The former historic state fish hatchery is an aquatic education attraction operated by the Division of Wildlife to provide fun and show educational displays about Ohio’s fishing resources. The Putinbay Aquatic Visitors Center houses live fish displays, a children’s playroom, and hands-on informational exhibits highlighting Ohio fish species, fisheries management projects, and the former state fish hatchery.
A great place for the entire family, the Put in Bay Butterfly Museum at Perry’s Cave. This unique habitat features a large variety of Butterflies and is divided into three separate rooms or environments. While visiting Put-in-Bay step into the world of Butterflies, a great family experience. Just take a taxi or rent a golf cart and enjoy this unique Put-in-Bay attraction.
Located below the Goat Restaurant, visit the Chocolate Museum in Put-in-Bay. Learn more about chocolate – view exhibits, watch a film, or have your picture taken with Lucy in the famous “Lucy at the Chocolate Factory” episode. Open daily May-September.
Discovered by workers in 1897 while digging a well for the winery 40 feet above, Put in Bay’s Crystal Cave is the world’s largest geode. The walls of this Ohio 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.
Purchase a bag of rough mix at the Put-inBay’s Perry’s cave, let the water wash over the sand, and experience the fun of finding REAL GEMS. Fun for ALL ages – young and old. Bags of rough mix are $4-$9, and you can spend anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour sifting. Many children will choose this activity over an ice cream cone! Quite a recommendation!
Founded in 1975 with a mission to preserve, interpret and educate the Island community and its visitors about the rich history of the Lake Erie islands. The Lake Erie islands Historical Society welcomes all ages to explore the varied history our beautiful islands.
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. For over 100 years Heinemans has produced some of Ohio’s finest wines. Tour the winery and Crystal Cave.
Paddle up to our country’s third tallest national monument, Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, for some great photographs. Families and singles can enjoy a fun paddle along the South Bass island’s shore’s without “white water” worries. If you can ride a bike, you can kayak; you can paddle in the protected harbor or discover the limestone cliffs that surround the islands.
One of the few remaining operating merry-go-rounds with all wooden horses in the USA. On Delaware Avenue downtown. This carousel was built in North Tonawanda, New York in 1917 by Allen Herschel. Bring the kids to listen to the carnival music and enjoy the atmosphere.