If you are looking for a great vacation escape right here in Ohio, plan a visit to Put-in-Bay. Located on South Bass Island, Put-in-Bay is an escape from it all. The best way to Put-in-Bay is with a trip on the Miller Boat Line Ferry. It is more than just a way to get to the island, it is a big part of the adventure! My kids love it! We were able to take a ride on Miller Boat Line Ferry last week in exchange for this review.
Boy was it cold last week! With highs in the low 60’s, we were bundled up and still enjoyed our trip on the Miller Ferry. Typically we sit outside and enjoy the waves, wind, and sun. This time, we spent about 1/2 the time inside the enclosed, warm area. It is good to note that even in in-climate weather, Miller Ferry can take you to and from Put-in-Bay in comfort.
It is always with great anticipation that we board Miller Ferry. We have the full day of island fun ahead and plenty of energy as you can see in the picture above. By the end of the day packed full of fun, we return to the ferry as a sort of retreat for wearing ourselves out all day long. As you can see, our energy level is much lower on the return trip.
If you’ve never rode a ferry before, there is nothing to it. You can ride as a passenger, sitting on the upper level on seats outside or in the enclosed room at the center of the upper level. You can also stand on the lower deck where all the vehicles are. Either way, you’ll enjoy beautiful views of Lake Erie and beautiful sunsets in the evenings. I’ve heard the sunrises are spectacular, but I’ve never been there so early! You can even bring your bike or car for an additional fee.
The trip from Catawba / Port Clinton is just abut 20 minutes to Put-in-Bay. Miller Boat Line Ferries leave the dock about every 30 minutes, depending on the time of day and season. The last Ferry leaves Put-in-Bay at 7pm daily and 8pm on weekends or 7:30 and 8:30 from Catawba now through September 8th. Extended hours for now through August 18th.
Check out their full schedule here.
Miller Boat Line is the least expensive way to get from Catawba Island to Put-in-Bay and Middle Bass Island. Tickets to Put-in-Bay are just $7 for adults, $1.50 for kids 6-11 and FREE under 6.
Tickets to Middle Bass are $8.50 for adults, $3 for kids 6-11, and FREE under 6.
Be sure to bring a jacket because even in the Summer, it gets cool at night on Lake Erie. Or, just plan to sit indoors if it is too chilly.
The Miller Boat Line staff is always professional, friendly, and helpful. We have enjoyed riding Miller Boat Line Ferries for years and have always had positive experiences. I highly recommend taking a trip to Put-in-Bay with Miller Boat Line, it is a fun way to get to the island.
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Miller Boat Line Ferry
5174 East Water Street
Port Clinton, OH. 43452
This was not a paid post. My own opinions were used based on my perceptions and experience. Thank you to Miller Boat Line who provided the tickets for review.