Whether you are a first-time guest or year-round Lakesider, our Resources page will provide helpful information for your visit. We also invite you to review our FAQ’s and updated Rules & Regulations.


To enrich the quality of life for all people, to foster traditional Christian values and nurture relationships through opportunities for renewal and growth...spiritually, intellectually, culturally and physically...while preserving Lakeside's heritage.


A Chautauqua community dedicated to Christian values and cultural excellence, nurturing mind, body and spirit.

Chautauqua Pass Admission

A Chautauqua Pass and Auto Pass entitles our guests to free participation in a wide range of programs, including spiritual services, educational lectures, summer concerts, cultural arts events and specific recreational activities. Learn more about the benefits of your Chautauqua Pass.

In order to provide quality entertainment, speakers, recreational activities and maintenance to our grounds and facilities, Lakeside requires all guests and residents to purchase a daily or seasonal Chautauqua Pass and Auto Pass to enter from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend (May 28 - Sept. 6, 2021). Kids age 12 & under and guests 90 & older are always free! Complimentary Shopping and Dining passes are available to guests for a 90-minute window. We advise guests who are visiting Lakeside to shop and dine to park outside the Fifth Street Gate and utilize our convenient shuttle service for transportation to avoid the auto pass fee.

Click here to view more details about 2021 Admission & Parking Fees

Keep your Chautauqua Pass close by, as you must present it upon entering and exiting at the Lakeside Chautauqua gates (as well as your Auto Pass).

The Lakeside Ticket Office has relocated from Hoover Auditorium to the Administration Office at 236 Walnut Ave. On-site ticket sales begin on April 19! Take advantage of the early bird savings on your season gate and auto passes and purchase by May 31 online or in-person.

Ticket Office Hours: April 19-30: Monday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 1-15: Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Purchasing a Daily Chautauqua Pass (full day) and Daily Auto Pass includes admittance to the Lakeside Chautauqua grounds, as well as admission to nightly entertainment Hoover Auditorium, access to the pool, and these additional benefits.

Complimentary Passes

Complimentary passes are also available for church services, Faith for Living Hour, movies, shopping/dining and laundry. Visit the Admission & Parking page for details.

Purchasing a Chautauqua Pass & Auto Pass

For your convenience, you may purchase your Chautauqua Pass and Auto Pass online after April 1. You may also purchase your Chautauqua Pass and Auto Pass at the gate upon entering the grounds.


Parking is limited on the grounds and requires a Daily or Season Auto Pass from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. For this year's rates, visit the Admission & Parking.

Chautauqua Pass Benefits

Being a non-profit organization, Lakeside Chautauqua'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.

From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend 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, 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 with your Chautauqua Pass, visit Chautauqua Pass Benefits.

Shuttle Service

Starting Saturday, May 29, the shuttle will run 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, with the last pick up at 9:50 p.m., and 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday, with the last pick up at 10:30 p.m. For those with limited mobility, call the Mack Mobile at 419.341.8247.

Each cart will be sanitized in the morning and cleaned after a passenger exits. Clear partitions have been installed between each seat. Only the driver will be seated in the front seat. One passenger will be allowed per seat or two family members social distancing together.

Shuttle Route & Stops The shuttles stops are marked with a sign and also noted on the map kiosks available at the Welcome Center, Lakeside Administration Office, Bettinger Park and on the corner of Second and Maple Avenue. The shuttles run on a continuous route between the following stops:

  • Welcome Center (South Gate)
  • Campground
  • Pool Area (Sixth Street)
  • Shuffleboard (Second Street & Central)
  • Hotel Lakeside
  • Fountain Inn
  • Hoover Auditorium
  • Fifth Street Gate
  • Rhein Center (Sixth Street & Walnut)
  • The shuttles will also run to Second Street East and West and Chautauqua Park as needed.

There's 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.

Map brochures with the shuttle stop locations are available at the Welcome Center, Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, Hotel Lakeside, Fountain Inn and various businesses across the grounds.

Business & Staff Directories

The Lakeside Business District offers guests the opportunity to shop and dine among the picturesque background of the quaint downtown. Guests are invited to browse the shops and dine at one of the many restaurants throughout their stay.

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

Severe Weather Procedures

In the case of threatening weather, please seek shelter in the Central Park restrooms, Pavilion restrooms, rooms below the Pavilion, Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge first floor and Wesley Lodge.

Medical Assistance

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.

Tobacco-Free Community

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. All cottage rentals are smoke-free.

The policy supports Lakeside Chautauqua’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. Please help Lakeside Chautauqua achieve its goal. Together we can ensure that this is truly a place that nurtures mind, body and spirit.

Credit Cards Accepted & ATM Service

MasterCard, Visa and Discover credit cards are accepted by Lakeside Chautauqua. Please note that some shops and restaurants 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.

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.

Public Restrooms

Public restrooms are located at the Pavilion, Shuffleboard Courts in Bettinger Park, Welcome Center at the South Gate, Hoover Auditorium, Upper Room above World Next Door, Pool entrance building, Fountain Inn lobby and the Hotel Lakeside Lobby.

Wi-Fi Internet

Free Wi-Fi is available from the Hoover Auditorium porch, Pavilion and Walnut Avenue Pedestrian Walkway. Username is lakeside; password is lakesidelife. The Pool (called Lakeside_Wellness_Center) password is Wellness01. Coffee & Cream, Lakeside Laundromat, Bluebird Café and the Lakeside Women’s Club provide Wi-Fi for patrons. Hotel Lakeside and the Fountain Inn for overnight guests only. Wesley Lodge, South Auditorium, Wo-Ho-Mis, Campground and the Lakeside Dorm have Wi-Fi for those who rent or live in the facilities.

Post Office & Postage

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.

Curbside Trash and Recycling

Trash containers must be placed at the curbside by 7:30 a.m. All containers must have lids. From Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend, trash collection is twice per week on Tuesday and Friday.

During the months of May and September, curbside recyclable pickup will be on Tuesday only, along with the trash pickup.

This service is available to homeowners and contracted cottage rental units. Larger trash containers and recycling bins are located near the South Gate entrance.

Recycling materials accepted in the bin include: steel; bi-metal and aluminum cans; #1 thru #7 plastic bottles; clear, green and brown glass containers; and newspaper.This service is available to homeowners and contracted cottage rental units only.

Acceptable Items


  • Aerosol spray cans
  • Aluminum cans
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cardboard
  • Cereal boxes
  • Glass bottles
  • Household plastic 1-7
  • Magazines
  • Mail
  • Paper
  • Paperboard
  • Phonebooks
  • Steel cans

Yard Waste

  • Branches
  • Christmas tree
  • Grass clippings
  • Leaves
  • Shrubbery

Bulk Waste

  • Basketball hoops
  • Bookcase
  • Couch
  • Desk
  • Dresser
  • Entertainment center
  • Household furniture
  • Kitchen table
  • Picnic table
  • Ping pong table
  • Pool
  • Swing set
  • Toys


  • Air conditioner
  • Barbecue grill
  • Box fans
  • Ceiling fans
  • Dehumidifier
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Freezer
  • Humidifier
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Washer
  • Water heater
  • Water softner

Landfill Transfer

  • Barrels
  • Tanks
Unacceptable Items


  • Plastic bags
  • Styrofoam containers
  • Tissue paper
  • Wax coated cardboard

Yard Waste

  • Dirt
  • Flower pots
  • Stumps
  • Tree Trunks


  • Propane tanks

Landfill Transfer

  • Abrasives
  • Animal waste
  • Batteries
  • Corrosive waste
  • Flammable waste
  • Florescent light tubes (large quantities)
  • Off spec raw materials
  • PCB materials
  • Refinery brick materials
  • Cars, Trucks, Motorhomes, buses (no vehicles)

Recycling Service

Lakeside has partnered with Republic Services of Sandusky, Allied Waste Division to provide recycling service to homeowners and contracted cottage rental units.

The 35-gallon recycling totes are property of Republic Services of Sandusky, Allied Waste Division, therefore, the company is responsible for maintaining the totes. Each homeowner is responsible for storing their recycling tote throughout the year.

The curbside service is offered on Tuesday and Friday mornings during the summer season and will be complimented with retention of the large recycling bins at the rubbish site, located near the South Gate entrance, year-round.

Costs are added to the monthly bill from Republic Services of Sandusky, Allied Waste Division, and then passed through the trash bill sent to Lakeside homeowners by Lakeside Chautauqua.

Acceptable Recyclables

Collect all paper, glass, plastic and metal recyclables and place them together in the recycling tote.


All food and beverage containers made of glass can be recycled, regardless of color. Simply remove the cap, rinse them and place in the tote. No need to remove labels. Please, no herbicide or pesticide containers, window glass, light bulbs, mirrors or ceramics.


All food and beverage containers and other plastics with the #1 thru #7 printed on the bottom can be recycled. Please rinse and place in the recycling tote. Motor oil, antifreeze, pesticide and herbicide containers should be placed in the trash when empty.

Aluminum & Steel Cans

Aerosol spray cans, aluminum cans, aluminum foil and steel cans. Rinse all metal food and beverage containers and place them in the recycling tote. Removing labels is not required. For added space in the tote, consider cutting tops and bottoms out and flattening the cans.

Milk & Food Cartons

Cereal boxes and glass bottles. These cartons usually contain milk, cream and a variety of food items. Rinse all coated cartons and place in the recycling tote.

Newspaper & Old Corrugated Containers (OCC)

Cardboard, magazines, mail, paper, paperboard and phonebooks. Newspapers should be placed in brown paper bags to contain them from blowing on collection day. Old corrugated containers (OCC) should be cut down to fit in the container. If placing it outside the container, after cutting it down into squares, secure with a string or masking tape. OCC or cardboard that is lined with foil, plastic, wax coated, soiled or wet should be placed in the trash, as these types of materials will contaminate the good paper products. Other items that should be excluded from your recyclables are food service paper and cups plates.

Prohibited Items

Please do not include the following items in the recycling tote: plastic bags, Styrofoam containers, tissue paper, wax coated coardbaoard, light bulbs, batteries, mirrors, Pyrex, oil/paint, hazardous chemicals, window panes, ceramics, windshields, crystal, metal caps, tires, clothes, glass doors, wood, propane tanks, air conditioner, BBQ grill, box fans, ceiling fans, dehumidifier, dishwasher, washer, dryer, freezer, humidifier, microwave, refridgerator, stove, vacuum cleaner, contaminated food containers and car/machinery parts.

Copy & Fax Service

Copy and fax 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.


Newspaper stands for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sandusky Register and Toledo Blade are available on the west side of Sloopy’s Sports Café, located at 218 W. Second St.

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 starting May 28, 2021.