Gibraltar Island Tours
Located in Put-in-Bay’s harbor, Gibraltar is owned by Ohio State University and is home to Stone Laboratory and Cooke’s Castle. The science and history tours of Gibraltar Island and Stone Lab are held every Wednesday from 11:00am-1:00pm, June 21-August 9 Tour prices are $10.00 for ages 12 & older, Children are $5.00. To get to Gibraltar, meet at the Boardwalk Restaurant harbor taxi on Put-in-Bay at 10:45am to take the taxi at a cost of $6.00 round trip, payable directly to the boat captain. Call OSU 419-285-1800 for more information.
South Bass Island Lighthouse
Tour the South Bass Island Lighthouse and learn about its history on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:00am-5:00pm. June 19 through July 18. You can also schedule a tour April through November. For Free, visitors can climb the stairs to take in a great view of Put-in-Bay from the top of the tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds are open to the public dawn to dusk free of charge and the lighthouse and grounds are also available for rental for private parties and special events. Call 419-285-1800 for more information and pricing.
Aquatic Visitors Center
Stop by the Aquatic Visitors Center, about one mile west of downtown Put-in-Bay, to experience Lake Erie science up close. The center is open 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesday through Saturday, from June 21 through September 9. Activities include inspecting Lake Erie’s complex ecosystem through hands-on displays, observing and identifying live fish in aquaria, and discovering current research to protect Lake Erie. They offer guided tours of this historic fish hatchery (May – October) and children under age 16 can fish from the fishing pier. Admission is free. Programs every Saturday introduce kids to science. For more information about the Aquatic Visitors Center, contact the Stone Lab Office at 419-285-1800.
Lake Erie Islands Historical Museum (see our coupons page)
Conveniently located downtown don’t miss the displays of ship models, Hotel Victory and island memorabilia. This season the museum will host a display of mostly privately owned antique and collectible decoys, Ohio and Native American crafted duck calls, and unique hunting equipment. Be sure to stop in the Resale Shop next door to the Museum. 419-285-2804.
Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center (see our coupons page)
Located on Meechen Road, between the airport and the State Park, this museum offers tours and exhibits of 243 examples of North American wildlife, including fish, birds, and mammals. See a real eagle’s nest (photo ops!), stop by the Frog Pond and visit for “Wild Tuesdays” from 1-3pm where you can see, touch and learn about the nature and wildlife of the Lake Erie Islands. Adult $3, Senior $2, Ages 6-11 $2, under 6 yr. free, special family rate $8. 419-285-3037.