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“A must have experience on Put in Bay”
Review of Kayak the Bay

Kayak the Bay
Ranked #1 of 11 Tours in Put in Bay
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Kayak the Bay, Ltd. has single and double sit-in and sit-on-top kayaks in downtown Put-in-Bay, Ohio in Lake Erie. Gibraltar Island is only a few minutes paddle away with extraordinary limestone cliffs and coves. You can take an easy paddle in the harbor and paddle up to the 3rd tallest national monument, Perry's Monument, or follow the west shore to the Benson Ford (this has been on MTV's Unusual homes)or paddle over to Middle Bass Island and a walk around the old Lonz Winery with the glacial grooves in the back of the property. A paddle east will take you to East Point where you can get a great view of Middle Bass Island and Ballast Island or get out and have a picnic. Pull up and walk the beach Our kayaks are for getting in between the cliffs and rocks-they are very stable. Great for beginners and experienced kayakers. We give instructions on where to go depending on weather and your skill level. We can accommodate large groups and can personalize custom Sunset Tours or any kind of tour with a guide for your group.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed September 21, 2008

My granddaughter and I visited Put in Bay by plane. At the airport you can rent a golf cart to travel around the island on. We went to just about every tourist attraction on the island, visited both caves, did miniature golf, visited the butterfly house, and went up in the monument. Everything was fun and interesting. Having flown in we had seen the island from the air and had now been all over the island in a golf cart, it seemed the only thing we were lacking was experiencing the island from the water. Lucky for us we found Kayak the Bay. This was by far the most fun thing that we did during our visit. I have kayaked before but this was a new experience for my 10 year old granddaughter. Vickie (the owner) gave us instructions and Desi picked up kayaking very quickly. Vickie sent us off around Gibraltar island. We took our time crossing the harbor and looked at all of the boats and waved at all of the people in the boats. We also saw many birds and fish as we were paddling along. Going around the island was quite an adventure. The island has magnificent cliffs, from the air you just don’t quite get the proper perspective on how large and beautiful they are. There were also a couple of beaches to stop at and rest on that island. By far the most exciting part was when we found this naturally formed arch off one of the cliffs that you can actually kayak through. We did that a few times just for the thrill. We splashed each other occasionally to cool down while we were kayaking because you don’t even have to get wet if you do not want to. A trip to Put-in-Bay is not complete without viewing the island from the water. A kayak allows you get up close and intimate with the shore line. This will make your trip complete. Seeing the island from the top of the monument to looking up at it past the cliffs from a kayak. I would consider it well worth the trip to fly my private plane to the island just for the experience of kayaking around it. I definitely would recommend Kayak the Bay to everyone who visits the island. You can do it for a short time or pack a picnic and make a day of it.

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Reviewed September 18, 2008

Kayak the Bay is an oasis of relaxation in the busy town of Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, Ohio. What a great way to get out on the water and see some nature first-hand! Most people only see Lake Erie as they cross the lake to get to Put-in-Bay, but the lucky customers of Kayak the Bay can travel to the surrounding islands on their own power and get a glimpse of the lake away from the hustle and bustle of downtown. For a relaxing 2 hours, paddling around the harbor and nearby islands recharges one's batteries with enough energy to hit the party scene downtown again! Seeing the big boats up close as they are moored in the harbor and at the docks, while paddling silently by, is a real thrill. Definitely worth your while to make a stop at Kayak the Bay just west of the Boardwalk Restaurant in downtown Put-in-Bay and get a quick lesson on the island and surrounding area from the owner, Vicky, before heading out for an adventure on a kayak or even a fun water bike!

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Reviewed October 1, 2010
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