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The hills of Hocking County Region and what to do.

In the southwest corner of Ohio, about 1/4 of the way up the map is the region surrounding the county of Hocking. The county has less than 30,000 residents. The region is in a part of the state crisscrossed with back roads and no interstates. Yet despite it small size and out of the way location millions of people visit it each year. The big question is what do all these people do in Hocking County and the surrounding region?

Museums:
For such a lightly populated place the region has a large number of museums. From the small museum with a great point to the giant washboard and its museum and factory  How about the birthplace of a famous Civil War General, or a glass hot shop and museum. Like art? The region has many art museums too. A good list is available at http://www.explorehockinghills.com/things-to-do/indoor-activities/arts/museums/

Outdoor Activities:
Paddling on the Hocking River or Lake Logan is always a popular option. They even have a water jetpack adventure. Biking, both mountain and road, are a good way to get exercise. Golf, both mini and big, is offered in the region. The area is known for its large forested hills and state parks. Hiking and simply enjoying nature seems to a very popular.

Shopping:
The region does not have many large big box chain stores, but makes up for it in the many little art studios and mom and pop shops dotting the region. A quick search on the internet, or with the help of the friendly staff at the regional welcome centers, will bring up a large list of places to find that unique item or gift.

Free Stuff:
The amount of free stuff to do in the area will make it a sure draw for people from all over the state. We tried to put a list together but found this one covered more than we could even imagine. http://www.explorehockinghills.com/things-to-do/free-fun/

Or one could just visit  the State parks with ravines. They always seem to be a popular option.

Special thanks to Hocking Hills Tourism Association. Their Website is overflowing with things to do in the region. Their Welcome Centers are a must stop for the beginning of any tour of the area.

 

Put-In-Bay

Links: http://www.putinbay.com/

Tourism  http://www.putinbay.com/robotours2.htm or http://visitputinbay.com/visitus/

Wikipedia site http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Put-in-Bay,_Ohio

Ferry to the Island/City http://jet-express.com/ or http://www.millerferry.com/

Put-In-Bay is a village located on South Bass Island on Lake Erie. This is not a big town, but is a summer tourism destination. Ferry service connects it with Catawba Island, Kelley’s Island, Port Clinton, and Sandusky, Ohio. One great place to board the ferry is Sandusky with Cedar Point and many other activities.  Ferry Service is the most common way to get to the town, but one can also take aircraft (propeller) and private boat. The temperatures in Put-In-Bay average upper 70s and 80s and probably stay cooler than most of Ohio because it is on the lake and gets many of the lake’s breezes. This makes for a nice change to normally hot and humid summer weather of most of Ohio.

There are many historical sites to see when you are in Put-In-Bay. One of these historical sites to not miss is Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial. The memorial was created to commemorate the battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.  Some other sites to see are Stonehenge Estate, Perry’s Cave, Lake Erie Islands Historical Society, Beer Barrel Saloon,  Heineman’s winery, and Crystal Cave.  These sites will fill up the good part of a day if not two days on the Island. Put-In-Bay is located on Lake Erie so of course fishing can be a fun activity while in town.

Put-In-Bay has many hotels, bed and breakfasts, rentals, and camping. Each with their own amount of amenities. What is nice about these places is that they are mostly local and really want to make each person’s stay unique and memorable. Put-In-Bay has many different restaurants for one to eat at. The restaurants range in food from Italian, pub food, seafood, and wineries or breweries. The night life is one of the big draws for many of the region.

One can ferry over to Put-In-Bay, so while on the island one can rent a bike, golf cart, or moped. It is not actually recommended to bring a car to the island since many hotels are near attractions and lines to get cars off the island can be long.  Cars can not be put on each ferry so one needs to research if the ferry company they want to take allows cars. Better to plan ahead.

Put-In-Bay is a nice place in Ohio to visit in the summer for a day out especially if one is visiting Cedar Point.  Put-In-Bay has many historical sites to fill up the day and food to fill the stomach.  The best time to visit is summer since ferries do not run in the winter and flying is more expensive,

Summer and Put-In-Bay are the perfect combination.