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Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua

(4.1/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web)
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  • We've been going to Chautauqua off and on for over 15 years. Every time I walk through the gates, I can feel myself start to relax. By far the best thing for us is the freedom for the kids - they take...  more »
  • This was by far my best visit ever to the Chautauqua Institution over some 25 or more years of attending! The music, the lectures, the food, the magnificent gardens and grounds, friendly people (staff...  more »
  • My family is renting a house on the premise for the off-season, so we went to visit for a long weekend. It's very quiet in October; not many people are around and nothing is open. It's true there is s...  more »
  • I am a somewhat newer "tourist" to Chautauqua. It was described to me as "summer camp for grown-ups" and it is plus more. I came to decompress and just breathe. I have never been to any venue such as this so did not know what to expect. The snobbishness I saw is really no better or worse than what I have seen in the world in general. And....I think those who work in the service industry are particular sensitive to the snobs and for good reason. That said, I found the vast majority to be quite lovely and more inclined to make friendly eye contact and say hello than what I typically experience in the world. I love that no one has to lock their doors if they don't want to. I love that the flowers and trees are in their full splendor and I LOVE that television is hard to come by. The programming does tend toward a more liberal slant but that doesn't make it inappropriate. It's just someone's point of view. If you don't agree then don't agree, but also don't shoot the messenger just because you don't agree. I find the question and answer sessions at the end of the featured daily lectures to be particular thought provoking. This is not the place for folks who require constant over-stimulation and it is not the place for folks who need a lot of noise in their lives. It is a place to be entertained, informed, inspired and intrigued if you are open to it. That said, it is not everyone's cup of tea. Then again, neither is Disney World.
  • Chautauqua is such a great place. I havent been here in years so it is nice to get back and see what has changed. In the summer it is a beautiful area and there is so much to do! It is so nice that before the season starts anyone can just come in and explore the grounds for no cost. The golf here is second to none as well. The tennis also looks like something I need to try ( I used to play when the courts were by the main gate, but never transitioned over to the new facility.) I talked to really nice guy named Mike (I think) at the tennis center and he has really convinced me to get back on the court. One last thing, make sure to check out the Brick Walk Cafe while you are here it is my favorite place to get some coffee and then go and read next to the lake and the iconic bell tower.
  • Fun place, nice to walk around. If you come by boat you don't have to pay the entrance fee so that's nice! Great place to visit for a weekend trip or extended visits in the summer. Lots to do. Definitely check it out.
  • Interesting place. A gated community filled with wealthy intellectuals. Grounds are beautiful. Lots of really interesting programs -- lectures, concerts, performances, etc. You need to purchase a ticket to the grounds and this will allow you to attend most events on the grounds, including all lectures, religious services and performances in the Amphitheater. Free admission to the grounds and a free afternoon show in the Amphitheater in Sundays.
  • Finest days you will ever spend beyond your college years. Intellectual (and respectful) debate, thought-provoking speakers, engaging programs, incredible musical and dance performances, superlative art exhibitions, and engaging and friendly guests. Nice people abound.