County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency

County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency

201 West Third Street, Suite 115
Jamestown, NY 14701
P: +1 716-661-8900


World class attractions and four distinct seasons offer excellent work–life balance for Chautauqua County's residents and visitors.

With lakes, rivers, foothills, forests and four distinct seasons, there is ample occasion for both indoor and outdoor play. Opportunities abound for hardy sports enthusiasts to hit the lakes, slopes, and trails, and for art, history, and culture fans to visit theaters, museums, and resorts. A thriving agricultural industry supports farmers markets, a wine trail, breweries, and distilleries, and residents and visitors alike enjoy the local food and craft beverage scene.

The county’s rolling hills, lakes, forests, and rivers support resorts and golf courses, exceptional fishing, water sports, parks, and hundreds of miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. In the winter, lake effect snow and the Allegheny foothills provide excellent conditions for downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling. 

Chautauqua County is also renowned for several attractions — Chautauqua Institution, the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum, the National Comedy Center, Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, and Robert H. Jackson Center for Justice, to name a few. While summer is high season for tourists, every month offers new events, festivals, and places to explore.


Enjoy the bustling summer sounds of Bemus Point and lake views from the villages of Lakewood and Mayville. Shop along the Brick Walk and Bestor Plaza in Chautauqua Institution. Find numerous boutique shops and craft stores, bookshops and general stores while circling the 18- mile long lake.
Some notable shopping destinations:

Old Navy, JC Penney, American Eagle and other fine stores and specialty shops and services plus 2 Cinemas. Open 7 days a week.

Featuring the "Life Is Good" clothing line! The most complete paddle sport and outdoor adventure store -over 6000 sq. ft of adventure in woods & water. Also offers lessons, rentals, and tours to make it easy for you to get out on our scenic lakes, rivers, and trails.

In business since 1908, Skillmans’ experienced staff is ready to assist you with your clothing, gift, and gourmet needs! Stop in and explore our fabulous selection of apparel and shoes for women and men, our artisan jewelry collections, home accents, and gifts for all ages.

Visit, experience and taste our small batch artisan cheese along with other exceptional cheeses and dairy products from our region and beyond. We collaborate with local artisan foods and craft makers to create unique products only available at our retail. Savor the taste of our place!

Dunkirk Boardwalk Market
The Boardwalk Market is a unique mix of retail shops and food service providers. Located directly on Lake Erie, the market is home to several festivals and events throughout the year.

For more unique Chautauqua County Shopping experiences, click here to visit Tour Chautauqua!

Outdoor Adventure

With four seasons, an elevation ranging from 500 to 2000 feet above sea level and five lakes, including Chautauqua Lake, Western New York's largest inland lake, Chautauqua County offers plenty of outdoor recreation. Learn sports on land, water and snow at regional training centers including two ski resorts -- Peek'n Peak in Clymer and Cockaigne in Cherry Creek. Find magnificent views and undisturbed landscapes while hiking, cycling, birding, trail riding, snowmobiling and cross country skiing.