There is no need for a passport for your island getaway, when you have a beautiful island like Put-In-Bay. It is located in the Ottawa County, Ohio. You can catch the Miller Ferry from Catawba, Ohio.
The ride to the island takes about 20 minutes and is on a ferry that you can also take your vehicle on. There is a great observation area you can climb up and take your photos from.
What’s it like
Being from Michigan, we find Put-In-Bay to be a mix of 3 Michigan attractions: Mackinaw Island, Leland and the Suttons Bay area all rolled into one island.
When you arrive
Once you arrive, you walk up the hill (or request assistance to be drove up the hill) and it’s time to get your golf cart. It’s a long walk to get into town. Rent a golf cart. You could take a taxi, but I find it’s more convenient to have a golf cart at my leisure. Up the hill and around the corner to the right is E’s Golf Cart Rental. They take reservations. I had receive a confirmation about my cart reservation, which makes the rental process quick and easy. You do need to be 18 to drive a golf cart. I find it easier to rent a golf cart, than drive a vehicle on the island.
What to do
There are many things to do on the island. Make a plan of what you want to do in advance. In the summer time, Put-In-Bay has something going on just about every weekend, so pick the ones that work for you and plan your getaway.
Tour at your own pace
We went to Perry’s Cave and Family Center. This place works well for my kids and we enjoy visiting every time we are here. This time we went exploring in Perry’s Cave. This is a 20 minute tour underground. I recommend tennis shoes as it can be went walking and you will want traction on your feet. The tour was very interesting and we learned a lot about the limestone cave. My kids came up from the tour and wanted to buy everything in the shop, so bring money, there are a lot of cool things in the shop to take home as souvenirs.
We divided an concurred the rest of the family center, exploring the Fort A’Maze’n and miniature golf. We came back together and went and saw the butterflies in the garden. This is one of our favorite things to see. My son was disappointed no butterflies landed on him, but they were releasing new butterflies in the garden and they let my kids help release butterflies (they were super happy about this experience).
We toured and shopped down near the boardwalk. There are lots of shops to get your souvenirs at and lots of delicious food to eat. There is even a shop for chocolate!
If you are interested in helicopter rides, they have that on the island as well and many accommodations to stay on the island, including some fun bed and breakfasts.
What is your favorite thing to see at this backyard island getaway? What do you want to see on your visit to Put-In-Bay? Get your #LakeErieLove on!