Disclosure: Thanks to Miller Boat Line for providing my family with a trip to Put-in-Bay on their ferry to the island. All opinions are honest, my own, and may differ from yours.
If you are looking for a great getaway for your family, Put-in-Bay, OH is the place to be! I have lived in Ohio my entire life and had never been to Put-in-Bay until last week! I was sure missing out. I’d always see cars with PIB decals on them, and I’d think how much fun it would be to visit. When Miller Boat Line contacted me with an offer to ride their ferry to the island, I was more than happy to say yes!
Miller Boat Line takes passengers and vehicles to Put-in-Bay and also to Middle Bass Island. The trip to Put-in-Bay from Catawba takes about 20 minutes and is a very smooth ride. My kids, my parents and I really liked being on the ferry and seeing the lake! Lake Erie really is beautiful to look at and seeing the islands in the distance makes you really excited to get there!
Miller Boat Line has a long history and has been in existence in some way since 1905! If you are a history buff, you can read about the history of Miller Boat Line on the website. It is really interesting!
The ferries leave about every half hour from Catawba to Put-in-Bay and back from Put-in-Bay to Catawba. It is so convenient and easy to board as a passenger! I am not sure about taking your vehicle (which costs $15 one way), but I would recommend getting there early. Adults and children 12 and up can ride for $7 one way while children 6-11 ride for $1.50 one way. Kids under 6 ride for free! You can also take bikes over on the ferry for an extra $2. Biking is a great way to get around the island.
Unless you live on the island for the season, or you really need your car for some reason, I recommend you leave your car in the parking lot and rent a golf cart while on the island. It is the way to get around. Golf carts are everywhere! We were provided one for the day free from E’s Golf Carts. Thank you, E’s! It took me a little while to get used to it since it is silent while idling (I thought it was out of gas!), but you just put your foot on the gas and go! E’s offers the lowest rates on the island! The rates are seasonal, so check the website for details.
We had such a great time on Put-in-Bay, thanks to Miller Boat Line! They set us up with tickets to Perry’s Family Fun Center as well, and we had a great time! You can read about our Perry’s Cave, Put-in-Bay fun, and Nature and Wildlife Center adventures too!
Check out the Put-in-Bay events page on the Miller Boat Line site to see what is going on on Put-in-Bay and plan your trip! If you are traveling with little ones, be sure to check out their Put-in-Bay kids page where you can find discounts, see the attractions available to visit and print out coloring pages!
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