Chautauqua is a small village just south of Lake Erie in New York State, and receives its name from the nearby Chautauqua lake. Life moves at a much slower pace around here. The village itself is quaint and offers a great opportunity to get away from it all and enjoy a more rural way of life. The stunning lakes and nature that surround the village are undoubtedly the highlights of the region.
One of the best things to do in Chautauqua is to take a trip to Lake Erie -- the fourth largest lake in the United States and a lake that is identified as one of the five great lakes. Lake Erie separates the US from Canada and offers incredible scenery. There is much fun to be had along lake Chautauqua itself -- from riverside strolls to fishing and watersports. Those interested can participate in lectures and programs at the Chautauqua institute.
The summer months of June through to August are the best time to visit Chautauqua. This is both due to the temperatures and this being when the educational programs run at Chautauqua campus.