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The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
+1 941-359-5700
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Ranked #2 of 88 Attractions in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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'... more » 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. « less
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Fort Pierce, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

My wife and I spent the better part of a day at the Ringling enjoying the museums, walking the grounds, gardens, outdoor animal attractions, taking the free trolleys around the large estate and touring the mansion. We were amazed at the 4,000 square foot miniature circus, the amount and quality of the detail was worth the price of admission by... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

It's free to visit the Art Museum on Mondays, a requirement Mr Ringling set when establishing the museum. The docent was very knowledgeable, though we rushed through the many rooms to get a taste of the art and its story. We went through a second time without the docent to explore in more depth. There is a lot to see... More

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Fort Myers, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

My mom and I took a day trip to The Ringling because I had heard of a special art exhibit I really wanted to see. We arrived to find so much more. There is the Circus Museum, the Venetian inspired Ringling home (Ca'd'zan), the expansive gardens, the historic Asolo Theater, and the Museum. There was too much to do in... More

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Largo, Florida
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

What a great trip! The model circus was fantastic, the attention to detail was amazing. We spent over 4 hours there and didn't see it all. Well worth the $25. admission fee. We would take visiting family and friends there again any time.

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Aurora, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Educational and entertaining. Unlike many other museums, my teenage kids found this museums very enjoyable. You will appreciate the circus more than just an entertaining show.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We went to this place, the circus exhibition is very impressive even if you're not that interested in Circuses. We got cornered at one point by a garrulous but keen volunteer who yaked away without a breath. The cafe was a rather two bit place with one pretzel and a rather sad looking corn dog under a heated lamp. The... More

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Pembroke Pines, FL
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57 reviews 57 reviews
17 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We spent a few hours at the art museum and enjoyed it thoroughly. That was not long enough to see everything at length. I suggest more than one visit if you're able. We were less impressed by the mansion not impressed by the circus museum at all. The mansion had a schedule whereby visitors who weren't on a tour had... More

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Glen Rock, New Jersey
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

If you like museums, miniatures, graveyards, botanical gardens, history, house tours, the circus and Starbucks — then you will love this place. We only had 3 hours and it was not enough. Loved what we saw and would love to go back and spend more time. Lots to see, learn and explore.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

As someone who remembers a big top rolling into town, setting up shop, performing and wheeling on out the next morning, (I'm really not that old, but let's face it this is a bygone era!) this is a great treasure and keepsake for those memories and as history and record for younger generations who will never know the old traveling... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The house of John, the museum, the statue of David...just 3 of many reasons to visit Sarasota. This town is the gem of Florida.

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