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“Very good and enjoyable place to spend some time”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Hayes Center, Nebraska
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“Very good and enjoyable place to spend some time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

The Ringling art museum is a very good art collection and it is free on Monday. There is also a fantastic miniature circus collection but it is not free on Monday but is worth the fee. There are so e good reasonable places to eat plus a great view of the bay.

Visited May 2013
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“Relaxing, beautiful and cultural”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

As a member of the Ringling Museum, I regularly attend new exhibits at the art museum and also enjoy the peaceful setting of the gardens, mansion, and water views. The visitor center is welcoming and provides lots of help from volunteers, a great gift shop, restaurant with outside seating, and casual snack shop. The Circus Museum is included with admission, and provides fabulous insight into the history of the circus. The miniature circus is a wonder to behold. The mansion is a rare beauty, and the art museum is a peaceful, cool, and quiet refuge on a hot Florida day!

Visited November 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
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“World Class Art Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2013

The John and Mable Ringling Museum complex is fabulous. The Rose Garden is beautiful, the Circus Museums are wonderful, the Mansion is awesome, but the crown jewel is their Art Museum. You could spend an entire day viewing everything on site. My grandchildren were speechless as we walked through the art galleries, very awe inspiring.

Visited February 2013
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Silver Springs, Florida
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“If you like circuses, this is your place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

The Ringling Estate and Circus Museum is a must see for anyone who enjoys circuses or circus history. The 3800 sq ft miniature circus is amazing to see and walk around. The intricate work and mechanization are fascinating. A trip to this area would not be complete without a visit to this attraction.

Visited May 2013
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Fort Myers, Florida
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“History of the Circus”
4 of 5 bubbles 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!

Visited November 2013
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