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“More than expected”
Review of The Ringling

The Ringling
Ranked #1 of 144 things to do in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
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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. The grounds and gardens are free to visit, and the Museum of Art offers free admission on Mondays.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed 9 June 2014

We had not been here for years, and were delighted and expectations exceeded manifold. The circus museum, the house of John Ringling, and especially the Art Museum, all for the one admission price, plus the grounds, banyan trees, roses, all made for a delightful Sunday.
Not to be missed in Sarsota!!

Thank Russell S
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

Its wonderful and free on Mondays. You do not have to pay to park. The grounds are beautiful. When you are finished you can sit on the patio and look over the bay. What a view!

Thank Janet S
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

The Ringling museum is a fabulous day out. Upon entering and paying the entrance fee (not cheap, but worth it! College students very cheap) you will find the store and restaurant. Continue out the rear doors and follow the path towards Ca D'zan. Along the way you will pass several renovated museums that provide a fabulous and interesting history of the circus life and memorabilia. The miniature train and circus diorama are amazing, and illustrate circus life back when the train was the central means of transportation. To the left of the path are a small food area, and then gardens and trails to walk. Continuing on you reach the main house Ca D'zan, which is amazing inside (opulent), but more fun and relaxing are sitting on the magnificent tile patio chairs, staring out into the Gulf, and the kayakers, and boats sailing by.
Head back up the path, this time keeping to the right, and you'll reach the art museum, with masterpieces from several centuries of master painters. In the center is a large courtyard, which once when I was visiting, they were setting up for a wedding. There is something for everyone here, and well worth the price.

Thank Doug Y
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

The art museum, the mansion, the grounds are great. The circus area is outstanding. The grounds are easy to navigate and there is a lot of shaded area

Thank Floridagirl006
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

While not on a par with the mansions of Newport or Biltmore the Ringling House is a small part of the entire experience. The Art and Circus museums are the main attractions. Both are well curated and one can spend a day in the art museum alone reading about each painting and having an art history education in the process. The grounds are very well kept and providing a tram was a plus.

Thank Maudeydaudey
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