Boats are like rich parents, in that they will float you for a few years while you drift around playing acoustic guitar and working on your coming of age novel. Live the dream with this Groupon.<p>
Choose Between Two Options
- $20 for a 105-minute historical or cocktail cruise for two (a $40 value)
- $39 for the above cruise for four (an $80 value)<p>
During the narrated historical cruise, guests nibble on snacks (available for purchase) and take in picturesque views of Chautauqua Lake as guides share tales of the surrounding area. Alternatively, of-age guests can enjoy happy hour during the cocktail cruise, sipping libations and beer (available for purchase) from the full-service bar while drifting across the lake’s placid waters. This Groupon is valid only 6/23/13 to 7/31/13 and only for the Chautauqua Institution season and may not be redeemed for Saturday-afternoon cruises at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., or 5 p.m. See the full schedule.<p>
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.