Ohio February 13, 2017
The Day Trip Of A Lifetime You Can Only Take In Ohio
There’s so much to explore in Ohio. From the enchanted forests of the Hocking Hills to the rolling hills of Ohio Amish Country, there’s truly something for everyone when it comes to
day-trip destinations in Ohio.
When you want to really get away from it all for a day and see a side of Ohio you may not have ever seen before, however, consider visiting the Lake Erie Islands. It’s a lot easier than you think—and you can do it in just a day. Here’s the perfect itinerary for the day trip of a lifetime you can only take in Ohio:
You'll start your journey at Port Clinton, a quaint fishing town with a unique charm all its own. It's a safe harbor for Lake Erie boaters and the "Walleye Capital of the World."
No matter the time of year, you're likely to see marina after marina packed with fishing boats, people fishing from the pier and the catch of the day being sold at local restaurants and markets.
Port Clinton is also home to a unique park that’s perfect for the whole family. The African Safari Wildlife Park is a walk and drive-thru park that features exotic animals―many of which you can feed yourself.
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You'll find it at 267 S Lightner Road, Port Clinton, OH 43452.
After you've explored what you want to see in Port Clinton, you can take a ferry to South Bass Island, where you'll find Put-In-Bay.
Daily ferries travel to South Bass Island. Miller Ferry (pictured) one-way fares to Put-in-Bay are $7 for adults, $1.50 for children 6-11 and children 5 and younger are free.
The ferry ride takes about 20 minutes. (Trailer fares apply if you're taking a vehicle.)
There's so much to do at Put-In-Bay. No matter your interests, you'll find something to do here. Golf cart, moped and bicycle rentals are popular ways to get around the island.
An Island Tour Train is also available, costing $10 per person and $4 for kids. (Children 6 and under are free.)
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial and Visitors Center is a popular destination on the island. Admission to the center is free, and admission to get to the top of the monument is $3.
The monument honors Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry, who won one of the biggest victories in the War of 1812. This 352-ft. memorial became part of the National Park System in 1936 and was declared a National Monument by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Perry’s Cave is another one of Put-In-Bay’s most well known historical landmarks. Visitors can take 20-minute tours of the limestone cave. Admission is $8 and $4.50 for kids.
The cave was discovered by Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry during the war of 1812, and the underground lake in the cave provide him and his men drinking water.
Heineman's Winery and Crystal Cave is another truly unique attraction on the island. Crystal Cave is attached to the winery because workers discovered it in 1897 while digging a well for the winery.
Crystal Cave and Heineman’s Winery is located at 978 Catawba Avenue, Put-In-Bay, OH 43456.
What's so special about this beautiful cave is the fact that it's the world's largest celestite geode. It's made up of celestite crystals ranging anywhere from 8 to 18 inches long, is located 35 feet below the surface and is about 12,000-15,000 years old.
You can tour the cave for $8 per person and $4 per child every day from early May until late September, according to the winery's website.
After a day of adventure, be sure to take some time to relax on the shore and take in the view. <3
The Lake Erie Islands make an unforgettable day trip and weekend destination when you just need to get away for a little while.
Have you ever traveled to South Bass Island for a day? What would you recommend for someone who’s never been to Put-In-Bay? Share your thoughts and experiences with us!
And for more unique day trip ideas in Ohio, check out our previous article,
15 Unique Day Trips In Ohio That Are An Absolute Must-Do.