Aquatics Visitors Center Opens June 15th

Research vessels dock at the Aquatic Visitors Center.

Aquatic Visitors Center opens Wednesday, 15 June 2022.  Hours are 10am to 5pm Wednesday through Saturday, and admission is free.

  • Investigate Lake Erie’s complex ecosystem through hands-on science activities
  • Observe live Lake Erie fish species
  • Discover current research being done to protect Lake Erie
  • Examine how the fish hatchery operated and see some of the original equipment
  • Ask Aquatic Visitors Center experts your Lake Erie questions

Operated by Ohio State University’s Ohio Sea Grant, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife, the Aquatic Visitors Center served as the State Fish Hatchery at Put-in-Bay from 1907 through 1988.  Ohio Sea Grant and the Division of Wildlife lead the way on research to solve the most pressing problems facing Lake Erie. Some of this research takes place on-site at the neighboring Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island, the nation’s oldest biological freshwater field station and The Ohio State University’s island campus on Lake Erie.

Put-in-Bay Pyrate Fest 2022 Begins June 24th

Put-in-Bay’s Annual Pyrate Fest sees the return of the Pyrate King on Friday, 24 June 2022, for 3 days to find his stolen treasure.  Friday night the pyrates invade the downtown harbor and hoist the Pyrate Flags!  The Annual Pyrate Pub Crawl will start at 5pm for the adult pyrates only!  Saturday will feature fun activities for the entire family. Sunday is the annual Kid’s Fest. Dress as a pyrate and join in the fun.  This event is presented by Put-in-Bay Chamber of Commerce.

Pyrates board the Boardwalk Harbor Taxi in 2020.

Awesome Music Outlook for Weekend

Put-in-Bay music thrives in many venues on South Bass Island.  The coming weekend sees the following top performers:

That Allie Girl performs at The Beer Barrel; Mustang Sally also!

Franke & Ranke live at The Boathouse



Cats on Holiday: “Swamp Pop” at REEL BAR

Look for your other favorite performers at all Put-in-Bay venues by checking Put-in-Bay Music!



Put-in-Bay Watercraft Puts You on Lake Erie

Put-in-Bay Watercraft, located at the South Bass Island State Park, provides the perfect way to enjoy the thrill of on-the-water action at Put-in-Bay.

Photo by Amanda Downey

National Weather Service Marine Forecast suggests good conditions return after the next three days of unsettled weather:

924 PM EDT Mon Jun 6 2022

South-southwest winds of 15-20 knots will persist through Tuesday morning. Although winds will approach sustained of 20 knots, opted to maintain no headlines as winds will be offshore and the biggest wind threat will be with any thunderstorms that develop over the Lake. Wind will shift to west-northwest behind a cold front that moves east across Lake Erie late morning into early afternoon on Tuesday. During this time winds will weaken to 10-15 knots. On Wednesday, high pressure builds over the area, allowing winds to become variable at 5-10 knots. On Thursday, winds will become northwesterly at 5-10 knots which will persist into Friday before another low pressure approaches the area, shifting winds again. No marine headlines are anticipated at this time.

Prioritize Your Visit to Put-in-Bay

A visit to Put-in-Bay opens a wide array of sightseeing, dining, and entertainment options.  From the South Bass Island Lighthouse to Scheef East Point Nature Reserve, from Perry’s Monument to Stone Lab Aquatics Center, and from DeRivera Park to the Village dining and shopping, there is no shortage of good times.  However, certain places stand out as must-visit priorities.  In the coming weeks, PiBDaily™ will share our take on The Best of Put-in-BayClick images to enlarge!

For Memorial Day Weekend we’ve chosen to highlight the following locales.  Each offers a unique and rewarding experience which earns its place on your priority list.  Let’s dive in!

The Boardwalk Family of Restaurants presents incredible choices for good food, excellent drinks, and great atmosphere.  Visit The Boardwalk Upper Deck for superb seafood and the best waterfront view!

Prefer a Key West lifestyle, then relish the outdoor setting right by Park Place Boat Club at The Keys.  This is the spot for tasty and refreshing beverages.  If you’re looking for the old world flair, don’t miss Hooligans Irish Pub.

Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center is the spot for good ol’ family fun.  You’ll want to explore the cave, try your skill in the maze, or compete in a friendly round of miniature golf.  And for a real treat, check out the famous Butterfly House!