Happy Days Lodge

A historic Civilian Conservation Corps building used for special events.

At a Glance:

A historic park building used today for weddings, concerts, private events, and other programs.

With a great sound system, large screened-in porch, and a Great Hall that spans 4,000 square feet, Happy Days Lodge is the perfect venue for weddings, concerts, corporate events, and other special events. Happy Days Lodge was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of Roosevelt’s New Deal platform and was named after Roosevelt’s campaign theme song, “Happy Days Are Here Again.” The building was a summer camp and a visitor center before it become the venue it is today.

What Makes It Great

Happy Days Lodge is a prime example of what historians and structural design enthusiasts call “Parkitecture,” as the beautifully rustic spot built in the late 1930s was constructed with wormy chestnut and locally-quarried sandstone that comprises floors and fireplace with other local native elements. Happy Days Lodge seats up to 280 concertgoers and offers free parking and excellent acoustics. When not hosting concerts, Happy Days Lodge hosts summer camp, Junior Park Ranger events for kids, Dinner in the Valley gourmet experiences, Lyceum series lectures, and private special events. With nearby trailheads—Haskell Run offers a quick 30-40-minute creek valley hike with a pair of cool wooden bridges; Boston Run offers a 3-plus mile hike of moderate skill, layered with beech, dogwood, low-lying meadows, and creekbeds—nature can add a hearty, pre-event trek or a breezy, postscript stroll.

Who is Going to Love It

This is a family-friendly location with multi-generational appeal, not even to mention arts and culture lovers, architecture enthusiasts, foodies, and so on. It’s not open to the public, so be aware there are no public facilities available. Dare we mention that brides with a nature bent will love this location, too? Picturesque inside and out, future married couples will find themselves imagining a wedding and/or reception taking place on these grounds.

Directions, Parking & Fees

From downtown Peninsula, Ohio, head east on West Streetsboro Rd. Happy Days Lodge is located at 500 W. Streetsboro Rd. Entrance to official CVNP park assets is free; fees for special programs and additional accesses may be required. Tickets are required for all CVNP special events and concerts.