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Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial, Put in Bay

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See the massive 10.7 m (35 ft) Doric column and discover the history behind it when you visit Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial. Take an elevator to the top of the 107 m (352 ft) monument for views of Lake Erie and the surrounding area. Head to the visitor center to learn about the history behind the monument, which commemorates an American victory during the War of 1812 and celebrates the lasting peace between Britain, Canada, and the United States. If you time your visit right, you may even catch a musket and cannon firing demonstration at the memorial. Plan to see Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial and other attractions that appeal to you using our Put in Bay tourist route planner.
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  • love the view & the history - great staff helping explain details, love the guards -took a lot of pictures!  more »
  • Actually, I visited the memorial during the bicentennial celebration of Perry's victory at the battle of Lake Erie in 2013. This is the site of the most important and decisive battle in the history of...  more »
  • Came up and seen this in 2015 and just again right after new years and it is just as awesome as the first time. If you enjoy monuments and history you need to visit this at put-in-bay!  more »
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  • What a WONDERFUL little park. I'd just like to preface this with the fact that the Monument does cost 5$ to go up to the top! The monument is up a set of stairs to the base of the monument and then up a spiral staircase to an elevator where you pay 5 dollars, take an elevator to the very top. You can see so much from up here. Around 15 islands total, one of which is a Canadian island, and on the horizon you can just barely see mainland Canada. Bring some binoculars! You can not put anything on the ledge for fear of dropping something off the edge and hitting someone at the base. This rule is very strictly enforced (with good reason). The rangers at the top are happy to answer questions regarding the history of the battle that took place here, and anything you can see from up here. There is a building that sits about 100 yards away from the base of the monument that is dedicated to the history of the Put-In-Bay. They have a short 15 minute movie that is for free, and a ranger gives a speech a few times a day regarding what happened here between Britain and the US. All the rangers here are so nice and helpful with any questions. It isn't the most extravagant park (mainly being this building, and the monument itself) but it is a very nice way to spend an hour of your day at Put In Bay.
  • Recently had an opportunity to visit Perry's Monument. The island, the Lake, the grounds, the landscaping were all splendid. The staff, very knowledgeable, friendly, and accommodating. I was, however, disappointed by the lack of accessibility for the handicapped. I hear the views from the top of Perry's Monument are spectacular, but as the monument is surrounded by stairs, and no wheelchair access is available, I was unable to access the elevators to ride to the top and enjoy the vistas!
  • Always a great place to visit and on a clear day the view from the top is amazing. Rangers there are pretty knowledgeable about history and the area. Note that shorter children may have a hard time seeing over the wall at the top and they are pretty strict about standing at least a couple of feet back from the wall when holding a child up. The visitor center located just a short walk from the monument is nice and has a fair amount of the history of the monument itself. If you have a hard time with stairs or are wheelchair bound, you'll have to settle for seeing the monument from the outside. Entering the bottom of the monument, there are a few steps down to the inside. To get to the top, however; you must climb a narrow curving staircase the equivalent of about 2 floors to the elevator level where you buy a (pretty inexpensive) ticket if you are an adult. Kids are free. The elevator itself is small and they won't take more than 10 people on any one trip up or down. Once at the top you can stay as long as you like and if you keep your receipt, you can come back for free, even the next day. Definitely a "must visit" when visiting the island. We try to go every year. There were a number of years where the monument was closed for emergency repairs when a SLAB of marble fell over 300 feet to the ground. Luckily no one was hurt. If you are afraid of heights, this isn't too bad because there's no noticeable sway at all. My youngest son is terrified of heights and he was fine and even enjoyed it because the solid wall in front of him made him feel safer.
  • Amazing place. The interpretive center is top notch and the monument is stunning. If you love history it's a must-see. It's the 4th tallest monument in the U.S.
  • Good interpretative program and a great view at the top of the monument. The wait for the elevator is a little long and is smelly from the people waiting in an enclosed area without airflow in summer. Once you get to the top it wasn't that busy and you got a great view of the islands and could see where the battle took place.