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Address: 1 Ames Ave, P O Box 744, Chautauqua, NY 14722
Phone Number: 12394317509
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Chautauqua Institution is a community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in...

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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Family Wedding at the Athenaeum Hotal at Chautauqua Institution

It was a beautiful day for a wedding with sunshine and warm temperatures. The ambience of the outdoor ceremony coupled with antiquity of the Athenaeum Hotel will always be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
radar643
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Fort Erie, Ontario
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Fort Erie, Ontario
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40 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a beautiful day for a wedding with sunshine and warm temperatures. The ambience of the outdoor ceremony coupled with antiquity of the Athenaeum Hotel will always be remembered. The property was immense and besides the main purpose of our visit, there were plenty of activities going on to enjoy. Not a trip for an hour or two. Spend... More 

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ROC
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21 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots to do; lots of strife and tension; needs to be upgraded for young people for internet and other conveniences

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Thank Pickledwalnuts
New York
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chautauqua Institution cannot be encapsulated into a sound bite or two. Each person who comes to Chautauqua has their own unique and special experience. Having spent almost every summer of my life there, I know how amazing a place it is. The nine week season is full of concerts, lectures, sports, religious services, performing arts, classes and more! Each week... More 

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Thank Bijou C
central Ohio
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Chautauqua Institution in the summer is a wonderful place to learn, enjoy the arts from classical music theater and opera, to top-rate popular acts; participate in recreational activities for all ages. and hear world-class speakers. My experiences over the past ten years is that Chautauqua is about "choices," There is more to do than any person can do in a... More 

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Thank catmomcentralOhio
Westfield, New York
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51 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Chautauqua Institute is a magic place. It is an enclosed community of hundreds of homes, businesses and entertainment and educational venues that are trapped visually in the 1800's. Architecturally it is a gift. It is peaceful, yet also offers a vast array of entertainment, classes and conferences throughout it's short summer season. Major performers grace it's ampitheater, renowned writers, poets... More 

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Thank Rick M
North Port, Florida
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Very interesting place to visit. Many early 50's homes preserved and still occupied. A must stop, if not for just a trolley ride through the historic area!

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Thank Bobcerne
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Imagine living in NPR. Imagine a community where people are involved, thoughtful and socially conscious. Imagine a place where young children can ride their bicycles on their own and people can leave their front doors unlocked. A place where you can sail in the morning and take classes in the afternoon. Watch a movie or see a play. Layer on... More 

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Hillsborough, NC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Everyone from the Morman Tabernacle Choir to Bob Hope have performed here during their summer season.

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Jamestown, New York
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222 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We live near by and really don't take advantage of the Institution as much as we should. Over the years we have gone to many concerts and been to the Hotel for lunches and a few dinners. It has a great history, it's worth researching just to explore it's past.

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South Pasadena, California
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29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Chautauqua is an unusual place to visit. SUmmer vacation with thought provoking lectures on world issues, peace and justice lectures, world renowned religious (multi faith) speakers and great evening performances. All for free once you buy your 'gate ticket' to get inside the Chautauqua Institution. Gate ticket is needed even if you chose not to attend any events but just... More 

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