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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Nothing to dislike here. If you're looking for a quiet beautiful place to spend a few days or weeks, look no further. We were here during the off season but it's still very nice. We Golfed across the road at a 36 hole Golf course that was well kept and challenging enough for golfers at most levels. We stayed on... More

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Chautauqua Institute on Lake Chautauqua ,NY has been functioning since 1880 but the only thing old about it are the historic houses. Every week from June through August prominent speakers are invited to speak. Each week is a different theme. The week before I went this year was a week with Ken Burns about his documentaries. The week I chose... More

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West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was our second year. In both years the morning lectures were super. this year we heard Ken Burns review several documentaries. He signed all the books that were presented at a signing. Afternoon lectures were so-so. Get there early to all lectures as they get quickly filled up; bring seat pads. Evening concerts are generally excellent. Lots of walking;... More

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North Canton, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We took a side trip from Presque Isle....awesome drive!!! We loved the area...lots of wineries and the Chautauque Lake was so relaxing!!!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was the 4th season we spent a week at Chautauqua and have already made reservations to return. Music, talks by well-known national and international figures, culture, art, religion, dance are the popular venues at this old, well-established, fine appointed cultural center. We just heard Fareed Zakaria, John Esposito (Georgetown Univ. professor), Deborah Brautigan (political science professor at Johns Hopkins... More

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Betthel maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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