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“It's like the Key West of the Midwest”
Review of South Bass Island

South Bass Island
Ranked #2 of 34 things to do in Put in Bay
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Owner description: Theres plenty to see at South Bass Island, such as the Marblehead Lighthouse, the Cedar Point Amusement Park, and the William Perry Monument, and its fishing opportunities cant be beat, especially if you're fishing for Walleye and Perch.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

This island is amazing! Taking the Millers Ferry or Jet Express is exciting, and once you get to the island, it's like a playground for adults and families. You won't need a car, so rent a golf cart or bikes. We rented mopeds and it's a blast! The small village surrounding the central park is charming and fun, with restaurants, bars, shops, games, even an old-timey carousel. Be sure to have a cold one at the historic Round House Bar - it's exactly what you think it is. Wander the huge marina, and be sure to visit Perry's Monument - the 3rd tallest national monument (behind Washington Monument and Gateway Arch I think). Whatever you do, you'll feel like you're on "Island Time." Enjoy!

Thank David H
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

The 200th year re-enactment of Perry's Victory at Sea was made great with the appearance of the "Best Damn band in the Land"--OSU's marching band, and the assistance of Miller's ferry, Harriet's House, and PIB Car Depot staffs, we had a memorable time again on the island.

Despite their best efforts of deceit, despicable business tactics, and bait and switch tactics, the Edgewater Suites and Carts did NOT ruin our day visit.

Thank Rick B
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Reviewed August 26, 2013

There are many reasons why vacationers and island aficionados take the Miller Ferryboat to Put-in-Bay, one of several Lake Erie islands situated off shore in the upper northwest Ohio region. Put-in-Bay (or South Bass Island) is less than 4 miles long and is relatively flat. It’s walkable, driveable, bikeable, and golf-cartable. For the normal traveler arriving without motorcraft or under sail, getting to Put-in-Bay is a simple matter of purchasing a ticket on the Miller Ferry Boat Line which leaves the Catawba Island docking facility at the farthest point of Route 53N.

Once on the island, newcomers have the option of renting one of several thousand golf carts on the island from various agencies at the landing dock and in town or hopping a transport bus ($2.50) for a leisurely 10 minute, 2-1/2 mile ride into town.

On the island, there are numerous attractions for visitors: a narrated island tram tour, a butterfly house, an historic home, miniature golf, gem mining, cave tours, arcades, and an honest-to-goodness colorful carousel. The Commodore Perry Victory and Peace Memorial museum and site is a short walk or ride from the center of town.

For recreational enthusiasts, there is charter boat fishing, kayaking rentals and a nine hole golf course nearby. For the shopper and browser there are various spots to hone this craft, art galleries, and a wide (really wide) selection of restaurants and pubs. Numerous lodging establishments, a couple of wineries and a microbrewery round out the scene for those wondering what to do.

So what if one prefers to hoof it around Put-in-Bay rather zip around in a rented golf carts Very doable. In fact, walking around the greater downtown area provides excellent opportunities for photos with an amazing selection of scenic angles.

The townscape is a bright pastiche of colors, tints and hues. Under the glint of the sun, well-maintained buildings simply gleam. We’re talking color saturation here. It’s that vivid a sight. A tree shaded park at the center of the town provides a nice restive area for tired feet. Marina areas sport an array of sleek recreational and pleasure craft. And doubtless to every visitor’s sense of relief, Put-in-Bay has no shortage of public restrooms. Put-in-Bay is meticulously clean. Everything appears new and in pristine condition. It’s picture postcard perfect. With no disrespect meant, one wonders if the Stepford Wives vacation here.

If one is looking for a serene island outpost far from the madding crowd, Put-in-Bay is not that destination. It’s very definitely a locale that thrives on people. It’s well managed with its island feet solidly planted on the ground and most definitely conscious of its bread and butter – the tourist trade. It should also be mentioned that like many coastal island there is a smaller year-round population as well. The in-season people count swells as one would expect. A varied calendar of events throughout the year with special emphasis in 2013 on commemorating the island’s storied naval history -- the re-enactment of Perry’s 1813 naval victory over the British fleet during the War of 1812.

Come for the day, come for the weekend, come for an extended stay. Enjoy the hustle and bustle and activities on this picture postcard island world only twenty minutes from the mainland.

1  Thank Hoosiergadabout
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

Whether you are there to party, enjoy a couples time away or a family trip, camping with your buddies, there is something to do for everyone. The island has a lot to offer.

Thank Rose R
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Reviewed August 22, 2013

This place reminded us of Newport, RI, but much smaller. It is truly a beautiful place to visit. Most everything to see can be done so in a couple of days, making it a nice short get away. We will be returning next year.

Thank Jeffrey B
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