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Recreation at Chautauqua

"When I am at Chautauqua, I open all the windows in my brain. I fill my mind, heart, eyes and ears. I'm not there to produce; I'm there to take in. I thrive on Chautauqua's magical intensity."

~ Letty Pogrebin, former editor, Ms. Magazine, and Chautauqua Platform speaker

For more information, please contact:

Tina Downey

Director of the Chautauqua Fund

(716) 357-6406 |


Chautauqua’s recreation pillar touches every corner of our community, embracing people of all ages and covering a wide diversity of interests and skill levels. Indeed, it is essential to the Chautauqua experience. Recreation serves the needs of families, it fosters lifelong learning, it nurtures relationships, it re-connects us to the natural world and it feeds our souls. Recreation at Chautauqua is enhanced by our location on Chautauqua Lake. Nestled in a rural setting and natural environment, our focus is on pursuit of skills and enjoyment in lifelong activities.

Fitness Center

altFor more than 130 years, the Chautauqua Institution has provided opportunities to enrich the mind, body and spirit. Chautauqua Health & Fitness Center continues that tradition. Its staff is dedicated to helping you succeed, whatever your health and fitness goals: weight loss, increased flexibility, sports training, muscle toning, medical rehabilitation, stress reduction or general fitness and conditioning. We are pleased to provide this resource to both our summer visitors and our surrounding year-round community.

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altThe Chautauqua Golf Club offers a high-quality golfing experience that invites the novice but also challenges the experienced player. Situated on rolling terrain with frequent panoramic views of nearby Chautauqua Lake, the Club offers two 18-hole courses, the lake course and the hill course, designed by Donald Ross and Xen Hassenplug respectively, as well as a recently remodeled clubhouse and a new 25-acre practice and teaching facility.

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altThe John R. Turney Sailing Center on the shores of Chautauqua Lake provides a wonderfully serene and picturesque location for sailing instruction for both the young and old and the novice and experienced alike. Kayak and canoes are also available for rental at the Center.

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Sports Club

The Sports Club at Chautauqua is home to a variety of activities including shuffleboard, lawn bowling, bridge and horseshoes. Hosting fun for the entire family is the goal of Club!

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altChautauqua Tennis Center, a newly created state-of-the-art facility, has eight courts available for play, four of which are lit for nighttime play. Private instruction and tournament play is available.

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P.O. Box 28
One Ames Ave.
Chautauqua, N.Y. 14722
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Chautauqua Institution is a non-profit organization, dependent upon your gifts to fulfill its mission. Gate tickets and other revenue cover only a portion of the cost of your Chautauqua experience. A community on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state, Chautauqua Institution comes alive each summer with a unique mix of fine and performing arts, lectures, interfaith worship and programs, and recreational activities. Visit our website for more information.