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“skip the museum”
Review of The Ringling

The Ringling
Ranked #1 of 143 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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Palmer, Massachusetts
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66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“skip the museum”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

After seeing the miniature circus museum I have to say I enjoyed the art museum more. Also for five dollars you can have a tour of the mansion. We only saw that from the outside as we ran out of time but it looked magnificent.

Visited August 2014
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“Great place to visit with the whole family!”
Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

We took our three girls ages 8, 7, and 3 for what we thought would be an hour to check out the circus museum and take a break from the sun. We ended up spending four hours checking out the museum, playing at the play ground, visiting the mansion and getting a quick peek at the art gallery. We would have stayed longer but the littlest one needed a nap. There is a lovely picnic area but also a decent on the go restaurant by the park. The staff are all super friendly and helpful. The kids made us promise to take them back soon!

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Absolutely Fantastic”
Reviewed 13 August 2014 via mobile

I visited the Ringling on two occasions, both were unforgettable experiences. The Ringling hosts many different artifacts from John and Mable Ringling's vast art collection and Various artifacts from the original Howard Bros. Circus. The Grounds are situated on the actual property of the Ringling's Summer vacation mansion, which you can take a guided tour through. Note that the art collection and circus museums are not in the same building but rather in separate ones. Highlights for me were the miniature circus model and the modern art section of the art museum. The grounds are also very beautiful and well maintained. Staff was friendly and helpful. Lastly, there are two dining options, one of which is a formal sit-down with waiter service while the other is a casual cafe. I would Highly recommend visiting.

1 Thank Chris L
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“Interesting Circus Museum”
Reviewed 11 August 2014

We really enjoyed the circus museum and the miniature circus museum display. It was a great way to see what the circus was from the view of the miniature model. The art museum did not interest us that much but we spent 3 hours at this location. We used a coupon for a $2 discount per person.

Visited August 2014
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Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
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60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Worth 4-5 hours of your time!”
Reviewed 10 August 2014

I was in Sarasota for a business trip and had 2-3 hours to spare on the day I left. Too bad I didn't have more time!

I marvelled over the miniature circus, the circus museum and Ca D'zan, and wandered the secret and rose garden, as well as the grounds but did not have time for the art museum. They have trams to shuttle you around if you require, as well as a small hotdog / hamburger stand and full Italian restaurant onsite. I do wish that the gift shop had more unique items specific to Sarasota and the exhibits on site.

This is a must do in Sarasota, you will not find anything like it elsewhere!

Visited August 2014
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