To experience all that Chautauqua Institution has to offer in one day  you’ll need a gate pass for the duration of your stay and to park your car in our Main Lot.

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.

Gate Pass
Daily gate passes are purchased at the Main Gate Welcome Center upon arrival. However, tickets and parking for popular entertainment concerts, as many do sell out, may be purchased in advanced at chqtickets.comYouth 12 and under are always free at Chautauqua.

On the Grounds
Make sure you pick up a copy of The Chautauquan Daily for the daily schedule. Many visitors also head to the Visitors Center in Bestor Plaza to learn more about Chautauqua and the programs that are happening that day. Grab a cup of coffee and decide how you want to spend the rest of your day at Chautauqua.

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.

Discounted event tickets
Each week there are Family Entertainment nights with a discounted single ticket price for performances in the Amphitheater. The Family Entertainment Series also features free performances in Smith Wilkes Hall that appeal to family members of all ages. Children 12 and under always receive free admission to Chautauqua.

Education Wednesdays at Chautauqua
Education Wednesdays at Chautauqua 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. Show a school/organization identification card to receive your free entry to the grounds, which includes access to all events at the Amphitheater. 


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Dining and Shopping

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Maps & Directions

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No gate or parking passes are necessary for on-grounds activities until June 27, 2020.

Rates and fees for the 2020 summer assembly season (June 27 to Aug. 30, 2020) will be posted later this fall.

2019 Rates and Fees

Rates and Fees

2019 Gate Pass & Ticket Information Booklet

No gate or parking passes are necessary for on-grounds activities after Aug. 25.

We require all guests age 13 and older to purchase a gate pass during our summer season. If you are purchasing a single event ticket or registering for a class, your ticket or registration will admit you to the grounds (no need to purchase an additional pass).

You will also need a parking pass. Most guests park in our Main Lot, adjacent to the grounds. Some accommodations offer private parking on grounds. Please check with your host before purchasing a parking pass.


Event (Concert) Tickets

Popular Entertainment



Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra


If 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. General Admission provides access to the seating or standing area of a concert or lecture and does not guarantee a seat under the roof of the Amphitheater.

If you are interested in Preferred 1 seats and they do not appear to be available online, call the Ticket Office at 716-357-6250 to see if any Preferred 1 tickets remain available.

Gate Passes

The gate pass is your passport to the Chautauqua experience, giving you access to most events on the grounds. Additional purchases are not required to attend lectures or religious services, as well as popular entertainment and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performances in the Amphitheater. The gate pass also includes access to art galleries, beaches, parks and complimentary shuttle and tram service on the grounds.

All guests over the age of 12 are required to have a gate pass or event ticket to visit the grounds during the summer season.

Purchase Gate Pass

Gate Pass & Ticket Information Booklet


Parking Passes

Most of our parking is located in the Main Lot. Many rental units and hotels do not provide on-grounds parking. Renters and hotel guests should check with the property owners prior to purchase or contact the Ticket Office.

Evening Entertainment Parking | Evening event parking passes are valid for the full day of the event. Purchase with your entertainment ticket to secure a discounted parking rate.

Sunday Parking | Parking in the Main and Green Lots is free from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday.

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Youth Registration

Children's School

Ages 3–5
Chautauqua Children’s School is a developmental preschool for youth ages 3–5. The school is located at the corner of Hurst and Pratt avenues and operates six classrooms 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday. Each classroom is staffed with four leaders, including certified teachers, college-age early childhood majors, and high school students. The teachers work as a team and share classroom responsibilities.

Details and Registration

Group One

Age 6 or First Grade
Group One is designed for children who will be entering first grade in the fall. This special full-day program (9 a.m.–noon and 2–4 p.m.) is held Monday through Friday and utilizes the Children’s School and Sheldon Hall of Education facilities and schedule in the morning and the Boys’ and Girls’ Club facilities and schedule in the afternoon. It is intended as a transition between these two programs and includes active play, art activities, swimming and waterfront programs and special events. The children receive an orientation to both facilities during the first morning.

Details and Registration

Boys' and Girls' Club

Boys’ and Girls’ Club is a day camp program for youth entering second grade through 10th grade in the fall. 
Located at the south end of the grounds on the lakefront, Club provides a diverse program that includes field activities, swimming (instructional and free swim), canoeing, kayaking, sailing, nature, crafts, individual and team sports, music and experiences in the arts. As available, Club offers opportunities in science, dance, opera and outdoor education.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club is in session from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Club is a registered day camp and operates under the guidelines and regulations of the New York State Department of Health.

Boys' and Girls' Club Plus
Club Plus joins the traditional day camp experience with an interdisciplinary curriculum in the arts and sciences to inspire and bolster the talents of youth with academic curiosity. After spending the morning at Club, campers will participate in afternoon classes and activities that combine STEM education, literary arts, visual arts and more. Afternoon classes will be led by certified teachers and industry experts. Club Plus is limited to 60 campers per week, so early registration is strongly recommended. Available Weeks One through Seven.

Details and Registration




Chautauqua has eight Har-Tru tennis courts at the Turner Community Center recreation campus. Two courts are illuminated for night play. Private and group lessons, tournaments, clinics, junior development programs and special events are offered. During Chautauqua’s summer season membership registrations will only take place at the tennis courts.


Honoring a golfing tradition since 1896 the Chautauqua Golf Club presents quality, professional service and the challenge of 36 championship holes. Both the Lake and the Hill Course have received four-star ratings from Golf Digest magazine. Club membership includes greens fees and use of the Learning Center — a complete teaching and practice facility.

Golf Learning Center

A complete teaching and practice facility with unlimited range balls. Learning Center membership may be purchased on its own, and is included with Chautauqua Golf Club membership.

Fitness Center

Chautauqua Institution provides two fitness facilities. Chautauqua Health & Fitness at the Turner Community Center is open year-round. During the season, a second facility is available at Heinz Beach. Both sites are dedicated to personal exercise, health and wellness, and are equipped with modern cardiovascular, strength-training and free-weight equipment. On-site staff, including certified personal trainers, are available to assist members. Short- and long-term memberships are available and also include access to the Turner indoor pool. Separate pool memberships are also available. Members must be at least 14 years of age.

Boat Mooring & Registration

Chautauqua Institution offers rental slip, ramp and buoy mooring in an assigned space. Vessels moored at an Institution or private dock are required to purchase and display a current registration sticker. The mooring rental period must match the dates on an accompanying gate pass.

Slip or ramp assignments for Institution-owned docks are subject to a registration fee and a mooring fee and are billed separately on receipt.

  • Mooring Renewals: Must be purchased before March 16 to reserve the prior season assignment.
  • Mooring Reassignment: Submit request to before March 16. Notification of reassignment begins late May.
  • New Mooring: Only done through the Central Dock Office. Starting June 1, contact the office at or 716-357-6288

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Sailing Center Rentals & Instruction

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, adult and novice to advanced sailors.

Sports Club

The Chautauqua Sports Club offers a wide variety of recreation activities. Pontoon boat, kayak, canoe and paddleboat rentals, shuffleboard, lawn bowling, softball leagues and bridge. There are no membership fees, and all services may be purchased individually at the Sports Club, including season “passes” for some activities.

Make your next group tour destination Chautauqua Institution, located in Western New York.

Group Travel Tours

Your group can experience the unique mix that Chautauqua Institution has to offer with a trip designed for day-trippers, travelers on tight schedules, or those that want a structured or longer experience. We offer a variety of options for both small and large groups with varied interests and ages. Customize your trip and experience an elegant culinary event from the historic Athenaeum Hotel, stellar concerts, theater and opera performances, guided tours, lakeside activities, shopping, art galleries as well as enlightening speakers and classes.

Motor Coach Benefits:

  • Special 10-20% discounts and tiered pricing
  • Driver and one escort receive complimentary tickets and meals
  • Free motor coach parking
  • Complimentary shuttle service while at Chautauqua
  • Reserve concert tickets before they are available to the general public

Overnight Benefits:

  • Stay and dine at the historic Athenaeum Hotel 
  • Discounts of 10–20% off regular ticket prices with groups of 20 or more
  • Complimentary room for escort with a minimum of 20 rooms booked (subject to availability)
  • Complimentary shuttle service while at Chautauqua

Book your group travel tour and take advantage of our special rates. Customize your visit with the help of our trained staff by calling 716-357-6269 or email Brian Rovegno at


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The American Bus Association (ABA) designated Chautauqua Institution as one of the Top 100 Events in North America in recent years.  

Road Scholar

Chautauqua has hosted Road Scholar programs for over 20 years and these trips have become a high demand way to visit Chautauqua. Road Scholar is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing extraordinary learning adventures for people 55 and over — at exceptional values. Their Chautauqua programs are held weekly throughout the season as well as in spring and fall. Travelers are able to not only experience all that Chautauqua has to offer but also to be able to hear from notable experts during morning classes exclusively for their Road Scholar group.

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Athenaeum Hotel

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Chautauqua Institution operates the 152-room Athenaeum Hotel situated on Chautauqua Lake, available for short- and long-term stays.

The Athenaeum is a favorite for first-time Chautauquans. You can purchase your gate and parking passes along with your hotel stay and also dine at the in-house Heirloom Restaurant.

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Group Tours & Road Scholar

Weddings & Conferences

Heirloom Restaurant

Private Accommodations

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Off-Season Specials

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

There are six classes of places to stay: single-family homes, condominiums, apartments, hotels and inns, historic inns and rooms, and denominational houses.

Off-Grounds Accommodations

Chautauqua on a Budget

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Chautauqua on a Budget is a weeklong dormitory accommodation special that is only available during Week Eight and Week Nine of the Chautauqua season. Rates include lodging, breakfast, dinner and a Chautauqua Institution gate pass. Reservations are limited and are accepted on a first-come basis.

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Please call 716.357.6262 or email to secure your place.

Chautauqua is primarily a pedestrian community with very narrow streets. The use of automobiles on the grounds is tightly restricted.

Guest with Main Lot parking can obtain a 45-minute pass at any gateto unload or load the content of the vehicle at their accommodations.

The Institution provides regularly scheduled complimentary shuttle bus and tram service in the Main Lot and on the grounds during the season.


On Grounds


Bicycles are an efficient way to get around the grounds. They must be equipped with a bell or other signaling device and have brakes in working order.

After sunset a headlight and rear reflector are required, and New York State law requires that bicyclists under 14 wear a safety helmet. A bicycle rental shop is located on the grounds during the season. Bicycles may be rented from the Jamestown Cycle Shop's Chautauqua location on Massey Avenue, next to the Chautauqua Fire Department, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday–Saturday, noon–6 p.m. Sunday (716-357-9032). Skateboarding is not permitted on the grounds. Rollerblading is allowed on perimeter streets.

In order to better regulate bicycle traffic at Chautauqua and to provide for better enforcement of our rules and regulations about bicycles, the Institution requires the registration of all bicycles. There is no charge for registration and registration stickers can be issued and mailed by the Ticket Office along with your ticket order.

Electric Scooters – Privately Owned

Chautauqua Institution recommends registration of privately owned electric scootersThe registration assists in an emergency, provides Chautauqua Institution staff with a way to reach out to the scooter owner if needed and provides us with information about scooter usage.There is no charge for registration or for the sticker. Registration is only required once; stickers never expire. Registration is done at the Ticket Officeby phoneat 716-357-6250, by email at or in person.

Personal Electric Scooter Policy

Electric Scooter and Wheelchair – Rental 

Chautauqua Institution offers scooter and wheelchair rentals during the nine-week summer assembly season. Quantity is limited and reservations are recommended. See the link below for pricing and reservation details. A credit card deposit is required; there is a non-refundable deposit for cancellations within two weeks of the rental start date.  If available, rentals for less than one week are arranged in person on the day of the rental at the Main Gate Welcome Center Information Office.

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Accessibility for People with Disabilities