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The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
+1 941-359-5700
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well worth a visit to these beautiful grounds- an easy cycle from the centre

We loved the grounds of this gallery. The setting is great and the art (contemporary and old... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Sue B
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Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom
Beautiful estate, definitely a must do!

We were attending a Wine Walk here on the estate grounds. This estate is so beautiful! We had a few... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michele L
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Nokomis, Florida
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The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. It is home to the State Art Museum of Florida, the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, an Art Library, the Circus Museums and the Historic Asolo Theater. The grounds and gardens are free to visit, and the Museum of Art offers free admission on Mondays.
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  • Average2%
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  • Terrible1%
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“miniature circus” (556 reviews)
“art museum” (1,549 reviews)
“rose garden” (439 reviews)
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5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the grounds of this gallery. The setting is great and the art (contemporary and old masters) were interesting. The collection is good but not outstanding. I'd recommend the trip.

Thank Sue B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were attending a Wine Walk here on the estate grounds. This estate is so beautiful! We had a few different stops for wines then had a beer stop until we arrived at the estate, walked around they do have limited showing areas -roped off....More

Thank Michele L
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You could spend an entire day at the Ringling Estate. Mondays the grounds and art museum are free. Otherwise, charge is around $25/@ to enter the grounds and visit the 2 circus museum buildings (really fun). There is an additional charge to visit the home....More

Thank sue r
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Came mid week so it wasn’t crowded. The miniature model of the circus was amazing as was the next building which housed the circus museum. We didn’t spend much time in the art gallery but it was pretty impressive. The gardens are beautifully presented.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed our visit to the Museum of Art, Circus Museum, Ca dZan narrated tour, and the gardens. Highly recommend it.

Thank Barbara D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So informational and fun! Great place for the whole family. Wear your walking shoes! Great for those who love history too but even members of our group who don't loved this! Tons to see and learn! The mansion reminded me of the Great Gatsby!

Thank Crystal_P05
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Totally enjoyed the day at the Ringling Bros. Museum! I learned so much of the circus history. The grounds are beautiful. The mansion is just beautiful as well as the rose gardens.

Thank Bertray228
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I went with my grandparents and the Bayfront gardens were closed for a special event. However looking on the website it doesn’t mention that part being closed. A wasted trip.More

Thank Summerr214
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TheRingling, Public Relations Manager at The Ringling, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Summer, we apologize for the inconvenience you and your family experienced during your visit. During the week of April 9th we welcomed the PBS show Antiques Roadshow, which meant that some areas were closed to guests. We try our best to let our visitors...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited The Ringling yesterday, and it was an enjoyable half-day for the most part - rain is no fun without umbrellas going between buildings! It was VERY interesting to see how the circus world started and evolved over the years. The "elephant in the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow! Ringling left the art museum to Florida....fortunate Florida. We walked three miles to see this collection on the free admission day and it was well worth it. The collection is impressive and diverse. Avoid thinking circus: think NYC or Paris art collection.

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DavidsWife1994
8 April 2018|
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Response from Barbara D | Reviewed this property |
There is a playground near the garden for children. The circus museum will be fun for little ones with colorful costumes and a replica of the museum showing circus parades. There are some hands on activities children can... More
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Tim M
16 February 2018|
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Response from Norine C | Reviewed this property |
Can take non flash photos in the circus museums and art museum. No photography inside the ca’ d’zan mansion. You can take exterior pics of the mansion
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Cardi1
7 February 2018|
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Response from TravelinDebs | Reviewed this property |
There is only one entrance for the whole Ringling Complex. There is a large visitors’ center. The Circus Museum mostly consists of the transportation vehicles and a movie about the Ringlings. The Art Museum is amazing and... More
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