Situated on the historic Doller Estate, come enjoy our majestic views of Put-in-Bays downtown harbor while sampling our world-class wines. We offer a tasting tour of the estate, individual samples, flights, glasses and bottles of wine and juice! Our staff prides ourselves in putting together the perfect flight to please any palate! Whether relaxing on our Victorian front porch or wine garden, our friendly, knowledgeable staff is here to make your experience one to remember!
The Antique Car Museum at Put in Bay, part of Perry's Cave Family Fun Center, houses vintage snowmobiles and Model T Fords that any car fan visiting the island would be impressed with. Join the Put-in-Bay crowd every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. to enjoy the South Bass Island's antique car parade by heading to downtown Put-in-Bay.
The Aquatic Visitors Center on Putinbay, Ohio, offers free fishing equipment and a public dock to fish off of with no license needed. It's a great place to take the kids to learn about South Bass Island marine life, with live fish displays, hands-on exhibits, videos, a playroom, activities and the former state hatchery. Kids will learn while they're having fun on the island. Admission to the center is free from late May through September.
Part of Perry's Cave, one of Put-in-Bay's most family friendly attractions, the Butterfly House at Put In Bay gives island visitors the opportunity to interact with more than 500 different types of butterflies that have been brought to South Bass Island from around the world. For only $7 ($4 for kids), you can relax in the butterfly garden for as long as you'd like.
Indulge your sweet tooth at Put in bay's very own Chocolate Museum. Right here on the Ohio Islands, visitors can learn about chocolate's rich history, then appreciate it firsthand by tasting one of 100 different types of sinfully delicious chocolates on sale. Take home a chocolaty Put in Bay souvenir or enjoy fresh roasted coffee and dessert right there on the island.
DiRivera Park in downtown Put in Bay, OH, offers a beautiful view of the Put-in-Bay harbor and Delaware Avenue. There's no better place to sit and relax after a busy day at the bay. Picnic tables make for a great place to bring lunch (bring it from home or pick it up from a place in the island's downtown). Kids will have a blast on the playground or climbing on the cannon monuments. The bathhouse is open to the public if you're in need of a quick shower.
South Bass Island may not be a big place, but that doesn't mean you can't get lost on it! Visitors to Fort Amaze'n are challenged to find their way out of this maze, which is reconfigured and changed over time. Race your friends and family or try to beat your best time at this challenging Putinbay attraction on the island! Admission is $4.50 the first time around, and $2.50 after. Located at Perry's Cave Family Fun Center.
Gemstone Mining at Perry's Cave Family Fun Center is another great way for kids to learn while having fun on the Ohio Islands. Once you sift through a bag of rough mix ($4-$9), you'll uncover real gemstones and fossils. Another island attraction at the Gemstone Mining is the geode cutter, which slices uncut geodes right in front of you.
The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum offers a comprehensive history of not only Put in Bay and South Bass Island, but all the other Ohio islands too. The museum's three buildings showcase information on winemaking at the bay, the Hotel Victory's rise and fall, Put-in-Bay genealogy and the ships that have sailed Lake Erie. On top of this, the historical society sponsors tours, children's events, Elderhostel's and lectures. Admission to this Put-in-Bay attraction is $2 for individuals or $5 for an entire family.
For only $1.50, you can take a ride on Put-in-Bay's original 1917 Herschel carousel, one of the last merry-go-rounds in the country that's still up and running. Kids love riding the cow, chicken, rooster, horse and pig, but any islander will tell you that Put-in-Bay's favorite animal on the carousel is Pete the Perch. You can buy tickets next door at the Carriage House.
Created in 1895 and located on the 6.5-acre Gibraltar Island at Put in Bay, Frantz Theodore Stone Laboratory is Ohio's Lake Erie laboratory. It is the nation's oldest freshwater biological field station and the Island Campus of The Ohio State University. The Laboratory offers college-level courses each summer with faculty and students coming from all over the country. Since 1990, students from 40 Ohio colleges, 27 out-of-state colleges, and 257 high schools have taken these courses for college credit. The Laboratory also provides a facility for year-round research, offers special conference facilities and speakers, and develops and offers custom-designed Aquatic Workshop programs for grades 4 through adult with over 5,000 participants annually.
Perry's Cave, located 50 feet below Put in Bay, is open to island visitors for 20-minute tours. South Bass Island's secret limestone cave is 208 feet long and 165 feet wide and has its own freshwater lake underneath Lake Erie. We suggest bringing a sweatshirt and comfortable walking shoes, as the temperature underground drops to about 50 degrees.
The Perry Peace Memorial and Visitors Center on Put in bay was built in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry, who defeated the British in a huge naval battle on Lake Erie that played a key role in the American victory in the War of 1812. Today visitors to Put-in-Bay can travel 317 feet up to the top of the monument to take in a spectacular view of the Lake Erie Islands and the shores of Ohio, Michigan and Ontario. At the base of the monument, Put in Bay park rangers give living history demonstrations. Admission is $3.00; 15 years and under are free.
The remote control cars at the Put in Bay Raceway are some of the fastest cars on the Lake Erie Islands, reaching speeds of more than 50 miles per hour! For $2.00 a car, you can compete with other racers in a two and a half minute race around the oval track that's built to scale. You don't need a license to race these cars!
The Put-in-Bay Yacht Club (PIBYC) is located on South Bass Island in the western end of Lake Erie. They are dedicated to promoting all forms of yachting, power boating, sailing, and other aquatic sports. Annual Put-in-Bay events include cruise outs, picnics, parties, and numerous other social functions. PIBYC is host to the Inter-Lake Yachting Association (I-LYA) Annual Regatta and other national and international sailing events. Put-in-Bay Yacht Club is also a member of the Associated Yacht Clubs (AYC); members are encouraged to participate in AYC sailing and cruising events.
This 9-hole par-3 course with a beautiful view of Lake Erie and the nearby Ohio Islands is a great deal at only $10. If you left your clubs at home, don't worry ? there are some available for rent for an additional $10. Saunders is the only golf course on Put in Bay. Snacks and refreshments are for sale inside.
The state park on South Bass Island may be Put in Bay's best kept secret, offering one of the best views of Lake Erie that PIB Island has to offer. On top of that, visitors can enjoy Jet Ski rentals, a stone beach, a playground, glacial grooves, a refreshment stand, volleyball, the ruins of the Hotel Victory, fishing pier and umbrella picnic tables.
A visit to South Bass Island, Put in Bay isn't complete without a visit to Stonehenge. Nestled on seven acres of woods and beautifully landscaped grounds, Stonehenge brings to life a segment of island history from the 1800's through present day living. You can enjoy the beautiful grounds, farmhouse and wine press cottage at your leisure while taking a self-guided audiocassette tour of the property. Be sure to stop in and visit the gift shop.
Don't leave Put-in-Bay without stopping by Adventure Bay Amusement Park, the newest addition to the South Bass Island Family. Adventure Bay promises fun for the whole family, with bumper boats with water blasters, water wars water balloon launchers, electric go karts, batting cages, video arcade games, batting and soccer cages, and more. The Brunswick's Virtual Bowling Lanes is one of only three in the whole country - take advantage of that during your visit to Put-in-Bay! The gift shop features many fun souvenirs, including stuffed animals by Animaland. Pizza, sub sandwiches, and other snacks are sold for eat-in or to go.
Board the Put-in-Bay Tour Train and venture out to the rest of South Bass Island while learning interesting history and facts about Putinbay. The train stops at island attractions like Crystal Cave and Heineman Winery, Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, and Perry's Cave Family Fun Center. Adults pay $10 and children $3.50.
The whole family will enjoy the War of 18 Holes miniature golf course at Perry's Cave Family Fun Center. Challenge each other to game of putt-putt while learning Put-in-Bay island history. Open daily 10:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Admission is $7.50 for adults and $4.50 for kids.
Venture 40 feet below South Bass Island's surface to enjoy this island attraction! Discovered by workers in 1897 while digging a well for the winery 40 feet above, Crystal Cave is the world's largest geode. The walls of this cave are covered in strontium sulfate, a blueish mineral called celestite. These crystals range from 8 to 18 inches long. The original cave was much smaller than what appears today, as crystals were harvested and sold for the manufacturing of fireworks. Tours of the cave and Heineman Winery are offered for $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 11. Tours are offered seven days a week from early May until late September. Monday through Saturday, tours of the cave begin at 11 a.m. and continue throughout the day until 5 p.m. On Sunday, tours begin at 12 p.m. and continue until 5 p.m.
The Heineman Winery was founded in 1888 by Gustav Heineman, an immigrant from Baden-Baden, Germany, the grape growing region of that country. The Lake Erie Islands were already noted for the quality grapes as a result of ideal soil conditions and the long growing season because of the tempering effect of Lake Erie. Tours Daily: May 5th - September 25th, 11:00 am - 5.00 pm; Winery Hours: Open daily April - October, 11:00 am - 7:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm