It’s Flag Day – beautiful flags on dog-friendly South Bass Island |

14 Jun

Today is Flag Day, the anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official US flag back in 1777. Mom just googled “flag day” to find some historical details. She found an article posted today on 6 Things You Probably didn’t know about Flag Day. (Today is also the birthday of the US Army, which explains the big Army event in Times Square this morning!)

Flag at sunset on Put-in-Bay

Flag at sunset on Put-in-Bay

One of our favorite places to see flags is on South Bass Island, a small island in Lake Erie. There must be a lot of patriotic pups on the island because there are flags everyone – on boats, monuments, and homes! Mom spent her summers on the island growing up and she loves to go back!

Getting there: It is about an 8-hour drive from Midtown Manhattan to the boat dock in Ohio. We take the dog-friendly Miller Boat Line ferry from Port Clinton, Ohio to Put-in-Bay. Adult fare is $14 RT. We don’t bring our car because they have golf cart rentals all over the island.

What to do: You can tour most of the island in a day trip. (The island is approximately 3.7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.) The annual island pooch parade is this Saturday, June 15 in downtown DeRivera Park. We were welcome on some outdoor patios for dining (it is hit or miss) and we were welcome in most of the downtown shops. Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial grounds are open to leashed dogs. (Dogs are not able to enter the actual monument.) This year there will be many special events to commemorate the bicentennial of the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. During the summer high season, it is fun to people and pup watch! Put-in-Bay tends to have a big party scene.

Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial

Perry’s Victory and International Peace Memorial

Where to stay: lists many hotel and camping options in the area. (We stayed with relatives.)

Day trips: Kelleys Island, another island in Lake Erie, is a fun stop in the area. While more family oriented, it does feature dog-friendly parks, beach areas, and wineries. The Erie County Humane Society is hosting a doggy event on Kelleys Island this weekend.

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