Lake Erie Islands
Every year, two million people annually discover the magic of the Bass Islands of Lake Erie, especially Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island. Transportation to Put-in-Bay usually occurs by ferry from Port Clinton, Ohio.
The name of the island comes from a phrase said by Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry in the 1800s during war with the British. When Perry was asked about a captured British fleet, he said “Put them in the bay.”
This two by four mile island boasts the nation’s third largest monument (www.nps.gov/pevi), named after Perry and an affordable, par three, nine-hole golf course plus several unique shops, restaurants and activities for all ages.
Most events and activities occur between April and October, but several events occur throughout the year, including an antique car parade on Sundays at 2 p.m.
Known as the “ Key West of the North", Put-in-Bay offers many attractions with free admission. The Aquatic Center has live fish exhibits plus kids can fish. Bait and tackle provided (Tues through Sat 10a.m. to 5 p.m.).
You can also take historic tours by foot or on a train (www. put-in-bay-trans.com ) or play putt-putt at “The War of 18 Holes.”
If you want to go underground for a while, Put-in-Bay has amazing caves full of new experiences. Perry’s Cave (www.perryscave.com) features a narrated tour. The Crystal Cave is home to the world’s largest recorded geode and is located beneath the historic Heineman Winery. Tours are also available. You can access www.ohiowine.com for more information.
are plentiful in Put-in-Bay and usually have free admission. You can
visit the antique car museum, the butterfly museum, the large Lake Erie
Island Historical Museum (www.leihs.org), and even a chocolate museum/café(www.chocolateohio.com).
If you’re looking for more adventures, you can try parasailing (www.putinbayparasail.com), go-karts (www.putinbayraceway.com), kayaking (www.kayakthebay.com) or “get wet on a jet” (www.pibjetski.com). Be sure to get hours, prices and availability.
Put-in-Bay also features one of the oldest yacht clubs on the Great Lakes (www.pibyc.org), home to the Inter-Lake Yachting Association's well established, annual Regatta. Other major annual events include the annual Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce 5-Iron Golf Classic.
Author: Michael Siebenaler for Toledo.com