Located just a short drive away from Cleveland, Put-in-Bay brings the Midwest region of The United States together. Nicknamed Key West of the North for its island vibes and Caribbean feel, the island entertains over 750,000 during its tourist season. Home to Perry’s Cave, South Bass Island State Park, Chocolate Museums and more, the island is calling.

Put-in-Bay is rich is history dating back to The War of 1812 featuring Oliver Hazard Perry and his influence on the Battle of Lake Erie. Today, the island serves as the best summer vacation spot in the Midwest.  Downtown Put-in-Bay features dozens of local restaurants, DeRivera Park, and a booming nightlife.


Put-In-Bay Ohio is the Place to Getaway.  From comfortable guest cottages to stunning Put-in-Bay condos that offer both poolview and waterfront condos. There is a variety of options for lodging while on your Lake Erie Island Bay Vacation. Put-in-Bay is a popular getaway and vacation destination for families and friends during the week.   Also, it offers a fun atmosphere for bachelorette groups and parties on the weekends. From awesome vacation rental homes, great Put-In-Bay Hotels to the best Put-in-Bay resort, we have the right Place to Stay on Put-In-Bay For You!


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Put-in-Bay is nature’s playground when it comes to outdoor activities, Put-in-Bay attractions, sightseeing, and family-friendly entertainment. There is Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, kids’ activities, the Historical Society Museum, South Bass Island State Park and more.

Just getting to the island is fun on the Miller Ferry and Jet Express.  So, depart from Port Clinton, Catawba or Sandusky on a Bay Ferry for Family Fun and Adventure.  Sports enthusiasts will enjoy the golf course, jet skis, and scenic bike paths. Not to mention, the island serves as a boater’s paradise. You won’t lack for things to do on Put-in-Bay!

Furthermore, check out our upcoming events starting with St. Patrick’s Day!  For some serious family-friendly fun look into coming for the annual Pyrate Fest featuring pirate reenactments and sword fights. Bash on The Bay serves as the island’s music festival and features a rowdier bunch. The Put-in-Bay airport shuts down for a few days and concert goers enjoy the live acts of music’s most popular artists featuring Kid Rock, Rascal Flatts, and Toby Keith.

You can also check out the South Bass Island Lighthouse then head to the State Park for some awesome watercraft rentals, picnic areas, and food plus a huge open field for sports. They do have restrooms located nearby the picnic areas. Check out Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center for mini golf, the Butterfly House, and gemstone mining.

Scheeff East Point Preserve

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Massie Cliffside Preserve

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Put-in-Bay Helicopter Rides

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Stonehenge Historic Estate

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Crystal Cave

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South Bass Island Lighthouse

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Dodge Woods Preserve

The Dodge Woods Preserve offers visitors 3.5 acres of natural wonder and beauty. Open to...

Put-in-Bay Biplane Rides

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Put-in-Bay Yacht Club

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Prepare to experience some amazing tastes, recipes, and aromas presented with a host of locally sourced ingredients. From fine dining and superb bay views at the Boardwalk to pub grub at Mr. Ed’s and specialty wine and cheese at The Goat.

We are sure to fill your stomach, quench your thirst, and feed your soul at any of our Put-in-Bay restaurants. When you’re ready to leave your home rental and experience the food, call an Island Club taxi and it will take you anywhere on the island for just $3 per person.

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How to get to Put-in-Bay?

Put-in-Bay is an island in the middle of Lake Erie only accessible by boat or plane.  The two ferry services are The Miller Ferry and Jet Express. Both ferries leave from Port Clinton, Ohio and arrive at the island in roughly 20 minutes. The only other way to get to the island would be by private plane or to bring your own boat over from the mainland. The Jet Express can also take you to Kelley’s Island from PIB, and the Sonny-S can take you to Middle Bass Island.

Can you bring your car over to Put-in-Bay?

Although it is not recommended, you can bring your car over to Put-in-Bay on the Miller Ferry.  Bringing your car over to Put-in-Bay during busy summer days could result in waiting multiple hours in line for the next ferry with space for you vehicle. The cost for bringing your car over on the Miller Ferry is $18 each way.

Are golf carts allowed on Put-in-Bay?

Once on the island, you will see golf carts riddle the streets. Golf cart rentals are the most popular and convenient way to get around the island. If you own your own golf cart it is legal to bring it over as long as it is legally licensed and registered in the state of Ohio.  For rates and availability regarding renting a golf cart visit our Put-in-Bay golf cart page!

Is Put-in-Bay family friendly?

Put-in-Bay features many fun attractions that are family-friendly.  Kids love to visit Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center, Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, The South Bass Island State Park and so much more! The best time on the island for family fun is during the week.  From Sunday through Thursday the island is full of families.  However, the weekend can get a little rowdy.This is truly the best island in all of the Great Lakes!

What is the best place to stay at Put-in-Bay?

The answer to this question depends on what you and your group are looking for.  The Island Club has the best vacation rental homes at Put-in-Bay.  Meanwhile, The Put-in-Bay Waterfront Condos were voted as Put-in-Bay’s Best resort. Lastly, if you are looking for a Put-in-Bay hotel, look no further than the Commodore Resort.


Did you know that Put-in-Bay entertains hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, but only 135 people live there year-round?

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Our Put-in-Bay Blog and News covers a wide range of topics. Don’t let our quiet streets fool you: history meets hip in Putinbay. Whether you want to shop ’til you drop, experience the great outdoors, go hundreds of feet in the air up the Monument, or immerse yourself in entertainment, this village on the lake has it all.

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Put-in-Bay played a major role in the War of 1812 between the US and England. The waters around the island were the location of United States Navy commander Oliver Hazard Perry. He sailed from the port of South Bass Island on September 10, 1813 to engage a British naval squadron commanded by Captain Robert Heriot Barclay just north of South Bass Island in the “Battle of Lake Erie”.  Moreover, he utilized Perry’s Cave to provide potable drinking water for his Men. You can read more about it in our blog!


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Put-in-Bay Ohio is THE place for a great local staycation. We have island visitors come from Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and New York on a regular basis.  Cities include Cleveland, Toledo, Chicago and beyond.  Some even utilize the small but mighty PIB Airport. Boaters from across the region utilize the public docks across from DeRivera Park for safe refuge.

Put in Bay Guests From All Places!

But when it comes to family reunions or bachelor(ette) parties, South Bass Island sees guests come from almost every state in the Union, and Canada as well. The summer upcoming events cater to a broad range of interests so there is sure to be a Put-in-Bay Summer Event for you and your friends.

Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456 Nicknamed the “Key West of the North” offers an exciting nightlife with live musical entertainment to satisfy all generations. Strolling Barbershop singers, pyrates, steel drums and Ohio’s best entertainers are frequently seen on Putinbay island. And the island is safe, with Put-in-Bay taxis always available. Do you like history? Visit us for Historical Weekend and the War of 1812 reenactments. Do you like to party? Visit Put-in-Bay!

PIB is also known for it’s great Lake Erie Perch, Walleye, and lakeside dining.