Put-in-Bay is a village located on South Bass Island in Put-in-Bay Township, Ottawa County, Ohio, United States 35 miles (56 km) east of Toledo. The population was 138 at the 2010 census. Put-in-Bay, Ohio island is the crown jewel amongst the Bass Islands and is a true island in that you will need to take the Put-in-Bay Ferry to reach us. Once on the island, you will enjoy a wide variety of dining options from casual to upscale, shopping, and of course adventure. Lake Erie Island walking trails and nature preserves are perfect for nature walks and sightseeing.
Residents and tourists alike delight in the diverse range of activities Put in Bay has to offer. This scenic village is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise. Hike the island and take in the natural surroundings—or rent a bike, and coast from one destination to the next! If you love the water, you’re in luck—kayaking, jet-skiing, canoeing, boating and fishing are all available. When you feel like setting foot on solid land again, play a round of golf—or stake a tent and spread out a picnic blanket at serene South Bass Island State Park. Want to see Put-in-Bay from a different perspective? Take a biplane or helicopter ride, and get airborne!
Explorers love mining for gemstones at Perry’s Cave—a natural limestone cave, open to the public—meandering through the beautiful butterfly house, seeing the breathtaking Crystal Cave—the world’s largest geode—and visiting the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, a stunning, pink granite structure, and the largest Doric column in the world.
For history buffs and naturalists, the Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum, Aquatic Resource Center, Chocolate Museum (who knew history tasted so good?), Alaskan Birdhouse Wildlife Museum and Antique Car Museum don’t disappoint—and vinophiles (along with thirsty hikers, cyclists, and sightseers) can quaff a glass of the island’s finest, at the renowned Put-in-Bay and Heineman wineries.
When the sun sets on Put in Bay, the nightlife comes alive. Bars, clubs, pubs and breweries offer drinking, dancing and dining, in keeping with the party atmosphere that permeates this small, yet vibrant, island community.
Hungry celebrants can refuel in one of Put in Bay’s many restaurants, which run the gamut from casual to fine dining—or settle in at a hotel, motel, inn, cottage, or bed and breakfast. And if you’d rather shop till you drop than dance the night away, you’re in luck—specialty shops abound in downtown Put-in-Bay. You’ll find everything from attire, jewelry and books, to toys, eyewear, memorabilia and more. It’s a refreshing departure from big boxes and big brands.
Lake Erie fishing for perch and walleye is some of the best in the United States and anglers flock to Put-in-Bay from all over the Midwest to catch daily limits of these highly prized delicious fish. In the winter months, the ice fisherman and their shanties can be seen for miles on the ice harvesting their catch. Boaters enjoy the modern and ample Put-in-Bay docks with daily and overnight rates. Fuel service and mooring balls are also available.
Put-in-Bay Weather is like much of the rest of the Northern Ohio area however the Fall tends to be a little warmer than the mainland due to the gentle breezes that push the warm air of the waters of Lake Erie across the island. While we like to think that it is always a beautiful sunny day at Put-in-Bay, there are those occasional days when the wind and rain pop up and move the party indoors.