One of the many attractions offered at Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center, the Antique Car Museum is both fascinating and fun! Put-in-Bay has a long tradition of celebrating vintage cars and roadsters thanks in large part of Charles “Skip” Duggan. He helped curate this museum with all the cars currently on display.
Charles “Skip” Duggan thoughtfully collected this collection of antique cars. Skip began antique car parades on Sunday afternoon and welcomed everyone to join the parade and fun with an antique and/or vintage vehicle. Every Sunday afternoon on Langram Rd., just south of the Miller Boat Line Lime Kiln Dock, island vehicle holders meet at the old Twine Shanty.
The parade starts and tours the entire island around 2:00 p.m. Children crowd the sidewalks of downtown preparing for candy to be thrown their way.
The Antique Car Museum Details
Perry’s is open seven days a week from May to October with continuing weekend hours during the rest of the year. All the attractions offered at Perry’s follow these same hours. Everything except for the Antique Car Museum requires a ticket, meaning car aficionados can enjoy this impressive collection without dropping a dime!
A dazzling array of different automobiles are also on display, including the oldest car on the island. The collection includes rare Model T’s, vintage road signs, gas station memorabilia, and antique snowmobiles. The Antique Car Museum offers visitors a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with these captivating vehicles.
The Put-in-Bay Car Parade
So an Antique Car Museum and now a Car Parade? What’s going on up at the Bay? Well, this is thanks to a great trivia tidbit about Put-in-Bay. Put-in-Bay has more classic cars per capita than any other city in the United States! This is a long-standing island tradition and never is it more on display than the weekly Car Parade!
Every Sunday since the 1990’s, island car enthusiasts parade through the streets of downtown Put-in-Bay and all of South Bass Island for the Put-in-Bay Car Parade. Organized by the Skip Duggan, car owners meet at the old Twine Shanty on Langram Road and head at at 2pm. Families line the streets of downtown to get a good look at this amazing spectacle. Children eagerly await handfuls of candy tossed from the cars.
An after party is always hosted at one of downtown businesses or by one of the car owners. A unique Put-in-Bay tradition, we have Skip Duggan to thank for sharing his love of vintage cars with the entire island!
This tradition is gaining massively in popularity and we don’t expect it to stop anytime soon, in fact, we only think that the event will grow into something even bigger!
Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center
Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center is without a doubt, the center for fun on Put-in-Bay. Everyone, from couples to families and groups of friends, flock to Perry’s for everything from cave tours to mini golf to rock walls.
There’s no better place to let loose and have a blast than at Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center! Families, couples, and groups of friends flock to this complex for everything from cave tours to mini golf.
- Perry’s Cave
- War of 18 Holes Mini Golf
- Gemstone Mining
- Rock Wall
- Butterfly House
- Fort aMaze’n
- DanDee’s Snack Shack
There’s no better spot on the island than Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center to let loose and have a snack! They have everything from cave tours to mini-golf, families, and groups of friends swarm to this area.
They offer bundles as well as collective discounts for their various attractions. Most individual tickets cost between $8 –$10 so if you’re planning to spend the day here, the way to go is certainly a combo package.
You don’t need a ticket to the Antique Car Museum!
With a healthy dose of education, Perry’s provides fun for the whole family. Just take the War of 18 Holes Mini-Golf Course. This beautiful course is surrounded by lush greenery and lovely flowers. Players compete with each other while learning about the War of 1812 battles where Put-in-Bay served a key role.
Gemstone Mining provides tourists an understanding of real gemstone mining first-hand. To find real gemstones and fossils, buy a bag of rough mix and wash water over the sand. This is an insight into the island’s distinctive ecology.
Speaking of distinctive ecology, make sure to visit Perry’s Cave. This wonderful and intriguing limestone cave is really quite remarkable. This cave was found by General Perry in 1813. He discovered an unusual lake filled with fresh water underground. This was a fortunate finding because its soldiers needed it during the Battle of Lake Erie.
Be sure to explore all the other incredible sights at Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center after touring the Antique Car Museum.