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Top 10 things to do in the spring

  • Fresh morning coffee on the patio or sunporch
  • Jane Coats Wildflower Trail
  • Binoculars and Birding
  • Perry’s International Peace Memorial observation deck
  • Flowering trees, tulips, and daffodils
  • Welcoming walks and bicycle rides
  • The soothing sounds of wildlife returning
  • Herons perched on downtown docks
  • Cool lake water lapping
  • Lounging at the inn with a good book

Top 10 things to do in the summer

  • East Point sunrises
  • A DeRivera Park bench for people watching
  • Miniature golf
  • Historical tram tours
  • Ohio State Fish Hatchery/Gibraltar Island tour/Stone Lab
  • “Paid” boat rides
  • Biking around Bay Shore to the West Shore
  • Hiking into Cooper’s Woods & Massy’s Nature Preserve
  • Boardwalk lowering of the flag ceremony
  • Old ramp sunsets

Top 10 things to do in the fall

  • Harvest colors and the aroma of vine ripened grapes
  • Shorts and sweatshirt weather
  • Graveyard meanderings
  • S’mores around the fire pit
  • Milky Way stars dancing across the northern sky
  • Crisp morning walks
  • Biplane rides
  • Oak Point lookout, Ohio’s smallest state park
  • South Bass Island Lighthouse bench
  • A bicycle built for two

Top 10 places to eat on Put-in-Bay

  • The Old Forge
  • The Boathouse
  • The Boardwalk & Upper Deck
  • The Reel Bar
  • Topsy Turvy
  • Hooligan’s
  • Mama Maria’s
  • Mossbacks
  • The Goat
  • The Brewery

Top 10 places to drink on Put-in-Bay

  • Mojito Bay
  • The Goat Beer Garden
  • Hooligans
  • The Reel Bar
  • Bay Shore Resort Tiki Bar
  • Round House
  • Frosty Bar
  • The Red Moon
  • Topsy Turvy
  • The Boardwalk

How to get to Put-in-Bay

There is no bridge to South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay, Ohio), but it is not difficult to cross to the Lake Erie Islands. You can arrive on one of the two ferryboat lines, fly with Griffing Flying Service or Island Air Taxi on a small commercial aircraft or arrive in your own personal boat or plane.

The Miller Boat Line (passenger & vehicle ferry) departs from Catawba Point and arrives at the southern end of the island. The Jet Express (passenger only ferry) departs from Port Clinton or Sandusky and arrives in downtown Put-in-Bay.

The Put-in-Bay Airport is located on the southeast side of the island. There are numerous taxi services available in the summer and will take you anywhere on the island for $3 per person. The Taxis normally wait at each ferry dock to meet each boat. If you fly in, you can ask for assistance in calling for cab service.