Put-in-Bay Tour Train
Looking for a fun affordable way to Tour Put-in-Bay and learn about Put-in-Bay History
? The Put-in-Bay Tour Train is a narrated tour with a knowledgeable guide who details informative and interesting nuggets of knowledge about the island.
Where to Board The Tour Train
Tickets for the Tour Train are sold in the downtown area behind the Village Bakery
at the corner of Delaware Avenue & Toledo Avenue. The convenient downtown location allows you to start and finish your trip on the tour train in the heart of the village. The comfortable train is pulled by a Jeep and covers an extensive amount of the island with numerous stops.
Tour Train Scheduled Stops
The tour train permits you to get on and off and rejoin a tour in progress. Among the highlighted stops are:
- Lake Erie Island Nature & Wildlife Area
- Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial
- Heineman’s Winery & the Crystal Cave
- Perry’s Family Fun Center & Cave
The educational tour is guided by a knowledgeable local guide who will share detailed stories and information dating back to the role of Put-in-Bay in the War of 1812 and the Battle Of Lake Erie. You will learn of local folklore and hear Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry and his brave fighting troops who fought fiercely to defeat the British troops in the war on Lake Erie. The battle fought just outside the Put-in-Bay Harbor is considered by many as a turning point in winning the war and defeating the British.
Attractions Along the Tour Guide Route
Heineman’s Winery is the oldest winery on Put-in-Bay and has won many awards nationwide for their wine products. Their “vine to wine” practice ensures only the highest quality grapes make it into the bottles of wine produced.. They only sell wine they make using grapes from their vineyard. You can purchase wine at their gift shop to enjoy along with dinner after the tour. During Prohibition, the winery was the only one to survive by offering tours of the Crystal Cave and selling Grape Juice to tourists. Today the Heineman Winery is still operated by the same founding family’s 4th generation.
Put-in-Bay truly offers nature lovers the best of both worlds. The Lake Erie Island Nature and Wildlife Area hosts a full schedule of special programs devoted to the natural beauty of this island. The numerous Land Conservancy Groups have protected several large parcels of land from development thus ensuring green space for future generations.
Perry’s Cave and Family Fun Center is an entertainment destination with many appealing things to do under one roof. From Gemstone Mining to the War Of 18 Holes Mini Golf to a rock climbing wall and antique car museum, it would be easy to spend several hours here. Be sure to visit Perry’s Cave, which played a pivotal role in the war.
The Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument is both a testament to peace between the United States & Canada and a landmark for Put-in-Bay. The 352 feet Doric Column is the first thing people see while approaching the island and features an observation deck at the top serviced by an elevator. On a clear day, you can make out the skylines of Detroit, Toledo & Cedar Point in the distance.
After the Tour Train Ride
After you’ve completed the tour train ride it’s a great time to rent Put-in-Bay Golf Carts to go back out and explore some of the newly discovered sites you saw! Be sure to explore a few of our hidden gems like the South Bass Island State Park, Oak Point State Park and the stunning South Bass Island Lighthouse located at the end of Langram road.