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“A must see”
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 17 June 2014

Give this wonderful site the time it deserves. Great museum, fascinating circus museum and a breathtaking home that takes you back to another time.

Thank Peter R
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

I don't give this rating very often as to me it means something very outstanding. It applies to this museum--no questions asked. Arrive when it opens and prepare to spend several hours there. It was a hot June day when we were there, but there weren't any crowds. Take your time and enjoy the world-class art museum. Most things can be photographed (without flash). The docents will tell you what cannot be photographed. There is even a Starbucks, so a nice relaxing afternoon in the cool environment was enjoyable. There are trams to move you from attraction to attraction if you have mobility problems. There is even a great playground for the kids! Loved this museum.

1  Thank Janet L
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Beautiful site on the bay. There are several buildings to visit on the site as well as wonderful grounds. The Circus Museum provides a wonderful model of the circus and how it operates. The model is fantastic in its level of detail. The museum is a nice facility but does not have the best collection. The Ringling mansion is a good place also to visit. It is the original Ringling house on the site. In addition, the gardens and grounds are very beautiful. One admissions lets you in to all of these facilities. There also is an excellent restaurant on the facility as well as a good store.

Thank LTLNYC
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

If you are an art enthusiast, you'll love the Ringling Museum with its vast assortment of classical pieces and the sculpture garden. The docents lead free tours every 30 minutes.

Thank wacotx46
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Reviewed 15 June 2014

A very interesting tour. It's always nice to see how the filthy rich lived. Sadly the short hours don't leave enough time to see it all. Get there early and step lively.

1  Thank Creeper523
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