Put-in-Bay Frequently Asked Questions
Put in Bay Ohio offers travelers many options for a relaxing vacation. Put-in-Bay's most frequently asked questions may be found along with answers at Putinbay.com. If your questions are not answered here just e-mail us
How far in advance should I make Put in Bay lodging reservations?
How old do I have to be to rent a moped?
How do I get to Put-in-Bay?
What if I miss the last ferry?
Do I need advance reservations for the ferryboats?
Do I need my car on the Island?
What is the weather like in Put in Bay?
What is your operating season?
Do your Put in Bay hotels have a minimum stay?
Can I bring alcohol to my Put in Bay hotel room?
What time do the Put in Bay bars close?
Do I need a driver's license to rent a golf cart?
Can I walk from bar to bar with a drink in Put-in-Bay?
Do the docks take reservations?
What bands are playing in Put-in-Bay?
Does Put-in-Bay have a school?
Is there a grocery and a place to buy beer and wine?
How do you get back and forth from the Island in the winter?
How far are you from Cedar Point?
Where is the best place to eat?
How many people live on the Island in the winter?
It is suggested that you make you hotel reservations very early in the year especially if your stay involves a weekend. Hotel rooms are limited on the Island and booking early will help insure you get the dates you want. You may book online by visiting our accommodations
page and selecting the Put in Bay hotel room of your choice.top
You must be 18 years of age to rent or operate a moped.top
We have one ferryboat operator that services the Island with a high-speed passenger ferry. The Jet Express
services the island for passengers and lands/docks right in the heart of downtown.top
This is not recommended! Trying to find a last minute Put in Bay hotel late in the evening can be difficult if not impossible.top
No! Our ferryboat services run on a first-come first-served basis operating as quickly as one boat every 15 minutes during the peak season and one boat every hour offseason. oth ferry services have numerous boats. Arrive early for your trip to Put-in-Bay! Check the Jet Express
Website for details.top
We recommend you do NOT bring a car to the Island. Aside from the expense associated with transporting your vehicle, parking is very limited on the Island. Waits to get a car on or off the Island can run as long as four hours. The Put-in-Bay Resort is located in town and just a short walk from Downtown Put-in-Bay and a pleasant golf cart ride to most attractions. Golf Carts
, Bicycles, and Mopeds
may be reserved at Delaware Rentals and are also readily available there or at the Put-in-Bay Resort Front Desk.top
The weather at Put-in-Bay is much like all of northern Ohio coastal communities. In spring and fall a light jacket our sweatshirt is recommend for evenings. Island dress is casual. Current weather and a 10-day forecast may be found in our weather
section. Just remember, it NEVER rains inside our great restaurants and bars!top
The Put-in-Bay season starts April 1st and our last big weekend is the Halloween weekend the last weekend in October. Off-season activities include walleye and perch ice fishing.top
On weekends our Put in Bay hotels require a two-night minimum. On holiday weekends there is a three-night minimum. There is no minimum stay requirement Sunday thru Thursday nights where Sundays are not on a holiday weekend.top
Yes, all of the Put in Bay hotels featured on www.putinbay.com
permit you to bring your own beverages to the privacy of your own hotel room or rental home. You may not bring your alcoholic beverages into any of our bars or poolside bars as they are considered part of the liquor permit premises. There is no need to bother bringing beer and wine from the mainland as we have carryouts here on the Island with prices comparable with those on the mainland. There is no full-proof liquor store on the Island.top
As a general rule, most downtown bars close around 1:30 am. There are three late night bars on the Island, The Skyway, Mr. Ed's Bar & Grill, and the Brewery.top
Yes! Golf Carts are treated as licensed motor vehicles on the Island. All traffic laws apply including open container laws as well as drinking and driving. Delaware Carts
rents to licensed drivers over the age of 18. For those under 18 but holding a valid license, a parent or guardian may rent a golf cart for your use.top
NO! As anywhere in Ohio, we have an open container law. No alcoholic beverages may leave a liquor permit establishment. This is strictly enforced.top
Check our entertainer
pages for your favorite Put in Bay entertainer!top
Yes! Put-in-Bay has a k-12 school that is located in the downtown area.top
Yes! There is a full service grocery on the Island located on Catawba Avenue. There is a drive thru with beer and wine located next to the Boathouse Bar and Grill on Hartford Avenue.top
When the ferryboats stop running, there are several charter airlines that fly in and out of Put-in-Bay. There is also a hovercraft offering ferry service across the ice to the mainland.top
Both ferryboat lines can be reached from Cedar Point in about 20 minutes.top
That is a tough one! There are a wide variety of great dining choices on the Island that serve an even wider variety of food. While touring the Island, stop in and look over the menus to determine your choice! You can also download our printable Island Guide
in PDF format for a listing and map of local dining establishments.top
There are about 480 full time residents on the Island.top