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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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Columbus, Ohio
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We had a great experience at Chautauqua Institution last summer and several summers previous. It was our hope that a week each summer would become a tradition for our family. Perhaps it is because so many families have visited the institution for years, that it is hard for a relatively new family to find accommodations. But the accommodations search feature... More

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ChqInstitution, Digital Communications Intern at Chautauqua Institution, responded to this review

I am saddened to hear that you had trouble finding accommodations. Unfortunately, the owners of the different accommodations update their own listings, so the best we can do is encourage them to do just that. Have you worked with Myra Peterson? She is the accommodations manager here at Chautauqua. She helps many people find a place to stay on the... More

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I have been going to Chautauqua since 2007, and it's become my favorite place to visit. The only downside is that if you're visiting during the summer season, you'll have to purchase a gate pass and parking pass, which can get pricey. There is no gate pass requirement if you visit off-season. That having been said, this place is wonderful... More

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ChqInstitution, Digital Communicaitons Intern at Chautauqua Institution, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing your positive experience at Chautauqua. We look forward to having you here this summer! More

Scotia, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

In Victorian times, one could only learn new things by reading and from periodicals (no radio, TV, internet, etc.). For those living outside urban areas, many hungered for art and music. The Chautauqua Institution offered not only these things to the tourist at Jamestown, NY, but also conducted traveling lectures, magic lantern shows (early movies) which visited communities all over... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013 via mobile

There are people in Chautauqua County who have never been to the Chautauqua Institute. This is crazy. Chautauqua Institute is a fabulous venue for summer activities and a nice place to walk during the winter with snow. We routinely attend concerts in the incredibly interesting amphitheater. I would recommend this to anyone. It is a must.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

The only negative is the price you have to pay to park and to enter the institution grounds "in season". There is no entry or parking fee out of season. If you are going to a concert at the Amphitheatre or a play, opera, etc, the cost includes the gate fee. You want to go anyway! This is the most... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

We stayed in the middle of the Institution, and walked around exploring the grounds. Our cottage was built in 1884 and is quaint, cozy and spacious. Our anniversary falls in the off seaso, so we could not take advantage of anything the C.I. has to offer in the summer months. Only the bookstore was open.

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Saegertown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Love the architecture, the lake, the quiet, the sense of peace and security, the "atmosphere". Not only are the "in season" weeks enjoyable with all the activities to attend, but the history and ambiance of the Institution is a feeling to behold!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

chautauqua gave its name to the world, the "travelling tent chautauquas," and there really is a peaceful atmosphere here, the rare place where you can let your kids go for the day confident that the worst that will happen is, they'll come back smarter than you are... elitism rules, though, and it's hard to imagine this locale catering to the... More

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Fredonia, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

I've been here many times for several reasons and I always find it a unique place. The Institution boast beautiful houses with an exclusive population. It values education so I have been here to take classes, see performances, with school children, for a reunion and just to enjoy the view of the lake. Things are overpriced but the residents can... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Beautiful setting, intellectual stimulation, cultural events: orchestra, theater, ballet, etc. We love it.

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