Put-in-Bay

One of my favorite things about this school year is that we have been going on a field trip every single Friday! We’ve been learning about the War of 1812 in history class, and I was delighted to discover that one of the biggest battles of the war {and the turning point for the U.S.!} happened not far from us, in Lake Erie on a little island called Put-in-Bay!

So of course the kids were delighted to find out that we were going on the LAKE on an ISLAND and on a BOAT.

Put-in-Bay! ~ Our Cozy Den
First, we headed across Lake Erie on the ferry!
Put-in-Bay! ~ Our Cozy Den
Once we got on the island, we splurged and rented a golf cart for the day! The island is too big to walk everywhere, and driving the golf cart was SO FUN!
Put-in-Bay! ~ Our Cozy Den
We stopped at the beautiful old lighthouse on one end of the island, and looked out at the water.
Put-in-Bay! ~ Our Cozy Den
Then we headed to the other end of the island to visit the massive monument. It was built to commemorate international peace between the U.S., Great Britain, and Canada.
Put-in-Bay! ~ Our Cozy Den
There was a fantastic employee of the museum that told us all about the war, the soldiers, the weapons, and more!

Sophie got to call the shots {literally!} when he fired an authentic War of 1812 rifle.

Put-in-Bay! ~ Our Cozy Den
There was a bunch of cool stuff to see inside too! Like real weapons and ammunition…
Put-in-Bay! ~ Our Cozy Den
…and a huge 3D battle model!
Put-in-Bay! ~ Our Cozy Den
After all that excitement, we drove around for a while and saw some more sights. Then we finished the day with a stop at the playground!

We had such a wonderful day on Put-in-Bay! It can be really expensive if you don’t choose your activities carefully — but our only expenses were the ferry, the golf cart, and a meal. All of the other things we did were free!

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