$20 for a 105-Minute Historic or Cocktail Cruise for Two ($40 Value)
During the narrated historic cruise, guests nibble on snacks (available for purchase) and take in picturesque views of Chautauqua Lake as knowledgeable guides share historic tales of the surrounding area. Alternatively, of-age guests can enjoy happy hour during the cocktail cruise, sipping libations and beer from the full-service bar while drifting across the lake's placid waters. See the full cruise schedule. This Groupon is only valid for the Chautauqua Institution season.
The Industrial Revolution's innovation and muscle come to life during cruises aboard the "Chautauqua Belle," a historic open-air steamboat. The eponymous vessel glides across the calm surface of Chautauqua Lake as guides educate guests of all ages on the lake's colorful history. Guests can enjoy snacks and libations from the full-service bar as they glimpse picturesque beaches and lush forests during dinner, fireworks, and private charters or narrated history tours.
The beautiful and informative tours take place in association with the Chautauqua Institution, a historical society located in an even more historical building. Formerly known as the Chautauqua Lake Sunday School Assembly, the society first perched itself on the edge of the lake in 1874, and by 1880 was a nationally recognized forum where intellectuals discussed global politics, scientific developments, the arts, and favorite fishing holes. The name may have changed, but the Chautauqua Institution carries on that spirit of inquisitiveness and community development today in educational programs, artists' outreach, and religious services.
young man (then 18!) who saved this great steamboat from the scrap heap, has recorded a terrific narration, including sights, history, and tall talesnysq1
It was also a real treat to see the beautiful homes of the Institution from offshore and learn about thier history and owners.acmepanda
Tips from Groupon Customers
“Awesome crew...had a great time!”
“comfortably relaxing, not over booked so there was room to move around. the history was very interesting and given in such a way that you thought no one had ever...”
“comfortably relaxing, not over booked so there was room to move around. the history was very interesting and given in such a way that you thought no one had ever heard it before. loved it. ”
“Was very informative and the right length of time. Good luck to the young man that bought it, restored it and is now making a go of it!”