Visit Chautauqua

Weekly Themes & Events

Vacation with us in our 144th season for an exciting series of speakers and events, concerts, plays, opera, youth programs and recreation for all ages.

Events & Entertainment

Where To Stay & Dine

All accommodations, except for the Athenaeum Hotel, are privatley owned. There are many dining options on and off our grounds as well.

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What To Do

Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will vacation and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages.

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Buy Tickets & Passes

To enter the Institution grounds, a gate pass is required for all visitors ages 13 to 90. This pass entitles you to attend most events on the grounds.

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Smithsonian names Chautauqua 'Best Small Town to Visit in 2014'

Smithsonian magazine has named Chautauqua, N.Y., as the No. 1 "Best Small Town to Visit in 2014" in the cover story of its April 2014 issue. The feature, by former New York Times "Frugal Traveler" columnist Susan Spano, cites Chautauqua Institution's mix of lectures, classes, recreational activities and fine, performing and literary arts programs as the basis for the distinction.

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A Treasure in Western NYS

5 of 5 stars on Trip Advisor •  Reviewed August 14, 2016

I have lived in Central NYS for most of my adult life. I had heard about the Chautauqua Institute in many passing conversations, But OMG! what a treasure! I traveled there recently with 4 ladies from my book club in Hammondsport, NY to hear the author of our recent read (_Euphoria, by Lily King) speak. What a fabulous day! Besides getting to know these women a bit better, we experienced a rich day full of wonder! The community is akin to time travel back into the late 1800's. The homes are lovely Victorians and bicycles abound. The atmosphere is c harming and the flower gardens impressive. There are many opportunities to participate in programs in music, theatre, literature, and science. My brain was electric with the beauty of the community and the intellectual stimulation it offered, I will DEFINITELY be returning to this hidden treasure for future experiences.

Visited July 2016