The Victorian era village of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island has been attracting visitors for nearly 150 years. Hundreds of thousands travel here annually to enjoy family fun activities, outdoor recreation and a large variety of special events.
Many start out with a narrated tour on the Island Tour Train. For those wishing to go at their own pace there are golf carts, scooters, and bicycles to rent. Families will find plenty to keep the kids entertained including a butterfly house, miniature golf, gem mining, cave tours, arcades, a carousel, and go-kart racing.
History enthusiasts won’t want to miss Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. The National Park Service manages this site that includes a visitors center and frequent interpretive programs offered by park rangers. Many other historical offerings document island history and heritage.
Outdoor recreational activities include charter fishing, boat/personal watercraft rentals, a nine-hole golf course, kayaking, and parasailing. There are numerous shopping spots and art galleries on the island along with a wide selection of restaurants and pubs to please every taste and budget. There are even two wineries and a microbrewery.
Of course, Put-in-Bay is also known for its exciting and varied music scene and more than a dozen establishments offer daily entertainment.
A range of lodging opportunities are available; see lodging charts for options. Many properties specialize in accommodating large groups for family reunions, company meetings, weddings and other events.