Since its inception in 1874, Chautauqua has served as an educational and recreational lakeside destination for artists, educators, thinkers, faith leaders and friends alike. From world-class speakers, preachers, and artists to hands-on-activities in the classroom or our athletic facilities, a Chautauqua experience is unlike any other. Whether you visit for a day, a week, or the season, we invite you to be a part of our community in its historic 150 year.
Plan your experience today
No matter how long you plan to stay, a Chautauqua Institution
experience is one you won’t soon forget. Use our experience
planner to make booking your next visit simple.
Decide how long you’re staying and whether you would like to visit us in the summer or in our off-season.
Find out which events line up with your dates and your interests.
Choose between a variety of beautiful lodging options both on and off the Chautauqua grounds.
Once your itinerary is complete, you can save it and send it to your email.
Our 2024 Weekly Themes
Our weekly themes represent the important societal topics that will be the focus of speakers, events and discourse in a given week.
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An experience like no other
“There is no place like it. No resort. No spa. Not anywhere else in the country, or anywhere in the world.”
— David McCullough
“Things are different here. You feel it the moment you pass through the gates. Here, we have a glimmer, an active, muscular, American utopia, here in this place, inquisitive, ecumenical, feeding mind and body and spirit.”
— Ken Burns
Named “Best Small Town Cultural Scene” by USA Today
Anyone who has experienced the reinvention and reinvigoration of a visit to
Chautauqua knows that this is an experience that must be preserved. As a
non-profit organization, we depend on your gifts to sustain our mission.