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Afloat in Ohio

Ohio is a patchwork quilt of verdant fields, woodlands, energized cities and charming towns connected not only by roads but also by water.

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Put In Bay Marina
Picturesque Put In Bay.


Pull into Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island, one of the Lake Erie Islands off the shore of Port Clinton, Ohio. Once on land, rent a bike, moped or golf cart to navigate around the four-mile vacation destination. Or take the easy way and sit back for a ride with Poe’s Ped-Cabs. Visit Port Clinton or Sandusky aboard the Jet-Express ferry, or travel to Middle Bass Island on Sonny-S Boat Line. J.F. Walleye’s Microbrewery and Eatery, just a short walk from the dock on Middle Bass, also rents golf carts and bikes.

You can’t miss taking a ride on the Island Tour Train, a 55-minute narrated excursion of historic South Bass Island with stops at local attractions like Perry’s Cave, the Butterfly House and Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. Historic walks, ghost and Segway tours are other memorable ways to explore the island.

Tie up at one of three large public docks: Village of Put-in-Bay, Peach Point and DeRivera Park. Alternatives include the family-oriented Miller Marina, with both day and overnight dockage, and the Park Place Boat Club at the Boardwalk, a bustling waterfront restaurant with live entertainment and a margarita bar.

Mark your calendar for the Pyrate Fest from June 28 to July 1 — bring your best costume and some doubloons for the marketplace — and then the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemoration from August 29 to September 10, which includes a battle reenactment with tall ships, plus entertainment, arts, crafts and more.

Visit nearby Cedar Point Amusement Park, called the ”roller coaster capital of the world,‘ in Sandusky. There are also plenty of water rides and a beach. It’s a 30-minute boat ride away, with transient dockage available.

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