Official Put-in-Bay Island, Ohio: Vacation & Travel Guide

About Put-in-Bay Island

Your perfect Put-in-Bay Island getaway is waiting for you.

Put-in-Bay is a quaint village located on South Bass Island in Put-in-Bay Township, Ottawa County, Ohio, United States. Many people believe that the name originates from some early maps of South Bass Island that showed the main harbor being named Pudding Bay, probably because it was shaped like a pudding sack used by sailors. The official population was 128 as of the 2000 census. Put-in-Bay played a significant role in the War of 1812 as the location of the squadron of U.S. naval commander Oliver Hazard Perry, who sailed from the port on September 10, 1813 to engage a British naval squadron just north of the island in the famous Battle of Lake Erie. Put-in-Bay is a popular summer resort and recreational destination. Ferry service connects the community with Catawba Island, Kelleys Island, Port Clinton, Loraine, and Sandusky, Ohio.

Couple relaxing on the beach

A vacation packed full of Island adventure

The island's primary industry is currently tourism and for most of its history has been tourism. The tourist season runs roughly between April and October with peak visitation in July. The most common methods of transportation to and from the island are via ferry boat, propeller-driven aircraft and private boat. Boat docks and a municipal airport service visitors daily.

Take a deep, warm Island breath

Visitors step back in time with Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry to learn about the Battle of Lake Erie at Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial Visitors Center and the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum. Come and explore the world's largest geode at Heineman's Crystal Cave or discover South Bass Island's underground river, lake and tour at Perry's Cave Amusement Complex. Honeymooners and romantics take in the magnificence of our island sunsets while strolling along the walks and pathways of our beautiful downtown harbor and DeRivera park area. Weekday and weekend boaters can dock in the heart of it all at a number of public and private docks and are just steps away from fabulous boutiques, excellent restaurants, live entertainment and spirited taverns. Families and visitors will also have the opportunity to enjoy a multitude of other attractions including Heineman's winery, The Butterfly House, putt-putt golf, historical homes & tours, the Chocolate Museum, wildlife museum, an antique carousel, a nine hole par-3 golf course, multiple jet-ski rentals, boat rentals, parasailing, kayaking, and the Put-in-Bay Resort's Convention Center.