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“A delight any time you visit”
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 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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Sarasota, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
83 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“A delight any time you visit”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

This is truly our treasure in Sarasota. There is something here for all ages. Each month they have a revolving exhibit that is always well worth checking out. Don't miss the entire room of Rubens! If Italian and baroque classic art are not your thing, the revolving exhibits are always modern. Also the circus exhibits is one of the largest and greatest if not the largest and greatest in the entire world. A must see. There is also a historic theatre located inside the museum that has delightful performances.

Visited July 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
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“Circus Museum & Bolger Play Space make this #1 spot for families in SRQ”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

A visit to The Ringling truly has something for everyone in the family. Adults will enjoy the grounds and art museum, strolling or sitting on the terrace at Ca d' Zan, the rose garden, the banyan trees, etc. Kids will love the Circus Museum and wonderful play space.

Most of the experience is free on Mondays but not the Circus Museum :( However, it's worth the price of admission.

Visited July 2014
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Oradell, New Jersey
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“Excellent way to spend the day”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

If you would like an enjoyable and interesting day this would be the place to go. The grounds are beautiful and the buildings are packed with memorabilia that bring you back to your childhood. A tour of John Ringlings home is very interesting and his story of riches to rags is most interesting. The miniature circus was incredible and hands on section of the museum was fun (especially when my husband got in the clown car). We spent 4 hours there, but could have easily spent another 2-3 hours there. Lunch at the cafe was standard fare but a nice break out of the sun. The staff was very informative and loved to talk about the museum. Pictures are encouraged, just no flash. Plus they have a little 8 person gold cart to shuttle you around the grounds to limit your walking which helped as it got hotter.

Visited July 2014
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Sarasota, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
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“The John and Mable Ringling museum of art”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

Do not miss this if you are an art lover of great paintings, shown in one of the most beautiful builds and courtyard that look as if you stepped into an italian palazzo.

Visited July 2014
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Miami, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
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“The one attraction not to be missed when in Sarasota”
Reviewed 7 July 2014

The house and grounds are absolutely stunning, the art collection surprisingly vast and well stocked with works from different eras, The Ringlings were avid and knowledgable art lovers, and it is quite obvious here, specially in Florida , were there are no world class art museums. We enjoyed the Circus Museum, with the vintage posters and well-preserved Circus carts. This place is the one thing you mustn't miss when visiting Sarasota.

Visited August 2013
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