We reached the parking lot for the Miller Boat Line between 2 and 3pm, which worked out great as we couldn’t check in to our hotel until 3pm. We parked our car in one of the many parking lots and got a really good parking spot since we were arriving mid-week! I’ve heard that it gets pretty busy there on Fridays and weekends, so parking might be tougher to find in that situation. There are free and paid parking lots, but we’ve never had an issue with leaving our car in one of the free ones.
Put-in-Bay is an island where you are allowed to bring your car across, but be prepared to wait in a line-up of cars since only so many can travel by ferry at a time. For us, there really is no need to bring a car. Our hotel, Bayshore Resort, is located centrally and close to the downtown village. Also, most people rent golf carts and drive all over the island that way (plus, that’s way more fun!). We did a combination of walking and driving the cart around, but now I’m getting ahead of myself. Back to the ferry…
There are two ways to get from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay – one is the Miller Ferry and one is the Jet Express. Even though the Jet Express was technically closer to our hotel, we chose to take the Miller Ferry because we don’t mind the slower ferry ride (I love riding boats like that where we get to relax and take in the scenery) and it was a lot cheaper, too. The ferry arrived every half hour and we didn’t have to wait too long until another one showed up. While we waited, we got to enjoy beautiful lake views:
It was turning out to be a really nice day outside. When we left the restaurant, we were unsure whether or not it was going to rain. There were gray clouds above us and even a few rain drops. When we reached the ferry boat pier, the clouds were staying back at the mainland and there were blue skies ahead over South Bass Island. As it turned out, the gray clouds didn’t follow us at all and the sun shone brightly for the rest of the trip!
When we approached the ferry, there was a security guard that made us open all of our luggage to show him that we didn’t have any…weapons, I’m assuming? I don’t remember that happening last year. Perhaps there was an incident on the island, or maybe it is just the age that we live in nowadays. I suppose for the small amount of inconvenience, it is better to be safe. Even though I’ve never felt unsafe at Put-in-Bay, I wouldn’t want someone bringing something over there that could cause any trouble.
All aboard! There weren’t too many people on the ferry and we got a great view from up front as we approached the island. We sat up on the second level where there were plenty of seats and great views to be had from all around the boat. The breeze off the water was really nice on such a hot day.
The ferry ride was around 15 minutes in length and before long, we were there! There were a few options as we reached the shore – we could walk to our hotel (would likely take about a half hour to Bayshore Resort), we could rent a golf cart at the docks, or we could take a shuttle. A big school bus was waiting and for $2.50 per person, we could be dropped off anywhere on the island. The bus took us directly to Bayshore Resort so this definitely seemed like the best option for us!
It isn’t every day that you get to ride a school bus!
Read more about our trip to Put-in-Bay, Ohio:
Driving to Port Clinton towards Put-in-Bay
Traveling to Put-in-Bay on the Miller Ferry
Staying at Bayshore Resort, Put-in-Bay
Put-in-Bay Nightlife, Day 1
A Golf Cart Tour of the Island
Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial Tower
Perry’s Cave and Joe’s Bar
Segway Excursion Around Put-in-Bay
Kayaking to Gibraltar Island
Our Last Evening in Put-in-Bay
Leaving Put-in-Bay on the Miller Ferry