10 Family-friendly things to do on Put-in-Bay

1. The boat ride to the island

Whether you take the Jet Express or Miller Ferry to Put-in-Bay, kids just have fun on the boat ride alone!

2. Rent a Golf Cart and explore!

Leave the car on the mainland and create your own adventure on the island by renting a golf cart for the day.

3. Get an up close look at Lake Erie's Ecosystem

Aquatic Visitors Center is a free hands-on experience where families can learn about Lake Erie through interactive exhibits.

  • Investigate Lake Erie’s complex ecosystem through hands-on science activities, such as peering through microscopes and identifying the lake’s tiniest inhabitants
  • Observe live Lake Erie fish species
  • Discover current research being done to protect Lake Erie
  • Examine how the fish hatchery operated and see some of the original equipment
  • Ask Aquatic Visitors Center experts your Lake Erie questions

Children 16 and under are invited to fish from the docks free with equipment provided by the center.

The center is open 11 a.m. — 5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, June 20 — August 18 and admission is free.

4. Become a cave explorer, see butterflies, and more

Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center has activities for families with children of all ages.

  •  View stalagmites, stalactites, and cave pearls up close as you explore 52 feet below the surface of South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay) in a natural limestone cave.
  • Over 50 species of butterflies live in the Butterfly House at  Put-in-Bay. Enjoy the relaxing environment or test your skills and try to identify all of the butterflies.
  •  18- hole miniature golf course.
  • Gemstone and fossil mining.
  •  Challenge yourself to Put-in-Bay’s only giant maze. You can work as a team or take on the challenge yourself.
  • Race to the top of the rock climbing wall at Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center.

5. Visit the Monument

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is the iconic Doric column that rises 352 feet. Learn about the Battle of Lake Erie or climb the curving stone steps to the top for amazing views of the region.

6. South Bass Island State Park

South Bass Island State Park is a 33-acre park with access to Lake Erie and is a great place for families.

Things to do during your visit:

  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Swimming beach
  • Picnic
  • Watercraft rental

7. The Put-in-Bay Tour Train

The Put-in-Bay Tour Train is a one-hour well-narrated informational tour that takes you across 80% of the island. Guests will learn little-known facts and the history of Put-in-Bay.

8. Parasailing

Get a birds-eye view of the Lake Erie shores and island with one of the islands parasailing charters.

9. Go for a hike

Put-in-Bay has a number of walking trails for your family to explore.  Including the Jane Coates Wildflower Trail a half mile loop trail with views of wildflowers and migrating songbirds and the Dodge Woods Preserve.

10. The Put-in-Bay Candy Bar

The Put-in-Bay Candy Bar has a variety of sweets! Fudge, ice cream, chocolate covered bacon it’s the perfect spot for a summertime treat.

11. Kimberly’s Carousel in downtown Put-in-Bay

One of the most unique attractions at the Bay is Kimberly's Carousel. This carousel, built in 1917, is one of less than…

Posted by Put in Bay Ohio Fun on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

In the heart of downtown PIB sits a 1917’s carousel.  Kimberly’s Carousel in downtown Put-in-Bay is “one of the last merry-go-rounds in operations in the country.”

Take a ride on a chicken, pig, rooster, cow or the island favorite – Pete the Perch.

Tickets are only $1.50