Fall/Winter/Spring Grounds Access
August 31, 2020 thru June 25, 2021

During the fall, winter, and spring seasons, Chautauqua Institution will continue to welcome all to the grounds, free of charge. Our safety protocols have recently changed. Guests may now access the grounds daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., through any drive-in gate. A Grounds Access Pass is no longer required for entry. In the evening/overnight hours (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.), the Main Gate will be the only way to access the grounds. Guests must check-in with the Main Gate Auto Hut attendant upon arrival. To expedite this process, a Fall/Winter/Spring Grounds Access Pass may be used for self-scanning. (Property owners may also scan a Vehicle Registration Sticker, which is available through the Chautauqua Police Department, 716-357-6225.)


A free Fall/Winter/Spring Grounds Access Pass (GAP) is available for any guest who would like to expdite entry during our evening/overnight hours, 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Keep in mind, the Main Gate Welcome Center building will not be open to the public so you must order your passes either via this *web store or by phone (M-F 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 716-357-6250, Option 5). All Free FWS Grounds Access Passes will be valid through Fri. June 25, 2021.

Once your order has been placed, you can receive your pass in the following ways:

  1. Email - Passes ordered in advance via this web store will be emailed to you as a PDF. This print-at-home pass should be presented by each guest when entering and exiting the grounds. (you may print it out or present on your mobile device for scanning)
  2. Curbside : We regret that curbside delivery has been suspended until further notice.


Outside of our summer assembly season, visitors may drive their vehicles onto the grounds. Short-term parking is available in the area surrounding Bestor Plaza. Please remember when parking your vehicle, all roadways must remain passable at all times. Due to resumed construction activity, vehicle movement around the grounds should be kept to a minimum. 

To begin the ordering process, please login or register by clicking Grounds Access Pass (GAP) , or by using the navigation bar above. 

*Online orders must be placed at least 24 hours in advance of pass start time. If placing an order within 24 hours of pass start, please call the ticket office at 716-357-6250, option 5.

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