South Bass Island Things to Do
If you picked up a golf cart or bicycles, there are several other fun things to do on the island: Wine tasting, chocolate, caves and more.
Ohio is known for its many wineries and even this island has its own vineyard and winery. Heineman Winery offers great wines. Ohio law does not allow for free wine tasting so you have to purchase a sample cup of each type of wine you want to sample. The cost of each sample is around 2 dollars. They have wines for every taste, dry to semi-dry to sweet to iced (beyond sweet). They have a gift shop where you can find Heineman souvenirs, gemstones, wine stoppers, jewelry and more. Located at the winery is Crystal Cave (a giant gemstone rock located underground). You can purchase a pass to enter Crystal Cave or the winery or you can purchase a dual pass for both at a discounted price.
There are many cave all over the island but the only 2 that you can visit are Crystal Cave (as mentioned above) and Perry's Cave. Perry's cave is a small cave with small stalagmites and stalactites. If this is one of your first visits to a cave, Perry's cave will make a nice visit. Perry's cave has a nice gift shop. You can purchase a bag of sand which has some gem stone hidden with in. You take the sand outside where you can sift through the sand like they would in the old days when they would pan for gold. Kind of fun, even for adults. There is also an 18 whole mini golf course (another tradition for me at the island). New to Perry's cave this year are: Butterfly house and gift shop, a Maze and rock climbing (kiddy style).
Some other things available to do that I have not done yet is, visit Stonehenge house (rumored to be haunted), camping and water sports.
Perry's Monument is the 3rd tallest structure in the United States (after the Washington Monument and the St. Louis Arch. You can visit the top of the structure for a great view of the island. On a clear day, you can also see the Canadian main land. It costs a few dollars but the view is worth it. You will need to walk a short set of stairs and then an elevator will take you the rest of the way.
Located in the park off the main strip, you can find a small monument that was set up for 2 American and 2 British unknown soldiers, who lost their lives during the War of 1812 on lake Erie. The monument is set up as a pile of cannonballs with four pillars around it symbolizing the 4 unknown soldiers.
South Bass Island Lighthouse is located on the Western most point of the island. Currently, visitors are not allowed on the lighthouses property. (Due to the lighthouse being a currently working lighthouse). However, you can get a good view of the lighthouse from the road.
Put-in Bay, this is where you will find most of the action. On one side of the street you can find the shops and on the other side of the street is a small park.
There are many shops and places to eat. There are a variety of shops to suit just about everyone’s tastes. You can find things from fancy china to clothing to kids toys. My favorite shop is the Del Sol store, where everything that they have changes colors in the sun. (There are only a handful of these stores and SBI is lucky enough to have one).
There are a lot of restaurants and candy shops. My traditional eating stop is at the Boathouse. They have a small covered patio in which you can enjoy the fresh air and watch the people as they make their way up and down the street shopping and hanging out. The food is very good with nice sized portions (my traditional meal is the hamburger with bacon and crumbled bleu cheese and french fries... it is the best, you have to try it) you can pick up homemade fudge of many varieties, or ice cream for desert. At the end of the strip, you will find the Beer Barrel Saloon, home of the longest bar.
The park is only about a block wide but several blocks long. There are lots of trees for shade, public restrooms and showers, benches and a playground for the kids.