The ferry ride from Catawba to the Miller Ferry docks at PIB takes about 20 minutes or so and it's a nice, relaxing ride. Last weekend was also HOT and humid and there was a little bit of haze on the lake, but standing on the lower decks of the boat was nice and cool thanks to a great breeze.
Once we docked and disembarked the ferry we rented a golf cart from Island Bike & Cart Rental. Over the years we've discovered that having a golf cart is the best way to travel around the island. There are several golf cart rentals around the island and in the summer months it's sometimes a good idea to reserve a cart since the island can get very busy on weekends.
Perry's International Peace Memorial and Visitor's Center. The monument was built to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. This year marks the bicentennial celebration of that battle (we even watched a historical video about the battle...yeah, I'm "that" mom!) The kids were really excited to take the short elevator ride to the top of monument - and when you're at the top you're about 317 feet high above Lake Erie.
After lunch we planned on heading over to Perry's Cave Family Fun Center for a couple hours of fun, but as soon as we arrived Emma was stung by a wasp. So, we hopped back in the golf cart and headed to the PIB EMS station.
After the Butterfly House the kids and Kevin wanted to cool off so they decided to head underground to visit Perry's Cave. (I chose to stay above ground so I didn't aggravate my never-ending ankle injury - there's a lot of steps to get into the cave!). The cave itself is a natural limestone cave and is registered as an Ohio Natural Landmark. It's a really cool sight to see if you aren't claustrophobic. And, it's "cool" as far as temperature too...so a great thing to do on a hot summer day!
Our day on Put-in-Bay was one of our best family days so far this summer. The kids had a great time (despite the wasp sting!) and it wasn't overly crowded, which is always nice. Next year we're thinking of heading over for a whole weekend - sort of a mini-vacation! There's a great hotel right on the water...and the kids loved the idea!
And here's my favorite photo from the day - my girls, enjoying the ride home on the Miller Ferry.
Disclaimer: I was provided four round-trip tickets on the Miller Ferry by Miller Boat Lines, in addition to a one-day golf cart rental from Island Bike & Cart Rental. We were also provided with Super Combo Tickets to Perry's Cave Family Fun Center. No other compensation was provided. All opinions are my own.