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The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Rd, SARASOTA, Sarasota, FL 34243
+1 941-359-5700
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Ranked #1 of 49 Attractions in Sarasota
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...
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Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW via mobile

Extremely helpful volunteers were eager to assist when we asked questions. The miniature circus was interesting to see and there were lots of pieces of circus life of which I was not aware. Videos were interspersed throughout every building, so if you needed to sit for awhile it was possible to do. A playground with 2 story treehouse/ slide was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

We attended on 12/11, a special Thursday evening when Ca D'Zan was open & decorated for Christmas - a rare & special treat! It was a very interesting tour of the first floor of the house, including the area outside in back that was a huge courtyard overlooking the water. It was cold, about 62 degrees, so the roses in... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

The museum and many galleries are unbelievable here in little Sarasota. Worth the trip and admission is free on Mondays.

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Miami, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

What wonderful grounds! The setting is beautiful and the art and circus museums are fantastic. We started with the circus museum and frankly, spent several hours there. The miniature exhibit of the circus grounds is something to behold. We have gone back several times, once for the art and another time for a jazz concert. I haven't tried the art... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

If you like the Circus, then this is the best place to visit. The new exhibit is very good. There are other areas to visit on the property but this is by far the most enjoyable.

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

We spent3.5 hours here just touring the grounds, the mansion, and the circus museum....we didn't have time to visit the art museum. Even in a light rain, it was well worth the visit.

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Surprise, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

This is a fantastic way to spend a day. The mansion is lovely and right on the bay. The art is fabulous. The miniature circus that took 50 years to do is just unbelievable, what detail, just wonderful to see. Do not miss, put it on the top of your list, you will not be disappointed.

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Lévis, Quebec, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

If you go on Monday, it is free and you have access to both art museums and to the circus museum. The main art museum, that is John Ringling's museum is fantastic. There are paintings from all over and from various periods. So beautiful, even beautiful is not engouh to describe. Unfortunately, with a t the free ride, you can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Love the art and the wonderful grounds. Beautiful place to visit. Love the summer concerts by the bay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

There's everything 'circus' to entirely captivate the lucky visitors, but the absolute end-all is the miniature circus exhibit that takes up as much space as a real big top, but details the entire circus operation in miniature. It's not to be missed... and that's only one of the 'attractions' to be found on the 66 acre grounds.

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