We dropped Shannon off at the hotel because she wanted to go for a swim and we continued on our golf cart ride, just the two of us. We drove through the main village again and this time, we drove to the northeast part of the island. We drove along by the spot where we would be kayaking later in the day. We found a really pretty spot along the road where the water from the lake went under the road into a pond filled with lilypads.
At the spur of the moment, we decided to stop at Perry’s Cave for a tour. Justin and I both wanted to go to Perry’s Cave, but we just weren’t sure as to how it would fit into our trip. We had a segway excursion booked at 2pm, and wanted to go kayaking afterwards. The cave tours ran until 6pm and this left us wondering if we would have the time to take the tour. With a bit of time to spare before the segway tour, we took our chances and signed up for the tour of the cave.
Justin had never been on a cave tour before so this was a must-see tourist attraction for us. It also seemed fitting that since we had toured all around Put in Bay above ground on a golf cart, and then viewed PIB from way up high from Perry’s Memorial Tower, that now we would visit the caverns beneath the town.
We paid $8.00 each for a trip down into Perry’s Cave. We went with a fairly large group (maybe 20 people?) down a flight of stairs made of stone into the cavern underground. It was really cold down there – 52 degrees – as it isn’t exposed to any weather elements. It was a refreshing, natural air conditioner on a hot day!
There was lots of water dripping from the ceiling and we had to be careful not to touch it as that would disrupt or kill the stalagmite formation. This was not a problem for me since I’m so short, but Justin did a whole lot of crouching! The cave was one large cavern with many different rocks that looked like various shapes and creatures (there were ones called “lion” or “alligator” because they were shaped like those animals). Unfortunately, when the cave was first discovered, the original owner chopped off many of the stalagmites and stalactites, trying to sell them each for a nickel. No one purchased these pieces of rock back in the day, and now many stumps line the cavern floor. The stalagmites and stalacites grow at a rate of an inch every 100 years, so it will be a very long time until they grow fully back to how they once were.
Our tour guide was very informative and answered any questions that anyone may have had. You could tell that he took great pride in his job and really enjoyed teaching all of the tourists about the cave.
There was also an underground lake that was a greenish colour. Back in the day, people threw coins into the lake as though it were a wishing well, and the copper from the coins changed the colour of the water. It’s definitely not for drinking!
It was very cool to see something so different on our vacation! Back up to the above ground world, it was time for some lunch. We decided it would be a good idea to grab some food before the segway tour and kayaking since we wouldn’t have time to eat until dinner at that point. We went to Joe’s Bar and Restaurant, which was down the road from the cave. It was a little off the beaten path, so it wasn’t crowded at all. We ordered veggie burgers which came with a side of potato chips. The veggie burgers were absolutely delicious! We quickly devoured them and were back on our way t meet up with Kristine and Amanda for our pre-booked segway excursion.
Even though the sign at Joe’s Bar had a question mark after the word, restaurant…don’t be fooled! The food here was super yummy.
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