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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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Highlands, North Carolina
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57 reviews 57 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

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
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

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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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 NEW

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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Derwood, Maryland, USA
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95 reviews 95 reviews
30 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We picked a great week...the week Ken Burns was there. He and Geoff Ward were fantastic. Clearly there is a religious focus here but even if you are an agnostic or atheist, you can enjoy good speakers, good lectures, and good performances. Huge crowds so everywhere there were lines, especially waiting to get to food.

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Washington, DC
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18 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We came to Chautauqua just for the shows -- a ballet and a play, both of which were spectacular. But I found both the website and the online information about Chautauqua very difficult to navigate, so here's the quick version: you DO need a special ticket to see the big shows (and it's a good idea to buy them in... More

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

We are glad you enjoyed your time with us and hope to see you again next season! I wanted to clear up some possible confusion about our ticketing. During our summer season, each person over the age of 12 and under 90 will need to purchase a gate pass to be admitted to our grounds. Your gate pass will admit... More

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

It's like college for adults. If you like learning new things, you'll love Chautauqua! There are so many options from which to choose. I loved Ken Burns morning sessions and Christa Tippett's interviews in the afternoon. Every night there is an event in the amphitheater.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This was our first visit to Chautauqua and we cannot recommend it highly enough. Each summer Chautauqua runs approximately nine weeks of speakers on a wide variety of topics. Each week has its own theme and there are two primary speakers, one in morning and one in the afternoon. We picked the week on "The American Experience," featuring Ken Burns... More

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Pittsburgh, PA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

We rented Room #9 for week 7, 2014. There are 20 rooms, only about 4 have private baths. The rest share a bath and powder room at the end of the hall on each floor. Our room was small, with a double bed and a place to hang up clothes with shelves on the side so that we could unpack... More

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