Oktoberfest at Put-in-Bay

I found out a couple of weeks ago that October 8-9 was Oktoberfest at Put-in-Bay, and thought it would make a great day trip for Andrew, Ellie and I to take that would have a vacation feel. I’ve been to Put-in-Bay once a year the past two years we’ve lived nearby. I hadn’t had the chance to make the trip this year, and the island sort of “closes” for winter soon, so last weekend was the perfect opportunity. Put-in-Bay is a village located on South Bass Island, about 15 miles off the Lake Erie coast near Sandusky. It’s considered a vacation resort destination, and its population is only 138 people. I like the island because going there even for a day really does feel like being on vacation.


The green point shows where the island is located on the map in relation to Sandusky and Cleveland. To get there, you take a ferry from Catawba Island, and in about 20 minutes you’re transported to another world. Here we are before and during the Miller Ferry ride.

Passenger vehicles are allowed on the island, but the best way to get around is by golf cart. The cart we rented had seat belts, so we were able to strap Ellie’s car seat in with no problem.


Our first stop was the Oktoberfest tent at DeRivera Park, where we listened to music and had German fare like pork schnitzel, apple strudel and spiced wine.

Afterward we took in the sights around the Bay in the golf cart, driving by the Perry’s Victory & International Peace Memorial, commemorating the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, and The Boardwalk, a small area lined with shops and restaurants including our favorite, The Upper Deck.

We eventually made our way back to the ferry just in time for sunset. Overall, it was a great day, but Andrew and I both agreed that it would have been easier on all of us had we stayed the night. It would have been nice to have somewhere to retreat for feedings and nap times, but we wanted to see how Ellie would do outside her comfort zone because we have two trips coming up over the holidays to visit family that will require long travel times. She did great, but needless to say she slept really well that night when we got home and so did we!

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