Get an inside look at Lake Erie science and history this summer at one of our Put-in-Bay landmark tours. All tours are described on this page.

Gibraltar Island Tours

Have you ever wondered what kind of research goes on at Ohio State University’s Stone Laboratory? Want to see Cooke Castle?

Science and History Tours of Gibraltar Island will be held each Wednesday, June 24 through August 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. A tour fee of $10 ($5 for children 6−12) supports Stone Lab student scholarships. You can also schedule a tour April through November. To get to Gibraltar, meet at the Boardwalk Restaurant Harbor Taxi Landing on South Bass Island by 10:45 a.m. to catch a water taxi at a cost of $6 round-trip.

In the first hour, groups will take a guided tour of the island, including Perry’s Lookout, the glacial grooves, Stone Lab buildings, and the outside of Cooke Castle. The second hour will focus on the Lake Erie research currently being conducted at Stone Lab

Tours are provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with a maximum of 75 people.

South Bass Island Lighthouse Tours

Tour the South Bass Island Lighthouse and learn about its history on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. − 5:00 p.m. June 22 through August 11. You can also schedule a tour April through November. For $3 ($1 for children ages 6-12), visitors can climb the stairs to take in a great view of Put-in-Bay from the top of the tower, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The grounds are open to the public dawn to dusk free of charge.

Aquatic Visitors Center Tours

Stop by the Aquatic Visitors Center, about one mile west of downtown Put-In-Bay, to experience Lake Erie science up close. The center is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday from June 24 through September 12. Activities include inspecting Lake Erie’s complex ecosystem through hands-on displays, observing and identifying live fish in aquaria and discovering current research to protect Lake Erie. Children under age 16 can fish from the fishing pier. Admission is free. Guided tours for groups can be scheduled for $4 per person. Programs every Saturday introduce kids to science. For more information about the Aquatic Visitors Center, contact the Stone Lab Office at 419.285.1800 or visit

For more tour information

Kelly Dress
Stone Laboratory
878 Bayview Dr
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
Tel: 419.285.1800, Fax: 419.285.1878

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