remains the two ferry boat companies that serve the island.


Is Put-in-Bay Family Friendly2020-02-15T13:29:46+00:00

Yes. Put-in-Bay offers more family attractions than just about any other place of its size. There are numerous historical, educational and fun-filled activities for kids and families. The island does have a bar district which for the most part is on one street and a small side street leaving the rest of the island in its natural state. Thousands of families each year visit Put-in-Bay and the Put-in-Bay Resort, many are return visitors.


What Do I Pack For Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T13:24:56+00:00

Weather at Put-in-Bay is typical for Ohio. In the evening, a light sweater or jacket will be comfortable in the Spring or Fall. There is an extensive article about what to pack for Put-in-Bay Here: There is no state liquor store on the island. Beer & Wine is readily available and sold at state minimum pricing in several locations. There are numerous shops on the island should you forget an item.

Where Do I Get The Ferry To Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T13:19:33+00:00

Two Put-In-Bay Ferry Boats serve the island, Miller Ferry and Jet Express. Miller Ferry is located in Port Clinton Ohio on Catawba Point. Jet Express departs from downtown Port Clinton, Ohio, Sandusky, Ohio, and runs a limited-service from Cedar Point. Reservations are not required.

How Did Put-in-Bay Get It’s Name? What Does It Mean?2020-02-15T13:15:54+00:00

Put-In-Bay is the name of the village on South Bass Island in Ohio. Local historians claims believe the name came from the Native Americans. They said, “putting in at the bay” in a ceremonial fashion. Other historians believe it was named as such because it provided for bad weather shelter. Boaters would  “put it in the bay” when the weather was bad.

How to I get to Put-in-Bay2020-02-15T13:10:19+00:00

Ferry Boats serve Put-In-Bay except for a few months in the winter when there is ice on the lake. Both the Miller Ferry and Jet Express provide boat transportation to South Bass Island. Put-in-Bay also has a small airport where private planes can land and air taxis provide service year-round.

Where is Put-in-Bay Located2020-02-15T13:07:32+00:00

Put-In-Bay is a municipal village located on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. It is a part of the Bass Islands and the most inhabited of the islands. The island is part of the United States, Stae of Ohio and located in Ottawa County in the northwest portion of Ohio.

Do I Need Advance Reservations For The Put-in-Bay Ferry Boat2020-02-06T22:56:20+00:00

No! Advance reservations are not required for the Put-in-Bay ferry boats. The Put-in-Bay ferry boats run on a first-come-first-served basis operating as quickly as one boat every 15 minutes during the peak season and one boat hourly in the offseason. Both ferry services have several boats. Try to arrive early for your trip to Put-in-Bay on the ferry to ensure the best options and shortest waits! Check the Jet Express or Miller Ferry websites for details and schedules.

Can I Walk Or Go From Bar To Bar With A Drink Or Open Container At Put-in-Bay2020-02-05T22:05:22+00:00

Can I Walk Or Go From Bar To Bar With A Drink Or Open Container At Put-in-Bay – NO Put-in-Bay is part of Ohio and there is an open container law that prohibits open containers in public places. Remember all the same rules and Ohio Laws apply on the island as they do on the mainland. Open container violations are enforced and you may not possess any open alcoholic beverages outside of the establishment where it was served or purchased.


Can I Bring Alcohol To My Put-in-Bay Hotel Room2020-02-05T19:41:56+00:00

Yes. All the hotels and resorts featured on the Put-in-Bay website permit you to bring alcohol to your Put-in-Bay Hotel Room or rental home. There is no liquor store on South Bass Island so if you want to bring alcohol bring it from the mainland. Beer and wine can be purchased at Put-in-Bay carry out stores for prices that are comparable to those on the mainland. You may not take outside alcohol into pool bars, bars or restaurants.

Do You Have Car Seats For Golf Carts2020-02-02T18:24:10+00:00

No! There is NO SAFE WAY to secure a car seat in a golf cart. This is a personal choice so if you want to use a car seat please bring your own. For liability reasons, we cannot install a car seat. It is not required.

What Laws Apply To A Golf Cart2020-02-02T18:22:06+00:00

All traffic laws that apply to an automobile apply to a Put-in-Bay golf cart rental. This includes open container & driving while intoxicated laws. Please pay careful attention to parking signs and painted curbs.

Where Can A Golf Cart Go On The Island2020-02-02T18:22:52+00:00

Pretty much all paved road unless otherwise marked as private. Please stay OFF the golf course, Perry Peace Memorial Grounds and out of State Parks (unless registered) and off of nature trails.

Can I Reserve A Golf Cart At Put-in-Bay2020-02-02T18:24:31+00:00

Yes! Reservations are strongly recommended and should be made in advance. You may reserve online here  Many times there are more visitors than there are golf carts and your advance booking assures you a cart upon arrival.

Are Your Golf Carts Gas Or Electric2020-02-02T18:24:53+00:00

All of our golf carts are gas-powered. You are not responsible for refilling them as gas is included. We do not have electric carts as they will not last all day and are too slow.

How Late Are You Open For Golf Carts2020-02-02T18:25:21+00:00

We typically are open until 9 pm during the week and 10 pm on weekends. Daily rentals are due back one hour before closing time.

Do You Rent Put-in-Bay Golf Carts Overnight Or For Multple Days?2020-02-02T18:25:45+00:00

Yes! We offer daily, overnight, & weekly rentals by reservation. Reservations are strongly recommended as far in advance as possible. You can make an online reservation for a Golf Cart here:

Where Can I Get Put-In-Bay Information2020-02-02T18:26:53+00:00

You can visit the Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau Website or the Ohio Put-in-Bay Visitors guide for additional information about the island.

Why Do I Need A Golf Cart At Put-in-Bay2020-02-02T18:27:15+00:00

A Golf Cart is how we get around the island which is 2.5 by 5 miles. Cars are strongly discouraged, waits to get one on or off-island can run as long as three hours and it’s expensive. Carts are the preferred transportation method.

Should I Reserve A Golf Cart On Line2020-02-02T18:27:47+00:00

Yes! Many days golf carts are sold out and larger carts are almost always sold out early. This also ensures the best rates.

What Do I Need To Rent A Put-in-Bay Golf Cart2020-02-02T18:28:08+00:00

You will need a driver’s license or a major credit card to rent.

Can You Bring Your Own Golf Cart To Put-In-Bay2020-02-02T18:28:32+00:00

No, Golf Carts must be titled island use only, inspected by the local Police Department & display Ottawa County License Plates

How Old Do You Have To Be To Rent A Golf Cart?2020-02-03T22:00:25+00:00

You must be a licensed driver and 18 years of age. You must be able to produce your drivers’ license if requested.

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