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Address: 1 Ames Ave, Chautauqua, NY 14722
Phone Number: +1 800-836-2787
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in...
Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will stay at Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages-all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village.
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Chautauqua (or CHQ) is like going back in time and setting your cares aside. It is my utopia and a magical place. Friends and neighbors chatting in the streets and on their... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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66 reviews 66 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Chautauqua (or CHQ) is like going back in time and setting your cares aside. It is my utopia and a magical place. Friends and neighbors chatting in the streets and on their porches, sailors racing on weekends, students ( of all ages) reveling in the joyous feeling of learning, children riding their bikes in the street and teenagers NOT acting... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

A CHQ regular since the 80's. As a kid I loved the Institution's summer art & dance classes. A stroll through Bestor Plaza on a sunny afternoon feels like you're stepped into a Norman Rockwell painting. Kids playing on the fountain, people discussing the morning lecture or planning for the evening's concert in the open air ampitheatre. Intellectuals, bookworms, artists,... More 

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

In the years we have been going to Chautauqua one or two weeks a summer, it has changed. It has become more upscale. The clay tennis courts gave way to mini-mansions and a whole new fabulous tennis center--but no more taking your racquets over and just playing. But that's a small thing. It had to change from the 80s or... More 

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Washington DC
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Such a wonderful place to immerse yourself in all types of culture, arts and education. Beautiful lake setting and you can do as much or as little as you like. I enjoyed St. Elmo's spa for a massage. Plan to cook - as the nearby reataurants are mediocre. My parents have a house here, so it's a special, if far,... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a wonderful place to visit during the winter. Quiet, few people. Summer crowds gone. Beautiful to wander the snow covered streets. This weekend was brutally cold but we still enjoyed our walk.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is the place the Chsutauqua movement started. Leave your car in the parking lot and spend the week walking or bicycle riding. This place started as a retreat for Methodists and has expanded to a place to share ideas and learn. I find it like going to college without the tests. Plays, music, opera, and lectures. Generally eclectic. You... More 

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Jamestown, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great music, art and programs at the institution. Setting is inn a Victorian style. Also great fishing on Chautauqua Lake.

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Homosassa, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Well if you have never experienced Chautauqua Institution, put it on your bucket list. I sang with our grade school choir when I was twelve years old at the all county music festival in the amphitheater, there and I knew then, that my soul had been positively affected by everything Chautauqua embodies. There is really no way to adequately describe... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I have been visiting Chautauqua for years. Chautauqua remains timeless with its elegance and beauty. It has become a favorite of mine during its summer season. If one understands its history and roots, there will be a greater appreciation for the Institution. Their plays are a treat to see and a venue in their auditorium is an experience. I most... More 

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204 reviews 204 reviews
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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I lived there. My father was the president of Chautauqua years ago and I loved walking or XC skiing to the post office for the mail. Of course there was a stop at the fantastic bookstore. That was the daily social interaction back in the '70's. Now it's more expensive and more Disney-esque. The place on the map was not... More 

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