Why Everyone In Ohio Should Visit This One Tiny Town

Put-In-Bay is a small town located on South Bass Island with a population of only about 140, as of the 2010 census. Don’t be fooled by its population though; this town has plenty to do and plenty to see. Here are a few highlights that make this town something everyone in Ohio should experience at least once:

Outdoor Adventures and Other Activities:


The activities here are seemingly endless. In addition to boating and fishing, watercraft rentals such as jet skis, jet boats, power boats and kayaks are available. (There’s always something to do out on the water here.) You can also camp at South Bass Island State Park or explore the woodlands, museums  and caves of the Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center, if you’d prefer an outdoor activity out of water.

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.)

Other popular locations and attractions to check out are The Butterfly House, Adventure Bay Amusement Park, the Antique Car Museum, the Chocolate Museum, Put-In-Bay Winery and Kimberly’s Carousel.



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. 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. Visitors can take 20-minute tours of the limestone cave. Admission is $8 and $4.50 for kids.  Other amenities near the cave include The Butterfly House, miniature golf, rock wall climbing, laser tag, gem stone mining and a human maze race.

For even more history, visit the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum, where you’ll learn all about the rich history of the Lake Erie Islands. The beautiful three-building museum features a Transportation Building filled with boats and models of some of the greatest ships to sail Lake Erie. Admission to the museum is $2.





Delicious dining abounds here. Popular dining options at Put-In-Bay include the Boathouse Bar & Grill, Big Mans Burrito Stand, Boardwalk Restaurant, Chicken Patio, Frosty’s Family Pizza & Bar, Put-in-Bay Pizza Company and Mr. Ed’s Bar & Grille.



In addition to motels and bungalows, the island features several beautiful inns, bed and breakfasts and guest houses that will charm you with their history and architecture. Some favorites are Ashley’s Island House, English Pines Bed & Breakfast and Harriet’s House. For more information, click here.

Have you ever been to Put-In-Bay? What did you enjoy most? What other small towns do you think everyone should visit in Ohio? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below!

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