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

Registration information: 716.357.6276

Tennis has a long and rich tradition at Chautauqua. Originally introduced by co-founder Bishop John Vincent in 1878, the first lawn tennis court was set up along Chautauqua's lakefront.

Chautauqua Tennis Center

The Chautauqua Tennis Center, is located directly behind the Turner Community Center on Route 394 and boasts eight state-of-the-art, fast-dry courts. Using the patented "Hydro-Grid" system, the clay-like playing surface is kept uniformly moist by a sub-surface irrigation system. The result is a court that is consistent, gives a true bounce, is gentle on the feet and legs of players, and also drains exceptionally well, allowing for a quick return to play even after heavy rain. Two of the courts are illuminated for night play.

Breakfast at Wimbledon | July 14 & 15




Member benefits include no daily court fees, reduced rates for lessons and tournaments, complimentary use of ball machine and discounts on selected merchandise. Full playing season: May 15–October 15. Daily court fee: $24/court hour





Full Playing Season








Season Weekend








Weekends begin at 5 p.m. Friday and end at 10 p.m. Sunday. Youth ages 17 and under are eligible for junior membership. Hourly rates for non-members are $24/court hour.

Tennis Center membership sign up


CHQ OFN 2018 poster

The Chautauqua Sports Club offers a wide variety of recreational and leisure activities. The Sports Club is pleased to once again offer rentals of two new Smith Boys 22' Berkshire Pontoon Boats docked at Chautauqua Main Dock on a weekly, daily, and half-day basis during the season. The Sports Club continues to offer kayak, canoe and paddle boat rentals, fishing rod rentals and live bait, sports equipment, shuffleboard, lawn bowling, horseshoes, mah jongg, and bridge. Fees vary. Season and punch card passes are available for bridge and lawn bowling.

The Sports Club provides leagues for men's and women's softball. The Sports Club also hosts a Beach-to-Beach Color Sprint on July 11, 2019 and the popular annual Old First Night Run/Walk fund-raiser on August 3, 2019.

Summer Hours of Operation:

Monday–Saturday | 10 a.m.–6 p.m. 

Sunday | 1–5 p.m. (Boat rental checkouts/returns held during business hours.)

Motor Boat Rentals (Weekly/Daily/Half Day)

  • Two New 22' Berkshire Pontoon Boats Available 
  • Weekly reservations with 50% non-refundable deposit accepted pre-season
  • Walk-ins only for daily rentals during business hours 
  • Tubes available for rent
  • Pontoon Boats docked at Chautauqua Main Dock
  • All safety equipment included with rentals

Kayak/Canoe/Paddleboat Rentals

Life jackets provided with all boat rentals.

  • Single kayak (1 or 2 hour rentals)
  • Double kayak
  • Canoe
  • Paddle boat (half hour rentals) 
  • Life jackets provided with all boat rentals

Saliboat rentals available at John R. Turney Sailing Center. 

Recreational Activities (Fees vary)

Shuffleboard (Must be 12 to play without adult supervision)
Lawn bowling (Age 14 and older)
Free 15 minute lawn bowling instruction at 12:45 prior to 1pm session on MWTF — encouraged for beginners
Fishing (live bait for sale and fishing poles for rent)

Free Activities

Indoor and Outdoor Ping Pong
Corn Hole
Kan Jam
Small equipment loan (basketballs, volleyballs, chess, frisbee, checkers, board games)
Cable television access to all major sporting events (during regular hours of operation)


Old First Night Run/Walk | Saturday, August 3, 2019 at 8 a.m.
Run or walk the 2.75 mile race around the perimeter of the grounds.
Proceeds benefit the Chautauqua Fund.

Beach-to-Beach Color Sprint | Thursday, July 11 at 4:30 p.m.

Weekly Duplicate Bridge Games | Sundays at 7pm & Thursdays at 1:15pm (fee included)

Weekly Mah Jongg Game | Tuesdays at 1 p.m. (free)

Mah Jongg Tournament | TBD

Weekly Paddle and Popsicles | Tuesdays from 1-3 p.m.

Weekly Fishing Fun | Fridays from 3-5 p.m.

Sports Club Information

With an extensive and scenic waterfront, CHQ has always celebrated its connection to the lake, and swimming has remained a popular past-time. The 25 yard indoor pool at the Turner Community Center is open daily throughout the year for lap swimming, open family swims and private rentals.

Members of Chautauqua Health & Fitness receive complimentary admission to the pool. Separate pool memberships may also be purchased. Children 6 and under must be accompanied in the water by a responsible adult (18 years or older).

Chautauqua Institution maintains four public beaches, open daily (see hours & phone numbers below) and supervised by certified lifeguards during the summer season. Swimming is only allowed at our swim areas when lifeguards are on duty. Children must pass a deep end test unassisted at each beach in order to swim in deep water.



Beaches are currently closed but will reopen June 22, 2019. Lifeguard must be present to swim in designated beaches.

Children’s Beach, by the Miller Bell Tower, provides a shallow swimming area and sand beach for youth and their families. Children unable to stand alone with their head above water or in need of flotation devices must be accompanied in the water by an adult.
Hours of Operation: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Pier Beach, adjacent to Children’s Beach is a deep water swimming area. All children must pass a deep end test in order to swim here. New this season: Water X at the Waterfront will be offered at Pier Beach on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15 a.m.–10:15 a.m. It serves as a fun way to get in shape in the midst of a beautiful setting. Check out the Special Studies catalog for more details.
Hours of Operation: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Heinz Beach, located on South Lake Drive in front of the Heinz Fitness Center. Lane Lines will be in place for individuals who would like to get an early morning swim in the lake.
Hours of Operation: 8–11 a.m.

Chautauqua's Sailing Department presents a comprehensive curriculum of one-week sailing courses. The courses have been carefully designed to advance the sailing skills of all -- youth to adult and novice to advanced sailors.

The John R. Turney Sailing Center provides a home base for the programs and services of Chautauqua's Sailing Department. The Center includes a classroom and administration building, docks and a storage facility.

Call the Sailing Department during the summer season (716) 357-6392 or stop by the John R. Turney Sailing Center with your questions regarding course content, class suitability, or private lessons.

More Sailing Experiences

In addition to our structured courses, the Sailing Department provides sailing experiences to Boys' & Girls' Club participants, offers guided sailing excursions for families and small groups, and provides staff for individualized private lessons. A variety of sailboats are also available for rent.

We are equipped to provide courses and lessons using a variety of sailboats including the Optimist Dinghy, Vanguard 420, Sunfish, Laser, Lightning, Flying Scot, and Precision 185. Our staff is drawn from experienced high school and collegiate sailors as well as from seasoned professionals, the majority of whom are experienced competitive racers and US Sailing Certified Instructors. Picturesque Chautauqua Institution and the splendid waters of Chautauqua Lake assure a memorable setting for your sailing experience with us.

Sailing Information

Meet the Staff


Rental Fleet

  • Sunfish 12'
  • Flying Scot's 19'

Sailboat rentals are done on an hourly basis and offered to qualified sailors.
Please call the sailing center, or stop in, to schedule a time to rent the desired boat.

Chautauqua Yacht Club

The CYC, an independent CHQ organization, offers racing opportunities for C-Scows, Flying Scots, and Lightnings every Saturday and Sunday from the first weekend of the Season through Labor Day, for all sailors interesting in racing. Please check the web site, to learn about CYC events.