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.
F.T. Stone Laboratory is the nation’s oldest freshwater biological field station and the Island Campus of The Ohio State University. Stone Laboratory, now located on Gibraltar Island in Put-in-Bay harbor, is also the Lake Erie teaching and research laboratory of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience Stone Lab and to discover yourself! The Laboratory offers around 30 exciting, hands-on science and education courses to college undergraduate and graduate students, educators, and select high school students each summer.
You Stay Dry! Take off and land on boats with flight decks. You can stay fully clothed or wear swimsuits, “walk on water” on hot days, up to 600 ft of tow line for spectacular views. “I Did it” action photos and t-shirts available. Come see the islands from the sky!
Perry’s Cave, registered as on Ohio Natural Landmark, is a NATURAL limestone cave steeped in historical tradition. The cave lies 52 feet below the surface of South Bass Island in Lake Erie. The discovery of the cave, in 1813, is credited to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the battle of Lake Erie. The cave is 208 feet long by 165 feet wide; the walls, ceiling and floor are heavily encrusted with calcium carbonate deposited by centuries of water dripping from the ceiling. The temperature remains in the vicinity of 50°.