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“Everything from Old Masters to the Big Top”
Review of The Ringling

The Ringling
Ranked #1 of 141 things to do in Sarasota
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Owner description: 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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Michigan
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79 reviews
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“Everything from Old Masters to the Big Top”
Reviewed 19 March 2012

This should be the top destination for the visitor to Sarasota. The Ringling mansion is beautiful and rather tasteful despite its ostentatious size. The circus museum has a wonderful miniature circus exhibit that gives a great impression of the scope of the traveling circus 100 years ago. The art museum has some fine European art with excellent captions, all logically grouped to illustrate important periods in the history of art. Your ticket admits you to all these places in a large,beautifully landscaped campus. There is a cafe for simple lunches, and you'll want to spend several hours to do justice to all that is offered.

Visited March 2012
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Nokomis, Florida
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“Fascinating place ... & beautiful”
Reviewed 17 March 2012

Ca D' Zaan - Ringling's home - is beautiful to see. It's right on the water in Sarasota. The home is surrounded by extensive grounds & gardens...and an art museum. The museum has quite a bit of religious art. There's also an awesome dramatic theatre on the grounds.

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Boca Grande, Florida
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“Fascinating”
Reviewed 17 March 2012

THis museum is built on the grounds of the Ringling winter home which is beautiful. The art collection is terrific and of course the circus museum is spectacular.

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Montreal, Canada
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42 reviews
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“What a beautiful place to visit”
Reviewed 16 March 2012

Our friends took us to visit this beautiful attraction in Sarasota. We went through the circus museum, the gardens, the art museum and finally took the grand tour of the magical
Ca d'Zan (their winter house) and then had a great lunch at the restaurant. The people who work there are all so nice and enjoy being there. It was a pleasure and we will return.

Visited March 2012
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Longboat Key, Florida, United States
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“Never static”
Reviewed 16 March 2012

This is fascinating structure houses a permanent collection, but there are ever changing exhibits that always give visitors and locals a thrill.

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