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 gate to 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 scooters. The 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 Office by phone at 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.

Pricing and Reservation Period

Accessibility for People with Disabilities

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