Put-in-Bay offers great arts & crafts opportunities for our younger island visitors. From the Arts in the Park events downtown to the Wildlife Center mid-island, kids love it. There may even be an art night for adults, with wine and painting! Check our Event Calendar.

The Butterfly House Gift Shop
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The Butterfly House Gift Shop

If you come to Put-in-Bay with family, there’s no way you can miss Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center. One of the marquee attractions is the amazing Butterfly House. There are more than 50 different types of butterflies floating around this beautiful enclosure with amazing flowers and foliage. For a lot of people it’s one of the most memorable parts of their trip. You can commemorate your visit to the Butterfly House with a souvenir from the Butterfly House Gift Shop. The Butterfly House Gift Shop contains an awesome selection of butterfly themed gifts. There is jewelry, items for your home...

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The Shops At Compass Pointe
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The Shops At Compass Pointe

A charming complex of stores, The Shops at Compass Pointe features a lovely selection of fine gifts, apparel, even knife sharpening! A short walk from downtown Put-in-Bay, Compass Pointe offers a pleasant shopping experience in a beautiful setting. The Shops at Compass Pointe Dock 421 The Little Store Happy Holidays Island Hardware Home Port Dock 421 is a favorite of visitors and local alike with a great selection of casual wear for both men and women. Home Port offers nautically inspired gifts and decor while the Little Store provides a very big jewelry selection. Stock up on plenty of Ohio...

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Freshwater Remedies
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Freshwater Remedies

Freshwater Remedies is a delightful shop located inside Freshwater Retreat. This bed and breakfast is situated about a mile from downtown Put-in-Bay in a quiet, peaceful area of the island. It is well worth the stop. Freshwater Remedies offers a range of exciting gifts and products, most notably the homemade, all-natural skincare line, OnktOrganics. The proprietress of both Freshwater Remedies and Resorts, Christie Onkto, was born and bred on Put-in-Bay. A true island girl, she now splits her time between Maui and Lake Erie. She understands that all-natural products are the healthiest, most loving ways to take care of your...

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Local Color
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Local Color

Local Color might be the most unique shop at Put-in-Bay. That’s one of the best things about vacation shopping, those small shops that have so much more than you’d expect. Put-in-Bay is renowned for this, so many of their shops are wild and unique. But Local Color may take the cake. This tiny shop, unmissable with its Salmon colored paint job, is loaded with awesome Put-in-Bay memorabilia. You’ll find the expected glassware and t-shirts that you’d find at any souvenir shop, but that’s just the start. They also stock artwork from the islands artists, jewelry handmade at Put-in-Bay, awesome stuffed...

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Give your child a chance to embrace his or her artistic side with a fun Put-in-Bay Arts & Crafts project. Try many great arts and crafts ideas when you visit the island. Whether it’s learning a new handcraft like scrapbooking or getting messy with paints, your creative kid will love exploring the many ways to express him or herself.

Arts on Erie

Arts on Erie is a free hands-on workshop for youth and the young at heart with a different project being offered each day. Area artists conduct the workshops that in the past have included painting, clay work, abstract acrylic “flow” painting and print making. The Perry’s Visitor Center supplies arts & crafts materials and space on the back porch of the Visitor Center for this program that is free and open to the general public. Classes are usually 10 am to 12 pm and 1 pm to 3 pm each day, on the last week of June.

Wildlife Center Wild Tuesdays

The Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center hosts Wild Tuesdays every Tuesday between June and August. It started as a grassroots outreach and education program hosted at the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center in 2009. The idea was to reach out to islanders and visitors every Tuesday for a few hours with different educational topics.

The first program was titled “Slithering Snakesssss” with the Snake Lady. She brought the Lake Erie Water snake for a show-and-tell experience for islanders and visitors alike. The idea gained a mission and purpose to “educate visitors on Ohio’s native wildlife by providing an up-close and often hands-on interactive experience”.

Other experts began to do programs with their favorite animals and we have what we have today. Programs on spiders, fish, frogs, bees, moths, raptors, slugs, butterflies, and a whole bunch more! The Wild Tuesday programs reach out to hundreds of visitors at the Wildlife Center each summer. Come visit!