An easy and family-friendly island escape.
Exploring Lake Erie
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Lake Erie, a Great Lake that stretches from the Welland Canal to the Detroit River, has a shoreline bordered by soft-sand beaches, quiet towns, and pretty parks. On the lake’s South Bass Island, the village of Put-in-Bay offers history and lots of family fun, plus an opportunity to leave the mini-van in port. Hop aboard a ferry for the three-mile ride from mainland Sandusky, Port Clinton, or Catawba Island to take advantage of boating, swimming, and hiking along gentle nature trails.

Perry's Cave

The park offers host of family activities including a rock-climbing wall, miniature golf, and “Fort AMAZE’N,” a giant human maze.

Kayak the Bay

Explore the harbor with kayak rentals starting at $20.

Axel & Harry's Waterfront Grille

The dockside location translates to great views. Perry’s Pecan Pancakes is a breakfast favorite of regulars.

The Boardwalk

Lobster bisque is a must — enjoy it on the restaurant’s upper deck.

Bay Shore Resort

The only lakefront hotel on the island is a two-minute walk from historic downtown and has golf cart rentals to make island transport a breeze.