Chautauqua Belle

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Cruise steers guests atop the waters of Chautauqua Lake on historical or cocktail tours that dock at Chautauqua Institution

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Promotional value expires Aug 26, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for cruise dates from 6/23/12 to 8/26/12. Subject to availability and weather. Not valid for Saturday afternoon cruises at 1pm, 3pm, or 5pm. Not valid on holidays. Drinks not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Since the dawn of humanity, man has longed to conquer the ocean, which is why the invention of the boat was followed swiftly by the adoption of the high-five. Celebrate man's triumphs with today's Groupon: for $20, you get your choice of a narrated cruise or cocktail cruise for two aboard the Chautauqua Belle (a $40 value). Boats are scheduled for pickups in Mayville and near the Bell Tower at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua. This Groupon does not cover any entry fees associated with the Chautauqua Institution.

Aboard the double-decker steamboat Chautauqua Belle, guests float atop Chautauqua Lake's sparkling waters on 105-minute voyages. Visitors gain insight on Chautauqua's history on a narrated historical cruise, in which guides regale guests with tales of the local indigenous population's past, or purchase potations such as beer ($3–$5) and wine ($6) from the boat's onboard full bar during the cocktail cruise. On both cruises, a snack bar toting chips, pretzels, and cookies dissuades hungry patrons from plunging over board in pursuit of tuna-fish sandwiches. Parties with a valid gate pass may peruse the Chautauqua Institution's arts, entertainment, and recreational happenings before catching the next cruise or hitchhiking a ride in a friendly pelican's pouch back to Mayville.

Chautauqua Belle

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.

Customer Reviews

It was all very enjoyable!
Diane B. · September 14, 2012
It was a wonderful 2 hr cruise, the history behind chautauqua was well done and fascinating. It was well worth the time and money. Would most certainly do it again.
Cindy · August 27, 2012
Sam Z. · August 27, 2012

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