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Families will love:

  • Lake Erie
  • Riding bikes and golf carts around the island
  • Exploring caves

The town with the funny name is located on South Bass Island, which is one of the Ohio Lake Erie islands across from Cedar Point Amusement Park on the mainland. There are a few different explanations for where the name Put-In-Bay came from, one of which is that sailors in the 1800s would "put in" their boats in the bay to wait out bad weather.

Today, Put-In-Bay, Ohio ... more
The town with the funny name is located on South Bass Island, which is one of the Ohio Lake Erie islands across from Cedar Point Amusement Park on the mainland. There are a few different explanations for where the name Put-In-Bay came from, one of which is that sailors in the 1800s would "put in" their boats in the bay to wait out bad weather.

Today, Put-In-Bay, Ohio is a medley of family and young adult summer vacation fun. The downtown area, full of restaurants and bars, surrounds a large grassy park that overlooks Lake Erie. South Bass Island State Park offers plenty of fishing and swimming opportunities off the shores of the stony beach. Kids can explore caves and the butterfly house at Perry's Family Fun Center or take an elevator ride to the top of Perry's Memorial, which honors the victory of Commander Oliver Hazard Perry in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

Families will need to take a ferry to the island as there are no bridges, but the ferry schedules are frequent and vehicles and pets can board the ferries with convenience, too. Golf carts rule the Put-In-Bay, Ohio roads and while cart drivers need to have a valid vehicle driver's license, kids will still enjoy zooming around town on a cart as a passenger. Several vacation rentals and a few Put in Bay hotels with indoor and outdoor pools are available to rent, many of which can accommodate a large or extended family.

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