Lakeside Ohio

Have a question about Lakeside Chautauqua? Review our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below. If you have a specific question or concern, contact us. We also invite you to review our Resources and upated Rules & Regulations for additional information.


What does "Chautauqua" mean?   

Established in 1873, Lakeside is among the first Chautauqua communities founded in North America. 

The word "Chautauqua" originates from the indigenous group of people, the Iroquois. The direct meaning is said to be either "two moccasins tied together" or "bag tied at the middle."

Lakeside has been a center for the four Chautauqua pillars - religion, education, cultural arts and recreation - for more than 140 years. Today, it thrives as one of the few remaining Chautauqua communities in North America. Visit The Chautauqua Movement page for more information about Lakeside or www.chautauquatrail.com to learn about other Chautauqua communities.


Are there fees associated with visiting Lakeside Chautauqua?

A Chautauqua Pass entitles guests to participate in a wide range of programs, including worship services, educational lectures, summer concerts, cultural arts events and specific recreational activities. There are several Chautauqua Passes to choose from, depending on how long your family is visiting.

Passes are required during Memorial Day weekend and the Chautauqua programming season. Kids age age 12 and under and guests 90 and older are always free, but require complimentary passes, which are available upon entering the gates. For more information about Chautauqua Passes, visit the Admission & Chautauqua Pass Schedule.


What does my Chautauqua Pass pay for?

Being a non-profit organization, Lakeside's programming is possible only through the philanthropic support of its patrons. Chautauqua Pass revenue covers only a fraction of the cost of presenting programs each summer.

During Memorial Day weekend and the Chautauqua programming season, the value of a Chautauqua Pass provides admission to the grounds and activities, including admission to Hoover Auditorium live entertainment, Lakeside Symphony Orchestra concerts, the Chautauqua Lecture Series, worship services, wellness and fitness classes, the children’s Splash Park and shuffleboard, to name a few. For a complete list of activities included in your Chautauqua Pass, visit Chautauqua Pass Benefits page.


When and where can I buy my Chautauqua Pass?

For your convenience, you may purchase a Chautauqua Pass online, please allow a minimum of two weeks for processing. You may also purchase a Chautauqua Pass at the gate upon entering the grounds or download a Chautauqua Pass Order From from the Admission & Chautauqua Pass Schedule.


Do I need a Chautauqua Pass to attend church, clean laundry, see a movie, shop or dine?

Complimentary Church Passes, Faith for Living Hour Passes, Laundromat Passes, Orchestra Hall Movie Passes and Shopping/Dining Passes are available at the gates during Memorial Day weekend and the Chautauqua programming season. To view details about each pass, visit Admission & Chautauqua Pass Schedule.


What is the cost of parking?

To park within the gates of Lakeside Chautauqua, at the South Gate Parking Lot or the Danbury High School Parking Lot, an Auto Pass is required. A Daily Auto Pass is needed during Memorial Day weekend and the Chautauqua programming season. To view prices, visit the Admission & Chautauqua Pass Schedule.

Motorcycles or trailers are not permitted within the Lakeside Chautauqua gates. Golf carts are only licensed by the season. They require a Golf Cart Pass and must pass a Lakeside Chautauqua Safety Services’ inspection. For more information and parking rates for each location, visit Parking & Shuttles.


Where can I park my vehicle?

Parking is limited on the grounds of Lakeside Chautauqua and requires an Auto Pass during Memorial Day weekend and the Chautauqua programming season.

To help with congested parking and continue our high safety standards on the grounds, Lakeside introduced a tiered parking fee structure.

There are small parking lots located throughout campus: two lots near the downtown business district, one lot north of Bradley Temple (Cedar Avenue and Third Street) and another lot south of Hoover Auditorium (Central Avenue and Fourth Street). 

Limited parking is available for Hotel Lakeside and Fountain Inn guests; therefore, it is recommended that guests unload belongings, then park at the South Gate Parking Lot and use the complimentary golf cart shuttle service. While most cottages have space for at least one vehicle, many do not have driveways or only have on-street parking available. For more information, visit Parking & Shuttles.


What is the length of the Chautauqua season?

The Lakeside Chautauqua summer season spans 10 to 11 weeks, running from late June until Labor Day. Lakeside also offers programming over Memorial Day weekend.. 


What types of accommodations are available?

Lakeside Chautauqua offers a variety of accommodations, including cottage rentals, hotels, bed & breakfasts, group housing, inns and suites, a campground and rustic cabins.


Do you have hotels on the grounds?

Lakeside has two hotels within its gates. The Hotel Lakeside, built in 1875, is a notable National Historic Landmark conveniently located on the waterfront. This hotel is reminiscent of the Victorian era, featuring antique furnishings and a beautiful wrap-around porch showcasing the best views of Lake Erie and the islands. Open seasonally from Memorial Day weekend through early October, the hotel includes 79 unique rooms. Make a reservation online or contact (866) 952-5374, ext. 230.

The Fountain Inn, built in 1977, is located one block from Lake Erie in the Lakeside Business District. It provides guests with easy access to waterfront activities, several parks with abundant recreational opportunities and nightly entertainment in Hoover Auditorium. The Fountain Inn has 47 rooms and the ability to host 140 guests at full capacity. It is the ideal location for family reunions, conferences or business retreats. Make a reservation online or contact (866) 952-5374, ext. 230.


How do I get to Lakeside Chautauqua?

Lakeside Chautauqua is located on the Marblehead Peninsula, halfway between Toledo and Cleveland on Lake Erie's south shore. It is easily accessible from the east or west via Interstate 90, Route 2 and Route 163. Lakeside is situated in the heart of the Lake Erie Shores & Islands region. Please review the directions pagebefore your trip to Lakeside. 


What types of dining options are available? 

Lakeside Chautauqua offers dining options that cater to children and adults alike. Whether you are looking for an afternoon snack, ice cream or sweet treat, a family restaurant, café or waterfront dining, Lakeside offers a wide variety of options. For a full list of restaurants in Lakeside, visit the Dining page.

For events such as reunions, conferences, youth camps, business meetings or wedding receptions, Lakeside provides a variety of locations to meet your dining needs with professional service. With venues accommodating 10 to 250 guests, meals can be set in a variety formats. Please visit the Banquet Services page for more information.


I have a comment/question about Lakeside. Who should I contact?

We welcome any and all comments, concerns, suggestions and questions. Send a message to our Contact Us page. If you are looking for a specific staff member or department, see our Staff Directory.

While on the grounds, visit the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, located at 236 Walnut Ave., or the Lakeside Information Center at the Pavilion.


Where can I find a business or staff directory?

The Lakeside Business District offers guests the opportunity to shop and dine during their stay. Please note that some shops, restaurants and services on the grounds only accept cash. For your convenience, a Huntington Bank ATM is located inside the Third Street entrance of the Fountain Inn, located at 225 Maple Ave.

To learn more about our staff, share your thoughts, ideas or concerns, visit our Staff Directory.


Where can I find information about the Lakeside Board of Directors?

The Lakeside Board of Directors governs Lakeside Chautauqua, setting priorities and adopting annual and long range plans.

To apply to become a Board member, download the Board Application from the Lakeside Board of Directors page. You can also view a list of current Board members on this page.


Where can I get a map of Lakeside during my visit?

Lakeside Campus Maps brochures are available at the Welcome Center, Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, Hotel Lakeside, Fountain Inn, Lakeside Information Center and various businesses across campus.


Where are the public restrooms located around Lakeside?

Public restrooms are located at the Pavilion, Shuffleboard Courts in Central Park, Welcome Center at the South Gate, Hoover Auditorium, Fountain Inn Lobby and the Hotel Lakeside Lobby.


Is there a shuttle service available on campus?

Our complimentary golf cart shuttle service operates from 7 a.m.-11 p.m. during Memorial Day weekend, The United Methodist Church Conferences (early June) and the Chautauqua programming season. Free shuttle service ends at 5 p.m. on Labor Day.

The shuttles run a route from the Welcome Center (near the South Gate Parking Lot), to the Shuffleboard Courts (Second Street and Central Avenue Crosswalk), Hotel Lakeside ( Maple Avenue entrance), Fountain Inn (Maple Avenue entrance), Hoover Auditorium (corner of Third Street and Walnut Avenue) and back to the Welcome Center. The shuttle service also stops at Chautauqua Park (at the corner of Poplar Avenue and Sixth Street), the Fifth Street Gate and Second Street East Gate upon request.

There is no need to call for a shuttle, simply go to one of the stops and catch a shuttle as it makes its rounds. All Lakeside shuttles are marked with an orange flag. Please note that no pets are permitted on the shuttles.

The shuttles stops are marked with a sign and also noted on the Lakeside Campus Map kiosks located at the Welcome Center, Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, Central Park and on the corner of Second Street and Maple Avenue.

Lakeside Campus Maps brochures are available at the Welcome Center, Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, Hotel Lakeside, Fountain Inn, Lakeside Information Center and various businesses across campus. 


Where can I rent a golf cart or bike while at Lakeside?

Sypherd Cycles & Rental Center, located at 182 W. Sycamore Ave., offers golf cart and bicycles rentals for guests. It is open daily throughout the summer season and by appointment in the off-season. For more information, visit www.sypherdcycles.com or contact (419) 798-4124.


Can I smoke on the grounds?

For the health and wellness of our guests and residents, Lakeside Chautauqua is a tobacco-free community. Smoking and the use of other tobacco products are prohibited on the grounds, with the exception of privately-owned properties.

The policy supports Lakeside’s long-range Strategic Plan, providing an aesthetically pleasing and safe environment for all guests and residents, as well as fulfilling our obligation to protect the health of all guests and residents.


Can I purchase alcohol on the grounds?

For the safety of our guests and residents, Lakeside Chautauqua is an alcohol-free community.  The consumption of alcoholic beverages outside the private dwellings of lessees/privately-owned cottages is prohibited. The policy supports Lakeside’s long-range Strategic Plan, providing an aesthetically pleasing and safe environment for all guests and residents, as well as fulfilling our obligation to protect the health of all guests and residents. For more information, review our updated Rules & Regulations.


Do you accept credit cards?

MasterCard, Visa and Discover credit cards are accepted by Lakeside Chautauqua. Please note that some shops, restaurants and services on the grounds only accept cash. A Huntington Bank ATM is located inside the Third Street entrance of the Fountain Inn, located at 225 Maple Ave.


Where can I receive medical care, as well as minor treatment for injuries and illnesses?

Emergency medical care is available at Magruder Hospital, located at 615 Fulton St. in Port Clinton, which is approximately a 15-minute drive from Lakeside. The hospital’s phone number is (419) 734-3131. Urgent Care, open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m., is also located adjacent to the Emergency Department. Contact Urgent Care at (419) 732-4017.

Medical care is also available at Firelands Hospital, located at 1111 Hayes Ave. in Sandusky, which is approximately a 30-minute drive from Lakeside. The hospital’s phone number is (419) 557-7400.

Urgent care is available at FASTrack Urgent Care, located at 135 W. Perry St. in Port Clinton. Walk-ins are accepted, and there is no facility fee. For more information, call (419) 732-7800. Urgent care is also available at NOMS Urgent Care in Sandusky, located at 2500 W. Strub Rd., Ste 120. The phone number is (419) 557-6490.


Where is the nearest movie theater?

Orchestra Hall enjoys the distinction of being the only movie theater on the Marblehead Peninsula, as well as in all of Ottawa County. The theater is located at 122 Second St., on the corner of Walnut Avenue and Second Street, and features weekly movies in the summer and fall. Visit our movie page for show times and ticket prices or read the weekly Lakesider newspaper in the summer.

On select Monday nights during the summer, Lakeside showcases a classic film for the entire Chautauqua community to enjoy in Hoover Auditorium. For more information, visit our movie page.


Where is the nearest ATM?

A Huntington Bank ATM is located inside the Third Street entrance of the Fountain Inn, located at 225 Maple Avenue.


Is Internet access available?

Lakeside Coffee & Cream, the Lakeside Laundromat, Dockside and the Lakeside Women's Club provide free Wi-Fi for patrons. Wi-Fi is available at the Hotel Lakeside and the Fountain Inn for overnight guests only. Wesley Lodge, Hoover Auditorium, South Auditorium, Wo-Ho-Mis and the Lakeside Dorm have Wi-Fi available to those who rent the facilities.


Where is the nearest post office?

The address of the local post office is 1306 W. Main St., Marblehead. Postage stamps are also available at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, located at 236 Walnut Ave. Letters to be mailed can be dropped in the mailbox located on the corner of Walnut Avenue and Third Street or at the Marblehead Post Office.


Is there access to a copier or fax machine?

These services are available at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, located at 236 Walnut Ave., during regular business hours, for a fee. The Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office’s fax number is (419) 798-5033.


Where can I donate to Lakeside?

The Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation is located in the Legacy House at 217 Walnut Ave. You can give online, by phone at (419) 798-5396 or by mail. Make checks payable to the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation and mail to 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440. For more information about giving to Lakeside, visit the Giving page.


Where can I find a local or national newspaper?

Newspaper stands for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sandusky Register and Toledo Blade are available at the Erie Food Market, located outside the Fifth Street Gate. For local community news, pick up a weekly Lakesider summer newspaper at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, Hoover Auditorium, Hotel Lakeside, Fountain Inn, gates, Welcome Center or any business.


Is there a lost & found?

Lost and found items may be returned to and retrieved from the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, located at 236 Walnut Ave. For additional assistance, contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at (866) 952-5374.


Where do I return my library books?

Library books from the Lakeside United Methodist Church Library (450 Central Ave.), the Lakeside Women’s Club Library (161 Walnut Ave.) and the Port Clinton Ida Rupp Library (310 Madison St., Port Clinton) may be returned to the library drop box in the parking lot at the corner of Central Avenue and Fourth Street.


Is camping allowed?

Our campground is located within the gates of Lakeside Chautauqua near Route 163. Open seasonally from May 15-October 15, the campground offers full hookups as well as tent camping sites. There are approximately 50 permanent RV sites and 34 transient campsites. For reservations, contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at (866) 952-5374, ext. 230.


Is there a swimming pool?

With plans to open by mid-summer 2017, the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus will include space for wellness classes, as well as a community swimming pool with lap lanes, a kids’ area and water slide.

During the Chautauqua summer season, all Lakeside Chautauqua Pass holders (Season, Weekly and Daily Passes) may also use the Danbury School swimming pool facility during open swim hours, free of charge. Danbury School is located at 9451 E. Harbor Rd., Marblehead, on the corner of Route 163 and Erie Beach Road. Please refer to the weekly Lakesider summer newspaper for days and times.

The Splash Park, located at the waterfront near the dock, is a recreational water play destination for children. The area includes a zero depth entry children’s pool, state-of-the-art splash pad and patio seating area. Please check the signage for rules and age restrictions.


Where is the nearest laundromat?

The Lakeside Laundromat, located at 320 W. Second St., offers drop-off wash and fold service (Monday-Friday), dry cleaning services, commercial laundry services and large capacity washers and dryers. For more information, contact (419) 798-9987.


Why is the ground shaking?

A few days a week during the summer, between 10 a.m.-3 p.m., LaFarge Quarry in Marblehead blasts the rock. These blasts cause a loud sounding boom and earthquake-like rumble in Lakeside.


What are mayflies and why are there so many in the summer?

Starting in early June, Lakeside ex­periences a high population of mayflies that hatch from the lake. The bugs are harmless and typically live for 72 hours. They are attracted to light sources and tend to leave the lake in large numbers. The mayfly population cannot be controlled since they breed in aquatic environments like Lake Erie. They can be best avoided by minimizing outdoor lighting, turning off lights or by switch­ing to yellow “bug light” bulbs.


Can I reserve a space for a meeting or an event?

With an array of outdoor and indoor venues of varying capacities, the dedicated Conference & Event Planning Staff will help guests in selecting the perfect meeting space and accommodations for groups. Visit our Groups page for a complete list of venues, descriptions, pricing and to complete a Request for Proposal.

For more information, contact the .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) at (866) 952-5374, ext. 279.


With the Chautauqua program in the summer, does anything happen on the grounds between fall and spring?

Yes, Lakeside hosts several off-season events, including the Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival, Community Christmas Dinner, Monthly Community Potluck Luncheons, Spring Cleanup Day, Mother’s Day Brunch, Lakeside Plant Sale and Memorial Day weekend events. Worship services are also held year-round at the Lakeside United Methodist Church. Furthermore, the peaceful off-season months are the ideal time to plan a weekend getaway to Lakeside. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more details.


Where can I apply for a seasonal job, full-time career, summer internship or volunteer position at Lakeside?

Lakeside Chautauqua offers several employment opportunities in hospitality, recreation, programming, finance, advancement, marketing, conference and event planning and operations. We also offer various volunteer opportunities across campus.

Check the website frequently for seasonal, careerinternship and volunteer opportunities.