2020 Grounds Access Procedures

Chautauqua strongly encourages all patrons visiting the grounds, whether for a day or for an extended stay, to order free gate and parking passes in advance. You may experience long wait times at the Main Gate Welcome Center if using curbside ordering and delivery. 

Travel Advisory: In response to increased rates of COVID-19 transmission in certain states within the United States, New York State has issued a travel advisory for anyone returning from travel to states that have a significant degree of community-wide spread of COVID-19. If you have traveled from within one of the designated states with significant community spread, you must quarantine when you enter New York for 14 days. Click here for more information. All out-of-state travelers from designated states must complete the Traveler Health Form at that link upon entering New York.

To enter the grounds, a free Grounds Access Pass (GAP) is required for every person, regardless of age or duration of stay. All Grounds Access Passes are valid from Mon. August 31, 2020 through Fri. June 25, 2021. Keep in mind, the Main Gate Welcome Center building is not open to the public, so you must order your passes either via phone (716-357-6250) or through our online ticketing portal.* Once your order has been placed, you'll have the choice to receive your pass in the following ways:

  • Email Delivery: Passes ordered in advance will be emailed to you as a PDF. This print-at-home pass should be presented by each guest when entering and exiting the grounds. You may also display the ticket from your mobile device.
  • Curbside: Those who cannot print at home or have not arranged for their gate pate pass in advance should, upon arrival, park in one of the numbered spaces behind the Main Gate Welcome Center. From that space, please call the Ticket Office and request curbside delivery. A member of our staff will deliver the pass to your vehicle.

Due to resumed construction activity, vehicle movement around the grounds should be kept to a minimum. All roads must be passable at all times. Visitors are encouraged to park for free in the Main Lot and walk onto the grounds. 

*Online orders must be placed at least 24 hours in advance of pass start time. If placing an order within 24 hours of pass start, please call the ticket office at 716.357.6250.

Order Grounds Access Pass

Please note: While the Ticket Office is working diligently to respond to all requests for new passes, this process will take time and we ask for your patience and understanding. Over the coming days and weeks, our team will continue to issue passes in the order that requests are received. Due to this anticipated high volume of orders, a grace period will be observed for those unable to acquire a Grounds Access Pass before their summer season pass expires. 





Chautauqua offers 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. A Grounds Access Pass is required for any guests using 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.

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.

New Mooring: Only done through the Central Dock Office. Contact the office at docks@chq.org or 716.357.6288.