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The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
+1 941-359-5700
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Ranked #1 of 87 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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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

This wasn't my choice to visit, but was really impressed and glad we went, a real insight into the circus of the past , how they set everything up , the vast amount of people plus animals just to move the equipment they needed to perform,an amazing display of colorful circus memorabilia. John and Mabel's home is a must to... More

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Morrisonville, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Wow! I loved the circus as a kid. Even worked on a musical about Barnum. But this is a wonderful, magical place, that truly brings to life the history of John Ringling, his love of the circus, and the love of his live, Mable. I spent the extra money to go on both the Ca' d'Zan Tour and the Private... More

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Melbourne, Florida
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65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Nice collection of Dutch Master Peter Paul Rubens. Amazing Italian Renaissance art. Much more. New Asian art building going in. Beautiful grounds with a large Banyan tree in the middle. See the mansion by Sarasota Bay. We did not see the circus museum this time but will go next time. Watch for the special exhibits. There was a good one... More

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Belgium
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Fun and more rubens paintings than in antwerp ! Great reproduction of the 500 circusses mr ringling had in the thirties.. Just a must when visiting florida.

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Texas
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136 reviews 136 reviews
33 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Educational and surprisingly fun! The miniature circus was so cool. The grounds are beautiful. We watched the 30 minute movie about John Ringling and his wife Mabel, in the older circus museum with the train car; it was educational. I wished we paid the extra $5 to tour both floors of the mansion, but we were able to self-guide the... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

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... More

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Oradell, New Jersey
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

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... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

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.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

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... More

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