Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau


Located at the main gate of the Chautauqua Institution, Rt. 394 in Chautauqua New York. 


Located in the southwest corner of New York State, Chautauqua County borders Pennsylvania to the south and Lake Erie to the northwest. With five lakes and approximately fifty miles of Lake Erie shoreline, there is no place in the county more than twenty-five miles from open water.  The county is most renowned as home to the Chautauqua Institution, a center for arts, education, religion, and recreation; and as the birthplace of Lucille Ball.  The region also boasts the oldest and largest Concord grape growing region in the world and the largest grape growing region in the U.S. outside of California. 


Chautauqua County's rich cultural history owes much to a Victorian-era influence.  During the turbulent times of the late nineteenth century Industrial Revolution, Summer Assemblies became popular for spiritual renewal and moral grounding.  Two of those assemblies, the Chautauqua Institution and the Lily Dale Assembly remain today.  In addition, villages along Lake Erie from Silver Creek to Westfield thrived during the period, built around the Concord grape and agricultural industries. The City of Jamestown became known as the "furniture capital of the world" spurred by excellent hardwood forests and master craftsmen. It was also the childhood home of naturalist, author and artist, Roger Tory Peterson, and Supreme Court Justice Robert H. Jackson.


Today, Chautauqua's attractions include a diverse mix of beautifully renovated historic theatres, preserved Victorian villages, traditional fairs, and Great Lakes lighthouses in addition to more modern artistic outlets, resort and spa experiences, markets, wineries, festivals and unique museums. Of course, water, land and snow sports remain some of Chautauqua’s main attractions. 

For information on festivals, special events, and trip planning, contact Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, 866-908-ILNY (4569),


Contact Us

Phone: (866) 908-4569 | (866) 908-ILNY
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1441
Chautauqua, New York 14722

Where are we located?

Street Address:
Main Gate, Route 394
Chautauqua, New York 14722