Our grounds are open year-round!

There are no entry or parking fees during our off-season, and all our entrances are open until 6 p.m. each day (after 6 p.m. all traffic must route through the main entrance at 1 Massey Ave.). Visitors are welcome to park and walk the Institution grounds. All around Bestor Plaza, a handful of inns, restaurants and shops, plus the post office and library, are open limited hours during these quieter months. See the Offseason Dining and Shopping tab below.


Off-Season Dining and Shopping

Information subject to change.

Off-Season Activities

Sleigh and Wagon Rides

Start on Saturday, Dec. 23 and go weekends until Feb. 28 
1–3 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays
Tickets are sold at the Bookstore: Adults $5 | Children $3
Load up in parking lot next to the Bookstore.

Crackerjack Farms is doing horse drawn carriage rides December 9, 10, 16, 17 from 1-6 p.m. and Dec. 8 and 15 from 4-8 p.m.

View more activites at the Winter Village at CHQ

Off-Season Dining

2 Ames

  • 716-237-7066
    Open until end of December. Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night offerings. Call for details.

La Familia

  • 716-357-2002
    Serving lunch and dinner through September. Booking private parties all year round. Call for details.

Off-Season Shopping

Chautauqua Bookstore

  • Open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. year-round excluding major holidays.
    Post Office Building

Chautauqua Wearhouse

  • Men's, women's and children's clothing
    Open daily from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. thru Oct. 31. Weekends in November and December

GG My Love

  • Women's clothing, handbags, jewelry and gifts
    Open daily September to October from 10 a.m.–5 p.m; after that, by appointment
    St. Elmo concourse

Gretchen’s Gallery

  • Original fine art, photography and gifts
    Open daily from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; closed Mondays

On the Plaza

  • Antique shop
    Open 12–4 p.m. Saturdays through Sept.

Pat’s at Chautauqua

  • Women's and children's clothing
    Open daily from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. until mid-September
    St. Elmo concourse

St. Elmo Day Spa

  • Open by appointment; call 716.357.2224
    St. Elmo concourse

Vincenza Salon & Spa

  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m.–6 p.m.; by appointment, call 716-450-1081

Challenge yourself. Discover a hidden talent. Share the memories. Inspire a new generation.
Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will stay at Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages — all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village. 

The Chautauqua experience is based around one’s engagement in five program areas: arts, education, religion, recreation, and youth. While people visit Chautauqua Institution for all different lengths of stay — the most popular length of stay on the grounds is one week.



Are you staying overnight or longer?

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Planning a day trip?

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Are you coming for one event?

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Buy Tickets, Passes & Registrations

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Dining and Shopping

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Maps & Directions

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Group Tours and Road Scholar

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Chautauqua on a Budget

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Tour Chautauqua County

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