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The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
+1 941-359-5700
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Plan On Spending the Entire Day

We got there at 10am and left at 5pm. So much to do and see. The Tibbals miniature museum is a... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2016
Beverly T
Chicago, Illinois
So enjoyable

We finally visited the Ringling museum and John and Mabel Ringling's home after vacationing in the... read more

Reviewed 12 February 2016
London, Canada
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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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  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
+1 941-359-5700
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Reviewed 12 February 2016

We got there at 10am and left at 5pm. So much to do and see. The Tibbals miniature museum is a must see. So much time and effort. Several short videos add additional information. A number of buildings to go through. The admission fee also...More

2  Thank Beverly T
Reviewed 12 February 2016 via mobile

We finally visited the Ringling museum and John and Mabel Ringling's home after vacationing in the Sarasota area for 5 years. I don't know why we waited so long!! The scale model of a circus was fantastic. We can see why it has taken 50...More

2  Thank grandma_sue63
Reviewed 12 February 2016

The Ringling is comprised of three different venues, the circus museum, the art museum and finally, John & Mabel Ringing's exceptional home. The circus museum is one-of-a-kind. There is nothing like it anywhere and for those who have fond memories of the Ringling Bros circus...More

2  Thank dwh6776
Reviewed 12 February 2016

You will be transported to another time and place when entering the grounds of The Ringling. Set on the sun dappled Sarasota Bay, a number of beautiful Italian style buildings were built here by John and Mabel Ringling, who wanted to share their love of...More

1  Thank egrlbk
Reviewed 12 February 2016

We only had half a rainy day to visit The Ringling in Sarasota and wondered if it was worth the effort and cost. Our resounding answer is YES! We were especially interested in the Circus Museum but since it was noon we ducked into "The...More

Thank LolaK
Reviewed 12 February 2016

My mom has wanted to go here for years so when I came down to visit her we went. The circus history was very interesting. The model of the circus was amazing, especially when you find out how much work one man put into it....More

Thank Sharita E
Reviewed 11 February 2016

My family recommended that I visit The Ringling and I wasn't sure exactly what to expect. It was crowded when we arrived and we had to park pretty far from the entrance and then wait in line for our tickets, but that was the only...More

1  Thank mstrniste
Reviewed 11 February 2016 via mobile

This is a museum worth visiting for the Reubens, Rembrandt. Lots of galleries filled with European art. Especially enjoyed the Blue Madonna. Also enjoyed the explanations of which painters influenced others. Explained travels of Northern painters to Italy. Sculptures in the courtyard are beautiful to...More

Thank ChlOe55_10
Reviewed 11 February 2016

It was drizzling on the day we went to the Ringling. It was so busy we were directed way down the street for parking. The walk might be a problem for some people but it was okay for us. I thought with the crowds it...More

1  Thank amsirius
Reviewed 11 February 2016

Very interesting museum, to increase the understanding and wonder of the circus. The grounds are lovely, the art museum is great ( it had a very interesting exhibit of the Shoguns arms and attire.

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Eunice R
1 June 2017|
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Response from enerald | Reviewed this property |
There is a fee to enter the grounds. You can get a single day pass or a multi day pass
17 April 2017|
Response from Sheila E | Reviewed this property |
It all depends on what kind of museum goer you are. Some people will breeze right through it. Others will spends lots of time reading every detail. I think a good estimate would be about 30-45 minutes.
13 April 2017|
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Response from TheRingling | Property representative |
Unfortunately we cannot allow pets. Thank you for your question!