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.


Are there fees associated with visiting Lakeside?

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

Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes are required during Memorial Day weekend and the summer programming season. Kids age 12 & under and guests 90 & older are always free. For more information about Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes, visit the Admission & Parking Fees page.

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.

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

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

For more information, contact the Conference & Event Planning Office at (866) 952-5374, ext. 279 or conference@lakesideohio.com.

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.

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 summer programming season. To view details about each pass, visit Admission & Parking Fee page.

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.

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. 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 business district. It provides guests with easy access to waterfront activities, several parks and nightly entertainment in Hoover Auditorium. The Fountain Inn has 47 rooms. It's 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?

Lakeside Chautauqua is located on the Marblehead Peninsula, halfway between Toledo and Cleveland on Lake Erie's south shore. It's 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 page before your trip to Lakeside. 

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're 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/Waterfront Center at the Pavilion.

Is camping allowed?

Our Campground is located within the gates of Lakeside 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 Campground at (866) 952-5374, ext. 230.

Is internet access available?

Lakeside Coffee & Cream, the Lakeside Laundromat 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.

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 Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office at (866) 952-5374.

Is there a shuttle service available on the grounds?

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 summer 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 the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus (at the corner of Vine Avenue & Sixth Street) Chautauqua Park (at the corner of Poplar Avenue & 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 map kiosks located at the Welcome Center, Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, Central Park and on the corner of Second Street and Maple Avenue.

Map brochures are available at the Welcome Center, Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, Hotel Lakeside, Fountain Inn, Lakeside Information/Waterfront Center and various businesses across the grounds. 

Is there a swimming pool?

The Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus is located on the corner of Laurel Avenue and Sixth Street. Within the campus sits a community swimming pool and wellness center and a community swimming pool with lap lanes, a kids’ area and water slide.

A Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass is required for admission. Passes may be purchased at the Lakeside Chautauqua gates, Welcome Center or Hoover Ticket Offices. Passes will not be sold at the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus. Children age 12 & under must be accompanied by an Adult Daily, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass holder to swim. For more information about the pool, visit Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus page.

During the summer, all Chautauqua Pass holders (Daily, Saturday and Season) 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. Please refer to the weekly Lakesider newspaper for details.

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.

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.

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're attracted to light sources and tend to leave the lake in large numbers. The mayfly population can't 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.

What does "Chautauqua" mean?

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."

“Chautauqua” represents a community that welcomes all people to gather and participate in lifelong learning opportunities through four pillars: religion, education, cultural arts and recreation.

Established in 1873, Lakeside is among the first Chautauqua communities founded in North America. Today, it thrives as one of the few remaining Chautauqua communities in North America. Visit The Chautauqua Movement page for more information or www.chautauquatrail.com to learn about other Chautauqua communities.

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 summer programming season, the value of a Chautauqua Pass provides admission to the grounds and activities, including admission to Hoover Auditorium live entertainment, the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus, Chautauqua Lecture Series, worship services, specific 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.

What is the cost of parking?

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

To help with congestion and continue our high safety standards on the grounds, we offer a tiered parking fee structure. Guests are welcome to park within the gates of Lakeside, at the South Gate Parking Lot or the Danbury School Parking Lot. For rates, visit the Admission & Parking Fees page.

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 (Security) inspection. For more information about parking in Lakeside, visit the Parking & Shuttles page.

What is the length of the summer season?

The Lakeside summer programming 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 weekly cottage rentals, hotels, bed & breakfasts, group housing, inns and suites, a campground and rustic cabins.

What types of dining options are available? 

Lakeside offers dining options that cater to children and adults alike. Whether you're 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.

When and where can I buy my Chautauqua Pass and Auto Pass?

For your convenience, you may purchase a Chautauqua Pass and Auto Pass online, please allow a minimum of two weeks for processing. Online purchasing is available after April 1. You may also purchase a Chautauqua Pass and Auto Pass at the gate upon entering the grounds or download a Chautauqua Pass Order From from the Admission & Parking Fees page.

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, the Fountain Inn lobby and Hotel Lakeside lobby.

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/event planning and operations. We also offer various volunteer opportunities across the grounds.

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

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, 236 Walnut Ave., Lakeside, OH 43440. For more information about giving to Lakeside, visit the Giving page.

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. Also, most businesses are open seasonally during the summer.

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

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 newspaper at the Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, Hoover Auditorium, Hotel Lakeside, Fountain Inn, gates, Welcome Center or any business.

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?

Map brochures are available at the Welcome Center, Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, Hotel Lakeside, Fountain Inn, Lakeside Information/Waterfront Center and various businesses across the grounds.

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 summer programming season.

To help with congested parking and continue our high safety standards on the grounds, we offer a tiered parking fee structure. Guests are welcome to park within the gates of Lakeside, at the South Gate Parking Lot or the Danbury School Parking Lot. For rates, visit the Admission & Parking Fees page.

To view long-term parking, short-term parking and no parking areas, visit the Parking & Shuttles page.

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 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's open daily throughout the summer and by appointment in the off-season. For more information, visit www.sypherdcycles.com or contact (419) 798-4124.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

Why is the ground shaking?

A few days a week, 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.

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, "A Lakeside Christmas" & Community Christmas Dinner, 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 conference@lakesideohio.com for more details.