Are the grounds and venues accessible for people with disabilities?

Chautauqua Institution offers a number of options to help patrons with accessibility.

  • The Main Parking Lot located across the street from the Main Gate Welcome Center has a large section reserved for those with disabilities. A state-issued permit is required to park in this area. You must then cross the highway where you can board a bus or tram to your destination.

  • A limited number of spaces for those with disabilities are reserved behind the Main Gate Welcome Center. Again, a state-issued permit is required to park in these spaces. Buses and trams are available, just inside the Institution gates.

  • Enter the grounds using a 20-minute “drop off” pass. These passes are available at the Main Gate automobile entrance, just behind the Main Gate Welcome Center. After all passengers with disabilities are dropped off, the car must be parked in the Main Parking Lot.

  • Electric scooters may be rented at the Main Gate Welcome Center at a cost of $50 a day. Wheelchairs are available at a cost of $5 a day. Scooters may be reserved in advance by calling the ticket office (716.357.6263). Wheelchairs are rented on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Those whose disability or personal situation precludes them from using the options above should visit the Main Gate Welcome Center upon arrival and request the assistance of a supervisor.

Policies

Non-Authorized Ticket Purchases

Tickets to events at the Chautauqua Institution including single tickets to events in the Chautauqua Amphitheater must be purchased through the Chautauqua Institution Box Office or authorized local vendor at Wegman's: Lakewood, N.Y. and Erie P.A

Scalpers and ticket brokers are not recognized ticketing agents of Chautauqua Institution. If you purchase from a non-authorized person or ticket broker, you risk purchasing an invalid, lost or stolen ticket that is not valid for admittance into Chautauqua Institution for the event in question. Chautauqua Institution employs scanning technology for admittance to events.

Only valid tickets will scan to authorize entry into the Amphitheater for an event. Invalid, lost or stolen tickets will be deactivated and thus will not be valid for entry into the Amphitheater for the event in question. Anyone who purchases tickets from a scalper or ticket broker does so at his or her own risk. We urge everyone to purchase tickets at the Chautauqua Institution Box Office or at authorized vendors.


Ticket Refund Policy

Long-term tickets will be refunded to the original form of payment until the start of the season ($10 service fee applies). No refunds will be processed after this date.


Ticket Replacement Policy

  • Any ticket which is lost, stolen or misplaced will be replaced for a non-refundable fee.
  • Gate, parking: $10 fee
  • Single opera and theater tickets: $2 per ticket
  • Single tickets (i.e. day, evening) are non-refundable and non-replaceable.
  • Theater and opera tickets will be refunded ONLY with corresponding long-term ticket refund requests. A $10 service fee will be applied to all refunds.

Step One:
Accommodations

CHQ 07312015 0276Finding accommodations should be your first priority when planning a visit to CHQ. Accommodations can fill up long before gate passes even go on sale in January.

All accommodations within the Institution’s grounds are privately owned except for the Athenaeum Hotel and Bellinger Hall dormitory.  

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Step Two:
Buy Tickets, Passes & Registration

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Tickets and passes go on sale begining in January.

To enter the Institution grounds, a gate pass is required for all visitors ages 13 to 90.  Your gate pass entitles you to attend most events on the grounds, including all lectures, religious services and all Amphitheater entertainment.

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Step Three:
Youth Registrations

Group OneCHQ’s programs for youth present a diversity of activity, in settings varied and historic.

Registration begins in January

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Step Four:
Register for a class

specialstudiesChautauqua’s Special Studies program continues to create distinct new learning opportunities for the 10,000 lifelong learners of all ages.

Registration begins in April.

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More to do:
Dining and Shopping

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More to do:
Buy Theater & Opera Tickets

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Maps & Directions

062214 Molly MB58 MasterCHQ is basically a walking community with very narrow streets. The use of automobiles on the grounds is very restricted.

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Group Tours and Road Scholar

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CHQ on a Budget

DSC 6694CHQ on a Budget, formerly known as the 55+ Residential Week, is a weeklong dormitory accommodation special that is only available during Weeks Eight and Nine.

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Before you arrive:

Bring groceries. Many of the rental properties have kitchens or kitchenettes. There are limited grocery options on the grounds.

Be prepared for our weather. Most days are warm. On cloudy days, the temperature can be more moderate, so be prepared with a light jacket, long pants and an umbrella to keep you dry! It's always a good idea to pack an extra sweater or a heavier jacket for the chillier evenings.

CHQ is casual. Bring plenty of casual clothes and active wear. Many visitors wear casual clothes during the day and may dress up in the evening for dinner or a performace.

Bring your bike. Bring your bike or rent one when you arrive at the Jamestown Cycle Shop Bike Rent on Massey Avenue. Don't forget comfortable walking shoes! Chautauqua Institution is a pedestrian and cycling community.

Bring a seat cushion and lawn chair. Seat cushions come in handy in our Amphitheater, which has festival-style seating. Seating in our Hall of Philosophy can fill up quickly and many people enjoy programs from the comfort of their lawn chair.

Pack a flashlight. Don't forget your flashlight. It comes in handy for an evening walk by the lake or heading home after your nightly ice cream cone at the Brick Walk Cafe.

When you arrive

Weekends are a busy time at our entrance gates as many people arrive and depart from their stays. Traffic can become delayed at our Main Gate entrance. Here are some tips for avoiding a delay:

  • If you already received your passes in the mail you can avoid the Main Gate and enter the gate nearest to your accommodations. Download our map of the grounds to find your entrance.
  • Are you are picking up your passes or purchasing them when you arrive? If we are holding your passes they will be waiting for you at our Main Gate Welcome Center Will Call window. Please pull into our Main Gate entrance and use the 30-minute parking adjacent to the Welcome Center to pick up your passes. You can also purchase your passes at the Welcome Center when you arrive.

Unpacking and parking

  • During their stay, most guests keep their vehicle in our Main Parking Lot across Route 394 from the grounds. When you enter the grounds, you will be issued a 45-minute drop-off pass. Head down to your accommodations so you can unpack your vehicle and load your groceries in the refrigerator. (Please be careful not to block the road for other traffic.)
  • When you finish unloading  you can drive up and park in our main parking, take the tram back to the grounds and catch the shuttle back to your accommodations. Make sure to bring your gate pass with you to re-enter the grounds.

 

What to do once you're settled in:
Pick up a copy of our newspaper. The Chautauquan Daily is available at Logan Hall and Chautauqua Bookstore, from boxes at the Main Gate and outside Gate 4 of the Amphitheater, or from sellers around Bestor Plaza. Each issue provides a full events schedule, coverage of many programs and important contact information.

The Visitors Center welcomes you!
Where: Bestor Plaza • Sunday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. |  Friday: 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. |  Saturday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Whether you’re new to CHQ or not, the Visitors Center will provide you with all of the information you need to make your CHQ experience the best it could possibly be. New Visitor Information Session Information orientation sessions are held for CHQ first-timers at 6 p.m. Sunday nights on the first floor of the Hultquist Center. Learn the ins and outs of this unique place!

2018 Rates and Fees

Daily Gate Pass Prices
Morning (7 a.m. - 2 p.m.) $24
Afternoon (noon - 8 p.m.) $17
Evening (4 p.m. - midnight) * depending on the performance $45
Morning/Afternoon (7 a.m. - 8 p.m.) $41
Afternoon/Evening (noon - midnight) $62
All Day (7 a.m. - midnight) $86
All Day with Overnight (7 a.m. - Next Day 10 a.m.) $94
Season Gate Pass Prices
  Adult Season Weekend Youth ages 13 - 25
Through 3/14/18 $2,225 $840 $350
Starting 3/15/18 $2,415 $1,022 $340
Starting 6/1/18 $4,529 $998 $340
Weekly Gate Pass Prices
  Ordered before 6/1/18 Starting 6/1/18 Youth ages 13 - 25
8 weeks $2,025 $3,909 $339
7 weeks $1,905 $3,409 $333
6 weeks $1,800 $2,923 $327
5 weeks $1,630 $2,438 $321
4 weeks $1,390 $1,947 $315
3 weeks $1,105 $1,466 $305
2 weeks $850 $990 $278
1 week $475 $510 $175
Parking Prices (per vehicle)
Duration Main Lot Private Institution Zoned
Season $205 $230 $460
8 weeks $199 $221 $432
7 weeks $193 $215 $412
6 weeks $182 $202 $383
5 weeks $173 $192 $368
4 weeks $162 $180 $334
3 weeks $141 $157 $302
2 weeks $107 $119 $275
1 week $54 $60 $245
Daily $9 $10 $49
Children's School Fees
Season $805
8 Weeks $750
7 Weeks $700
6 Weeks $640
5 Weeks $550
4 Weeks $475
3 Weeks $395
2 Weeks $285
1 Week $170
Group One & Boys' and Girls' Club Fees
  Price Club Plus Price
Season $890 n/a
8 Weeks $820 n/a
7 Weeks $760 n/a
6 Weeks $695 $815
5 Weeks $630 $730
4 Weeks $535 $630
3 Weeks $445 $515
2 Weeks $325 $375
1 Week $190 $210
Chautauqua Opera, Norton Hall
Section 1, Section 2 (Orchestra / Balcony), Section 3 $15-$52
Youth Section 1, Section 2 (Orchestra / Balcony), Section 3 $10
As One Production $25
Chautauqua Theater Company
Bratton Theater Main Stage Production $35–40
New Play Workshops $25
6 Pack $166.50
5 Pack $144
3 Pack $84
See theater sales page for pack details
Golf Memberships (Includes access to the Learning Center)
Season Membership
  Single w/ season gate pass $1,076
  Family w/ season gate pass, $1,526
  Family, additional family member $240
  College (age 18 - 23) $410
  Junior (age 17 & under) $280
  Single Young Adult (age 24 - 40) $630
  Family Young Adult (age 24 - 40) $900
  Locker Only $60
  Bag Storage $95
  Bag Storage w/ Locker $140
Tennis Memberships
Daily Court Fee $24/court hour
Season
  Individual $400
  Couple $640
  Junior (17 & under) $220
Weekly
  Individual $60
  Couple $90
  Junior (17 & under) $35
Season Weekend (Fri. 5 p.m. to Sun. 10 p.m.)
  Individual $160
  Couple $230
  Junior (17 & under) $90
Weekend
  Individual $30
  Couple $45
  Junior $20
Chautauqua Health and Fitness Center (includes pool privileges)
Summer Season (9 weeks) $160
One Month $80
One Week $36
Single Visit $12
Chautauqua Health and Fitness: Pool only
Summer Season (9 weeks) $70
One Month $36
One Week $14
Single Visit $4
Institution Dock Prices (Mooring and Boat Registration)
  Renewals ordered by 3/14/18 Starting 3/15/18
Season Slip $495 $520
Season Ramp $152 $160
Season buoy: small boat $143 $150
Season buoy: large boat $303 $320
Weekly Slip $143 $150
Weekly Ramp $76 $80
Weekly buoy: small boat $76 $80
Weekly buoy: large boat $118 $125
Private Dock Prices (Registration Fee Only)
  Ordered by 3/15/18 Starting 3/16/18
Season Slip/Buoy: small boat $83 $90
Season Slip/Buoy: large boat $243 $260
Weekly Slip/Buoy: small boat $39 $40
Weekly Slip/Buoy: large boat $76 $80
Private Dock Fee $380 $400

Parking
Daily visitors to Chautauqua park in the Main Lot located across the street from the Main Gate Welcome Center on Route 394. You may walk from the parking lot or take a complementary shuttle to the Main Gate Welcome Center to purchase your daily gate pass or event ticket.

Event tickets
Event tickets can be purchased at our Main Gate ticket office or in advance by phone, (716) 357-6250 or online. (Tickets go on sale in January) Your event ticket will admit you to the grounds.

Discounted event tickets
Each week there are  Community Appreciation and Family Entertainment nights with a single ticket price of $20.00 for performances in the Amphitheater. The Family Entertainment Series also features free performances in Smith-Wilkes Hall that appeals to family members of all ages.

Sundays are Free
You do not need a gate pass to come to the grounds and attend services and events on Sunday. Parking is free until 2 p.m.

Wednesday is Education Day at CHQ
Education Day at CHQ offers current students, teachers and staff from Chautauqua County schools (K-12) a free gate pass (7 a.m. to midnight) on Wednesdays throughout the summer season. All a guest has to do is show a school/organization identification card to receive your free entry to the grounds, which includes access to all events at the Amphitheater.

Children's School + One Program
Enroll your child in Chautauqua Children’s School for the first time and enjoy each morning at CHQ for free. With enrollment, one adult per family is given five morning passes that are valid from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. A parent can enjoy a lecture or simply a lakeside walk. Pick up your children from Children’s School at noon and enjoy story time at the library, play time at Children’s Beach and lunch or ice cream on Bestor Plaza. For more information or to register, call 716-357-6250 or email ticketoffice@ciweb.org.

 

Buy Entertainment Tickets

20170811 ls 05333If you are coming for a single event, your event ticket will admit you to the grounds for the event. You do not need an additional gate pass. For an evening performance, you will have access to the grounds from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Tickets go on sale begining in January.

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Attend a lecture

071517 Eboo Patel DM 05Your gate pass will admit you to all lectures. The morning and interfaith lecture platforms are the bedrock of CHQ's programming. Many other lecture series also exist and support CHQ's weekly themes.

Gate passes go on sale in January

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Fitness Center

 CHQ3547During the summer, no gate pass is needed to access the fitness center from outside Chautauqua Institution.

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Youth Registration

Group OneCHQ’s programs for youth present a diversity of activity, in settings varied and historic.

Your program registration will admit you to the gounds. You do not need an aditional gate pass.

Registration begins in January.

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Register for a class

specialstudiesWhatever educational experience you are seeking, Chautauqua’s Special Studies program continues to create distinct new learning opportunities for the 10,000 lifelong learners that enroll in courses each summer.

Your program registration will admit you to the gounds. You do not need an aditional gate pass.

Registration begins in January.

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Maps & Directions

062214 Molly MB58 MasterCHQ is basically a walking community with very narrow streets. The use of automobiles on the grounds is very restricted.

View More

 

Dining and Shopping

heirloom rp 08222014 0040View the dining options on and off the grounds, as well as the unique stores that complement Chautauqua Institution's offerings.

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