Experience the Vibrant Spirit of Put-in-Bay Island with Griffing Flying Service

Over 80 years of continuous service to Put in Bay & South Bass Island – An island retreat with a little something for everyone in the family

Immerse yourself in the vibrant and festive charm of Put-in-Bay and South Bass Island, the gems of Lake Erie where history, excitement, and natural splendor come to life. These islands, rich in history, invite you to explore landmarks like Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, a testament to their historical significance. As evening falls, the islands transform into a lively hotspot, brimming with bustling bars, live music, and vibrant nightlife that cater to every taste. Families are welcomed with open arms, as the islands boast a plethora of attractions including tranquil nature trails, enchanting butterfly houses, and playful water parks. The stunning natural beauty of the islands, from the serene shores to the lush greenery, creates a picturesque setting for both relaxation and adventure. Put-in-Bay and South Bass Island offer an unparalleled blend of spirited fun, historical exploration, and serene beauty, perfect for visitors of all ages seeking a memorable escape.

Key Features & Attractions – Put in Bay & South Bass Island

Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial, majestically rising on South Bass Island, stands as a towering tribute to lasting peace and historic triumph. This impressive 352-foot monument is one of the tallest of its kind in the United States and commemorates the pivotal Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. It honors Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s victory and the long-standing peace among Britain, Canada, and the United States. Visitors to the monument can delve into the rich history of the War of 1812 and its significant aftermath, which played a crucial role in shaping the future of the Great Lakes region. The observation deck at the top offers breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Erie and the surrounding islands, providing a unique perspective on this historically significant area. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is not only a symbol of historical remembrance but also a beacon of peace and friendship among nations, making it a must-visit landmark for history enthusiasts and visitors alike.

aerial view of Put in Bay's marina and Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial, Kelley's Island in the far background; Put-in-Bay, South Bass island Ohio USA


Put-in-Bay offers a thrilling array of water activities that cater to adventure seekers and nature enthusiasts alike. These activities are not just about the excitement; they also provide a unique way to experience the beauty of Lake Erie and the island’s scenic coastline.

Plenty of fun in the sun & on the water at Put in Bay - parasailing, paddleboarding, fishing for lake erie perch & walleye

Jet Skiing:

Experience the adrenaline rush of jet skiing on the clear waters of Lake Erie. Rentals are available for both beginners and experienced riders, offering an exhilarating way to explore the coastline and enjoy the lake’s natural beauty.


For a bird’s-eye view of Put-in-Bay and its surroundings, parasailing is a must-try. Soar high above the water and enjoy breathtaking views of the island, the lake, and the horizon. It’s a peaceful yet thrilling experience suitable for all ages.

Boat Tours:

Guided boat tours provide a more relaxed way to discover the island’s maritime charms. These tours offer insights into the local history, geology, and ecology of the area, making them both educational and enjoyable. Special sunset tours can add a romantic or serene end to your day.

Kayaking and Paddleboarding:

For those who prefer a more hands-on approach, kayaking and paddleboarding are great ways to get close to nature. Explore the island’s hidden coves and shorelines at your own pace, with rentals available for all skill levels.

Fishing Excursions:

Put-in-Bay is also a popular spot for fishing, with opportunities to catch a variety of freshwater fish. Charter a fishing boat for a day on the water, or try your luck from the shore. These water activities offer fun and memorable ways to experience the unique charm of Put-in-Bay, making your visit to the island an adventure-filled journey.


Put-in-Bay is renowned for its charming wineries, each offering a unique glimpse into the island’s rich viticultural heritage. These wineries are not just about wine; they are about the experience of enjoying fine vintages in picturesque settings.

Heineman’s Winery:

Established in 1888, Heineman’s Winery is the oldest family-owned winery in Ohio. Visitors can tour the vineyard, explore the wine-making process, and taste a variety of wines, including their famous sweet Catawba and rich Ice Wine.


Dollar Estate / Put-in-Bay Winery:

Located at the historic Doller House, this winery offers a delightful wine-tasting experience. Enjoy a selection of white, red, and specialty wines while learning about the island’s history and enjoying views of the harbor.


Local Wine Tasting Events:

Put-in-Bay regularly hosts wine festivals and tasting events, providing an opportunity to sample a variety of local and regional wines in a festive atmosphere.

Each winery on and around Put-in-Bay offers its own unique blend of history, flavor, and scenic beauty, making the island a must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts and casual tasters alike.

Bars & Breweries:

biergarten at the goat / goat soup and whiskey tavern

Discover a unique dining oasis at The Goat Soup and Whiskey’s Biergarten, where fine dining effortlessly blends with a laid-back, flip-flop-friendly atmosphere. Tucked beneath the popular Goat Soup & Whiskey, the Biergarten is a haven for beer enthusiasts and food lovers alike.


Boardwalk Main Deck & Upper Deck

Enjoy dining at either of the Boardwalk’s two waterfront restaurants, where our Famous Lobster Bisque is always a featured favorite! The Boardwalk Main Deck offers plenty of patio seating with great views! The Main Deck is a perfect choice for large groups and offers three distinct food concessions where you can place your order right at the counter


Boathouse Bar & Grill

The Boathouse has been an island landmark since the 1950’s. The Boathouse’s menu includes Lake Erie perch, and walleye, & Southern style food with family friendly prices. They also have a menu just for kids. Diners can sit outside and enjoy the outdoor patio that lines the front and wraps around the side of the building.


Frosty Bar & Family Pizza

Frosty Bar has been an island institution since 1949. Frosty Family Pizza has been catering to school groups, small and large, for more than 30 years.



Hooligan’s is a full service restaurant and bar featuring a pub-style menu. Home-made Irish favorites like Reuben sandwiches, Fish & Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, Guinness Wings, Irish Nachos, Irish Cheese sampler, Specialty burgers, Fresh Salads and Inventive Sandwiches are also offered. Marie’s Hooley Cheese Dip is a MUST HAVE and an Islander Favorite!


Put-in-bay Brewery & Distillery

The Put-in-Bay Brewery and Distillery is located in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay. Sip on a fresh beer brewed right here on the island while enjoying one of their specialty hand-tossed pizzas. They pride themselves in being Put-in-Bay’s first legal distillery, so take home a unique bottle of Island Bourbon, Vodka or Rum


Round House Bar

The historic Round House Bar was established in 1873 and is Put-in-Bay’s oldest bar and entertainment venue featuring live music. You can’t miss our round red building, it is located in the center of downtown on Delaware Ave. We also have two outside patio bars to enjoy the sights and sounds of Put-in-Bay.



Butterfly House

Put-in-Bay’s Butterfly House at the Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center offers visitors a unique viewing experience of hundreds of different exotic butterflies in their beautiful atrium filled with plants, fountains and sculptures. The butterflies on display are not native to the United States and precautions are used so they cannot escape their home in the atrium.


Aquatic Visitor Center

The Aquatic Visitor Center, a historic former state fish hatchery, is operated by Ohio Sea Grant & Stone Laboratory in partnership with the Ohio Division of Wildlife. Activities include inspecting Lake Erie’s complex ecosystem through hands-on displays, observing and identifying live fish in aquaria, and discovering current research to protect Lake Erie.


Crystal Cave

Crystal Cave, the world’s largest recorded geode, is located on Catawba Avenue directly beneath Heineman Winery. A tour of the cave is included with a tour of the winery. The walls of Crystal Cave are covered in celestite crystals, used in the manufacturing of fireworks. The cave was discovered in 1897 by workers digging a well for the winery.


Dodge Woods Storywalk Trail

The 3.5913-acre property is located at the intersection of Langram and Thompson Roads on South Bass Island, Ottawa County, Ohio. It was purchased by the Put-in-Bay Township Park District with Clean Ohio Conservation Fund Grants with the match funds coming from the Lake Erie Islands Conservancy, the John Ladd family, and a bargain sale from owner John Dodge.


Gibraltar Island Tours

Gibraltar Island is a tiny 6.5 acre island in the middle of Put-in-Bay and is home to The Ohio State University’s Biological Field Station, F.T. Stone Laboratory. Visitors take a guided walking tour of the island including stops at Perry’s Lookout, the glacial grooves and historic Cooke Castle before learning more about the research being conducted at Stone Lab.


PiB Candy Bar

The Sweetest Bar on the island lives up to its name selling homemade fudge by the slice, hand-dipped chocolates, cookies and treats, old fashion candies, novelty candies, taffy and movie-size favorites among other treats. The PIB Candy Bar also serves a full compliment of scooped and soft-serve ice cream, including a selection of cones, sundaes and shakes. Ranked in the “Top 5 Confection Destinations” on Lake Erie, and the only confectionary ranked in Ohio.



Getaway Inn at Cooper’s Woods

Sink into splendor in Put-in-Bay’s lodge style bed and breakfast; The Getaway Inn at Cooper’s Woods. All 8 guest rooms/suites have a private bath, cable TV, and complimentary Wi-Fi. After a soothing sleep, jump start your day with our fresh hot breakfast, good coffee and conversation. We are an easy stroll to all the downtown entertainment. Common spaces include: a prominent great room, sun porch, backyard patio and fire pit area. Family friendly on weekdays.


Ashley’s Island House

Ashley’s Island House is a Historic 5 star Trip Advisor Bed & Breakfast, located only steps away from downtown Put-in-Bay. 12 Victorian themed bedrooms with queen beds, private bathrooms, and satellite TV. Families during the week and adults only on weekends. A full deluxe breakfast served daily. Amenities include: Central air, Wi-Fi, complimentary bicycles, pool privileges, large dining/meeting room, and guest refrigerator located in the kitchen. Voted Best Porch on Lake Erie by Lake Erie Magazine. Book the entire house for special occasions, weddings, reunions or small business meetings.



Get a birds-eye-view of all Lake Erie has to offer from
1000 feet above the water.


Pets are welcomed travelers and should be declared at the time of reservation.

Small dog (under 10lbs.) – $5.00 one-way
Large dog (over 10lbs.) – $10.00 one-way



Envelopes – $2.00 each
Minimum Package – $5.00 per item
Bulk Freight – $0.20 per pound


Catawba Webcam
Put-in-Bay Harbor Webcam
Put-in-Bay Perry’s Victory Monument Webcam
Kelleys Island Webcam

For weather updates regarding island flights, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Pets are welcomed travelers and should be declared at the time of reservation.

Small dog (under 10lbs.) – $5.00 one-way | Large dog (over 10lbs.) – $10.00 one-way


Envelopes – $2.00 each | Minimum Package – $5.00 per item | Bulk Freight – $0.20 per pound


Get a birds-eye-view of all Lake Erie has to offer from 1000 feet above the water.


Here is a list of attractions, restaurants, lodging, and more on Kelleys IslandPut-in-BayMiddle BassNorth Bass, and Pelee Island.



Catawba Webcam | Put-in-Bay Harbor Webcam | Put-in-Bay Perry’s Victory Monument Webcam | Kelleys Island Webcam

For weather updates regarding island flights, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.