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Antique Car Museum

Antique Car Museum

Put-in-Bay's Antique Car Museum showcases an impressive collection of Model T Fords and vintage snowmobiles that make their home on South Bass Island. Head to downtown Put-in-Bay every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. to watch a parade of the antique cars and catch candy tossed out to the crowd of bay visitors. Admission to this Put-in-Bay attraction is free.
 
Address: 979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2405  |  Website:
 
Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave

South Bass Island is home to the world's largest geode, otherwise known as Crystal Cave on Put-in-Bay. Tours are offered down into the cave, 40 feet below the Earth's surface seven days a week for $6 ($3 for children). Located one mile from downtown Put-in-Bay at Heineman's Winery.
 
Address: 978 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2811  |  Website:
 
Aquatic Center

Aquatic Center

At the Put-in-Bay Aquatic Visitors Center, the whole family can learn about the marine life living around the Lake Erie Islands. With the free fishing equipment, public dock, and no license needed, everyone is welcome to fish the bay! The Ohio Division of Wildlife runs this center, which is complete with live fish displays, hands-on exhibits, the history of the center as the former state hatchery, and a children's playroom. Open from late May to September. Free admission.
 
Address: 1 Peach Point Rd., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-3701  |  Website:
 
Gemstone Mining

Gemstone Mining

Visitors to Perry's Cave Family Fun Center can pan for treasure at this Put-in-Bay attraction! After purchasing a bag of rough mix, run water over it and begin to sift - you'll discover real gems and fossils. Uncut geodes are also available to be bought, then cut by Perry's Cave staff while you watch!
 
Address: 979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2405  |  Website:
 
Butterfly House at Pib

Butterfly House at Put in Bay

The Butterfly House at Put-in-Bay is home to more than 500 types of butterflies from the Ohio islands and around the world. Wander through the beautiful gardens to observe the butterflies in their natural habitat on South Bass Island. Educational presentations are available from the Butterfly House staff for no extra charge. Admission is $7.00 ($4.00 kids).
 
Address: 979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2405  |  Website:
 
Historical Museum

Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum

This beautiful and educational three-building museum is dedicated to the rich history of the Lake Erie Islands and Put-in-Bay. Walk through the Transportation Building filled with boats or view the models of some of the greatest ships to sail Lake Erie. Learn about the demise of the Hotel Victory, the Ohio islands winemaking industry and island genealogy. Check the calendar for children's events, lectures, tours and Elderhostels. Admission is $2.00 or $5.00 for an entire family.
 
Address: 25 Town Hall Place, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2804  |  Website:
 
Chocolate Museum

Chocolate Museum

The Chocolate Museum is a must for any chocoholic visiting Put-in-Bay! Stop by to learn about the history of chocolate, including where it grows and how it is made. More than 100 kinds of fine chocolate are on sale, as are coffees that are roasted right on the island.
 
Address: 820 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-734-7114  |  Website:
 
Osu Stone Labs

OSU Stone Labs

Address: 878 Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-5463  |  Website:
 
Dirivera Park

DeRivera Park

This beautiful park in downtown Put-in-Bay is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view of Lake Erie or people-watch on Delaware Avenue. Get lunch to go from one of the island's fantastic restaurants and eat at one of the picnic tables. Kids will have fun on the playground and climbing on the cannons. Learn about Put-in-Bay's history from the various memorials and statues around the park. Public bathhouse is available for use.
 
Address: Located in front of the Jet Express, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2076  |  Website:
 
Perry'S Victory And Int'L Peace Memorial

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial

South Bass Island is proud to be home to the Perry Peace Memorial and Visitors Center at Put-in-Bay. The memorial honors Oliver Hazard Perry and the battle in Lake Erie that was crucial to the American victory in the War of 1812. By taking an elevator up 317 feet, visitors are treated to a view of all of Put-in-Bay and the other Ohio islands. Don't miss a film about the war, a gift shop, and living history demonstrations put on by island park rangers.
 
Address: Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2184  |  Website:
 
Fort Amaze'N

Fort Amaze'n

Race the clock - or your friends and family - at Fort Amaze'n, Put-in-Bay's maze challenge at Perry's Cave Family Fun Center. Visitors mark their times as they start the maze, then race to find special stops before finding the exit. An observation tower over the maze gives people the chance to cheer their friends on as they try to find their way out of this island attraction!
 
Address: 979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2405  |  Website:
 
Pib Jet Ski

Put-in-Bay Jet Ski

Jet skiing in Put-in-Bay can be a wonderful way to enjoy the sights and see our little part of beautiful Lake Erie. Call for special "Early Bird" discounts on rates and tours! Kids ride free with paid adult. There are half-hour, full hour, and jet ski tour rates offered. The closest jet ski rental to downtown Put-in-Bay, within walking distance of all the main hotels!
 
Address: Next to Bayshore Resort, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-7427  |  Website:
 
Heineman Winery

Heineman Winery

Heineman's Winery, which has been making wine on the island for more than 100 years, offers tours of Put-in-Bay's winery, as well as wine and grape juice tasting in their beautiful wine garden. It is also home to Crystal Cave, the world's largest geode. Visitors can tour the awe-inspiring cave, which kept the winery running during Prohibition when wine couldn't be produced. Admission is $6.00 ($3.00 kids).
 
Address: 978 Catawba Ave, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2811  |  Website:
 
Stonehenge Historic Home Tour

Stonehenge Historic Home Tour

Stonehenge Historic Home gives Put-in-Bay visitors a look at life on South Bass Island during the 1800s. The self-guided cassette tours of these National Register of Historic Places guide you through the stone farmhouse, wine press cottage, wine cellar, winter display area and landscaped grounds. The gift shop has some of Put-in-Bay's most unique souvenirs on the island. Open daily 11:00-5:00.
 
Address: 808 Langram Rd., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2585  |  Website:
 
Kayak The Bay

Kayak the Bay

If you can ride a bike, you can kayak - this is an activity that's fun for the whole family. Kayak the Bay offers single and double sit-on-top and sit-in kayaks for cruising Lake Erie around the Ohio islands. Stay in the harbor or go on an adventure around the island. Floats, water bikes and ski tubes are also available for rent. Located one block from the Jet Express.
 
Address: 760 Bay View Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-967-0796  |  Website:
 
Tour Train

Tour Train

There's no better way to learn some Ohio history and see South Bass Island than riding the Put-in-Bay Tour Train around the bay. For $10 for adults and $3.50 for kids, you can learn about the Lake Erie Islands and have the option of stopping at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, Heineman Winery and Crystal Cave, and Perry's Cave Family Fun Center.
 
Address: The Depot, Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
Phone: 419-285-4855  |  Website:
 
Kimberly'S Carousal

Kimberly's Carousal

You can hear the carnival-esque music from this 1917 Herschel carousel from down the street. Kimberly's Carousel is one of the last merry-go-rounds in operation in the country, and South Bass Island is proud to be its home! Take a ride on a chicken, pig, rooster, cow or the island favorite - Pete the Perch. Tickets can be purchased inside The Carriage House for $1.50.
 
Address: Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2212 |  Website:
 
Put-In-Bay Parasail

Put-in-Bay Parasail

Parasailing is a spectacular way to see Put-in-Bay from a 600-foot towline. Taking off and landing on boats equipped with flight decks, you stay dry! Or, on especially hot days, you have the option of getting wet in Lake Erie if you choose. Parasailing is safe and fun for ages 3 and up. No experience or athletic ability required. Located one block from the Jet Express dock.
 
Address: The Boardwalk Dock, Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-3703  |  Website:
 
Perry'S Cave

Perry's Cave

Take a tour of one of Put-in-Bay's most well known historical attractions. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry discovered Perry's Cave on South Bass Island during the War of 1812. The underground lake in the cave provided his men with fresh drinking water. Visitors can take tours of Put-in-Bay's secret limestone cave, which last about 20 minutes. Bring a sweatshirt or jacket - it's about 50 degrees down there! Admission is $7.50 ($4.50 kids).
 
Address: 979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2405  |  Website:
 
Pib Raceway

Put in Bay Raceway

Compete with remote control cars on a specially constructed banked track at the Put-in-Bay Raceway. Great fun for all ages. For only $2.00 per racer, you can challenge up to four other Bay racers to a 2 1/2 minute race on the oval track. These little cars reach speeds of more than 50 miles per hour, which is the fastest you can drive on South Bass Island!
 
Address: Delaware Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-555-1212  |  Website:
 
Put-In-Bay Watercraft

Put-in-Bay Watercraft

Putt-in-Bay Watercraft Rentals, located at the end of Catawba Avenue in South Bass Island State Park, offers visitors to Put-in-Bay water rides for the entire family. Come enjoy a water vista like no other during your island adventure. Jet skis, wave runners, fishing boats, dinghies and kayaks are available. Refreshments sold nearby at the top of the hill.
 
Address: 1523 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2628  |  Website:
 
Put-In-Bay Yacht Club

Put-in-Bay Yacht Club

Address: Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-4505  |  Website:
 
Saunders Resort Golf Course

Saunders Resort Golf Course

Saunders Golf Course, located near South Bass Island State Park, features a 9-hole par three and four challenge for golfers of all ages. The course is nestled on 19 acres of the wooded area of Put-in-Bay. Saunders golf course has a rating of 35 and slope rating of 150. Golf club rental is available on site.
 
Address: Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-3917  |  Website:
 
South Bass Island State Park

South Bass Island State Park

The South Bass Island State Park is a great place to camp, but there's plenty to do for Put-in-Bay visitors who aren't staying there. Find a stone beach, temporary dockage, jet ski rentals, a refreshment stand, volleyball, umbrella picnic tables, a playground, fishing pier, glacial grooves and the ruins of the Hotel Victory to explore. The park has an amazing view of Lake Erie, especially for sunsets, and is an overall great destination for everyone.
 
Address: 1523 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2112  |  Website:
 
Adventure Bay

Adventure Bay

The long anticipated Adventure Bay Amusement Park opened to the public last year and was great fun and adventure for guests of all ages. Just a few of the attractions include a redemption Arcade, Video Games and Ride Simulators, Brunswick's Virtual Bowling Lanes, Animaland Stuff your own Collectible Animal, Water Blaster Bumper Boats, Water Wars, Batting and Soccer cages, Sport fishing Simulator, remote control boats, kiddie rides and an electric go cart track!!
 
Address: Toledo Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-4263  |  Website:
 
War Of 18 Holes

War of 18 Holes

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. Don't miss the opportunity to learn historical facts about Put-in-Bay's role in the War of 1812.
 
Address: 979 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Phone: 419-285-2405  |  Website: