Welcome Summer to Western New York!


Take the quintessential summer vacation to Chautauqua County and spend a week or two by a lake - we have five of them! Bring the family or a group of friends and stay at a cottage or vacation home. Rent a boat and get out on the water. Spend some time at Chautauqua Institution. Visit the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum. Tour the Lake Erie grape and wine region, America's grape country. There's plenty to do and to learn for every member of your group.


Navigate the Trails and Waterways in the County, Discover Art, Artists and Art Trails, or visit one of our historical gems. Read about activities for the whole family. Visit the Calendar for a list of events throughout the year. Browse the website, order a Visitors Guide or view it online, and plan your adventure. You can also download the new Visit Chautauqua County App for help in finding attractions, events, hotels and restaurants while visiting.


Laugh with the antics of Lucy

Visit museums dedicated to national historic celebrities like Lucille Ball, Roger Tory Peterson, and Robert H. Jackson. READ MORE

Play Golf

Learn to play or improve your game on numerous courses throughout the county including a host of PGA TOUR's Web.com Tour. READ MORE

Go fishing!

Grab a pole and head to one of five lakes or numerous tributary streams. Try deep water fishing with a charter captain. READ MORE

The World's Vacation Learning Center

For over 140 years, Chautauqua has been a destination for vacation learning, a place for personal growth, a place that engages the mind, body and spirit.

Start planning your summer learning vacation at the Chautauqua Institution with its lecture series, Special Studies program, and summer camps for youth.

See What to Learn for ongoing and seasonal learning opportunities and Learning on Vacation for dates and times of specific workshops.

Plan a Visit

Request a Visitors Guide and start planning your getaway to Chautauqua. For periodic news and events, sign up for our monthly e-newsletter, and for daily news and updates, like us and join the conversation on Facebook

Check out Map My Chautauqua, a link that let's you find recreation and visitor opportunities on an interactive map, and Visit Chautauqua, a downloadable app for help in planning your trip.

Chautauqua County is located less than three hours from Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Rochester, Niagara Falls, and Toronto and within an easy drive from Buffalo and Erie.   

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