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Circus World

550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
+1 608-356-8341
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Great place, add-ons are pricey

We really loved circus world! What an amazing place with so much to learn. The food court had... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Kendra M
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Great Family Excursion

We stopped by on our way back to the Airport. The signs could be better marked but what a neat... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
LCWalker
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Concord, North Carolina
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Circus World in Baraboo is America's favorite circus attraction! Baraboo was home to The Ringling Bros. Circus from 1884 thru 1918, and during those thirty-four years the operation grew to become the largest circus enterprise the world has ever known. Although the Ringlings left in 1918, many of their original structures survived.During the summer months, Circus World comes to life with daily live shows and demonstrations. See the world’s largest collection of glorious parade wagons plus 7 authentic Ringling Bros. buildings filled with colorful, big top memories. Enjoy elephant, pony and carousel rides; cotton candy, ice cream, tasty sandwiches and our main lobby gift shop. Experience a live circus performance and entertaining Nothing But Nonsense show with Steve & Ryan. Experience the thrill that never grows old at Circus World!
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  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“big top” (112 reviews)
“magic show” (87 reviews)
“elephant ride” (20 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
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+1 608-356-8341
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"winter quarters"
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"face painting"
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"all ages"
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"wisconsin historical society"
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"live shows"
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"merry go round"
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We really loved circus world! What an amazing place with so much to learn. The food court had good food! My only complaint would be the price for elephant rides. $10 per person to ride in a small circle twice upon an elephant seemed a...More

Thank Kendra M
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. Glad to read that you had an enjoyable visit and enjoyed the learning experience of Wisconsin's circus heritage. Each year we review our pricing for the elephant rides in an attempt to keep them affordable (they are...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

We stopped by on our way back to the Airport. The signs could be better marked but what a neat place. My husband really wanted to come to this because he remembered Ringlings coming to New York. What's nice is that it's not all just...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. Thank you for your observations on way-finding signage, a topic that we review annually to assist our guests in locating our historic site. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed the balance of museum elements to...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a great spot to learn about the history of the circus! Lots of fun and interesting exhibits. The Big Top show was amazing! Loved all the circus wagons. The day we were there was very hot. There are a few air conditioned spots...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. How terrific to read of your positive visit to Circus World. Glad that you enjoyed our Big Top circus performance where no seat if farther than 50 feet to the circus ring. You our correct that our...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately it was a rainy day when we were there; however, there's still plenty to see that's inside. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed the museum and all the circus memorabilia. In particular, we especially enjoyed the circus wagon barn! It was great to relive...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. Sorry you had a rainy day visit of which we had many earlier this spring. Glad to read that you enjoyed our museum and artifacts that highlight this vibrant chapter of Wisconsin and State history. We always...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this Museum when I was a little girl, 50 years ago. The museum is somewhat the same, but has many more historical items than I remember. When I was young, I was able to visit the circus, something youngsters today rarely experience. This...More

1  Thank CarolSzu
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. How terrific to read that you visited us after a memorable visit 50 years ago. Indeed we are honored to have the largest collection of artifacts and ephemera related to the American circus in the world. Being...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I love this historical park. The circus wagons and costumes are amazing. This history of this by-gone era is very interesting to me. There is something for everyone here. The children will enjoy the circus show and magic show.More

1  Thank Mary P
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Mary, Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We take pride in being a living history museum that allows our guests to learn about the important heritage of the American circus and then step into the world of the circus through our live programming....More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited with 3 children ages, 12, 9 & 8. Although it was very hot during our visit, we enjoyed their exhibits and shows. The Steve and Ryan 20 minute comedy show and the Big Top tent circus show are the highlight of our visit....More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad that you and your family visited and your thoughtful review. Our performance elements allowing our guests to step into the world of the circus are an important part of our guest experience. We are glad that your family enjoyed your time...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stumbled on this place when in Baraboo and loved it. We didn't know what to expect but were very pleased. It is a stark contrast to the huge circus atmosphere of late which was scripted for the masses. This place is quaint, personable and...More

2  Thank tim r
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Tim, We are thankful you stumbled upon us and for writing this thoughtful review. Being a living history museum celebrating Wisconsin's vibrant circus heritage, we try to offer our guests the opportunity to step up to and into the world of the circus, focusing on...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have driven through Central Wisconsin dozens of times and each time I passed Baraboo, I told myself that I would visit Circus World. I finally did it. What a fun place to visit, even if just for a couple of hours. The museum is...More

2  Thank Jim E
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Jim, Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We are pleased to present daily during our summer months live circus programming under a Big Top Tent. With no seat farther than 50 feet from the center of the ring, it provides for an intimate...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I grew up in the days when the circus came to your town at least once a year - a highlight as a child. Baraboo has brought back the circus and a must for a vacation. It was great. Each show was a "don't miss"...More

Thank Ardy J
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ardy, Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. How great to read that you felt that each show was "a don't miss show". Our staff and performers put a lot of time and talent into presenting quality family entertainment and it is wonderful to...More

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Response from Tony T | Reviewed this property |
Elephant $10, pony $5, hog photo $5, carousel $3? None are necessary to enjoy the experience. But, you can get the whole hog's worth of your $5 photo with the giant pig - a small child can sit on it while the entire family... More
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Response from mspled | Reviewed this property |
Elephant rides were $10 a person for about a 5 minute ride. That was the only animal ride when we went.
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Stefanie K
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Response from prisonrn | Reviewed this property |
There were a couple of people using motorized chairs while we were there.
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