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Local attractions

While many of us enjoy relaxing in the company of our neighbors here, we understand that sometimes you just want to get out there and do something special. Maybe you're looking to get out there and explore nature? Want to go out for a night on the town? Or how about taking the kids out to go on rides, or do a little fishing on Lake Erie? Great news! We're just a short drive away from all of these things and more! Check out some of the local attractions near us: (Click underlined names to see their website.)*

Explore a half-mile long ridge of 60-foot high rock forming crevices, passageways, and caves hidden in an ancient forest! Located just 15 minutes from Chautauqua Lake (45 minutes from Erie and 90 minutes from Buffalo), Panama Rocks has been the #1-rated attraction in Chautauqua County based on independent reviews on TripAdvisor for over five years!


The formations at Panama Rocks are surrounded by a one mile long hiking trail, but most guests enjoy going off of the main trail to explore! Whether you take a casual hike in the woods or climb through the countless passageways, caves, and crevices, how much you do is up to you! Visitors spend anywhere from one hour to the entire day having fun and exploring the park. Picnic tables are available, so bring a lunch and enjoy your day with us!

Fredonia's Opera House was an exceptionally large and elegant community theatre able to support such a wide range of activities that, for almost 100 years after opening night, virtually every citizen's life was in some way enriched. Attracted by the excellent acoustics, many of the best late 19th and early 20th century entertainers performed and brought troupes here. The stage was graced by such well known personalities as Clara Morris, James O'Neill and Pat Rooney. With a blend of professional and local talent, there were minstrel shows and light opera and dramatic offerings including Hamlet, Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch, Ten Nights in a Barroom and Uncle Tom's Cabin. There were musical recitals and political oratory, graduations and religious services, and demonstrations of wrestling and cooking. Elderly Fredonians recall participating in talent shows featuring tap dancing and singing.

Our 23.5 acre urban zoo has the distinguished honor of being the third oldest zoo in the United States (est. 1875), and it houses some of the world's most exotic, endangered, and even local wildlife. At the Zoo, animals move freely in large and modest enclosures with trees, streams, pools, and other natural-like features. We house a wide variety of animals representing all corners of the earth and have even been known to occasionally invite a traveling koala or white alligator.

Located on the shores of beautiful Chautauqua Lake, Midway State Park is a family treasure. Originally established in 1898 as a trolley park, Midway State Park is one of the oldest continually operating amusement parks in the nation. The first owners of the park constructed playing fields, tennis courts, bath houses and a dance hall to entice customers to ride the trolley on weekends. In 1915, a new building was constructed with a kitchen, a large dining room and space for dancing and roller skating. Today, this building is home to a museum, gift shop, concession stands and other facilities.

Located on the lakefront of Lake Erie, this city park is open all year for fishing, boat launch, picnic facilities. Home to the Boardwalk Marketplace

Lake Erie Wine Country, located in the largest grape-growing region east of the Rockies, extends roughly 50 miles from Silver Creek, New York (Chautauqua County) to Harborcreek, Pennsylvania (Erie County). It is home to over 24 commercial and estate wineries.

The southern shore of Lake Erie has a long grape and wine heritage that begins with the geological history of the area. During the Ice Age, glaciers descended from the north, gouging out great trenches and bringing with them tremendous quantities of Canadian soil, rocks and boulders. As temperatures began to warm, these glaciers receded, filling the trenches with glacial melt to form the Great Lakes. In their wake, they left ridges of fertile soil and gravel along the Lake Erie shore. 


These glacial ridges are the basis for ideal growing conditions for wine grapes and many fruit trees. The well-drained gravel-loam soils and the moderating effect of the lake on spring and fall temperatures combine to create the perfect growing environment, or terroir, for healthy vineyards and premium wines! In the past five decades, a significant number of vineyard sites have been replanted with well-known premium wine grapes, including both French-American and European vinifera varieties. Some of our winery owners pioneered successful techniques for growing these wine grapes in our region.

America's Grape Country Wine Festival takes place the weekend of Friday, August 2 to Sunday, August 4 2019 at the Chautauqua County Fairgrounds! Click Here for more info!

The Chautauqua Institution is a not-for-profit, 750-acre educational center beside Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York State, where approximately 7,500 persons are in residence on any day during a nine-week season, and a total of over 100,000 attend scheduled public events. Over 8,000 students enroll annually in the Chautauqua Summer Schools which offer courses in art, music, dance, theater, writing skills and a wide variety of special interests.

Each day of the season offers a series of events and experiences to bring information, enlightenment, hope and peace to those who open their hearts to receive.


There are daily lectures on the wonders of mediumistic phenomena and the basic truths of God and Man, which Spiritualists adopt as their standard for living.


Demonstrations of clairvoyance are given at services held every day for the visitors by mediums devoted to their service. The Healing Temple is available for meditation on the renewing and uplifting of spiritual and physical energies. Spiritual healers are present to work with those who desire individual healing energies.


Classes on a broad range of subjects related to the development of Man’s potential as a spiritual being are offered throughout the season. Thought Exchange evenings are designed to give free exchange of information as well as to answer the many questions of the seeker.

Featuring over 22,000 square feet of entertaining sights and smells only found here. At Cross Roads, discover exceptional values in a unique market ambience and support local farmers, craftsman and artisans.


Never go hungry! Enjoy fresh bakery goods, mouthwatering breakfasts, lunches and dinners, organic and seasonal local produce. Peruse our variety of bulk candy, sensational spices, coffees, cheeses and maple products. Relax over a wine tasting at one of our wineries, or get the supplies to make your own beer at home.


We feature collectibles, miniatures, Amish-made furniture, and hand-built pottery. Looking for unique jewelry, cutlery, tole, or hand-sewn pieces? We’ve got you covered!


Cross Roads - the jewel of Chautauqua County. Come and see why.

July 15-21, 2019
Dunkirk, NY

Gates open at 9 AM
Midway Rides open at 1 PM

The Chautauqua County Fair has been a fun, family event for over 130 years! The fair combines farming, food, and fun. Don't miss out on this event for all ages! 


Chautauqua County Fair...Get There!

*We are not endorsed by, partners with, or in any way affiliated with these organizations and make no claims as to the validity of their statements. Photos are stock images, not pictures of actual place. All descriptions have been copied directly from the websites they are representing.

And so much more!

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