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

Put-in-Bay Frequently Asked Questions

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Put in Bay Ohio offers travelers many options for a relaxing vacation. Put-in-Bay's most frequently asked questions may be found along with answers at Putinbay.com. If your questions are not answered here just e-mail us.
 
 


What do I need to bring for my stay in a rental home?

What is your operating season?

How far are you from Cedar Point?

How far in advance should I make my reservation?

Do your properties have a minimum stay?

How do I get to Put in Bay Island?

What's island weather like?

Should I bring my car to the island?

Do I need a driver's license to rent a golf cart?

How old do you have to be to rent a moped?

Where's the best place to eat?

What time do the bars close?

Can I walk from bar to bar with a drink?

Can I bring alcohol to my hotel room or rental home?

Which entertainers are playing when?

Do the docks take reservations?

Do I need reservations for the ferries?

What if I miss the last ferry?

Is there a grocery store on the island?

Does Put in Bay have a school?

How many people live on the island year round?

How do you get to the island in the winter?









What do I need to bring for my stay in a rental home?

Bring any items you may need, such as: paper plates/cups, utensils, paper towels, etc.

What is your operating season?

Our season begins April 1 and ends Halloween weekend. There are people who visit the island during the off season and go ice fishing for walleye and perch.

How far are you from Cedar Point?

Both ferry lines can be reached from Cedar Point in about 20 minutes.

How far in advance should I make my reservation?

Island properties book up very quickly, especially for weekend stays, so it is suggested that you make your reservation as early as possible. Call us at (216) 898-1105 or visit our accommodations page to book a property.

Do your properties have a minimum stay?

Weekends require a two-night minimum; holiday weekends require a tree-night minimum. There is not a minimum require for midweek stays (Sunday through Thursday nights) when Sunday is not part of a holiday weekend.

How do I get to Put in Bay Island?

The Jet Express and Miller Ferry both run from the mainland to the island. For more information, check out our transportation page.

What's island weather like?

The weather on Put in Bay is similar to other communities on Ohio's north coast. A light jacket or sweater is suggested for fall and spring evenings. Current weather and a 10-day forecast are available in our weather section (link to weather.com page with PIB zip code). Don't forget that no matter the weather outside, it never rains inside our great restaurants and bars!

Should I bring my car to the island?

We strongly recommend that you do NOT bring your car to Put in Bay. Besides the hassle of getting your car to the island - including paying for it to go on the ferry and waiting in line for up to four hours to get it on the ferry - the parking is very limited on the island. Once you get to the island, a car isn't even really necessary. Most attractions are within walking distance, but there are also plenty of taxis and buses that will take you anywhere you need to go, as well as golf carts, bikes and mopeds to rent.

Do I need a driver's license to rent a golf cart?

Yes! Golf carts are treated as licensed motor vehicles on the island. This also means that all driving laws apply, including open container laws and drinking and driving. Delaware Carts (link to www.putinbayrentals.com/carts.htm) rents to licensed drivers 18 years old and up. If you are under 18 but have a valid license, a parent or guardian can rent a cart for you to use.

How old do you have to be to rent a moped?

You must be at least 18 years old.

Where's the best place to eat?

That's a tough one! There are all kinds of different foods to choose from. Most places either post menus in their windows or will let you stop in and glance over them to see if they have what you're looking for.

What time do the bars close?

Most places close around 1:30 a.m. For late night, visit The Brewery or The Skyway. The bars at St. Hazards Resort on Middle Bass Island are open later as well.

Can I walk from bar to bar with a drink?

NO! Just like anywhere in Ohio, there is an open container law. No alcoholic beverages may leave an establishment with a liquor permit. This law is very strictly enforced!

Can I bring alcohol to my hotel room or rental home?

Yes. All the rentals featured on www.putinbay.com allow you to bring beverages to your own hotel room or rental home. However, leave the alcohol at home or in your hotel room - it may not be brought to island bars or pools, as those are considered part of the liquor permit premises. There is no liquor store on the island, but beer and wine can be purchased here at carryouts for prices that are comparable to those on the mainland.

Which entertainers are playing when?

Check out the entertainer page at www.putinbay.com for a complete schedule of bands.

Do the docks take reservations?

City docks are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for boat dockage. Duggan's Dock accepts reservations; contact them at (419) 285-4900.

Do I need reservations for the ferries?

Nope! Our ferries can transport up to 300 people per trip. If you plan on taking your car across, reservations are suggested.

What if I miss the last ferry?

This is not a good situation to be in! Last-minute lodging can be difficult - if impossible - to find.

Is there a grocery store on the island?

Yes! There is a full-service grocery store on Catawba Avenue and a drive-through beverage store that has beer and wine on Hartford Avenue next to the Boathouse Bar and Grill.

Does Put in Bay have a school?

There is a K-12 school downtown.

How many people live on the island year round?

There are about 480 full-time residents of Put in Bay.

How do you get to the island in the winter?

When the ferryboats aren't running, there are several charter airlines that fly in and out of Put in Bay airport. A few brave souls will risk driving their cars, snowmobiles or 4-wheelers across the lake during cold winters.