Due to their buoyancy, boats are world-renowned for their wave-hopping excursions and for their ferocious agility battles with the Dead Sea. Take a float on the favored competitor with today's Groupon: for $15, you get two tickets to a narrated cruise or cocktail cruise aboard the Chautauqua Belle (up to a $30 value). Boats are scheduled for pickups in Mayville and near the Bell Tower at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua. The Groupon does not cover any entry fees associated with the Chautauqua Institution. This Groupon expires on August 31.
One of the largest vessels on Chautauqua Lake, the two-tiered Chautauqua Belle steamboat allows riders to soak in spectacular views of the lake scenery with an old-fashioned charm. With the narrated cruise, seafarers embark on a 105-minute tour that educates on the history of Chautauqua, from the area’s indigenous natives to the time President McKinley jet-skied on the lake. The evening cocktail cruise celebrates the last glimmers of sunlight while riders sip on beer ($3–$5) or wine ($6) from the full-service cash bar. Once docking upon the shores of the Chautauqua Institution, guests can explore the community’s cultural programs and events as long as they already have a gate pass (guests will not be allowed off the gangway at the Institution stop without a gate pass; entry is free on Sundays). Tours leave throughout the day; check the schedule to find the best time for an aquatic jaunt.
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.