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Getting to Put in Bay, Ohio is part of the fun!
Put in Bay, Ohio is a vacation spot on South Bass Island in Lake Erie. It’s a hip, summer getaway with many restaurants, pubs, swimming pools, wineries, and hotels. As this popular destination is on an island, I’m sure you’re wondering how to get to Put in Bay, Ohio?
There are a couple of ferry services that run between Catawba and Put in Bay. Our favorite is the Miller Ferry. It has the lowest fares, it accommodates a lot of people, and it runs all day long. In fact, during the summer months, the Miller Ferry picks passengers up every half hour. The Miller Ferry is inexpensive and reliable, and it’s our recommended way of how to get to Put in Bay, Ohio.
We reached the parking lot for the Miller Boat Line between 2:00 and 3:00 pm, which worked out great as we couldn’t check in to our hotel until 3:00. There are several parking lots for the Miller Ferry, and we had no issue finding a parking space. We highly recommend leaving your car on the mainland. You won’t need your car when you get to Put-in-Bay. The only people who really drive cars in Put in Bay are those who live there. There aren’t many parking spots, and even the hotels have a limited amount of space for cars.
The best thing to do? Leave the car behind and rent a golf cart when you get there! That’s one of the greatest things about Put in Bay: the preferred mode of transportation is by golf cart.
The main parking lots at the Catawba dock is free. On weekends, it can get busier and you might find that all of the free parking spots are taken. In that case, there are some paid options for parking.
If you do want to bring you car across, the ferry does transport a limited amount of cars per boat ride.
BOARDING THE FERRY
Tickets for a one way fare are $7.00 per person, and $16 if you’re bringing a car. Reservations are not required. Just show up and purchase your tickets.
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. There were plenty of seats and great views from all around the boat. The breeze off the water cooled us down on a hot, summer day.
ARRIVING TO PUT IN BAY
The ferry ride was around 15 minutes long. We were there in no time.
Once we reached the shore, we had a few options. We could walk to our hotel, the Bayshore Resort. It was about a half hour walk, except we had our luggage and it was very hot outside. We could rent a golf car at the docks, although we decided that we wanted to rent one at our hotel. So, we went with option #3 – take the shuttle.
The shuttle is actually a school bus. For $2.50 per person, you can take the school bus and get dropped off anywhere on the island. The bus took us directly to Bayshore Resort. This shuttle is definitely the best option to get to your hotel. Besides, it isn’t every day that you get to ride a school bus!
Want to see more travel photos from Put in Bay? Check out our Put in Bay travel photo album to see every trip photo. You can also purchase prints, canvas art, and unique housewares that would make a great gift!