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Chautauqua Institution

Address: 1 Ames Ave, Chautauqua, NY 14722
Phone Number: +1 800-836-2787
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Chautauqua
Type: Educational Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York...
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Type: Educational Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state that comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will stay at Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages-all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I have been visiting Chautauqua for years. Chautauqua remains timeless with its elegance and beauty. It has become a favorite of mine during its summer season. If one understands its history and roots, there will be a greater appreciation for the Institution. Their plays are a treat to see and a venue in their auditorium is an experience. I most... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I lived there. My father was the president of Chautauqua years ago and I loved walking or XC skiing to the post office for the mail. Of course there was a stop at the fantastic bookstore. That was the daily social interaction back in the '70's. Now it's more expensive and more Disney-esque. The place on the map was not... More 

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Medina, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

While there are no lectures occurring at this time of year, it's a great way to wander the grounds and feel your way around to look into potential rentals. The library and bookstore are still open. The library is a WEALTH of information and hospitality! We could have spent hours there! It's gorgeous and such an intimate, take yourself back... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014 via mobile

This place is out of the public eye, but spectacular. You're well protected. You have views that you usually can't get anywhere else in Chautauqua County. It's very secluded. Not to mention that the President of the United States (President Clinton) stayed here. That in itself should be an attraction in itself.

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Orchard Park, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Chautauqua is a place where you can Step-Back to the 18th & 19th century, a quaint Village of Victorian homes located on the shores of Lake Chautauqua, between Westfield NY and Jamestown NY. Lucille Ball grew up around here and her career in show business is celebrated. You can walk the grounds or use a bicycle, as cars are limited.... More 

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Allegany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Many lectures, camping, b&b available, on the water if you you want to pull your boat up. Music of all kinds and named concert events. Parking a bit of a pain and not park of your ticket. Some events free some not so free. Call for brochure scheduled events or go online..."chatauqua institute"

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Old Greenwich CT
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36 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

This may be one of the best kept secrets around. The place is hopping in the summertime with an array of programs and entertainment that is rich in variety and quality. Even if you do not attend an event here, walking through the well-kept Victorian community is a little like being in a living museum.

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Scottsville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We visited off season so were able to drive through the streets to view the beautiful homes and buildings within the institution.

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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33 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This unique community has been around since the end of the 19th century, and generations of participants have been coming to Chautauqua year in and year out. For nine weeks each summer, thousands of people descend on the grounds to take in lectures, concerts, plays, and recreational activities. Located directly on Chautauqua Lake, the glorious Victorian structures here enhance a... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I've been a fan of Chautauqua Institution since I worked there during the summer after graduating from college and starting graduate school. It's charm and beauty, its pedestrian friendly nature, lakeside setting, and educational, cultural, and recreational activities, combine to make Chautauqua a one of a kind experience.

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