The 4th of July weekend Independence Day celebration is sure to deliver a great holiday at Put-in-Bay. The fireworks display, scheduled for Monday at dusk, always ranks among the best in Ohio. Moreover, the opportunities for excellent activities abound. Here’s PiBDaily’s list of five must-do suggestions:
First, secure a golf cart for the most convenient and fun way to get around South Bass Island. Carts are available in the Village, a short walk from the Jet Express Ferry, as well as up the hill from the Miller Boat Line Lime Kiln Dock. Visit Island Bike & Cart Rental or E’s Golf Carts for rental details. Review Miller Boat Line’s on-line interactive map for a great geographical overview.
Second, plan a tour of the Island’s great historical venues. Perry’s Monument and Peace Memorial offers exceptional views of Put-in-Bay and informative perspectives on South Bass Island’s development. Couple that with a stop at Lake Erie Islands Historical Society to learn about “the wine making industry, Put-in-Bay’s many Victorian hotels, the ice industry, the island road races, and Ford’s “Tin Goose” airplane.”
When you are hungry and thirsty, you will find the multitude of dining establishments at Put-in-Bay caters to all tastes. We highly recommend The Keys at Park Place Boat Club, Pasquales Cafe, Hooligan’s Irish Pub, Topsy Turvey’s Bar & Grill, and The Goat Soup & Whiskey Tavern. For sweets you can visit the scrumptious items at The Chocolate Cafe and PiB Candy Bar!
Third on our list is the suggestion to visit the beautiful nature trails sprinkled all around South Bass Island. Scheef East Point Preserve, Massie Cliffside Preserve, and the Nature & Wildlife Center are most rewarding. Scheef East Point Preserve combines a peaceful combination of inland flora and wildlife with the dynamic presence of Lake Erie shoreline. Massie Cliffside trail winds through a serene island forest and opens up to a marvelous field with benches and outstanding views of Put-in-Bay, Gibraltar Island, and Middle Bass Island. These spectacular places have come about through the efforts of Lake Erie Islands Conservancy.
Next you will want to make time to stroll along the Put-in-Bay waterfront and DeRivera Park. The setting remains one of the most pleasant places for relaxation and people-watching. Picnic tables and benches offer a nice arena in which to appreciate the island atmosphere.
PiBDaily’s fifth item is a visit to South Bass Island Lighthouse. Here you will learn about environmental issues affecting the Bass Islands before climbing to the top of the lighthouse tower to see an expansive view of Lake Erie’s South Channel.
We hope your visit will become one of your favorite memories and give you the urge to come again and again. Be sure to visit Put-in-Bay Daily regularly to keep up with Island news, events, and attractions.