||History, Parks and Caves::
Discover Put-in-Bay’s unique history. We are home to the National
Park Service’s third tallest national monument and only
national peace memorial. Perry’s Victory and International
Peace Memorial commemorates Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s
victory over the British during the War of 1812, thus securing the
Great Lakes. It is a tribute to the longstanding peace the United
States has known with its Canadian neighbor. Because it honors
peace and the fallen soldiers from both sides, it is the only
place in the United States where the U.S., Canadian
and British flags
all fly at the same level. The monument has the highest open air
platform which allows for breathtaking views of the Lake Erie
Islands, the U.S. mainland and Canada. Park guides are available
at the monument and the Visitor’s Center for tours and
In addition to the Federal Park, South Bass
Island has two State Parks and the downtown DeRivera Park. Some
have picnic areas and playgrounds. They all provide excellent
views of Lake Erie.
South Bass Island is also home to
Perry’s Cave and Crystal Cave. They are located across from
one another. Crystal Cave is known to be the world’s largest
geode and Perry’s Cave has an underwater limestone lake.
Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center is also home to The Butterfly
House at Put-in-Bay, War of 18 Holes mini-golf, Fort aMAZE'n:
Giant Maze Challenge, Gem Stone Mining, Rock-Climbing Wall and
Antique Car Museum.
Erie Islands Historical Society’s Museum showcases the
islands wine-making history, maritime boats from the last 100
years, the Victory Hotel, Perry’s victory, plus so much
The island has many
beautiful homes which used
to be farmhouses or
vintnerís homes. Many are
Victorian and over 100 years
Due to the islands’ late frost and
tepid climate, similar to Europe’s wine regions, the Bass
Islands are still known for their grape growing and wine
Winery still produces island
wines. Wine Tasting is
available at the Dollar
House, Put-in-Bay Winery.
Great Festivals & Events
Put-in-Bay has a number of
special events on the
Ohio's Lake Erie Shores &
for more information and a complete listing of the
and the Chamber of Commerce
To learn more about the
island and bay, visit
course there is the fishing: The Walleye Capital of the USA. Perch
is another great catch. The island is the perfect place to enjoy
the outdoors. Biking is the best way to get around the island.
Other activities are kayaking, parasailing, jet skiing, boating
and golfing. South Bass Island is a bird watchers retreat. Each
season brings new migrating species such as Robins, Red-Winged
Black Birds, Hummingbirds, Baltimore Orioles, Swallows, Finches,
Bald Eagles, Hawks, Ducks, Geese, Swans, and so many more. Don't
miss the migrating butterflies such as Monarchs and Swallow
Tails. Black squirrels are also seen here, including our mascot 'Smudge'!
Put-in-Bay is the place to shop for island gifts and unique items.
You will find home decor, educational gifts, women’s and
children’s fine apparel, and t-shirts for the whole family.
Put-in-Bay has a wide range of restaurants. Being a boating
environment, most restaurants are casual in dress. However the
menus range from casual gourmet burgers and lobster bisque to
elegant crab cakes and filet mignon. Our favorites are
the Boardwalk, the Goat and Tippers. We are happy to assist you in your lunch and dinner
plans by providing local menus available for your viewing in the Community Room.
the establishments also have nightly live entertainment. Many of
the regulars are Pete-n-Wayne, The Menus, Westside Steve,
Dog" Adams, and so many
schedule of performers is
also available in the