The primary industry of Put-in-Bay is tourism. The tourist season runs roughly between April and October. There are approximately 400 full-time South Bass Island residents, most of whom remain on the island over the winter. Supplies and perishables are flown to the island during the winter months along with the mail, parcels and bank employees who staff the island's only bank (for one day a week) until the spring. The island has a single school that is used for all classes – grades kindergarten through 12 – and also serves the educational requirements of Middle Bass and North Bass islands. Put-in-Bay has one grocery store, one bank, two cemeteries, and no cinema.
The most common methods of transportation to and from the island are via ferry boat, propeller driven aircraft and private boat.
Miller Ferry Catawba Dock, at the end of Route 53 North, Catawba, . Known as Catawba Point. Ferries to Middle and South Bass Island (Put-in-Bay). Miller Boat Line has larger car-ferries, but are a bit slower than some others. Reservations required for cars and trucks, not needed for passengers.
The Jet Express, in downtown Port Clinton, and Sandusky, 1-800-245-1538 (email: email@example.com), . Trips to Kellys Island and Put-in-Bay.
Bike and Golf Cart Rental  are popular among tourists.
Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial commemorating Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's September 10, 1813 naval victory over British ships in the Battle of Lake Erie in the War of 1812. Construction of the monument began in 1912 and it opened to the public on June 13, 1915. It is 352 ft (107 m) tall and made up of 78 layers of pink granite, topped with an eleven short ton (10 metric ton) bronze urn. The remains of six naval officers, three British and three Americans, were interred beneath the floor of the monument's rotunda. Small fee ($3) to take elevator to observation deck, which has views of the surrounding islands and southern Canada.
Besides the scenery, the village is a known party hang-out. Large numbers of boaters congregate here in summer.
Typical tourist bric-a-brac and t-shirt shops are plentiful here.
There are numerous eateries in the village. Many are located along Delaware & Bayshore Avenues, in the center of Put-in-Bay, but others are scattered throughout the vilalge.
Dairy Queen The island's only corporate franchise restaurant has fast food and typical ice cream treats.
Chicken Patio on Delaware Avenue is an island fixture. The savory smoke from grilled BBQ chicken wafts over the area and lures in visitors. Unique wine-based BBQ sauce and outdoor seating with a view of the central village.
Boathouse Bar & Grill on Hartford Avenue. A nautical-themed establishment with sandwiches, fresh perch, walleye chowder. Often has live music on weekends.
There are many watering-holes in the village, many with live musical entertainment.
Beer Barrel Saloon, . Home to world's 3rd longest bar.
Put-in-Bay Brewing Company,. Microbrewery with a selection of beers and ales on tap and a small menu of food. A good spot to view a Cleveland Browns or Indians game in-season. They have several large televisions for sports. Live music can be found here as well. The Brewing Company is on Catawba Avenue, around the corner from the Beer Barrel Saloon.