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.

There are different Chautauqua Passes to choose from, depending on how long your family is visiting Lakeside. We offer a Daily Chautauqua Pass, valid from the time of purchase until 7 p.m. the following day; Weekly Chautauqua Pass, valid for seven days; Partial Day Chautauqua Pass, a three-hour pass (not valid at Hoover Auditorium shows; Auto Pass not included); and Season Chautauqua Pass, valid Memorial Day weekend and the Chautauqua summer season.

There are Youth Chautauqua Passes available for ages 13-24 and Adult Chautauqua Passes. Kids age 12 and under and guests 90 and older are always free. For more information about passes, visit the Admission & Chautauqua Pass Schedule page.

Complimentary Passes

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

Purchasing a Chautauqua Pass

For your convenience, you may purchase a Chautauqua 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 at the gate upon entering the grounds or download a Chautauqua Pass Order Form from the Admission & Chautauqua Pass Schedule page.

Reduced Rate Chautauqua Passes

Lakeside Chautauqua offers a reduced rate Chautauqua Pass for Memorial Day weekend. The reduced rate Chautauqua Pass underwrites the programming provided, including special events, worship services, educational opportunities, concerts, recreational activitiesand much more. Purchasing a Season Chautauqua Pass grants admission to the Lakeside grounds on that weekend.

We also offer a reduced rate Chautauqua Pass during Week 11 of the Chautauqua summer season. Limited entertainment is available at the Steele Memorial Bandstand, as well as educational lectures.

To view reduced rate Chautauqua Passes, visit the Admission & Chautauqua Pass Schedule.


Parking is limited on the grounds and requires a Daily Auto Pass during Memorial Day weekend and the Chautauqua summer season. For this year's rates, visit the Admission & Chautauqua Pass Schedule.

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.

During Memorial Day weekend and the Chautauqua summer 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, 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.

Map Kiosks & Brochures

For your convenience, Lakeside Campus Map kiosks are located at the Welcome Center, Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, in Central Park and on the corner of Second Street and Maple Avenue.

Lakeside Campus Map brochures are also available at all gates, the Welcome Center, Lakeside Chautauqua Administration Office, Hotel Lakeside, Fountain Inn and various businesses across campus.

Shuttle Service

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 summer season. Free shuttle service will end at 7 p.m. on Labor Day.

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

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 and brochures.

Business & Staff Directories

The Lakeside Business District offers guests the opportunity to shop and dine amongst 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.

View the table below for other contact information.

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

ost 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 Central Park, Welcome Center at the South Gate, Hoover Auditorium, Fountain Inn Lobby and the Hotel Lakeside Lobby.

Wi-Fi Internet

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 hotel 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.

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.

Trash Collection

Trash collection is contracted through Republic Services of Sandusky, Allied Waste Division. Trash containers must be placed at the curbside by 7:30 am, and all containers must have lids.

From Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, trash collection is twice a week on Tuesday and Friday. From Labor Day weekend to Memorial Day weekend (off-season), collection is once a week on Tuesday. This service is available to homeowners and contracted cottage rental units.

Large trash containers and recycling bins are located near the South Gate Entrance. Recycling materials accepted include: steel, bi-metal and aluminum cans; #1 and #1 plastic bottles; clear, green and brown glass containers; and newspaper. This service is available to homeowners and contracted cottage rental units.

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 (except for #6) 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

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

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)

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: aerosol cans, light bulbs, batteries, mirrors, Pyrex, oil/paint, hazardous chemicals, window panes, ceramics, windshields, crystal, metal caps, tires, clothes, glass doors, wood, 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.