Must Do Tours to Take this Summer in Chautauqua County, NY

IMG_0051Join the Fenton History Center for guided walks around town and learn about Jamestown’s history. Walking Tours of Jamestown are held each Saturday through September. Each week is one of four tours which are rotated throughout the season and include Jamestown’s Lake View Avenue, the Old Northside (current downtown area), Jamestown’s Hidden Alleys, and Jamestown’s Early Industry. Tours begin at 1 pm, last about 2 hours, and cost $10. For more information, contact the Fenton History Center at 716-664-6256 or visit

Take a tour of the historic Dunkirk Lighthouse and climb the spiral stairs of the 61 foot tower to look out over Lake Erie. Plan ahead and reserve a spot for one of the ghost tours offered in August and October. 716-366-5050,

Climb aboard the climate controlled cruise ship Summer Wind (, or the steamboat Chautauqua Belle ( for tours of Chautauqua Lake.

Kayaking ToursJoin Evergreen Outfitters for one of their weekly kayaking tours. Tuesday evening paddles take place before and during sunset on Lake Erie while Wednesday evening paddles take place on the Chautauqua Lake Outlet. Once a month, there’s even a Full Moon Paddle on Chautauqua Lake. Participants are welcome to bring their own kayak or rent equipment through Evergreen Outfitters. To reserve a spot, arrange for rentals or get more information, contact Evergreen Outfitters at 716-763-2266. You can also visit

Take a tour of America’s grape country, an area along the Lake Erie shoreline that runs from Silver Creek, NY to Harborcreek, PA and includes a trail of 24 wineries. Stop at the new Grape Discovery Center in Westfield and learn about 150 years of grape growing in the oldest Concord grape growing region in the world. Browse the gift shop, explore the exhibit room, and then grab a grape juice or wine slushie at the tasting bar and relax on the patio next to the vineyards. 716-326-2003, Add a visit to the Grape Country Marketplace in nearby North East, PA for even more local flavors and grape history.

Climb on a Segway and take a ride over the mountain or through the woods at Peek’n Peak Resort and Spa. For more challenge, try the new Mountain Adventure Park with rope bridges, cable walkways, cargo nets, ladders, and zip lines.  716-355-4141,

Drive through the back country roads that lead to Amish communities on a self-guided adventure. Visit shops located in Amish homes to find quilts, furniture, baskets, rugs, baked goods, jams and more. Note that Amish shops are closed on Sundays and photos are forbidden. Pick up maps to Amish communities at the Main Gate at Chautauqua Institution or I-86 Rest Area or download at

026_26Ride a bike along routes suggested by area cycling shops, clubs, and race organizers. Download pdf maps at

For more information on tours in Chautauqua County as well as information on where to play, stay, shop and dine, visit the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau at or call 1-866-908-4569.

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