Yes, we’re sad summer is over. The days are growing shorter, and the weather is growing cooler. But you don’t have to put away your stand-up paddleboard yet. And there are plenty of fall events to celebrate on Lake Erie. Here’s a taste. For more events, any time of year, visit rockthelake.com/events. Sept. 7 Put-in-Bay…

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Pick a race: sprint triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon, aquabike, family fun run and a 5k run/walk. All participants will receive a cool swag bag, including a performance tech race shirt, raffle ticket and barbecue luncheon on the lawn. Kids Fun Run 9 a.m. Sprint Triathlon/Aquabike/Aquathlon 9:15 a.m. Sprint Duathlon 9:20 a.m. 5k Run/Walk 10 a.m.

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Put-in-Bay is the prettiest town in Ohio, according to Architectural Digest. “Located five miles offshore on South Bass Island in Lake Erie, Put-in-Bay is a recreational paradise come summer,” writes the magazine. Put-in-Bay is in good company, with towns on the list such as Cape May, New Jersey, and Ithaca, New York. (Ithica is gorges,…

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Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks on the water. Whether you are on land or at anchor you will enjoy the spectacular display reflecting over the harbor of Put-in-Bay at dusk. Parking is available in the Peace Garden Lot and the east lawn of the park, adjacent to Park Ave. 

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X marks the spot at the 10th annual Pyrate Fest at Put-in-Bay. Talk like a pirate — and dress like one too — for costume contests, kids programs, a pirate skirmish, cannon demonstrations and cardboard boat races. The brig Niagara will even be in port.

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The 20-somethings can have downtown Put-in-Bay, with its tiki bars and pool party bacchanalia. Families can claim the rest of South Bass Island as an idyllic summer adventure. The most populated of Ohio’s Lake Erie Islands, South Bass is a sundae of Americana, with a cherry on top. We’re talking three generations sharing a golf…

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I think the golf carts were their favorite part. In one day at Put-in-Bay, I took my 5- and 7-year-old up to the top of Perry’s Monument, down to Perry’s Cave, around the state park and in to an ice cream shop. But their favorite? Fighting over the front seat in the golf cart as…

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Looking to try stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Erie this summer? The cool, calm sport is an easy way to get out on the water. And it’s growing like crazy. The Outdoor Foundation didn’t even include stand-up paddleboarding – or SUP, which migrated from Hawaii to California in 2004 — in its annual survey until 2010.…

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Meet David Dress, a Put-in-Bay lifer who has been at the helm of Miller Boat Line ferries for nearly three decades. “It was a summer job that turned into a much, much longer,” said Dress, 52. Miller, the largest and most frequent ferry service on Lake Erie, started spring runs in March. It was originally…

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  Nothing better than sharing a meal with friends while watching the sun set on Lake Erie. Unfortunately, in Ohio, restaurants on the Great Lake are hard to find. Cleveland has only a few. (Thankfully Cleveland has plenty of waterfront dining in the Flats, on the Cuyahoga River.) That’s why we created a list of…

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