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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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Betthel maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I was last at Chautauqua Instituter 50 years ago. It has grown and only for the better. The venues, buildings, programs and shops were excellent. All the staff were friendly and helpful. Will return for longer stay soon.

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Earlysville, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This was our first visit to Chatauqua. We spent 3 days visiting friends who spend the summer there. We attended several interesting lectures as well as a number of musical events and a dance performance. The setting is lovely - like stepping into the pages of a picture book about the 19th century in affluent America. If one is looking... More

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97 reviews 97 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

A step back in time!! Wonderful experience at all the events we attended. Very well run and thoughtful speakers at the HOP. Truly a must attend place to experience. Take the time and attend all the events, talk to the residents, and absorb the atmosphere.

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Littlestown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My wife and I really enjoyed strolling about the grounds, attending the lectures, enjoying the lake and attended one of the concerts. We will certainly come back again!

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

If you like a big dose of intellectual stimulation in your vacation, there's no place like Chautauqua. This walled enclave caters to people with hungry minds. There's a 9-week summer season. Each week has a different theme. This year (our third), the week's theme was the Global Public Square. There's a 10:45 am lecture each morning at Chautauqua, usually presented... More

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Highlands, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Our multigenerational family has spent at least a week here each summer for more than ten years! We rent a house with enough bedrooms, a couple of baths, and a nice front porch every year. These have all been within the grounds. The kids use bikes to get around and love their feeling of independence. The adults also bike and... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My Mom & Dad had been to Chautauqua many times over the years & I recall hearing about what a "special" time those vacations had been.....happy for them, but don't remember thinking about going myself. My Mom passed away just over a year ago and my Dad thought he would like to introduce me to the Chautauqua experience ( and... More

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Falls Church, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We have been to Chautauqua 12 times and will continue to go every summer. The website shows the range of programs and ways to relax, yet part of the pleasure is discovering something new. Chautauqua is all about re-creation, rather than recreation. It's a place to recharge psychic batteries. There is one negative: Chautauqua is hard to reach by any... More

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Wexford, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We have no idea how many time we have visited the Chautauqua Institution over the last 30 years! Every visit seems to provide unique experiences which challenge us, inspire us, or entertain us! The programs we attended last week were among the best ever, especially the presentations by Ken Burns and Geofrey Ward on the Roosevelts! They provided glimpses in... More

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Our first visit to the Institution. Heard about it for many years but did not "get it" until we arrived. You automatically want to come back again and again. It includes cultural, political and religious topics without being "churchy", such a wide range of belief systems represented. I've been to other church-affiliated camps but none compare to this.

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