Miller Passenger & Vehicle Ferries to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) & Middle Bass Island from Catawba, Ohio are the perfect mode of transportation to the islands. Established in 1905, this family owned & operated ferry company went from an ice business to major transportation to Put-in-Bay.
Adult $7.00Island Bike & Cart Rental at Miller Ferry Dock, Put-in-Bay.
Child (6-11yrs.) $1.50
Child (under 6yrs.) Free
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial. It commemorates the Battle of Lake Erie that took place near Ohio's South Bass Island, in which Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry led a fleet to victory in one of the most significant naval battles to occur in the War of 1812. Climb 37 steps to the lower landing, then pay you admission fee to ride an elevator to the tallest open air observation deck in the National Park Service. It was 352 feet high, we were told by a park ranger it was taller than the Statue of Liberty! The view is breathtaking and totally worth the small fee.
Adult Daily Fees: $3.00
(Age 16 and over)
Children Daily Fees: Free!
(Children 15 and under, must be accompanied by an adult)
Make sure to also visit the Visitor Center, it is free and open to the public. It offers a 15 minute film over the history of the battle, artifacts, art and more!
Perry’s Cave Family Fun Center is home to Perry’s Cave, Butterfly House, Miniature Golf, Fort Amaze’n, Gemstone Mining, Climbing Wall, Antique Car Museum, and DanDees Snack Shack.
First up was the cave, we were the only ones on the first tour of the day. Don't let the looks of the young tour guide foul you, he was so knowledgeable. Climb 44 steep steps down (watch your head) and find a beautiful cave awaiting. It was a much larger cave than I expected. It was 208 feet long by 165 feet wide, and lies 52 feet below the surface of South Bass Island in Lake Erie. It has an underground "lake", a nice cool temperature and stalagmites and stalactites. Your guide will point out fun animal creations, the "eye" and more on your journey into the cave as well as give you a brief history lesson!
The Butterfly house was so amazing that we went back for a second time! You get to walk around hundreds of butterflies of various species. There are approximately 50 species in there at a time. There paths that wander through the gardens, butterfly themed benches to sit on surrounded by flowers, water fall display and gazebo to relax in. Walk slowly and be aware of where you step, but do not touch! Touching them can deeply damage their wings. If one lands on you, let it be, it won't hurt you at all!
You can stay as long as you like and even come back during the day with the hand stamp. We visited twice and I would of gone back again if we would of had time. It was so peaceful and beautiful!
There was also a free antique car museum, miniature golf, a snack bar and gemstone mining available!
Restaurants, treats, snacks and more fill the island. You can not go hungry! We grabbed a bite to eat at Mr. Eds and were greeted with fast and friendly service! Make sure to check out their specials too. I had the sloppy joe special and it came with two heaping sandwiches and chips for under $6! We also let the kids have their choice of candy and the Candy Bar! This store featured so many unique candies and chocolates. We finished the day with shakes at one of the local ice cream places and on last jaunt around the island on our cart.