About Put-In-Bay Village

Put-in-Bay is located 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Sandusky, at 41°39′11″N 82°49′3″W (41.653006, -82.817620). The village has a total area of 0.63 square miles, of this, 0.45 square miles is land and 0.18 square miles is water. The population was listed at just 138 full time residents at the 2010 census.

Put-in-Bay has one grocery store, one hardware store, one school – which houses the one lending library branch, one gas station, a post office, one bank and two cemeteries. It has one seasonal franchise restaurants, Subway. There is no cinema. The island does not have a hospital, but does have an Emergency Medical Service that can use a Life Flight helicopter to transport critically ill patients to mainland medical facilities.

Origin of the name Put-In-Bay

“Put-in-Bay” originally only referred to the bay, itself. In the latter-1700s, the schooners sailing on Lake Erie, would “put in” to this bay, to wait out bad weather on the Lake.

In 1820 and 1830, the island was under the jurisdiction of Huron County, Ohio; but later joined to Ottawa County, Ohio. It was after 1830, when Put-in-Bay Township was finally established. The island was only very sparsely inhabited and there was no actual village here prior to the creation of Put-in-Bay Township.[6] The first known Caucasian resident on the island, was Alexander Ewen, who had about 1000 hogs roaming the island in 1810.


For more info on Put-In-Bay tourist attractions  see our Activities Page

Put-in-Bay, Ohio is one of Lake Erie’s most popular resort areas hosting over 750,000 tourists each year between April and October. Visitors gravitate to the island annually to enjoy various natural, historic, and tourist attractions.

Anyone can appreciate the historical significance of the island.  Visitors can enjoy exploring  Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, and retracing the steps of the infamous Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry as he defeated the British in the battle of lake Erie in 1813.  There are also several “period homes”  scattered throughout the island with unique history and archatecture.

The island is also home to the world’s largest geode at the Cyrstal Cave.  If nature is your thing you may enjoy birdwatching many coastal and migratory species throughout the season.  While you’re there enjoy a trip to the wildlife museum

if the nightlife is your thing. There are many local bars that offer a wide variety of talented performers who have gained regional popularity through their performances at Put-In-Bay.

For the family, the island offers  boutique island shopping, excellent restaurants, live music, a butterfly house, playgrounds, miniature golf, historical homes, chocolate museum, wildlife museum, antique carousel, a nine hole golf course, jet-ski rentals, parasailing, and kayaking.


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