Activities for All Ages at Put-in-Bay
Take a tour, tee up, enjoy a parade, hop on a carousel and more on South Bass Island.
1. Tee Up
At War of 18 Holes Miniature Golf, every hole offers a peek into the past with historical snapshots about Commodore Perry, the Battle of Lake Erie and War of 1812. This is just one of the many features at Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center, which also is home to a challenging life-sized maze, butterfly house, rock climbing wall, gemstone mining and more. perryscave.com
2. Take a Tour
At Heineman’s Winery, indulge in a combo tour of the Crystal Cave and Wine Cellar, which includes a 5-ounce glass of wine or grape juice. Crystal Cave is the world’s largest geode, discovered in 1897. During Prohibition when other wineries on the island closed, Heineman’s was able to stay open by offering tours of Crystal Cave. heinemanswinery.com
3. Line Up for the Parade
Every Sunday at 2 p.m. during summer months, a parade of antique cars from many eras winds its way around the streets of Put-in-Bay. Head to DeRivera Park for a great view, and pick up some old-fashioned treats at the nearby Candy Bar. After the parade, island car owners and local businesses take turns hosting a post-parade party. visitputinbay.com
4. Sky’s the Limit
From virtual bowling lanes, batting cages and soccer cages to bumper boats, go-kart racing, sand volleyball, cornhole, an arcade room and kiddie rides, Adventure Bay Amusement Park offers the perfect mix of fun and relaxation. Little ones will have fun stuffing their own collectible animal while adults lounge at a luxurious tiki-style bar and pool. visitputinbay.com
5. Blast from the Past
No trip to Put-in-Bay is complete without hopping on Kimberly’s Carousel, constructed in 1917 and one of the few remaining vintage carousels in the country. Hop on a zebra, horse, pig, chicken, or wait and catch a ride with Pete the Perch! carriagehousepib.com
6. Get on the Water
Kayak the Bay (kayakthebay.net) offers a variety of ways for visitors to explore the shores of Put-in-Bay. Rent single or double sit-in or sit-on-top kayaks, as well as paddleboards. Get directions on where to go or request a guide and take advantage of some of the most breathtaking views with a sunset tour.
More experienced kayakers are encouraged to take the adventurous 1-mile paddle from Put-in-Bay to Middle Bass Island. Pull up on Middle Bass State Park and take in the intimacy and solace of this hidden gem. While you’re there, tour the refurbished Lonz Winery. The Island Grind at the Lonz Winery Press House is the latest addition to the island, serving up breakfast and charcuterie boards. JF Walleye’s Bar & Restaurant (jfwalleyes.net) is the island’s hot spot, featuring a pool, waterfalls and live entertainment, as well as condos and villas for those looking to extend their stay.
Plus: Getting Around the Island
Putz around the island in a golf cart or check out the views by bike. visitputinbay.com/get-around/golf-cart-bike-rentals