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Road trip: À la cart

Motor into the ‘Key West of the North’

The best way to get around the bustling summer destination of Put-in-Bay, Ohio, is by golf cart. The best way to arrive is by air.
Put in Bay Camping
Photography by Mike Fizer

OK, maybe we’re biased. But a scenic flight over Lake Erie to Put-in-Bay Airport (3W2) on South Bass Island is a great alternative to crowded ferries in the summer months, when revelers, history buffs, nature lovers, and families converge on this popular Midwest destination.

You’ll spot Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial to the northeast of the airport as you approach; the column honors Master Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry and others who fought the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. You can rent a golf cart on the airport and head straight to the boardwalk for food, drinks, and entertainment—or make the turn toward the 33-acre South Bass Island State Park for picnics, boating, or fishing in a more peaceful setting. Wineries; golfing, go-carts, and other recreation; a butterfly house, rock wall, and other family activities; historical sites; and more round out the attractions on this small island. With events such as the Spring Fling and Tailgate Weekend, Put-in-Bay has a reputation as a party destination, but it’s packed with activities for the whole family. And for the best experience, leave the car at home.

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WHY YOU SHOULD GO
Oliver Hazard Perry led his men to victory here over a squadron of six British warships. The worst you’re likely to face is a rowdy bachelorette party.

Sarah Deener

Sarah Deener

Managing Editor, 'AOPA Pilot' and 'Flight Training'
AOPA Pilot and Flight Training Managing Editor Sarah Deener is an instrument-rated commercial pilot and has worked for AOPA since 2009.

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