How far in advance should someone make Put in Bay lodging reservations?

It is suggested that you make you hotel reservations very early in the year especially if your stay involves a weekend. Hotel rooms are limited on the Island and booking early will help insure you get the dates you want.

How old does someone have to be to rent a moped or golf cart?

You must be 18 years of age to rent or operate a moped or golf cart, as that is the legal age to sign a contract in Ohio.

How does someone get to Put-in-Bay?

There is one ferryboat operator that services the Island with a high-speed passenger ferry. The Jet Express services the island for passengers and lands/docks right in the heart of downtown. You can also arrive by your personal motorboat, personal airplane, or the transport ferry (Miller Ferry).

What if I miss the last ferry?

This is not recommended! Trying to find a last minute Put in Bay hotel late in the evening can be difficult if not impossible.

Are advance reservations for the ferryboats needed?

No! The ferryboat services run on a first-come first-served basis operating as quickly as one boat every 15 minutes during the peak season and one boat every hour offseason. Both ferry services have numerous boats. Arrive early for your trip to Put-in-Bay! Check the ferry website for details.

Is a car needed on the Island?

It is recommended that you do NOT bring a car to the Island. Aside from the expense associated with transporting your vehicle, parking is very limited on the Island. Waits to get a car on or off the Island can run as long as four hours. Most hotels are just a short walk from Downtown Put-in-Bay and a pleasant golf cart ride to most attractions. Golf Carts, Bicycles, and Mopeds are also readily available.

What is the weather like in Put in Bay?

The weather at Put-in-Bay is much like all of northern Ohio coastal communities. In spring and fall a light jacket or sweatshirt is recommend for evenings. Island dress is casual. Just remember, it NEVER rains inside the great restaurants and bars!

What is the operating season?

The Put-in-Bay season starts April 1st and the last big weekend is the Halloween weekend the last weekend in October. Off-season activities include walleye and perch ice fishing but most every business closes on Halloween.

Do the Put in Bay hotels have a minimum stay?

On weekends, Put in Bay hotels usually require a two-night minimum. On holiday weekends there is usually a three-night minimum. There is no minimum stay requirement Sunday thru Thursday nights where Sundays are not on a holiday weekend.

Can a guest bring alcohol to their hotel room?

That depends. The main advertised hotels/homes permit you to bring your own beverages to the privacy of your own hotel room or rental home. The less advertised ones actually have security at the front desk to search yoru luggage and coolers to "confiscate" your alcohol. You may not bring your alcoholic beverages into any of the bars or poolside bars as they are considered part of the liquor permit premises. There is no need to bother bringing beer and wine from the mainland as there are carryouts here on the Island with prices comparable with those on the mainland. However, there is no full-proof liquor store on the Island.

What time do the Put in Bay bars close?

As a general rule, most downtown bars stop serving at either 1am or 2am, depending on the owner. Most will allow you to stay for another half hour to consume your last drink.

Do I need a driver's license to rent a golf cart?

Yes! Golf Carts are treated as licensed motor vehicles on the Island. All traffic laws apply including open container laws as well as drinking and driving. Locations rent to licensed drivers over the age of 18. For those under 18 but holding a valid license, a parent or guardian may rent a golf cart for your use.

Can I walk from bar to bar with a drink in Put-in-Bay?

NO! As anywhere in Ohio, there is an open container law. No alcoholic beverages may leave a liquor permit establishment. This is strictly enforced.

Do bands play at Put-in-Bay?

YES! Check the many entertainer pages online for your favorite Put in Bay entertainer!

Does Put-in-Bay have a school?

Yes! Put-in-Bay has a K-12 school that is located in the downtown area.

Is there a grocery and a place to buy beer and wine?

Yes! There is a full service grocery on the Island located on Catawba Avenue. There is also a drive thru with beer and wine located next to the Boathouse Bar and Grill on Hartford Avenue.

How do you get back and forth from the Island in the winter?

When the ferryboats stop running, there are several charter airlines that fly in and out of Put-in-Bay. There is also a hovercraft offering ferry service across the ice to the mainland.

How far are you from Cedar Point?

Both ferryboat lines can be reached from Cedar Point in about 20-30 minutes.

Where is the best place to eat?

That is a tough one! There are a wide variety of great dining choices on the Island that serve an even wider variety of food. While touring the Island, stop in and look over the menus to determine your choice! You can also download a printable Island Guide in PDF format online for a listing and map of local dining establishments.

How many people live on the Island in the winter?

There are about 480 full time residents on the Island.