South Bass Island
is so small that many people, including islanders, refer to the island by the name of the tiny resort village located here–Put-in-Bay.
The downtown district stretches over a three block area surrounding a downtown public park that overlooks the picturesque waterfront.
Getting around the island is easy. Some people walk every where, and others bicycle. The most prevalent form of transportation is a golf cart and many of the locals have one to get around Put in Bay during the resort season. All golf carts are licensed motor vehicles and operators must have a valid driver’s license to drive a golf cart since these travel along with cars, vans, and trucks on the island’s roadways and streets. Underage drivers can expect a ticket if they get behind the wheel.
Put-in-Bay businesses rent golf carts and bicycles at, or near both ferry docks and the island airport. Visitors can also bring their own bikes across on the ferries.
The island also has taxi service, and a bus operates between the Miller ferry dock and downtown on a schedule that coincides with the ferry’s schedule. Buses depart from the downtown Depot 20 minutes prior to the ferry’s departure time.
Put-in-Bay’s Tour Train is also stationed at the Depot and offers a 55-minute narrated historical tour of the island. Several trams run throughout the day with the last one departing the Depot at 5:15 p.m. each day. The tram has several stops and passengers can stay at any of the stops, and board a later tram by holding onto their ticket.