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Put-in-Bay is a village located on the tiny two-by-four-mile South Bass Island in Lake Erie, Ottawa County, Ohio. The population is 200 full-time residents. The island itself is most commonly referred to as "Put-in-Bay." There are a couple of explanations for the unique name. Some say it comes from Native Americans who would "put in at the bay" on their journey across Lake Erie. Others say it comes from early maps of the island that shows the harbor being named "Pudding Bay." For over 100 years, Put-in-Bay has been an island resort and popular tourist destination, reached by ferry from the nearby towns of Port Clinton and Marblehead. Activities on the island include a narrated tour, charter fishing, golf, helicopter and biplane rides, boating, sailing, swimming, hiking, miniature golf, parasailing, go-kart racing, kayaking, jet skiing and gem mining. For such a tiny island, Put-in-Bay is big on attractions. Visit Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial, the tallest open-air observatory in the United States. At 352 feet, the observatory on top of the monument gives a 360-degree view of the lake, surrounding islands and mainland. Crystal Cave, home to the world's largest recorded geode is located directly beneath Heineman Winery. This cave also features celestite crystals and was discovered by workers digging a well for the winery in 1897. Other places to visit on Put-in-Bay include the Butterfly House, Antique Car Museum, Aquatic Resource Center, Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum, Stonehenge Historic Home Tour and Perry's Cave and Underground Lake.

Surrounding areas: Middle Bass Island, Ohio (2.1 mi), Catawba Island, Ohio (5.0 mi), Kelleys Island, Ohio (7.0 mi), Lakeside, Ohio (8.5 mi), Marblehead, Ohio (9.0 mi), Port Clinton, Ohio (11.5 mi), Sand Beach, Ohio (14.5 mi)

Put-in-Bay Vacation Rentals




Put-in-Bay Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Perry Holiday Motel99 Concord AvePut In Bay, OH (419) 285-2107
Park HotelPut In Bay, OH1.3 mi.(419) 285-3581
Fountain Inn Motel225 Maple AveLakeside, OH8.4 mi.(419) 798-4461
Holiday Inn Express50 Ne Catawba RdPort Clinton, OH9.0 mi.(419) 732-7322
Days Inn Port Clinton2149 E Gill RdPort Clinton, OH10.6 mi.(419) 734-4945
Country Hearth Inn1815 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH10.7 mi.(800) 282-5711
Best Western Port Clinton1734 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH10.8 mi.(419) 734-2274
Comfort Inn1723 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH10.8 mi.(419) 732-2929
Harbormaster Motel1735 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH10.8 mi.(419) 734-5633
Phils Inn1704 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH10.8 mi.(419) 734-2912
Fairfield Inn3760 E State RdPort Clinton, OH11.1 mi.(419) 732-2434
Commodore Perry Inn & Suites255 W Lakeshore DrPort Clinton, OH11.4 mi.(419) 732-2645
Our Guest Inn2039 E HBR RdPort Clinton, OH11.5 mi.(419) 734-3000
Sleep Inn Suites947 State Rte 53 NPort Clinton, OH11.5 mi.(419) 732-7707
Island House Hotel102 Madison StPort Clinton, OH11.6 mi.(419) 734-2166
Lakeland Motel121 E Perry StPort Clinton, OH11.6 mi.(419) 734-2101
Erie Islands Resort & Marina4495 W Darr-Hopfinger RdPort Clinton, OH15.1 mi.(800) 999-3743
Holiday Inn Express55131/2 Milan RdSandusky, OH15.3 mi.(419) 624-0028
Sandcastle Suites HotelSandusky, OH15.3 mi.(419) 627-2112
Rodeway Inn1021 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH15.7 mi.(419) 527-2884
Comfort Inn Cedar Point Maingate1711 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH16.2 mi.(419) 625-4700
Days Inn North1932 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH16.4 mi.(419) 625-1333
Econo Lodge1904 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH16.4 mi.(419) 627-8000
Quality Inn & Suites1935 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH16.4 mi.(419) 626-6761
Howard Johnson Express Inn2809 Milan RdSandusky, OH16.8 mi.(419) 626-3742
Rodeway Inn Cedar Point2905 Milan RdSandusky, OH16.9 mi.(419) 625-1291
Vacation Inn2218 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH17.0 mi.(419) 625-6542
Econo Lodge3309 Milan RdSandusky, OH17.3 mi.(419) 626-8720
North Coast Inn Inc3304 Milan RdSandusky, OH17.3 mi.(419) 626-6766
Quality Inn And Suites3306 Milan RdSandusky, OH17.3 mi.(419) 626-6766
Knights Inn2405 Cleveland RdSandusky, OH17.4 mi.(419) 621-9000
Clarion Inn Sandusky1119 Sandusky Mall BlvdSandusky, OH17.8 mi.(419) 625-6280
Days Inn4315 Milan RdSandusky, OH18.2 mi.(419) 627-8884
Holiday Inn Sandusky Cedar Point Area5513 Milan RdSandusky, OH19.8 mi.(419) 626-6671
Sleep Inn Sandusky5509 Milan RdSandusky, OH19.8 mi.(419) 625-6989
A Night Inn5410 Milan RdSandusky, OH19.9 mi.(419) 627-9770
Ramada Inn Sandusky5608 Milan RdSandusky, OH19.9 mi.(419) 626-9890
Best Budget Inn5918 Milan RdSandusky, OH20.0 mi.(419) 626-8148
Comfort Inn5909 Milan RdSandusky, OH20.0 mi.(419) 621-0200
Sandusky Cedar Point Travelodge5906 Milan RdSandusky, OH20.0 mi.(419) 627-8971

Put-in-Bay Weather & Climate

Northwest Ohio, along Lake Erie, experiences a humid continental climate, characterized by four distinct seasons. Lake Erie moderates the climate somewhat, especially in late spring and fall. This effect is lessened in the winter when Lake Erie freezes over (unlike the other Great Lakes.) Snowfall varies greatly year to year. Thunderstorms and tornadoes are a possibility, especially in spring and summer. Summers are warm and humid. Southerly and westerly winds combined with warm surface waters of Lake Erie in summer negate the lake's cooling ability on the area, plus the lake's presence increases humidity. Autumn is the sunniest time of the year in this region, with mild days and cool nights. A jacket is recommended for fall evenings that can dip into the upper 30s to low 40s.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 30°F 18°F 1.63 in. -
February 33°F 20°F 1.45 in. -
March 42°F 28°F 2.28 in. -
April 54°F 39°F 2.98 in. -
May 65°F 52°F 3.33 in. -
June 75°F 62°F 3.49 in. -
July 81°F 67°F 3.01 in. -
August 78°F 66°F 3.43 in. -
September 72°F 59°F 3.03 in. -
October 60°F 47°F 2.48 in. -
November 47°F 36°F 2.53 in. -
December 36°F 25°F 2.13 in. -

Put-in-Bay Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Detroit Metro Wayne County airport (DTW) located about 47 miles northwest of Put-in-Bay in Detroit, Michigan, the Toledo Express airport (TOL) located approximately 51 miles west of Put-in-Bay in Toledo, Ohio, the Cleveland Hopkins International airport (CLE) located roughly 52 miles southeast of Put-in-Bay in Cleveland, Ohio, and finally the Mansfield Lahm Regional airport (MFD) located around 59 miles south of Put-in-Bay in Mansfield, Ohio.

Put-in-Bay Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Cedar PointSanduskyOH15.3 mi.
Putt N' Pond Speed ParkFostoriaOH46.2 mi.
JeepersLivoniaMI56.4 mi.
JeepersRosevilleMI58.6 mi.
JeepersClevelandOH59.1 mi.
Memphis Kiddie ParkClevelandOH59.1 mi.
Dover Lake WaterparkSagamore HillsOH70.0 mi.
JeepersAuburn HillsMI74.5 mi.
Geauga LakeAuroraOH79.8 mi.
Six Flags Worlds of AdventureAuroraOH79.8 mi.
 
Water Parks
Soak City Water ParkSanduskyOH15.3 mi.
Red Oaks WaterparkMadison HeightsMI59.3 mi.
Four Bears Water ParkUticaMI68.0 mi.
Mohican WaterslideLoudonvilleOH76.8 mi.
Waterford Oaks County ParkWaterfordMI78.3 mi.
Geauga LakeAuroraOH79.8 mi.
Wyandot Lake Amusement & Water ParkPowellOH104.3 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Catawba Willow Golf & Country ClubPort ClintonOH11.5 mi.
Little Nessie Golf ClubPort ClintonOH11.5 mi.
Port Clinton Golf CoursePort ClintonOH14.4 mi.
Mills Creek Golf CourseSanduskyOH15.7 mi.
Keys Public CourseSanduskyOH16.1 mi.
Woussickett Golf CourseSanduskyOH16.1 mi.
Oak Harbor Golf ClubOak HarborOH19.6 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf CourseBrecksvilleOH22.0 mi.
High Acres Par ThreeHuronOH23.0 mi.
Thunderbird Hills Golf CourseHuronOH23.0 mi.
Sleepy Hollow Golf ClubClydeOH25.7 mi.
Sycamore Hills Golf ClubFremontOH26.1 mi.
Twin Lakes Golf CourseBellevueOH27.0 mi.
Twin Lakes Golf CourseMansfieldOH27.0 mi.
Sugar Creek Golf CourseElmoreOH27.1 mi.
Thornwood Golf CourseFremontOH27.2 mi.
Green Hills Golf CourseClydeOH27.4 mi.
Chippewa Golf ClubCurticeOH28.0 mi.
Vermilion Country ClubVermilionOH28.8 mi.
Willow Creek Golf ClubVermilionOH28.8 mi.
 
Ski Areas
SnowtrailsMansfieldOH63.9 mi.
Alpine ValleyChesterlandOH77.2 mi.
Alpine ValleyWhite LakeMI80.9 mi.
Mad River MountainZanesfieldOH101.3 mi.
 
State Parks
South Bass Island State ParkOH1.1 mi. 
Catawba Island State ParkOH6.0 mi. 
Kelleys Island State ParkOH6.9 mi. 
East Harbor State ParkOH7.9 mi. 
Crane Creek State ParkOH17.7 mi. 
Spiegel Grove State ParkOH27.0 mi. 
Maumee Bay State ParkOH28.4 mi. 
Sterling State ParkMI31.6 mi. 
Pfizer State ParkOH32.0 mi. 
 
Museums
Merry-Go-Round MuseumSanduskyOH15.3 mi.(History)
Historic Lyme VillageBellevueOH26.3 mi.(History)
Monroe County Historical MuseumMonroeMI34.8 mi.(History)
Toledo's AtticToledoOH37.9 mi.(History)
Toledo Museum of ArtToledoOH37.9 mi.(Art)
Wyandotte MuseumWyandotteMI42.2 mi.(History)
Detroit Science CenterDetroitMI48.2 mi.(Science)
Detroit Institute of ArtsDetroitMI48.2 mi.(Art)
Detroit Historical MuseumDetroitMI48.2 mi.(History)
Dossin Great Lakes MuseumDetroitMI48.2 mi.(History)
Cleveland Public LibraryClevelandOH59.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Dittrick Medical History MuseumClevelandOH59.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
HealthSpace ClevelandClevelandOH59.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Cleveland Museum of Natural HistoryClevelandOH59.1 mi.(Science)
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and MuseumClevelandOH59.1 mi.(Technology)
Plymouth Historical MuseumPlymouthMI59.7 mi.(History)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
African Safari Wildlife ParkPort ClintonOH11.5 mi.
Toledo Zoological GardensToledoOH37.9 mi.
Detroit Zoological ParkDetroitMI48.2 mi.
Cleveland Metroparks ZooClevelandOH59.1 mi.
Belle Isle AquariumRoyal OakMI60.1 mi.
Belle Isle ZooRoyal OakMI60.1 mi.
Akron Zoological ParkAkronOH78.3 mi.
Sea World of AuroraAuroraOH79.8 mi.
Potter Park Zoological GardensLansingMI115.9 mi.
Columbus ZooColumbusOH117.4 mi.


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