Surrounded by a 22-mile lake bordered by mountain ranges makes Chautauqua County a natural tourist destination. To quote the official website, “The Chautauqua-Allegany Region is rich with history and culture. Start a family tradition with summer learning camps on the lake. Each year since 1874, the Chautauqua Institution has offered an extraordinary blend of concerts, lectures, and learning opportunities in the arts as well as education, religion, and recreation. Located on Chautauqua Lake, the Institution attracts 150,000 visitors during a season of more than 2,000 events. Local history centers showcase lives and accomplishments of our native sons and daughters any time of the year. Explore and celebrate the history of the Seneca Nation of Indians at the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum. Learn about America's favorite comedienne at The Lucille Ball - Desi Arnaz Center.” The region is great for the outdoors. There are easily navigable and natural trails throughout 65,000 acres for activities such as horseback riding, wilderness hiking and biking, snowmobiling or tubing down the Genessee River. Of the counties in the region, Allegany County, Cattaraugus County and Chautauqua County, which is perhaps the most focussed on tourism. The county is known for its rich cultural experience and world class wineries. There are many events that have been organized from July all the way to September, The learning festival takes place in June, followed by the Arts Summer Festival that comes in July, you will get to enjoy the Hot Air Balloon Rally if you visit this place in July, and you can sample Cuban cuisine by taking part in the Cuba Garlic Festival in September.
Things to see and do in Chautauqua-Allegany
Allegheny State Park
A 65,000 acres forested area full of lakes and ideal for swimming, fishing and nature trails. It has the best trails and skiing spots. Ideal for backpackers with hundreds of camping sites to choose from.
Holiday Valley Mountain Resort
Filled with 19th Century antique shops, nightclubs and restaurants.
Rock City Park
A unique world of stones, caves and large rocks that have redesigned into homes and bridges. You will notice rocks high as 80 feet
Take your shopping bag and head to the beautiful newly built malls and more than 100 farm shops with handcrafted rugs, toys, and confectioneries.
Mountain Bike Trails
Take your bike and follow Mount Coaster located at the Sky Adventure Park for a thrilling bike trail.
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.