Unique Family Vacation Idea – Chautauqua

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Chautauqua is a historic lakefront community in Western New York. It’s only about 2 hours from Cleveland and it is a gorgeous place to get away from it all. Every year 170,000 people spend their summer vacation in Chatuaqua where they experience memories to last a lifetime.


From June 25th – August 28th, Chautuaqua Institution offers a wide variety of activities and events for those interested in the arts, education, music, religion, youth programs, and recreation. There are lectures, classes, performances, and events for all ages.


Chautauqua is proud of it’s small town feel with a worldly attitude. On a typical summer day you can stroll through the streets of the lakeside town and admire the cute and quaint cottages.

Family Vacation Idea Chautauqua

And later in the day can watch performances in a beautiful open air amphitheater by Alison Krauss, Straight No Chaser, Clint Black, Steve Martin’s Bluegrass Band, The Beach Boys and more.

Family Vacation Idea Chautauqua

Chautuqua has much to offer for Arts and Education lovers as well. From Chautauqua’s own Symphony Orchestra, Opera Company, Musical Festival, and more to the lectures, special studies, and book clubs there’s something for everyone.

Chautauqua Opera

The recreational activities at Chautauqua are sure to get your family outdoors. With tennis, sailing, swimming, golf as well, kids camps, sports instruction, enrichment classes, entertainment, and youth centers the entire family will be happily avoid the Summer Slide.

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To learn more about this perfect family vacation and to watch a video tour of the property visit the Chautauqua web site.

What about you? Have you ever been to Chautauqua?

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  1. Robin Wilson says:

    I love to travel and in our own country is as far as I am every gonna get! I had no idea about Chautauqu in New York. I just love to visit historical locations, mostly to see the architecture. This place looks like it would be a lot of fun! It’s on the travel bucket list!

  2. Julie Wood says:

    I have never heard of this place, but it is a wonderful place to vacation. I like the sites and the wonderful water that surrounds this place. A vacation at Chautauqua would be awesome for me and my family

  3. Having grown up in upstate New York, I’ve been to Western New York but never to Chautauqua. I had no idea so much was going on there! If I ever get back to New York, I’ll definitely keep Chautauqua on my list of places to visit. Thanks!

  4. I would so love to visit one day! Looks like lots of fun!

  5. Looks like a fun trip!

  6. Ronie Montgomery says:

    What a great view looks like tons of fun!

  7. Brian Casson says:

    That looks like a blast when I go to NY I will have to try and make it there for sure!!

  8. amanda Whitley says:

    that looks so neat, ive been to NY before but not here.

  9. Laura Unger says:

    I’ve passed by Chautauqua many times while traveling. I never knew it had so much to offer! I think we will check it out as I love beautiful historic places, and it’s not far from where I live!

  10. Erin Thompson says:

    I love Chautauqua! We spend a lot of time down there. I have an aunt with a cottage on the lake. It is a great place to visit!

  11. Melissa Hartley says:

    Beautiful place & lots of historic sights & homes! I’ve never been to NY :(

  12. What a lovely place – how nice to have it so close to home.

  13. I’ve been a few times for the day! I love Chautauqua!

  14. Holly Wert says:

    looks like a cute place, and its not too far from me

  15. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Wow–I have never been to new York. I’d love to figure music into our adventures.

  16. Maralea says:

    The Musical Festival would be great to see.

  17. Jennifer Dysart says:

    Beautiful, I never heard of this but love the fun–music, interesting architecture, lakes

  18. Never heard of it – but it’s not that far away and looks like fun, I would go just to see Steve Martin

  19. I have never been to Chautauqua but it looks like fun!

  20. Mary Williams says:

    I have to say…if I had to pick somewhere to live as a fantasy…it would look a lot like that! I love the water…all the boats and the family friendly activities!

  21. ellen casper says:

    What a neat looking town – looks so family friendly!

  22. Chris Shari Alligood says:

    This absolutely looks like a great place to get away with my hubby!

  23. Nicole Balogh says:

    I have never been to Chautauqua, but have heard only great things about it. I am looking into it for a family vacation next summer.

  24. I’ve been to Chautauqua in Boulder (does that count?) I’d love to go where there’s lots of water.

  25. I’ve never been to Chatauqua, but my husband speaks fondly about his visits as a child.

  26. Sonya Morris says:

    I have never been to Chautauqua but it looks like fun!

  27. I had never heard of Chautauqua. Seems like a cool place to explore with lots of history.

  28. rebecca shockley says:

    Looks like a very family friendly environment with lot’s of excitement as well. Funky little name for a town with so much to do!

  29. MargolisRose says:

    We’ve been looking for a new vacation spot! I’ve never been here, but it sounds lovely :)

  30. Amy Orvin says:

    I’d love to spend my summer vacation there as well. Looks lovely! I love the pictures.

  31. sheila ressel says:

    How beautiful and sounds like there is so much do there. Would love to go there someday.

  32. Shani F. says:

    We have wanted to go here for such a long time. It seems like they have so many wonderful educational programs.

  33. Maria Iemma says:

    This is a beautiful place – what a find! I live in upstate NW New York and although it would be more than two hour ride it seems like it would be worth it. Thanks!

  34. Sadie B. says:

    We have never been there. It looks beautiful with lots of green spaces.

  35. Gorgeous! Looks like a fantastic place to visit. I used to live in NE Ohio and your travel posts make me homesick–but I love to read them anyways.

  36. Boulder, CO has a Chautauqua summer program with lots of different offerings. I’ve never been to this Chautauqua.

  37. I’ve never been, but it looks like a great and just like you said, unique place to try.

  38. April Yedinak says:

    I have driven by there many times (I am originally from central NY), but haven’t stopped in for a visit (yet). There are many great, historic places to visit in NY and summer and fall are the best times to visit.

  39. Looks likes wonderful place to visit!

  40. krystel says:

    wow what a beautiful place to go

  41. These photos and descriptions are enough to lure me! I never heard of this town and now I won’t stop thinking about it! I’m going to check it out!

  42. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I wish I was able to travel as much as y’all do. So great for your children and all they are getting to see.

  43. Eustacia Miliusis says:

    This looks like it would be a great place for a family vacation! I would love to stay in a bed & breakfast in a cottage such as you have pictured on this blog if I took a vacation here!

  44. Kate F. says:

    I’ve never been to Chautauqua, but it sounds like a great place to go on vacation! Thanks for the information.

  45. Oh I could totally take a vacation here. I love the look of the homes and the lake looks so inviting. I love that they have so much to offer for families visiting. It just looks so peaceful.

  46. This would be a great getaway from all the usual day to day confusion.

  47. Olivia Rubin says:

    Would love to listen in on Steve Martins Blue Grass Band. Seems like a beautiful place, love those hills..miss those NY hills, as I am now in south Florida.the nice thing about towns like this is they usually have a Main Street that is still up and running that shoppers frequent.

  48. Once we no longer have pets I’m looking forward to some longer trips up north.

  49. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    Looks Like A Great Place To Visit! Lots Of Fun Family Friendly Activities!

  50. Jennifer Marie says:

    I have never been to chautaqua. The outdoor activities look fun.

  51. Austin Baroudi says:

    I haven’t been. It look beautiful though. Maybe someday.

  52. Sadie B. says:

    I have never been there. It looks like a great place to enjoy and unwind.

  53. Starr Greenwell says:

    I have never been there, it looks like so much fun:)

  54. Now this looks and sounds like a fun family vacation. The photos looks gorgeous. I bet my family would have a blast. Thanks for posting.

  55. saminder gumer says:

    i love the historic houses and buildings there. i love to see great architecture and history when i travel.

  56. Looks like a great place for a summer getaway!

  57. Thomas Murphy says:

    I want to go there!

  58. I have never heard about it before. Looks very neat!

  59. Stephanie says:

    i love the pictures

  60. Wow! How fun! I have never been there!

  61. Heather Panjon says:

    Looks like a great trip, If I ever go to ny I will keep this in mind !:) THANKS!!!

  62. Maralea says:

    Would love to visit sometime! Looks like lots of fun and plenty to do!

  63. Harmony B says:

    Gorgeous lake. Would love to check out places like this one day

  64. We visited there last summer- I would recommend camping there if you’re going in the summer, as the hotels there are on the pricey side during that time . Definitely a beautiful place!

  65. Jennifer V says:

    I went there as a teenager. I remember being very excited that my parents took me to a ballet there. :)

  66. Naina John says:

    Thanks for post. I didn’t knew about this place. As I live near New York ,can plan to visit sometime.

  67. Tammy S says:

    I have a friend who has been to Chautauqua before. Between her raving about her trip and your review, I think I need to add it to my list of places to go. :)

  68. I’ve been to Lake Placid but not Chatauqua.

  69. Jennifer Marie says:

    looks like there is plenty to do there~ not too far from us :)

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