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Top 10 Things to Do in a Day at Put in Bay

Spend a day in Put in Bay, Ohio and explore all it has to offer!

Put in Bay Ohio

Put in Bay AKA “Key West of the North,” is known for its entertainment scene, historic sites, and breathtaking water views.

Put in Bay is a four mile long island on the south shore of Lake Erie. The village was originally settled by Native Americans who used the island as a fishing and hunting base. In 1784, the village was named “Put-In-Bay” after the shape of its bay harbor.

Today, Put-In-Bay is a popular summer resort destination for tourists from all over the Midwest. The village has a variety of shops, restaurants, and bars, as well as several hotels and bed & breakfast inns.

There are also several historical attractions on the island, including Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, which commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

With so much to do it’s easy to fill up your day at Put in Bay, here are some suggestions that you might find helpful!

Miller Ferry to Put in Bay

Take the Miller Ferry

Check out the breathtaking views of Lake Erie as you coast across on the Miller Ferry. It takes just under 20 minutes to get to the island and is a super smooth ride.

Rent a Golf Cart

After you get off the ferry, head up the hill and take a right. You will find E’s carts to rent. This is a great to get around and explore the island. Plus, your feet will thank you, too!

Take a Stroll Along the Beach

Take time to relax after lunch and go for a walk along the beach and you listen to the Lake Erie waves hit the shore.

Perry's Monument at Put in Bay

Visit Perry’s Monument

Go inside and learn about the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812. Take the elevator to the top and check out the awesome views of the island and Lake Erie.

Get Lobster Bisque

The Boardwalk is the place to get the best lobster bisque. They even have other seafood options such as Mahi Mahi, Lobster Roll and more.

Check Different Species of Butterflies

The Butterfly House has well…butterflies. And lots of them. Explore the gardens and get a closer look at all the beautiful butterflies. Head on over to Perry’s Cave where there are lots of activities for the whole family from cave tours, miniature golf and more.

Wine Tasting at Heineman’s Winery

If you love wine, stop by the Heineman’s winery to do some tasting or get a tour. They even serve 3 ounce samples for $3 if you don’t want to buy a whole bottle. They also offer tours where you can learn more about the winery.

Swing at Mojito Bay

If you like a fun upbeat bar, Mojito Bay is happening where you can dip your feet in sand, swing on the swings and enjoy a good drink.

things to do in put in bay

Listen to Music

Enjoy the music outside at The Keys restaurant and bar. They have a live band with plenty of bars and places to hang out.

Things to do in a day at put in bay

Try the PB&J Drink

Get the PB&J drink at Claw Daddy’s at The Boardwalk (trust me on this one, it’s so good).

And when the night is over, take the Miller Ferry back!

If you are visiting with kids check out these things to do with kids at Put in Bay. Or if you doing a little getaway without the kids, check out these romantic things for couples to do at Put in Bay.

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