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“History of the Circus”
Review of The Ringling

The Ringling
Ranked #1 of 143 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 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.
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

We stopped into the Wringling Museum on our way to Ocala for Thanksgiving with my parents. What a fantastic place to feel like a kid again! The miniature circus (which took 50 years to build) was magnificent in size....the largest in the world. It was truly amazing to see the artistry and imagination and time put into this enormous replica of the traveling circus. The original wagons were on display with the memorable tunes from that era that we all remember. Since John and Mable Wringling were collectors of Italian art, their art museum featuring famous pieces were on exhibit in this very large beautiful palace. Their home sits on Sarasota bay behind their museums which is also lovely and designed with fine Italian marble. Breathtaking! Definitely worth the 90 minute visit in Sarasota! A lovely Italian restaurant on site, Starbucks and gift shop complete this trip!

1  Thank Cathy B
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Reviewed 28 November 2013

My husband and I spent over 4 hours here. And we could of spent more! The ground are beautiful. The mansion is stunning. Places to eat and very helpful volunteers. If you are tired or have trouble walking you can catch rides around the estate. The circus museum is wonderful. Soo in love with Ringling's personal train!!! stunning!!! The museum of masterpieces is also terrific.
And the we really enjoyed the modern exhibits!! This is a must see when in or near Sarasota!!

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Reviewed 28 November 2013

Apparently John Ringling insisted upon it - we enjoyed our visit so much we went back on the next day - so we paid ! A first class guide took us around the main galleries, though I am not an art buff - I really enjoyed the displayed works of art - its a two day visit to the site and a must see

Thank Richard T
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Thanks to our disastrous experience at Epcot, we were looking for alternatives and drove from Orlando to Saratosa to discover this unexpected jewel.
We had no idea that The Ringlins had built this magnificent estate annex faboulous art collection.
Instead of running after Mickey Mouse, come here to admire a faboulous italian mansion on the sea shore, one of the finest collections of baroque and renaissance european paintings and a surprising circus museum. (Although the circus museum could be much improved. Management, there is some work to do here)
Excellent and friendly service, assistance and wheelchair friendly. And NO waiting lines !

Thank Karel V
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

Excellent in every respect. Exceptionally well looked after. Spotlessly clean and well presented. Friendly knowledgeable staff. Extensive grounds just to wander around and relax. Wonderful art.

We were staying just round the corner so walked here intending to stay for only a couple of hours but ended up staying for a full day without doing everything full justice. Take your time, enjoy, it's worth it.

Thank Traveller1999
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