Things to Do and Places to See near PutnBay

Put-in-Bay and Lake Erie Islands

Things to Do in Put in Bay, OH on South Bass Island

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Lake Erie Islands Travel and Tourism
Put-in-Bay offers a variety of places to visit and landmarks like Perry's Monument to see for all age and interest groups.

When traveling to South Bass Island via the Jet Express Ferry you will see Perry's Monument standing proud. Once on the island visit South Bass Island hot spots State Parks, wineries, nature preserves, quarries, local gift shops, and much more.


South Bass Island Attractions

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Hot Spots, Landmarks, and Places to Visit near Put-in-Bay on South Bass


Stonehenge Estate and Gift Shop

808 Langram Road


Visit Stonehenge. Stonehenge lets you discover South Bass Island history from the 1800's through present day living. You can enjoy the beautiful grounds, farmhouse and wine press cottage at your leisure while taking a self-guided tour of the property. Be sure to stop in and visit the gift shop. back to menu

Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum

PO Box 25


The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society was founded in 1985. Rich in history, the Lake Erie Islands have witnessed a phenomenal amount of history that has been captured and preserved in over 6,000 square feet of displays.back to menu

putnbay Walk through the Transportation Building filled with boats
putnbay View the models of some of the greatest ships to sail Lake Erie.
putnbay Marvel at the rise and fall of one of the world's largest wood frame hotels, the Hotel Victory
putnbay Learn about the winemaking industry.


Lake Erie Parasail Located at the Boardwalk Dock



Parasailing is a spectacular way to see the Lake Erie Islands from a 600-foot towline. Taking off and landing on boats equipped with flight decks, you stay dry!Family vacation fun for most ages. back to menu

Stone Laboratory Field Office

878 Bayview Ave.


Created in 1895 and located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island at Put-in-Bay, Frantz Theodore Stone Laboratory is Ohio's Lake Erie laboratory. It is the nation's oldest freshwater biological field station and the Island Campus of The Ohio State University.

The Laboratory offers...

put-in-bay College-level courses each summer with faculty and students coming from all over the country.
put-in-bay Since 1990, students from 40 Ohio colleges, 27 out-of-state colleges, and 257 high schools have taken these courses for college credit.
put-in-bay The Laboratory also provides a facility for year-round research
put-in-bay Offers special conference facilities and speakers
put-in-bay Develops and offers custom-designed Aquatic Workshop programs for grades 4 through adult with over 5,000 participants annually.

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Put-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals

South Bass Island State Park


On a hot summer day, renting a jet ski is a great way to cool off. The rental office is open weather permitting from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. Also available is a public boat ramp. back to menu

Saunders Resort Golf Course

Catawba Avenue


Saunders Golf Course features a 9-hole par three and four challenge for golfers of all ages. This is a walking course and golf carts rented or private are not permitted on the course. back to menu

Island Tour Train

Departs from the downtown


A great way to see and learn about the island is a narrated ride aboard the island tour train. This one-hour tour of the sites and history of Put-in-Bay makes stops at numerous island attractions and shares a wealth of information. Adult fares are $8.00, kids 6-11 are $1.50 and children under 6 are free. back to menu

Put-In-Bay Hatchery Visitor's Center


The Division of Wildlife operates an aquatic resource visitor's center at Put-In-Bay, previously the Division's Put-In-Bay Fish Hatchery. The hatchery was one of the oldest fish hatcheries in the nation. As an aquatic resource education facility, the center offers island visitors a chance to learn about Lake Erie's aquatic environment. The center is open to the public from late May through September.  back to menu

Perry's Cave

Located Mile from downtown

Catawba Avenue


Perry's Cave, registered as on Ohio Natural Landmark, is a NATURAL limestone cave steeped in historical tradition.

put in bay The cave lies 52 feet below the surface of South Bass Island in Lake Erie.
put in bay The discovery of the cave, in 1813, is credited to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the Battle of Lake Erie.
put in bay The cave is 208 feet long by 165 feet wide; the walls, ceiling and floor are heavily encrusted with calcium carbonate deposited by centuries of water dripping from the ceiling.
put in bay The temperature remains in the vicinity of 50

Descending from the shop area, tours are at frequent intervals. The average tour takes 20 minutes, but you may need to allow longer because our courteous and knowledgeable guides talk to you, not at you. A light wrap and comfortable walking shoes with rubber soles are suggested. back to menu

Heineman Winery

978 Catabwa Avenue



A must see on any trip to Put-in-Bay is the Heineman Winery. Operating since 1888, the winery features tours, a wine garden and the Crystal Cave, the world's largest geode. Tours are available at a cost of $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children 6-11. A complimentary glass of wine or grape juice is given with each tour. Younger children are admitted free. back to menu


War of 18 Holes

Located at Perry's Cave


Located in front of Perry's cave, this 18-hole miniature golf course is sure to provide a challenge for the entire family. Test your putting skills and see who is victorious in your War of 18 Holes. back to menu

South Bass Island State Park


An Ohio State Parks system, this family campground features 125 non-electric sites, and 10 full service sites with electric, water, and sewer hook-ups. The campground offers flush toilets, showers, and a dump station. Pet camping is permitted on designated sites. There is a boat ramp, swimming, and picnic area and is a great afternoon destination for a family picnic. back to menu

Put-in-Bay Raceway

Delaware Avenue

Compete with remote control cars on a specially constructed banked track. Great Fun for all ages. For only $2.00 per racer you can challenge up to 4 other racers to a 2 1/2 minute race on our oval track. Located behind the Boathouse Bar and Grill. back to menu

The Butterfly Museum

Catawba Ave at Perry's Cave

Put-in-Bay's newest family attraction opened in 2004, the Put in Bay Butterfly Museum at Perry's Cave. This unique habitat features a large variety of Butterflies and is divided into three separate rooms or environments. While visiting Put-in-Bay step into the world of Butterflies, a great family experience. Just take a taxi or rent a golf cart and enjoy this unique Put-in-Bay attraction. back to menu

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