Vacation At Lakeside

What does your perfect family vacation look like?

Imagine a place where freshly made donuts accompany the sunrise, arts classes unleash creativity, live music sparks singing and dancing, lifelong learning expands the mind, a dip in the pool refreshes and wholesome family fun creates lasting memories.

Imagine a place where kids can be kids, and there’s plenty to do if you want to keep busy or completely unplug for the ultimate respite. It’s a place where you can meet new families and friends, ride bikes, relax along the lake, and everyone can learn something new. Too good to be true? Not at all. Lakeside Chautauqua has provided rest, renewal and reinvigoration for all ages. Come to Lakeside this summer to help celebrate the community’s 150 Anniversary!

Lakeside Chautauqua

Tucked away on the Marblehead Peninsula, just one hour west of Cleveland, this hidden gem along Lake Erie is the perfect destination for a week-long vacation, weekend getaway or day trip. Within the one-square-mile community of Lakeside, you’ll find hundreds of unique Victorian cottages, a concert auditorium, arts center, historic waterfront hotel, movie theater, pool, splash park, playgrounds, shuffleboard, tennis, pickleball, sailing, shopping, dining and much more.

Nurture mind, body & spirit

At the heart of the Lakeside experience, and what makes it truly different from a typical vacation spot, is the summer programming — a perfect balance to nurture mind, body and spirit. Choose from any combination of cultural arts, educational, recreational and spiritual programs to create a vacation with a purpose.

Where else can your family play shuffleboard, visit an art show, listen to a live concert, walk Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile, take in a view of the Lake Erie Islands, experience an engaging lecture, listen to a preacher and take a tennis lesson all in the same day?

Summer entertainment

Lakeside hosts an impressive list of family-friendly entertainers from different genres of music, theatre, dance, magic and acting. This summer, Lakeside welcomes DSB – America’s Favorite Tribute to Journey (May 27), Whose Line is it Anyway? with Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood (June 3), Spin Doctors (June 10), Sons of Mystro (June 16), Avalon Worship (June 17), Mr. C “Air is Everywhere” (June 22), Postmodern Jukebox (June 24), Sounds of Soul (July 1), Glenn Miller Orchestra (July 7), Blood, Sweat & Tears (July 8), Los Lobos (July 15), Lakeside Symphony Orchestra (select dates in July and August), Crowder (July 22), Paul Reiser (Aug. 5), Sons of Serendip (Aug. 12), BritBeat (Aug. 18) Lonestar (Aug. 19), Jim Brickman (Aug. 26), the Music of Billy Joel Starring Michael Cavanaugh (Sept. 2) and much more.

These performances, held in Lakeside’s 2,600-seat Hoover Auditorium or Steele Memorial Bandstand, are included in the price of daily admission. To view the calendar of events,

Keynote Speakers

Lakeside welcomes several Keynote Speakers who will discuss a variety of topics throughout the summer in Hoover Auditorium. The lecturers include founder and CEO of John Gable (June 6), CBS Sports college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg (June 13), political scientist, educator and author Dr. Robert Putnam (June 20), writer, activist and musician Dr. Adam Met (June 27), legendary astronaut Dr. Kathryn Sullivan (July 5), historian and activist Dr. Jemar Tisby (July 11), Emmy Award-winning CBS News correspondent Steve Hartman (July 18), writer and broadcaster Scott Simon (July 25), CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju (July 29), champion dog sled racer Tasha Stielstra (Aug. 1), entomologist and author Dr. Doug Tallamy (Aug. 17) and archaeologist Dr. William Kelso (Aug. 22).

Lifelong learning

To expand your mind, and have fun while doing it, Lakeside offers many lifelong learning opportunities for all ages and interests.

Families and children can add learning to their summer vacation. With science, music, history and literature, the diverse programs allow you to interact and learn about the world together, all while having fun. Plus, a unique combination of fine arts classes is offered each week at the Rhein Center in areas such as glass, pottery, literature, dance, painting, music and photography.

The hallmark of Lakeside’s education experience is the Chautauqua Lecture Series. Each week, experts in their field present on a variety of topics: Ornithology (May 27-June 2), Documentary Film Festival, presented in partnership with the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival (June 5-10), The Civil War (June 12-16), Celebrate Ohio: Creative Spaces, Places & People (June 19-23), Exploring New Horizons: NASA (July 3-7), Our Great Lakes (July 17-21) Comic Strips & Animation (Aug. 7-11), Archaeology (Aug. 21-25) and more.

Recreation & wellness

The perfect setting for recreation and wellness along Lake Erie, enjoy family fun at the miniature golf course or shuffleboard courts, play a game of basketball or sand volleyball, cool off the kids at the splash pad, workout at the Wellness Center, rent a kayak or paddleboard, play at several parks and playgrounds across the grounds, enjoy a pickleball or tennis match, and make a splash in the pool or lake.

Accommodations for all budgets

Lakeside offers a variety of unique and charming accommodations — from the historic Hotel Lakeside and contemporary Fountain Inn to weekly cottage rentals, campground, and bed & breakfasts. To view available accommodations, visit

Admission & parking

This vacation hotspot requires guests and residents to purchase a Chautauqua Pass and Auto Pass to enter the grounds during the summer programming season, May 26-Sept. 4, 2023. There are a variety of Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes to choose from depending on the length of your stay.

Purchasing a Chautauqua Pass includes admittance to the grounds, as well as access to entertainment in Hoover Auditorium and the Bandstand, the Pool, Wellness Center, and a variety of cultural arts, educational, recreational and spiritual experiences.

Plus, your Chautauqua Pass is valid from the time of purchase until 7 p.m. the following day, which means you get to experience practically two days of summertime fun for the price of one.

To provide this one-of-a-kind Lakeside experience to families at an affordable cost, children ages 4 and younger and guests ages 90 and older enjoy free admission.

To view 2023 admission and parking fees, visit

View the Calendar of Events

Learn about the Chautauqua Experience before you visit and plan to participate in the summer enrichment.