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Chautauqua Institution

1 Ames Ave, Chautauqua, NY 14722
+1 800-836-2787
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Chautauqua
Type: Educational Sites
Traveler Description: Chautauqua Institution . The experience of a lifetime is waiting for you this summer at the world-renowned Chautauqua Institution.   Nestled along... more »
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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We took advantage of the free admission on Sundays to explore the grounds and are really glad we did this ... the lush vegetation, ancient trees and classic American architecture were all delights to explore ...

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Erie, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We always enjoy our day when we visit the lovely Chautauqua Institution. It is a step-back-in-time occasion to leisurely walk the streets and enjoy the lovely cottages and garden flowers. Be prepared to walk (or take the shuttle if you must). The day we were there we logged 3 1/2 miles walking around. Be sure to pick up information when... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We were invited by a friend to visit him in his home on the Chautauqua grounds. We selected a time that worked in our schedule without knowing the events. The Institute is a 700 acre enclave on the shores of Lake Chautauqua which is currently celebrating its 140 anniversary. Everyday is jam packed with speakers on varied subjects and cultural... More

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Davidson, North Carolina, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
4 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

On our second trip to Chautauqua Institution, our pace is more relaxed. First trip, we rarely missed a lecture or performance or exhibit, but this time around, we've made time for naps and reading on the porch. The Institution grounds are lovely, with gardens bursting with ferns, day lilies, mop head hydrangeas, gay feather, cardinal flowers, bee balm and many... More

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Seattle
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Chautauqua Institution - celebrating 140 years in 2014 - is, as the New York Times recently said: "an edification vacation." A charming setting full of stimulating speakers, performing arts, topical discussions, active sports and intellectual, cultural and environment pursuits.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This was a wonderful place to spend a week. Although the hype has it as super liberal, which I am not, I was happily entertained and educated. There was opera, symphony, country music, ballet, and lectures on many sides of the subject of privacy. The week I was there. Jill Abramson, the editor from the times that recently lost her... More

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cleveland, ohio
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27 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Went to Chautauqua for the third time and once again enjoyed my time visiting. My sister and I have discovered the great art shows which happen twice each summer at Chautauqua. We leave in the morning and arrive in time for lunch; have lunch at the cafe and then go to the art show. After the art show we cruise... More

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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The speakers are of the very highest quality. A balanced selection, offering all sides of an issue. We feel that we get a college course in just a week!

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I wish Gabriel Garcia Marquez were still alive so he could visit Chautauqua and give it an adequate description to bring it to life. My words can't possibly do it justice, as it is a place better experienced than described. Chautauqua is beautiful, stimulating, and tranquil. It is a utopian experience that gets under your skin, leaving an indelible mark... More

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Pepperell. MA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
4 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Spent half a day there in July. We had good weather, and Durwood was our tour guide for a group of 33 friends. History of the institution is interesting, as is the architecture, layout, and the idea of the place in general. Durwood knew and shared an incredible variety of information about the history and current state of the Institution,... More

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