Exploring Lake Erie
An easy and family-friendly island escape.
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.
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.
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.