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The Ringling

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Address: 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
Phone Number: +1 941-359-5700
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of...
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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Wow! A real treat. Great value.

There is so much to do at The Ringling. The circus museum alone is worth the entry fee. Then you have the beautiful gardens (especially the Rose Garden), spectacular... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

There is so much to do at The Ringling. The circus museum alone is worth the entry fee. Then you have the beautiful gardens (especially the Rose Garden), spectacular Venetian/Gothic Mansion, and an International art gallery all in a spectacular setting. We really were very impressed with the whole set up. Delighted to hear a member of staff playing the... More 

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Mullica Hill, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Having been to a couple other old mansions -- Biltmore Estate in Asheville NC and Boldt Castle in Alex Bay, NY, I was not as impressed with The Ringling as I was with the other venues, although my partner (who had been to Ringling before and wanted me to see it) enjoyed her time walking Ca d'Zan, the gardens, and... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

This was a true treat. I enjoyed everything about it, I mean what's not to like about the circus? The miniature "Under the Big Top" set up was fantastic! Was able to catch a glimpse of the circus from all aspects. Really enjoyed the historical highlights of the circus from conception to the end. The costumes and various artifacts were... More 

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Orlando, Florida
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I had a wonderful time at the Ringling. The grounds are beautiful and the artifacts are spectacular. The shops and cafe were affordable. I especially loved all the miniatures that depicted the layout of the original circus areas. I was able to see the circus; I laughed out loud at Kirk the clown. He was really hilarious. It was really... More 

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Cranston, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This place has a little for everyone. My family spent about an hour in the Circus Museum, where you learn a solid background about the Ringling Circus and you also get to see a miniature circus which spans the whole room! The art museum is lovely and has many beautiful paintings to get lost in. My absolute favorite part was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Really thought this might be targeted at the younger audience but found it to be a brilliant day out for adults and children alike. The gardens are beautiful and the mansion tour is an amazing insight to the life of the Ringling family (worth paying the extra for a guided tour). The big top museum was full of fun and... More 

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The Ringling is worthwhile. The art museum is extensive and interesting, and sometimes hosts traveling exhibits, which make it even better. The circus museum is interesting. The grounds are well maintained and there is a small lunch cafe. The mansion by the water has beautiful views as well. We have been to The Ringling several times over the years and... More 

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Bradenton, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The Ringling encompasses several venues and each one is tops in its own way. The art museum is large and you could spend hours in there. The circus museum is a joy and the model of the circus in its heyday is unique. The mansion is an insight on how the Ringlings lived in their winter residence and the life... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Go to the web site and do the highlight tour. The Big Top building has many attractions and you can easily spend 2-3 hours there alone. Eating on site was a little pricey but very good quality. Take the mansion tour. It's awesome inside and out..another 1-2 hours there. Definitely stop at the circus store. Its notjust a store but... More 

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Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

There is so much to see. Make sure you allocate enough time for this place. Pay a little extra for the guided tour of the house, its well worth it. I never saw a train set so detailed. They have the original pullman car for 1910 that the family used to commute from town to town.

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Address: 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
Phone Number: +1 941-359-5700
Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Sarasota
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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