Getting There -- You'll need to drive here. Chautauqua is 70 miles from Buffalo. From the New York State Thruway (I-90), take exit 60, then Route 394 west. From the Southern Tier Expressway (I-86/Rte. 17) if eastbound, take exit 7, then Route 33 north, and Route 394 east. If westbound, take exit 8, then Route 394 west.

Visitor Information -- The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau is located at the gates of Chautauqua Institution, Route 394 (tel. 800/242-4569). For information on the institution, call tel. 800/836-ARTS or visit

Admission to the Institution -- Entering the gates of the institution will cost you $17 for a daytime (7am-8pm) pass, $9 for an afternoon (noon-8pm) pass, $53 to be on the grounds from 7am to midnight, plus another $6 if you're spending the night -- on top of hotel charges. Make it easy and order ahead on-line. Your gate fee gets you into all the lectures and entertainment (with the exception of opera and theater) that you can fit in. You can also take a dip in the lake. Sporting options (there are many) all cost extra.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.