Where are pets permitted on South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay)?

Hotels
– Bay Lodging (888.742.7929)

Campgrounds
– South Bass Island State Park (866.644.6727)

Vacation Rentals
– Birds Nest Resort (419.285.6119)
– Bormans Cottages (419.341.9640)
– Dave’s Rentals (419.285.2812)
– Put-in-Bay Cabins (440.967.3395)
– Saunder’s Cottages (419.285.3917
– The Wee Anchor (419.285.5055)

Parks
– DeRivera Park
– Oak Point Park
– South Bass Island State Park

Attractions
– Perry’s Family Fun Center (designated areas)
– Perry’s Memorial & Visitor Center Grounds (outside)
– Saunder’s Resort Golf Course

Restaurants
– Boardwalk Main Deck
– Frosty’s Backyard
– Joe’s Bar (patio only)
– The Goat (back patio only)
– Reel Bar (patio only)

Ferry
– Miller Ferry

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What are the prices for the ferries that take you to the Lake Erie islands?

Goodtime I Lake Erie Island Cruises

Goodtime I Lake Erie Island Cruises docked at Kelleys Island.

Goodtime Lake Erie Island Cruises
Jackson Street Pier, 109 W. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky
Daytime Island Hopping Cruise:
Enjoy a relaxing day on Lake Erie aboard the Goodtime I. Visit Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay. Live narration and a full-service snack and cocktail bar. ADA accessible. *Schedule subject to change, please call ahead.
Schedule: May 24-25; May 31 and Jun 1; Tues-Sat Jun 14-Aug 23; Aug 30-31. Boarding begins at 9 am; boat departs Sandusky at 9:30 am.
Rates: Adult (13-59 yrs): $27.54, Senior (60 yrs and older): $24.48, Child (5-12 yrs): $16.32, Child (5 yrs and under): Free. Reservations recommended. Group rates available for 20 or more.

The Jet Express is the only catamaran ferry on Lake Erie.

The Jet Express is the only catamaran ferry on Lake Erie.

Jet Express from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island
3 N. Monroe St., Port Clinton
Passenger-only ferry service from downtown Port Clinton to downtown Put-in-Bay aboard hydro jet catamarans.
Crossing time: 22 minutes.
Schedule: May 2-4, 9-11, 16-18 and Sept 19-Oct 26 Fri-Sun only; May 22-Sept 14 daily. Please check website for detailed schedule.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $33, Child (6-12 yrs): $6, Child (5 yrs and under): Free, Bicycle: $9. Prices subject to a temporary fuel surcharge.

Jet Express from Sandusky to Kelleys Island
101 W. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky
Passenger-only ferry service from downtown Sandusky to Kelleys Island aboard hydro jet catamarans. Free parking.
Schedule: May 23-26; May 30-Sept 1; Sept 5-7; Sept 12-14.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $33, Child (6-12 yrs): $9.50, Child (5 yrs and under): Free, Bicycle: $9. Group rates for 15 or more and season passes available. The Jet Express is also available for private charters. Prices subject to a temporary fuel surcharge.

Jet Express from Sandusky to Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island
101 W. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky
Passenger-only ferry service from downtown Sandusky to downtown Put-in-Bay (with a quick stop at Kelleys Island) aboard hydro jet catamarans. Free parking.
Schedule: May 23-26; May 30-Sept 1; Sept 5-7; Sept 12-14.
Round-trip rates: Adults: $39.50, Child (6-12 yrs): $11.50, Child (5 yrs and under): Free, Bicycle: $9, Group rates for 15 or more and season passes available. The Jet Express is also available for private charters. Prices subject to a temporary fuel surcharge.

Jet Express Inter-Island
Passenger-only ferry service between Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island.
Schedule: May 23-26; May 30-Sept 1; Sept 5-7; Sept 12-14.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $23, Child (6-12 yrs): $6, Child (5 yrs and under): Free, Bicycle: $9. Group rates for 15 or more and season passes available. The Jet Express is also available for private charters. Prices subject to a temporary fuel surcharge.

Jet Express Port Clinton Island Hopping
3 N. Monroe St., Port Clinton
Passenger-only ferry service from Port Clinton to Kelleys Island and Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) aboard hydro jet catamarans.
Schedule: May 23-26 and Sept 5-14 Fri-Sun only; May 30-Sept 1. Please check website for detailed schedule.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $47.50, Child (6-12 yrs): $9.50, Child (5 yrs and under): Free, Bicycle: $9. Group rates and season passes available. Prices subject to a temporary fuel surcharge.

Jet Express Sandusky Island Hopping
101 W. Shoreline Dr., Sandusky
Passenger-only ferry service from downtown Sandusky stopping at Kelleys Island and on to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) aboard hydro jet catamarans.
Schedule: May 23-26; May 30-Sept 1; Sept 5-7; Sept 12-14.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $47.50, Child (6-12 yrs): $13.50, Child (5 yrs and under): Free, Bicycle: $9, Group rates for 15 or more and season passes available. The Jet Express is also available for private charters. Prices subject to a temporary fuel surcharge.

Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line.

Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line.

Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line
510 W. Main St., Marblehead
The only passenger/vehicle ferry service between Kelleys Island and Marblehead runs daily year-round, weather permitting. There is a parking fee at the Marblehead dock
Schedule: Regular service available Apr-Dec, weather permitting. During peak season, ferries run every half-hour and offer late night service on weekends. Please call or check website for details.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $19, Senior (62 yrs and older): $16, Child (5-11 yrs): $12, Child (4 yrs and under): Free,
Automobile: $30, Motorcycles: $16, Bicycle: $6. Group rates available. Can accommodate tour busses, RVs, trucks, and tractor trailers for additional fee.

Middle Bass Ferry.

Middle Bass Ferry.

Middle Bass Ferry
341 Bayview Ave., Put-in-Bay
Ferry between South Bass and Middle Bass islands. Check out the Sun-Thurs special package and points of interest on Middle Bass. Dock is located at The Boardwalk on South Bass Island and the township dock on Middle Bass Island.
Schedule: Please check website for detailed schedule.
Rates: Please check website for rates.

Miller Ferries to Middle Bass Island
5174 E. Water St. (SR 53 N), Port Clinton
Offers daily passenger and auto transportation from Catawba. Reservations are not required for passengers. Vehicle reservations are required and may be made up to two weeks in advance, but must be made by 4 pm the prior day. No same day, round-trip vehicles on Sat, Sun, and holidays. Crossing time: 40-45 minutes depending on weather conditions. Can accommodate RVs, trailers, boats and tour buses for an additional fee. Free parking.
Schedule: Year-round service; weather permitting. Please call or check website for detailed schedule.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $19, Child (6-11 yrs): $6, Child (6 yrs and under): Free, Automobile: $43 (rate does not include passengers), Bicycle: $6, Group rates available.

Miller Boat Line.

Miller Boat Line.

Miller Ferries to Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island
5174 E. Water St. (SR 53 N), Port Clinton
Offers daily passenger and auto transportation from Catawba (SR 53 N). Departing every half-hour during peak times. Offering auto transportation. No vehicle reservations accepted; first-come, first-serve basis. No same day, round-trip vehicles on Sun or holidays. Vehicles leaving Put-in-Bay must be in line by 4 pm daily, 3 pm on Sun and holidays. Crossing time: 18 minutes depending on weather conditions. Shuttle bus and taxi available from the Miller dock on South Bass Island to downtown Put-in-Bay for a fee. Golf cart/bicycle rentals nearby. Can accommodate RVs, trailers, boats, and tour buses for an additional fee. Free parking.
Schedule: Year-round service; weather permitting. Please call or check website for detailed schedule.
Round-trip rates: Adult: $14, Child (6-11 yrs): $3, Child (6 yrs and under): Free,  Automobile: $30 (rate does not include passengers): Bicycle: $4, Group rates available.

Pelee Island Transportation Company
Jackson Street Pier, 109 W. Shoreline Dr.,  Sandusky
Passport required to enter Canada. Offers auto and passenger transportation from Jackson Street Pier in downtown Sandusky to Pelee Island. Must arrange overnight accommodations as ferry does not return in same day. Advance reservations required. Crossing time: 2 hrs to Pelee Island and 4 hrs to mainland.
Schedule: Please check website for schedule. Schedule subject to change, please call ahead.
One-way rates: Adult: $13.75 to Pelee Island, $21.25 to mainland (Kingsville or Leamington, ON)
Senior (65 yrs and older): $11.25 to Pelee Island, $17.50 to mainland (Kingsville or Leamington, ON)
Child (6-12 yrs): $6.75 to Pelee Island, $10.50 to mainland (Kingsville or Leamington, ON)
Child (5 yrs and under): Free
Bicycle (excluding rider): $6.50 to Pelee Island, $10.25 to mainland (Kingsville or Leamington, ON)
Motorcycle (excluding rider): $14.50 to Pelee Island, $22.75 to mainland (Kingsville or Leamington, ON)
Standard Vehicle: $30 to Pelee Island, $46.50 to mainland (Kingsville or Leamington, ON). Call for oversized vehicle rates; know length and height of vehicle at time of calling.

Where Can I Enjoy the Beach at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Catawba Nickel Plate Beach in Huron
Catawba Island State Park
4049 Moore’s Dock Rd.
419.734.4424
Stone beach, picnic shelter, picnic tables, grills, fishing pier, boat ramp. Pets permitted.

Huron
Lakefront Park
Park St.
419.433.8487
Sandy beach, restrooms, gazebo, picnic tables, grills, drinking fountain. Leashed pets permitted after 6 pm only.

Nickel Plate Beach
Nickel Plate Dr. (off US 6E.)
419.433.8487
Parking fee, sandy beach, picnic shelter, grills, playground, beach volleyball. Leashed pets permitted after 6 pm only.

Kelleys Island
Kelleys Island State Park
920 N. Division St.
419.746.2546  ohiodnr.com/parks
Sandy beach, playground, hiking trail, campground, shelter, fishing, launch ramp. Pets allowed in permitted areas. Must take a boat to get to the island.

Lakeside
Central Park Beach
236 Walnut Ave.
419.798.4461
Playground, splash pad, sandy beach. Gate fee required Memorial Day-Labor Day.

Marblehead
East Harbor State Park
1169 N. Buck Rd. (SR 269 N)
419.734.4424 ext. 2
Sandy beach, lifeguard, concession bath house, grills, restrooms, picnic tables, walking trails, bike path, fishing, camping nearby. Pets allowed in C and D areas only.

Port Clinton
Camp Perry
1000 Lawrence Rd.
888.889.7010
Available for public use; I.D. required. No pets permitted. Sand beach and fishing pier.

Port Clinton City Beach
E. Perry St. (SR 163 W)
Sandy beach, playground, picnic tables, basketball court, charcoal grills, restrooms. Pets permitted on leash.

Put-in-Bay/South Bass Island
South Bass Island State Park
1169 Catawba Ave.
419.734.4424
Stone beach, playground, campground, shelter, fishing, launch ramp. Pets permitted. Must take a boat to get to the island.

Sandusky
Cedar Point Beach
419.627.2350
Must pay admission to Cedar Point or Soak City, or be a guest at Hotel Breakers, Sandcastle Suites, Lighthouse Point Resort, or the Cedar Point Marina. Parking fee. Sandy beach, beach volleyball, lounge chairs, Jet Ski rentals, and restaurants nearby. Pets not permitted.

Vermilion
Main Street Beach
Main St. (off US 6)
440.204.2490
Sandy beach, observation deck, and benches. Near shops and restaurants. Concession stand. No pets allowed.

Sherod  Park Main Street Beach in Vermilion
US 6 & Coen Rd.
440.204.2490
Natural area, sandy beach, ball diamonds, picnic shelters, playgrounds, soccer field. No pets allowed.

For more information or to receive a copy of the Official Travel Planner to Cedar Point and the Lake Erie islands area, call 800.255.3743, 800.441.1271, or visit us online at SHORESandISLANDS.com.

Where can I enjoy fireworks during the Fourth of July in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands?

Fireworks display at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

Fireworks display at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio

July 3-4, 2015
4th of July Celebration
Cedar Point, Sandusky
419.627.2350
10:30 pm

July 3, 2015
Independence Day Celebration
Along the Riverbank, Downtown Oak Harbor
419.898.0479
A spectacular fireworks display at dusk.

July 4, 2015
Various locations, Port Clinton
Fireworks begin at dusk. Best viewing area is Waterworks Park.
419.707.9492

July 4, 2015
4th of July Fireworks
Lakeside Dock, Lakeside
866.952.5374
At approximately 9:45 pm or dusk, fireworks will offer a spectacular finale to the day (gate fees apply).

July 4, 2015
Fourth of July Fireworks!
Put-in-Bay
419.285.2832
Spectacular fireworks at dark (10 pm). Fireworks display over the downtown harbor; great views from Perry’s Monument and downtown.

July 4, 2015
Fireworks Cruise
Goodtime I, Sandusky
800.446.3140
Enjoy fireworks from the peaceful waters of Lake Erie. Call to make your reservation today.

July 4, 2015
Red, White & Blues Bang
Huron Boat Basin, Huron
10:30 pm

“Don’t Give Up The Ship” – Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial

Wind, water and history converge as an international flotilla of tall ships sails into Lake Erie’s western basin this August. Get an up close look at these ships in ports including Catawba Island, Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island, Port Clinton and Put-in-Bay. These communities will host festivals featuring tall ship tours, day sails, musical entertainment, historical re-enactors and more.
Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial
The events culminate with a full-scale re-enactment of the Battle of Lake Erie at the actual battle site near Put-in-Bay.

The following are just a few events planned for the Battle of Lake Erie Bicentennial Celebration. Click here to view a full list of events.

May 25, 2013
Salute to the Troops: Honoring War of 1812 Casualties
Perry’s Victory Visitor Center Lawn, Put-in-Bay
419.285.2184, 11:30 am
The National Park Service honors our nation’s service men and women with music, games and inspiring speakers on the back lawn of Perry’s Victory Visitor Center.

August 29-September 2, 2013
Tall Ships Challenge® Great Lakes 2013
Various locations in Ohio and Canada
419.285.2832
Celebrating the 200th anniversary of the major military events of the War of 1812 that took place in the Great Lakes. Tall Ships will dock in the communities of Catawba Island, Port Clinton, Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island, Put-in-Bay, and in several Canadian ports including Leamington, Kingsville, Amhurstburg, and Windsor. There will be a Tall Ship Bicentennial Parade on Sept 1 and a re-enactment of the Battle of Lake Erie featuring the Tall Ships on Sept 2.

August 30-September 1, 2013
Reenactment Village at Put-in-Bay
DeRivera Park, Downtown Put-in-Bay
419.285.2832, 9 am-5 pm
Featuring historical demonstrations, education, and crafts as well as food and craft vendors.

September 2, 2013
Battle of Lake Erie-Battle Reenactment
Put-in-Bay
440.349.3210, 12-2 pm
Experience history first hand in one of the largest celebrations ever to take place on Lake Erie. Join the crew or join the fleet. Take part in the battle as a tall ship crew member or as part of the fleet aboard your own vessel.

Top 8 Wineries to Visit at Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands

The tempering effect of Lake Erie provides ideal soil conditions for quality grape-growing. There are a number of wineries throughout Ohio and we’ve compiled a list of the top eight wineries in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands:

Firelands Winery
917 Bardshar Rd., Sandusky
419.625.5474, 800.548.9463
Wine has been made on this site since 1880. Stop by for a tour and a tasting of award-winning, estate bottled wines and browse through the gift shop.

Heineman Winery
978 Catawba Ave., Put-in-Bay
419.285.2811
Take a ferry boat to get to this island winery on Lake Erie. Founded in 1888, Heineman Winery is the oldest family owned winery in Ohio.

Hermes Vineyards & Winery
6413 S. Hayes Ave. (SR 4), Sandusky
419.626.8500
Hermes Vineyards estate bottled wines are produced from one of the largest viniferous vineyards in Ohio. Premium wines are served by the glass or bottle and a light menu is available. Open daily, year-round.

Kelley’s Island Wine Company
418 Woodford Rd., Kelleys Island
419.746.2678
This is one of the island’s most popular destinations. Wine tasting bar, gourmet bistro, full dinner menu available, deli, horseshoes, volleyball, children’s play area and gift shop.

Mon Ami Historic Winery & Restaurant
3845 E. Wine Cellar Rd., Port Clinton
800.777.4266
This is one of the oldest wineries in the Lake Erie islands region. Daily tours and wine tasting, live entertainment, banquet facilities, full service restaurant and gift shop.

Paper Moon Vineyards
2008 SR 60, Vermilion
440.967.2500
Just off SR 2 in the historic harbor town of Vermilion, Paper Moon Vineyards serves a selection of regional and viniferous wines. The tasting room offers a view of the vineyard, pond, woods and an occasional bald eagle. Call or check website for hours.

Put-in-Bay Winery
392 Bay View Ave., Put in Bay
419.285.3343
Sample regional island wines while relaxing in the wine garden or enjoying wonderful harbor views. A winery exhibit follows the grape seed from the ground to the bottle.

Quarry Hill Winery & Orchard
8403 Mason Rd., Berlin Heights
419.706.8005
Visit this winery and neighboring orchard market. Wines are an eclectic variety of grape and fruit specialties, made and grown on site. Outdoor seating is available.

Fourth of July Fireworks

Celebrate the Fourth of July with these fireworks displays scheduled in Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands region:

July 3, 2012
Oak Harbor Independence Day Celebration
Along the Riverbank in Downtown Oak Harbor
419.898.0479
Food, entertainment, Duck Race on the Portage River, kids games, 50/50 drawing, beer tent, and more all followed by a spectacular fireworks display at 10 pm.

July 4, 2012
Fireworks Display

Cedar Point Amusement Park, Sandusky
Excellent fireworks display. The best viewing areas include: Jackson Street Pier, Battery Marina, and Shoreline Park.

July 4, 2012
Fireworks!
Port Clinton
Fireworks beginning at 10 pm. Best viewing area is Waterworks Park.

July 4, 2012
4th of July Fireworks
Lakeside Dock, Lakeside
419.798.4461
lakesideohio.com
At approximately 9:45 pm, or dusk, fireworks will offer a spectacular finale to the day (gate fees apply).

July 4, 2012
Fourth of July Fireworks!
Put-in-Bay
The island business owners and Friends of the Bay will sponsor a spectacular fireworks program at dark. Fireworks display over the downtown harbor. Great views from Perry’s Monument and downtown.

July 4, 2012
Lake Erie Fireworks Cruise
Sawmill Creek Resort, Huron
Enjoy 4th of July fireworks (weather permitting) aboard the Sawmill Explorer. $12.95/person.

July 4, 2012
Fireworks Cruise
Goodtime I – Jackson Street Pier, Sandusky
4th of July Fireworks Cruise on board the Goodtime I. Departs Sandusky at 8:30 pm and will return a half hour after the show ends. Tickets are $15/person; children under 5 are free.

If you haven’t had your fill of fireworks for the year, check out the amazing fireworks display at 10:15 pm on Friday the 13th at the Huron Boat Basin during the Huron Riverfest.