( FAQ ) Frequently Asked Questions About Put-in-Bay

We’ve heard it all! Every FAQ (frequently asked questions) that you could imagine. A group of island employees who answer the FAQ from guests, customers & thousands of emails have compiled a list of FAQ’s in an effort to answer your questions thoroughly and completely. In some instances where the answer would be very long-winded, a convenient link has been included which offers detailed information to your FAQ is provided taking you directly to the page that best answers your questions.

Can you put more people in a hotel, resort or home rental than allowed at Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T21:29:42+00:00

No! The occupancy of each room / rental unit is set by the State of Ohio Fire Marshall and the hotels, resorts & rentals are required to comply. wristbands are used at most facilities to determine who is permitted to enter on busy weekends.

Do you have a mini refrigerators in the rooms at Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T21:27:07+00:00

The Edgewater Hotel, Bay Lodging Resort, and the Put-in-Bay Resort all have refrigerators in the rooms.

What pools at Put-in-Bay are heated2018-04-30T22:42:54+00:00

The Put-in-Bay Resort has the only heated pool on the island and also has a popular swim up bar.

Is there a GYM or Fitness Center at Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T21:19:21+00:00

Yes, the Put-in-Bay Resort & Conference Center has a fitness center with weights and cardio equipment for use by the guest of their hotel and related properties.

Is there a pharmacy at Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T22:43:23+00:00

A great FAQ and no, but Bassett’s Pharmacy in neighboring Port Clinton will fill your prescription and take it to the Put-in-Bay Ferry who will bring it over to the island. A credit card is required to utilize this service.

Will my cell phone service work at Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T21:15:03+00:00

Yes, there are three main providers of cell service at Put-in-Bay so there should be no issue with service. The providers are AT&T, Sprint & Verizon.

Does the ferry run to Kelly’s Island from Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T21:08:55+00:00

Yes, the Jet Express Ferry runs from Put-in-Bay to Kelly’s Island and to Cedar Point.

How far are the Put-in-Bay Bars from the hotels2018-04-30T21:07:25+00:00

Most of the bars at Put-in-Bay are a 1 to 2 block walk from the hotel zone and do not require transportation. It is for this reason that most people seek to stay in town.

How much are the camp grounds at Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T21:01:11+00:00

There are two campgrounds with different camping options at Put-in-Bay. One is public and the other is private. Rates vary by what type of campsite you are seeking and the services provided. For more information on both click here.

Do you rent Jet Skis At Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T22:44:39+00:00

THis is an FAQ we are asked regularly! There are two locations that rent jet skis at Put-in-Bay. One is located at the State Park and the Other is located just off of Toledo Avenue just a 2 block walk from the hotel zone.

What places serve breakfast at Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T20:56:34+00:00

There are two main places that are open for breakfast and both well known and considered good. The first is Pasqualies and the other is the Frosty Family Pizza Bar. Both are located on the main strip just a block from the hotel zone.

Where is a good place for dinner at Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T20:54:47+00:00

There are many great restaurants at Put-in-Bay with a wide variety of food choices and price structures. For a complete list and information about what each restaurant serves click here

How much are the taxis at Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T20:51:47+00:00

You can get anywhere on the island for only $3.00 in a Put-in-Bay Taxi. It is, for this reason, we strongly recommend that you do not bring a car to the island. Waits to get a car on or off the island can run as long as three hours.

How much does parking on the island cost2018-04-30T20:24:09+00:00

There is very little parking at Put-in-Bay and NO facilities for parking for a fee. It is, for this reason, we strongly suggest you do not bring a car to the island as the wait times to get a car on or off can run as long as three hours each way.

How do we get from the boat to the hotel if we don’t bring our car2018-04-30T20:07:04+00:00

There are ample taxis on the island and you can get from one point on the island to any other for $3.00

Can we bring our own golf cart to Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T20:04:44+00:00

No. Golf carts on Put-in-Bay must be inspected by the Put-in-Bay Police Department, titled “island use only” and have license plates.

Can we bring our bicycles to Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T20:02:56+00:00

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own bicycles to Put-in-Bay on the ferry.

Can we bring our bicycles on the ferry2018-04-30T20:01:56+00:00

Yes, Bicycles are permitted on the ferry.

When do the ferry boats run2018-04-30T19:59:21+00:00

The answer to that question changed every year. They have a published schedule, however, there are times they run earlier or later weather permitting. It is always best to check directly with the Put-in-Bay Ferry

Can you drive to Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T22:45:35+00:00

An important FAQ and the answer is no! Put-in-Bay is a true island in that you must take the ferry to get here.

Why do things cost more on the island at Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T22:22:51+00:00

Businesses must basically “import” their products from the mainland which includes beer, liquor food products, and even gasoline which results in having to pay the Put-in-Bay Ferry to transport goods to the island for resale.

What is the drinking age at Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T22:12:40+00:00

Put-in-Bay is part of Ohio and therefore shares the same laws pertaining to the consumption or sale of Alcohol as the rest of the state, therefore you must be 21-year of age to purchase or consume alcohol.

What happens if there is an accident or someone gets sick at Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T22:10:49+00:00

Put-in-Bay has a full-time professional EMS crew on the island and a well-trained volunteer Fire Department. In extreme cases or a life-threatening emergency, Life Flight services the island. 911 service works on the island just as it does on the mainland.

How can I find hotels resorts or lodging on Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T17:01:35+00:00

Most all of the Put-in-Bay Hotels & Resorts have websites. There is a lodging locator service managed by the Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Burea that you may call for assistance 1-888-742-7829 and they generally have the most up to date availability.

What is there to do for kids at Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T22:46:41+00:00

The list is long for this FAQ ! There are few places on earth that offer so many things for kids in such a small area. Rock Climbing, Cave, Mazes, Putt-Putt, Kayaking, gemstone mining, parasailing, historical tours, wildlife museums, harbor tours, free children’s fishing (poles provided) and so much more. a complete list of attractions may be found here

Where do we park our car when we ride the ferry to Put-in-Bay2018-04-30T22:48:38+00:00

The ferry has ample secure parking at their departure points and there is free and pay parking available. Bringing a car to the island is strongly discouraged. A great FAQ

What is the Put-in-Bay weather like2018-04-29T15:36:33+00:00

The weather will vary by season and is much like the rest of northern Ohio. The fall tends to be a little warmer than the mainland as the warm waters of Lake Erie from the summer months combined with a light wind provide a warming effect.

How do you get off the island in the winter when the ferry boat stops2018-04-29T15:33:44+00:00

Put-in-Bay has an airport that permits takeoffs and landings after dawn and before dusk. Griffings Island Airlines service the winter residents with 4-6 & 10 passenger airplanes and deliver perishable freight to residents in the winter as well as daily mail.

Does Put-in-Bay have a grocery2018-04-29T15:30:59+00:00

Yes, there is a full-service grocery that is located in the center of town called the Island General Store that has most of what you may need food wise and offers a selection of fresh cut meats. The selection in the season is generally very good.

Do the Put-in-Bay boat docks or marinas take reservations2018-04-29T15:28:43+00:00

The city and park owned docks do not take reservations and are on a first come first serve basis. These are known as A-B-&C docks. There are several private boat clubs and marinas that on occasion will take reservations from non-members. The Park Place Boat club and the Boardwalk are two that offer this option.

How do I find out what events are happening at Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T15:25:18+00:00

The Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau maintains a schedule of events here that are generally released in late December or January for the upcoming season. New events are added as the year progresses. The event schedule encompasses both private & public activities.

How far is Put-in-Bay from Cedar Point2018-04-29T15:20:12+00:00

The Put-in-Bay Ferry Terminals are about a 25-minute drive from the entrance to Cedar Point depending on local Sandusky traffic. The Jet Express ferry boat offers service to Cedar Point from Put-in-Bay.

Is there a school on Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T15:11:18+00:00

Put-in-Bay has a school that serves children K thru 12-grade ages. The school does have several active sports teams including basketball, cross country, and archery. When competing against other schools students often have to fly back and forth to the mainland as the ferry service suspends operation in the cold winter months.

What do people do in the winter at Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T15:08:32+00:00

The island is a very peaceful place in the winter and the locals enjoy potluck dinners, ice fishing, snowmobiling and many use this offseason time for vacations and performing work on their island businesses.

Do you need reservations for the ferry2018-04-29T14:43:44+00:00

Reservations are not required for ferry boats serving the island.  The principal passenger ferry the Jet Express allows riders to pre-buy tickets online for specific times and date. Being that it is not recommended to bring a car to the island passengers rarely have difficulty departing on the ferry at their choice of time.

What happens if you miss the last ferry leaving Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T14:40:46+00:00

This is not recommended! After the departure of the final ferry boat of the day, there is no other way off the island other than a private boat. Airplanes are not permitted to land after dusk or before dawn. Most Put-in-Bay Hotels & Resorts are sold out many months in advance and finding last minute accommodations can be difficult if not impossible.

Does Put-in-Bay have a open container law?2018-04-29T14:37:49+00:00

Yes. It is illegal to take any alcoholic beverage from one bar and have it in a public area. It is also illegal to consume or possess an open container in a public place or upon a golf cart.

How old do you have to be to get into the bars at Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T14:35:15+00:00

Each bar at Put-in-Bay is independently owned and operated and sets their own policy regarding the age of admission. On weekends most all are 21 years of age and up.  All bars at Put-in-Bay enforce Ohio law which states you must be 21 years of age or older to consume alcohol.

What time do the bars close at Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T14:33:20+00:00

Each bar at Put-in-Bay sets their own closing time but all bars are required to complete the serving of alcohol not later than 2:30 am per Ohio law.

Where are the swim up bars at Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T14:31:41+00:00

There are two popular swim up bars on the island one is called Mist and the most popular one is the Blue Marlin Bar located at the Put-in-Bay Resort. On weekends, most locations require that you be 21 years of age to enter unless you are a Resort guest.

When is Put-in-Bay open2018-04-29T14:29:07+00:00

Put-in-Bay really never closes as an island for its residents but the tourism part and its attractions generally open in early April and close at the end of October each year. Some attractions are weather permitting and if you are interested in a particular attraction early or late in the season it is always best to call to confirm hours.

Where do I find information about Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T14:25:27+00:00

There are several informative websites about Put-in-Bay and the Put-in-Bay Visitors & Convention Bureau has the most informative and up to date information regarding the island and events on their website

How many people live on Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T14:18:07+00:00

South Bass Island is comprised of the village of Put-in-Bay and the Township of Put-in-Bay. There are about 610 full-time year-round residents and the summer population swells to several thousand seasonal residents.

Are Pets welcome at Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T14:13:38+00:00

Properly leashed pets are welcome on the Put-in-Bay Ferry and are permitted on the island. Each restaurant and attraction may have their own Pet Policy. There is one pet-friendly hotel & resort on the island called the Bay Lodging Resort.

How old do you have to be to rent a moped at Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T14:11:47+00:00

There is only one moped rental company in Put-in-Bay and it is called island Moped Rentals and is located on Delaware Avenue. You must be 18 years of age to rent a moped.

How old do you have to be to rent a golf cart at Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T14:07:39+00:00

Each company has its own set of rules and we have found that Delaware Golf Carts has the most lenient rules and you can rent a golf cart at age 18 as long as you are a licensed driver.

How old do you have to be to drive a golf cart at Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T14:03:51+00:00

A golf cart is considered a licensed motor vehicle and all the same traffic laws that apply to a car also apply to a golf cart. This includes being a  licensed driver, no open containers, and proper parking. For additional information about golf cart rates, rules & sizes click here.

Should I Take My Car to Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T13:51:53+00:00

NO! Aside from the very limited parking on the island, you really will not use your car once there as most locations have little or no parking.  The cost of getting a car back and forth exceed the cost of renting a golf cart which is what is used to get around on the islands and the wait to get a car on or off the island can run as long as three hours.

What was the Battle of Lake Erie about?2018-04-28T00:33:41+00:00

The Battle of Lake Erie, sometimes called the Battle of Put-in-Bay, was fought on 10 September 1813, in Lake Erie off the coast of Ohio during the War of 1812. Nine vessels of the United States Navy defeated and captured six vessels of the British Royal Navy.

What is Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T13:41:03+00:00

Put-in-Bay is an island in Lake Erie that Over 1 million people annually. The island has numerous attractions, restaurants, and historically significant landmarks that attract a large number of vacationers. There is no road to Put-in-Bay and you must take a ferry or airplane to get to the island. For more information click here

How big is South Bass island Put-in-Bay2018-04-29T13:42:58+00:00

South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay) is approximately 4 miles long by 1.5 miles wide. The Island is composed of both the Village of Put-in-Bay on the island’s North Shore and the Township of Put-in-Bay encompasses the remainder of the island. Each has their own form of government.