3 Easy Ways to Save on Your Visit to Put-in-Bay
By Holly Hammersmith

3 Easy Ways to Save on Your Visit to Put-in-Bay

I’m a budget-conscious person and that mindset follows into my travels as well. So when I was planning my trip to Put-in-Bay, Ohio this summer, I immediately sought out how to find the best deals for my visit to South Bass Island, the home of this village. The area has a number of gorgeous attractions welcoming to families and social crowds alike. Here are three easy ways to save on your visit to Put-in-Bay:

1) Ride the Miller Ferry
My first tip is to ride to the island on the Miller Ferry, located in Port Clinton, Ohio. The price can’t be beat! If you arrive early enough you can also park your vehicle for free. (Insider Tip: Should you like, you can bring your vehicle or a bicycle on the ferry for a small fee.)

2) Ride the Lime Kiln Bus
Once you reach the island, depending on your plans for the weekend, you may want to rent a golf cart or bicycle. There are options aplenty in this arena, but I would recommend riding the Lime Kiln Bus. A one-way fare on the bus is only $2.50 per person and truly cannot be beat — unless of course you decide to walk the island on foot!

3) Get Discounts Online
Visit the Miller Ferry website for a discounts section that can’t be beat. Here you can find coupons for meals, souvenirs, entry into attractions at Put-in-Bay and of course – a discount on your fare for the Miller Ferry!

Once you arrive at the Put-in-Bay village limits, your possibilities are endless. I recommend a mix of the must-see attractions this vibrant community has to offer — such as the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial and a stop by the Put-in-Bay sign near the Boardwalk; paired with some lesser-known attractions. For a quiet, lazy afternoon, stop by the Put-in-Bay Winery, located near downtown. Here you can sit outside and people watch while sipping some refreshing local wine. I also enjoy visiting the Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, where you can find yourself in jail – literally – among the artifacts and history pieces for the area.


Put-in-Bay boasts so many attractions, your trip will warrant a weekend stay – or more! For lodging options, the Put-in-Bay website is a great resource. I would also recommend checking out the Lake Erie Shores & Islands website, where you can easily search lodging accommodations by need – such as lodging that allows pets or features a swimming pool or beach access.

What is your favorite Put-in-Bay attraction?

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About the Author

Holly Hammersmith is an Ohio native and Cleveland-based writer. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism, and previously spent time as a news reporter for the Sandusky Register and The (Fort Wayne) Journal Gazette. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She enjoys visiting local coffee shops, day-tripping and has a passion for Lake Erie. Holly lives with her husband and half-dozen houseplants. Find Holly at https://hollyhammersmith.com.