Put-In-Bay Attractions

Come for the history & nature attractions and stay for the wine tasting and the quaint Candy Bar.

Gibraltar Island & Cook's Castle

When you are downtown you might look out in the bay and see a castle on a tiny island!  Cook’s Castle is available for tours on Thursday during the summer, leaving The Boardwalk at 10:45 am. 

The tiny 6.5 acre island in the middle of Put-in-Bay 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. Tours are available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Wednesdays. Visitors should meet at the Boardwalk water taxi at 10:45 a.m. Round trip water taxi transportation is $6 per person, payable to the boat driver. One tour each Wednesday. First come, first served. Maximum 70 people. For more information visit their website.


Heineman's Winery & Crystal Cave

Heineman’s Winery was established in 1888 by Gustav Heineman. Gustav’s grandson, Louis, great-grandson, Edward and great-great-grandson, Dustin, continue to operate Heineman’s Winery today. A combined tour of the winery and Crystal Cave are given daily from the first of May to the end of September. A complimentary sample of wine or grape juice is given after the tour. Wine and juice is sold by the glass or by the bottle. You can enjoy a glass of wine, and a platter of cheese, fruit, and crackers in Heineman’s wine garden. Heineman’s wines are made from grapes grown on the island, and have consistently won awards in many categories. They currently produce more than 21 different wines, including an ice wine.

Crystal Cave

It’s so much fun to say you stood inside a geode. Tour the winemaking process at the oldest family owned winery in Ohio.  It’s just up the hill from us and we love having a glass of wine or homemade grape juice, and a cheese plate in their outside garden area. 

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. Tours of the cave and winery are given from the first of May through the end of September, beginning at 11:15 and ending at 5 pm Monday through Saturday, and from 12:15 to 5 pm on Sundays.


Kimberly Carousel

Enjoy and ride on one of the country’s oldest original wooden carousels!  We love this attraction as much as the kids! 

Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum & Resale Shop

The Lake Erie Islands Historical Society offers a glimpse into Put-in-Bay’s past. More than 6,000 square feet of display area features the original sprawling resort hotels such as the Hotel Victory, wine making, a movie on the island’s history, and artifacts from the old Put in Bay Car Races. You’ll also find examples of island memorabilia (Put-in-Bay souvenirs), and I-LYA (Inter-Lake Yachting Association) artifacts. Located off Catawba Avenue behind the Put-in-Bay Town Hall on Town Hall Lane. Watch a free history film and view a collection of model ships and ferries, some made by island craftsmen. Adult admission is $5. Seniors $4, Groups $4 each Veterans and Children free. Open daily 11-5pm from the first of May through September.


Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center

Our kids and grand kids love going here to see taxidermy of local wildlife, take pictures and on “wild” Tuesday see real live animals! 

The Lake Erie Islands Nature and Wildlife Center opened in 2008. Formerly the Alaskan Bird House Wildlife Museum, this facility features a variety of animal and water fowl mounts that are native to the islands and Ohio. The center also features a nature trail filled with native plants, that offers an excellent vantage point for bird watching. There are also activities for kids.


Perry’s Cave & War of 18 Holes Putt-Putt

The Anchor Inn Boutique Hotel is just down the street from finding unique cave formations, getting tip secrets on the Putt-Putt course, panning for gems stones, climbing a rock wall, or running through a maze!

The War of 18 Holes is an 18 hole championship putt-putt course with a War of 1812 theme. This challenging course is sure to be a hit with the entire family. Learn interesting facts about the War of 1812 and Oliver Hazard Perry’s pivotal role in American History in the “Battle of Lake Erie” while playing under a canopy of shade trees. Kids will enjoy exploring the covered bridge and learning the secret of the “water shot”. Play a long shot through the waterfall cave. Open until late. Adult admission is $8.00, kids 6 to 12 is $4.50 and under six play free.



Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

The third largest U.S. monument is located 5 blocks from The Anchor! 

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial is a symbol of the long-lasting peace enjoyed by the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. The 352-foot Doric column has an observation platform that offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding islands and mainland.

The Perry Memorial Visitor Center, located on the grounds, offers a 15-minute free movie on the War of 1812 and Battle of Lake Erie. The visitor center also has a display of artifacts, including a British musket, a scale model of the US Brig Lawrence–Perry’s flagship–and a large flat hull diorama of the Battle of Lake Erie as Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry crossed through cannon fire to reach the US Brig Niagara and change the course of the battle.


Put-in-Bay Winery

Wow what a view!  This is just a great place to sip wine and view the boats in the harbor or a beautiful sunset, play games on the front lawn and tour the grounds.

Situated on the water, directly across from Gibraltar Island, the Put-in-Bay Winery offers tours, tastings, and snacks with a view of Put-in-Bay’s harbor. Schedule a tour of the Dollar House and Put-in-Bay Winery and taste five of the wineries offerings varying from dry to sweet or create your own flight of Put-in-Bay Wines, Pelee Island wines, West Coast or other featured wines to create the ultimate experience. The winery offers a 10% discount on 6-bottle purchases and 20% discount on 12-bottle purchases.


South Bass Island Lighthouse

Owned and operated by Ohio Sea Grant, discover information about the area’s history and the most pressing issues facing Lake Erie before accessing the top of the lighthouse tower to see an expansive view of Put-in-Bay. Tour the South Bass Island Lighthouse from 11 a.m. − 5 p.m. June 9, July 18, August 11, September 8 or October 13, 2018. You can also schedule a group tour (10 or more people) April through November by contacting the Stone Lab Bayview office.

Visitors can climb the stairs to take in a great view of Put-in-Bay from the top of the tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds are open to the public dawn to dusk most days, but are occassionally closed for private events.