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Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456-0549

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace between Britain, Canada and the U.S. It is the third tallest national Monument in the U.S.. The Memorial, a Doric column, rising 352 feet over Lake Erie is situated 5 miles from the longest undefended border in the world. THE MUSEUM IS FREE and it costs $3 to go to the top on the Monument.

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial



Antique Car Museum
1/2 Mile from downtown on Catawba Ave
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
(419) 285-2405

Rare Model Ts, vintage snowmobiles, road sign and gasoline memorabilia. A rare FREE ATTRACTION. This antique car collection was lovingly gathered by Charles "Skip" Duggan. Skip started the Sunday afternoon antique car parades. The Antique Car Museum is dedicated to Skip in his memory. Skip created a place where families could get together and learn while having a great time.

Antique Car Museum



Put-in-Bay Hatchery Visitor's Center
Put-In-Bay, Ohio 43456
(419) 285-3701

ADMISSION IS FREE. Families can inspect Lake Erie's complex ecosystem through displays, observe fish and other Lake Erie inhabitants in large aquaria, and learn about current Lake Erie research. Children under age 16 can borrow equipment and fish from the pier, free of charge. A working State Fish Hatchery at Put-in-Bay from 1907 through 1988. The center is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, June 20-August 18.

Put-in-Bay Hatchery Visitor's Center


Crystal Cave & Heineman Winery
1/2 Mile from downtown on Catawba Ave
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
(419) 285-2811

The Heineman Winery was founded in 1888 by Gustav Heineman, an immigrant from Baden-Baden, Germany, the grape growing region of that country. The Lake Erie Islands were already noted for the quality grapes. The winery has been in operation for over 100 years. Tour the winery and Crystal Cave. Enjoy the island wines and grape juice.

Crystal Cave & Heineman Winery



Island Tour Train
Departs at the Depot Downtown,
Corner of Deleware & Toledo Ave
(419) 285-4855

See the rest of the island while learning fun facts about the island's history. Board the Put-in-Bay Tour Train at The Depot, downtown Put-in-Bay. A one-hour narrated tour of the island is included. Public tours are available during the summer months. Group Tour Packages are available. Passengers have stop off privileges at these great attractions: Perry's Cave Family Fun Center, Heineman Winery & Crystal Cave, Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial.

Island Tour Train



Kimberly's Carousel
Delaware Ave
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
(419) 285-2212

Kimberly's Carousel is one of the oldest wooden merry-go-rounds in operation in the country. This 1917 Herschel carousel is like a ride back in time. Rides cost $1.50. There is a photo show of Kimberly's Carousel courtesy of Jean Bennett on the website below.

Kimberly's Carousel



Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum
PO Box 25
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
(419) 285-2804

The Lake Erie Islands are rich in history. The 6000 square foot museum has displays depicting early life on the islands and many aspects of life at the turn of the 20th century. Put-in-Bay has prospered as a tourist destination since 1864. During the Victorian era, Put-in-Bay had the second largest hotel in the world. Admission: Adults $2, Children (12 years and older) $1, Children 11 and younger free, Senior Citizens $1.50 or a Family $5.

Lake Erie Islands Historical Society Museum



Perry's Cave
1/2 Mile from downtown on Catawba Ave
Put-in-Bay, Ohio 43456
(419) 285-2405

The discovery of the cave, in 1813, is credited to Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, hero of the battle of Lake Erie. The cave lies 52 feet below the surface. The cave is 208 feet long by 165 feet wide. There are stalactites, stalagmites and cave pearls on the cave's walls, ceiling and floor created by heavily encrusted calcium carbonate deposits from centuries of water dripping from the ceiling. The temperature of the cave is about 50 degrees fahrenheit year-round.

Perry's Cave



Stonehenge Estate
808 Langram Road
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
(419) 285-2585

Tours include a charming stone home (circa 1870's) and wine press cottage (circa 1850's) that give visitors a sense of island living from yesterday and today. Both buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places and are filled with antiques, photographs and island memorabilia for visitors to enjoy. Also included on the tour are the cottage wine cellar (complete with original island grape press). Stonehenge Estate tours are open daily in the summer months and leave continually during business hours. The tours take approximately 20 minutes.

Stonehenge Estate




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Great Lakes Historical Society
Ohio Historical Society

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