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The Ringling

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Address: 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
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The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of...

The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. It is home to a Museum of Art, the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, an Art Library, the Circus Museums and the Historic Asolo Theater.

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We visited the Ringling Mansion last time we were in Florida. This was one of the best side trips we have ever taken. The mansion was well preserved and the tour guide was... read more

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Selbyville, Delaware, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We visited the Ringling Mansion last time we were in Florida. This was one of the best side trips we have ever taken. The mansion was well preserved and the tour guide was knowledgeable. We are sorry the circus will end this year forever. Ringling brothers were very important in the development of Sarasota. Time marches on even for the... More 

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Bay Village, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I had heard that the Ringling museum was worth seeing, however, I really had no interest in the circus museum part of the complex. What a surprise. I loved the Circus museum, the art museum and the John and Mabel Ringling home (Ca' dZan). What a wonderful treasure! Worth seeing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Ringling is an amazing property! You can easily spend three days there, as we did so we didn't have to rush through everything. If you have the time, we highly recommend the three day pass! The Art Museum is beautiful inside with the paintings and matching decor. The outside courtyard is filled with fountains and classic statues, cement paths,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited with several family members of all ages. This is a must see when in Sarasota!!! Great value and very interesting.

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Ringling grounds offers an amazing day. The art museum houses a large collection. Easy 2 hour walk through. The circus musem is a nice look at the history of the circus. The grounds are beautiful and leads to the ringling mansion on the Sarasota bay. The Asalo theater on the grounds is a classic theater and has great shows.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were there for my first time - we first walked the grounds while waiting for the escorted House Tour, then walked the grounds to the Art Museum - wow! A beautiful display of his private collection in a splendiferous museum. The outside grounds alone are worthy of close inspection. The gift shop was disappointing as it was sparsely filled... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wear your walking shoes and learn about how John and Mabel Ringling helped to put Sarasota on the map. Enjoy their beautiful home, the architecture, the views of the bay, the gardens, it's great for a relaxing, slow paced afternoon.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The grounds are gorgeous as well as the exhibitions. Make sure you see the Ca'd'Zan as well. The history of John Ringling and his brothers is fascinating. Learn how the circus began- especially poignant with the closing of the Ringling Bros, Barnum and Bailey circus this year.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The replica of the early circus is amazing. I had no idea what it took back in the late 1800's to put on a circus. Everything is gorgeous from the grounds to the art work.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I was very pleasantly surprised at how much there is to see. I spent an entire day and then felt the need to go back. The docents are very informed and were helpful in explaining the opera to me. I think that I went the wrong time of the year (August) to see the rose garden in full bloom, but... More 

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