We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
+1 941-359-5700
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #1 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
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Write a Review

1,790 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    1,444
    285
    48
    7
    6
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Texas
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
23 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

If you love the circus, you will love this place. The tiny circus exhibit is fantastic. The mansion is cool also.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sarasota, Florida
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
8 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Thought we were just going to see the circus museum. Realized that the $25 admission fee gets you into the John and Mable Ringling home as well as the circus museum as well as the art gallery - decided to do it all. Once we were in the house, found that an extra $20 is needed for docent tour of... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Circus Museum could be a lot better if it had more historical items from the circus. posters, props, etc. Museum is geared more toward kids.....most of the museum consists of a hands-on area for kids and a miniature reproduced circus.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ocala,Florida, U.s.
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
14 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We spent the entire day at the Museums, and enjoyed the free tour of the Art Museum, and the optional tour of Ca D' Zan. I found it amazing at how the rich lived in that era, and I learned a lot about John Ringling and the family, and his influence on Sarasota and Longboat Key. It was well worth... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Illinois
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Just love Joseph's Coat at the Turrell Skyspace. This is a true treasure and must be experienced. Bring a yoga mat and small pillow to completely enjoy.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I thought we would just enjoy some circus info and stroll through the gardens. It was quite an entertaining surprise to see what an event the circus used to be. The times have changed things so much that, yes ,it is a dying art of transporting and managing a circus come to town, no more big parades, no more running... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Stuart
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I didn't know what to expect when we went to Ringling. I was very much surprised at how much was actually there. From the mansion, to the art gallery, to the flower garden, to the restaurants, and especially the circus themed attractions. I think the kids would really enjoy the circus exhibits. The grounds are huge and a good chance... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Limmen, The Netherlands
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This museum is certainly advised for visiting during a Florida holiday. A museum of classical decorative art is combined with a circus museum and the summer house of the Ringling family, who started to collect all the art. There is a clear preference for the Southern Europe Baroque style, but also Dutch and Flemish master painters are on display. Together... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I was so surprised by how much there is to see at the Ringling. I had no idea that the gorgeous family mansion, gardens, and art collections were here. My favorite part had to be the miniature day at the circus set up which shows the entire set-up from the time the train and trucks get to town to the... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

I can't believe they lived so well on the early part of the 1900s. I can only imagine the conversation with the visitors they had back then. WOW

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed The Ringling also viewed

Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
 
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
Sarasota, Southwest Gulf Coast
 

Been to The Ringling? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage The Ringling, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing