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Bemus Bay Pops Summer Concert Series

Every weekend all summer long we provide a variety of entertainment on the famous "Floating Stage", click here for schedules

Chautauqua Institution

The Chautauqua experience is based around one’s engagement in five program areas: arts, education, religion, recreation, and youth. While people visit Chautauqua Institution for all different lengths of stay—ranging from a daily lecture or evening performance to an overnight, multiple weeks or a even a full-season stay—the most popular length of stay on the grounds is one week. 

Roger Tory Peterson Institute

In 1984, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History was founded in Peterson’s hometown of Jamestown, New York, as an educational institution charged with preserving Peterson’s lifetime body of work and making it available to the world for educational purposes.

Jamestown Audubon Society

The nature center building houses fun, hands-on displays for all ages, meeting spaces, and a nature store. While the trails are open year-round from dawn until dusk daily, the building hours vary from season to season

Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center

The National Comedy Center in Lucille Ball's hometown of Jamestown, NY is a world-class attraction based on the celebration of comedy.

59 Lucy lane

Tour Lucille Ball's childhood home and buy merchandise.

Chautauqua Lake Historic Vessels

The Sea Lion Project Ltd. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to preserve and demonstrate, for educational and historical purposes, the arts and crafts related to 16th century shipbuilding and sailing, and the skills related to the construction and operating of historic vessels.

Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail

Experience Lake Erie Wine Country, formerly known as the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail, located on the south shore of beautiful Lake Erie in Pennsylvania and New York. Here you’ll step back in time as you explore the wineries, villages and beaches that are nestled among green rolling hills in the midst of 30,000 contiguous acres of luscious, fragrant grape vineyards. 


Grab a suit and towel, perhaps a beach chair or bucket and shovel, and head to any number of beaches with parks, playgrounds, rolling waves or shallow water. Spend the day on Lake Erie with sandy beaches and volleyball at Sunset Bay, cycling at Dunkirk Harbor and rocky cliffs at the Lake Erie State Park. Watch the sunset from a driftwood perch at Barcelona. Chautauqua, Findley and Cassadaga Lakes offer calmer waters for little tykes and village settings for quick diversions.


Local marinas as well as several lakeside lodging and dining establishments provide convenient boat slips and lake access. Check individual locations for long term docking and rates. Rent a power boat, pontoon boat or enjoy kayaking , canoeing, standup paddleboarding, fishing, sailing, waterskiing, or touring on the water.

Home to national competitions, Chautauqua Lake is a popular destination for sailors. Weekend regattas are common in the lake’s northern basin near Chautauqua Institution and in the southern basin near Lakewood. Board the Summer Wind or Chautauqua Belle for a cruise on Chautauqua Lake.


Go fishing on five lakes and numerous waterways in Chautauqua County, including western New York’s largest inland lake and a 50-mile shoreline of Lake Erie where deep water fishing yields trophy size walleye and smallmouth bass. The inland lakes, Chautauqua, Cassadaga, Findley and Bear, are exceptional for walleye, bass, muskellunge and pan fish. Come spring and fall, anglers from the northeast and Canada head to Steelhead Alley, the tributary streams that feed Lake Erie, for the challenge of fly fishing.


Tee off in the place Golf Digest (Nov 2002) declared the “Best Little Golf Town in America” for its access to and diversity of courses, value priced fees and number of quality golf days. Learn to play golf at Chautauqua Golf Club's Golf Learning Center or Peek'n Peak's Golf Academy. With more than 20 courses, Chautauqua County overflows with golfing opportunities, many of which are available with special rates and packages. Play with a spectacular view overlooking Chautauqua Lake or near the majestic cliff-lined shore of Lake Erie. Try a round amidst the vineyards of America's Grape Country or the rolling hills around Jamestown.   


Enjoy alpine and cross country skiing from early December through late March or April. Peek’n Peak near the southern end of Findley Lake boasts 27 groomed slopes, miles of cross-country trails, snowboarding, snow tubing, and equipment sales and rentals. Eight chairlifts ensure short lines and state-of-the-art snowmaking capabilities ensure consistent conditions all season long. Competitions are held at ski locations throughout the season.


Chautauqua County boasts a diversity of trail areas and scenic parks for hiking, off-road cycling, and birding. In addition to the Audubon Nature Center and the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, birders can enjoy the Ripley Hawk Watch, Erlandson Overview Park, and the Chadakoin River Outlet. Along the Eastside Overland Trail, the Boutwell State Wildlife Area is home to groomed snowmobile and dedicated horseback riding trails as well as hiking, and strenuous mountain biking trails. Rails to Trails maintains 17 miles of unused rail corridors winding through scenic woodlands, wetlands, flowering meadows, and villages.

The Robert H. Jackson Center

The Robert H. Jackson Center invites and initiates scholarly work on Jackson’s legal, social and political contributions. The Center engages educators to design creative ways to educate students; empowers national and international officials and dignitaries to analyze contemporary issues of peace and justice through the relevance of Justice Jackson’s body of work; and, inspires school children, college students, attorneys, judges and public officials to discuss and reflect on the universal principles of equality, fairness and justice.

Reg Lenna Civic Center for the Arts

Reg Lenna Center for The Arts is at the heart of the arts and cultural district in Jamestown NY. The Reg showcases a wide variety of events including live concerts, movies, ballet, orchestras, gallery shows and more. The center includes a 1269 seat historic theater, a 60 seat studio theater, 3rd On 3rd Art Gallery, WRFA-LP 107.9 FM low power community radio station and MediaWorks video production facility. The Reg showcases a wide variety of events, workshops, gallery shows and is utilized by many community organizations.

Lucille Ball Little Theatre






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