As a day trip, a trip to South Bass Island is a fairly expensive proposition for a family. There is the cost of the ferry and then the cost of transportation once you are on the island.
We took the Miller Ferry which puts you on the island away from the downtown area. I will certainly check into the Jet Express next time which I hear is a little more expensive but does let you off closer to the downtown area.
There were buses available at the dock, but we were not quite sure how much we could see from them so we chose to rent golf carts. It was $70 for a 6 person cart for all day. Even though this was more expensive, it was a better option because we had several people who couldn't walk far.
There were many great restaurant options on the island and everyone raved about their food at the Boathouse grill.
It was quite cold and windy on the day of our visit so we didn't get to take advantage of everything that the island had to offer. There is shopping, caves, historical sites and just enough of those touristy things your children are dying to do!
I would live to return on a warm summers day and take advantage of all this island has to offer.
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