Knowing what activities are possible on Put-in-Bay Island is key to choosing the activity that is right for you and your family. It also prevents you from having to change your plans on the fly. Put-in-Bay features so many possible activities and island fun that not being able to do all activities you would like in your vacation is an oft-encountered problem. Our recommended preference is to stick with a few activities and to make sure that they all count.

Aquatic Visitors Center
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Aquatic Visitors Center

Learn about Lake Erie and its unique ecosystem at the Aquatic Visitors Center. Here education is hands on and a lot of fun. Operating under the Ohio Sea Grant, the staff at the Aquatic Visitors Center are both friendly and informative. It is located outside of downtown Put-in-Bay by Peach Orchard Point. This is a great outing for the whole family. Kids will learn to appreciate the nature beauty all around them by engaging in a whole host of exciting activities. One of the best way to learn about fishes is to fish! On their own pier, kids under 16...

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Muscle Bay Fitness

Muscle Bay Fitness

Muscle Bay Fitness makes it easy to stay in shape while vacationing on Put-in-Bay. Whether you plan on visiting for a weekend or all summer long, this state-of-the art gym makes it easy to get your sweat on. Muscle Bay Fitness Details The island’s first gym, Muscle Bay Fitness is well-equipped with a highly trained staff. It is located on the southern point of the island just a short ride from the Lime Kiln Docks and the Miller Ferry as well as the Put-in-Bay Airport. The gym is open every day during the summer season. The schedule changes to reduced...

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Ohio State Stone Laboratory
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Ohio State Stone Laboratory

The Ohio State Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island has long been a crucial institution for the health and well-being of Lake Erie and it inhabitants. Professional scientists work side-by-side with students from Ohio State to study issues around freshwater. Thanks to their efforts, Lake Erie is healthier than it has ever been. Visiting The Ohio State Stone Laboratory Gibraltar Island is just north of the downtown docks within the Put-in-Bay harbor. There are regularly scheduled tours offered throughout the summer. A water taxi leaves from the main docks by the Boardwalk Restaurant and can take up to 70 people. The tour...

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Put-in-Bay Airport

Put-in-Bay Airport

Located on the southern end of South Bass Island, the Put-in-Bay Airport is open year round and available for public usage. With modern facilities and two runways, the airport accepts small planes from the mainland and surrounding islands. It also offers tours on biplanes and helicopters. Put-in-Bay Airport Details The Put-in-Bay Airport accepts arrivals and departures from dawn to dusk. The runways are in excellent condition but unlit. There are no departures allowed after dusk. Using one of the charter services, such as Griffing Airline or Island Air Taxi is a fun and exciting alternative to traveling to the island...

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Put-in-Bay Biplane Rides
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Put-in-Bay Biplane Rides

The Put-in-Bay Biplane Rides are offered at the Put-in-Bay Airport on the southern tip of South Bass Island. These thrilling rides are a unique way to experience this beautiful region. Put-in-Bay Biplane Rides Details These rides are taken in beautifully restored World War II Biplanes with open cockpits. Flights can accommodate one or two passengers alongside the instructor/pilot. Soar through the clouds while also gazing at the stunning coastline of Lake Erie. Take in the views of Put-in-Bay, Middle Bass Island, Kelley’s Island, Port Clinton, and more! Biplane Ride Options Aerobatic Thrills including loops, spins, and rolls Smooth Scenic Rides...

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Put-in-Bay Helicopter Rides
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Put-in-Bay Helicopter Rides

Imagine soaring above Put-in-Bay in your very own helicopter ride. Take in Lake Erie, the surrounding islands, and even Canada as you soar amongst the clouds. Put-in-Bay Helicopter Rides depart from the Put-in-Bay Airport and offers several spectacular tours of the region. Put-in-Bay Helicopter Rides Details Each tour has a two passenger minimum and maximum of three. Their state-of-the-art fleet is manned by expert pilots who are all quite knowledge of the region. The Put-in-Bay Airport is located at 1494 Langram Road on the southern tip of the island They offer two distinct tours. The Yellow Tour gives you a...

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Put-in-Bay Rolling Pub

Put-in-Bay Rolling Pub

See South Bass Island from an entirely different view with the Put-in-Bay Rolling Pub. This 16-passenger pedal pub take participants throughout the island with an exciting selection of unique tours complete with a fun, party-like atmosphere. And you will even get some exercise! Put-in-Bay Rolling Pub Details Pedal along with friends and family with one of their 2-hour tours. This is an ideal group activity as well, especially for bachelor and bachelorette parties! The Put-in-Bay Rolling Pub makes stops at all the island favorites along the way. Please note that no alcohol is permitted on the pedal pub so get...

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Saunders Resort Golf Course

Saunders Resort Golf Course

Saunders Golf Course, the only golf course on Put-in-Bay, is Par 3 nine hole course. A lovely way to spend an afternoon with friends, Saunders is challenging, but not too challenging. Interestingly, it is one of the few places on Put-in-Bay where golf carts are not permitted. Odd though it may be, this question pops up on scavenger hunts all the time. Saunders Golf Course Highlights Saunders is located down Catawba from the downtown. It is right next to South Bass Island State Park. This small, but beautiful park includes public docks and a waterfront beach. There is also picnic...

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Put-in-Bay draws guests from the states of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, as well as the Province of Ontario in Canada, to name just a few. They come for the big Island Fun. There are spots all along the Great Lakes that capture the exuberant spirit of summertime fun but Put-in-Bay is number one. The Great Lakes are the largest bodies of fresh water in the world and an invaluable natural resource. Our visitors enjoy the numerous Put-in-Bay activities that can be enjoyed all throughout the region.

Cedar Point

You’ll find the best, brightest, and most active amusement park in the world near Sandusky, Ohio. That is just a half hour away from Put-in-Bay island fun. Cedar Point is royalty when it comes to the roller coaster, and Cedar Point Amusement Park is definitely the place for adults and kids alike to unleash their inner wild via America’s Roller Coaster. Most adults who visit Put-in-Bay today visited Cedar Point while they were growing up. The two go hand in hand.

Ohio State Fair

What’s more nostolgic Americana than a summertime fair? Drive a few hours south of Put-in-Bay to check out the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio every summer at the start of August. Sample cotton candy, corndogs, cheese curds, and all the fair food you can endulge. Watch piglets and potato sacks race. Hear amazing rock and country music. You can even get your thrills on from some wild rides, and peruse over tons of horticulture and agricultural exhibits. Attendance hits a high of almost one million people. You might even get to see a few cows being sculpted from pure butter! Yes, butter sculptures!

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Rock and rollers can unite in Cleveland, Ohio at the Hall of Fame. It houses John Lennon’s colorful Sgt. Pepper uniform, Michael Jackson’s glove, Elvis” Cadillac, and much much more, all in one place: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Your visit may also include the world-renowned Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Museum of Art, another national best.

U.S. Air Force National Museum

Find one of the world’s great historical attractions in Dayton, Ohio at Huffman Prairie Flying Field. In 1905, the Wright brothers finally perfected a powered aircraft here capable of sustained and reliable flight. That plane, the Wright Flyer III, is located in the Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park, which further makes Dayton the aviation capital of the U.S. Dayton is also home to the U.S. Air Force National Museum, the world’s oldest and largest military aviation museum. It hosts one of the largest air shows in the nation.