As temperatures start to cool down and the leaves change colors, the fall foliage starts to peek out and it’s a beautiful sight to see.
The Chautauqua-Lake Erie Region becomes an even more picturesque destination to explore in the fall. From hiking and biking to boating and kayaking, there’s all sorts of ways to explore this region.
If you’re looking for a few ideas, we got you!
Here’s 6 activities to try when you visit:
1. Chautauqua Belle Tours
Board the largest vessel on Chautauqua Lake for a scenic narrated tour. On this tour, you’ll learn all about the important role Chautauqua Lake played in the development of our country. Plus, you peep the fall foliage and enjoy cocktails while you’re cruising on the Chautauqua Belle.
Did you know Lake Erie is the shallowest of the Great Lakes? It’s also one of the best places to fish for bass all year round. Chautauqua Lake is another exceptional spot for fishing.
If you’re interested in a world-class fishing experience, you can fish on both Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake and even try your hand at fly fishing during Steelhead season in Lake Erie’s tributary stream.
The lakes in Chautauqua County were made for cruising! If you’re looking for an active way to take in the colors of the changing leaves and breathtaking sunsets, try kayaking! You can bring your own kayaks or rent them for the day and explore any and all five lakes in this region.
There are several lighthouses located around both Chautauqua Lake and Lake Erie, including the first natural gas lighthouse in the country, Barcelona Lighthouse and the historically significant Dunkirk Lighthouse. This lighthouse still has its original third-order Fresnel lens and you can climb to the top for a better view of vibrant fall foliage that beautifully contrasts the water.
5. Lakefront Strolls
The lakefront is a beautiful place for a stroll on a crisp fall day. From the beaches to the Dunkirk boardwalk and pier, there’s a lot to see. When you visit the lakeside grounds of Chautauqua Institution, experience American architecture of every era dating back to the 1800s.
6. Lakeside Accommodations
If you’re looking for a scenic getaway destination, this is it! When you rent a cottage, vacation home, or stay in a hotel here, you’ll only be steps away from lakeside views.