Put-in-Bay isn’t just for weekend partyers. There are also opportunities to learn more about nature and the science surrounding the marine environment. The Aquatic Visitors Center, run by the Ohio Sea Grant of The Ohio State University, is located in a former fish hatchery. It provides family-oriented hands-on opportunities to learn about Lake Erie’s aquatic inhabitants, as well as insects, snakes and the ecosystem of the lakeshore area and find out more about the research being done by Ohio Sea Grant. In addition, children under 16 can borrow fishing gear and bait and fish from the center’s pier. It’s a great way to get up close and personal with the region’s greatest natural asset. It’s free. Hours are 10am-5pm daily, Wednesday through Saturday, June through September.
Ohio Sea Grant also offers tours to Gibraltar Island to visit its Stone Lab and learn more about the research being done there, plus a walking tour of the island. The tours are available on Wednesdays from mid-June to mid-August. They’re $10 per person; $5 ages 6-12.
878 Bayview Avenue, Put-in-Bay