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Circus World

550 Water St (Hwy 113), Baraboo, WI 53913
608-356-8341
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Ranked #4 of 19 attractions in Baraboo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
Owner description: Circus World in Baraboo is America's favorite circus attraction! Baraboo was home to The Ringling Bros. Circus from 1884 thru 1918, and during those... more » Owner description: Circus World in Baraboo is America's favorite circus attraction! Baraboo was home to The Ringling Bros. Circus from 1884 thru 1918, and during those thirty-four years the operation grew to become the largest circus enterprise the world has ever known. Although the Ringlings left in 1918, many of their original structures survived.During the summer months, Circus World comes to life with daily live shows and demonstrations. See the world’s largest collection of glorious parade wagons plus 7 authentic Ringling Bros. buildings filled with colorful, big top memories. Enjoy elephant, pony and carousel rides; cotton candy, ice cream, tasty sandwiches and 2 gift shops. Experience a live circus performance and exciting illusion shows with magician Tristan Crist. Experience the thrill that never grows old at Circus World! « less
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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268 reviews 268 reviews
126 attraction reviews
153 helpful votes 153 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My wife's brother recommended that we visit this place. My wife was reluctant but we stopped anyway. Many of the buildings and grounds are not air conditioned. But nevertheless we enjoyed our visit. We saw a clown show in the hippodrome and a delightful circus under the "Big Top." The show was so good that we forgot that we were... More

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Tinley Park, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

I've been to Circus World Museum numerous times over the last 30 years. They continue to improve the property and the museum, and it's always been a treat. The circus history is fascinating, the collection of vintage circus wagons is amazing, the grounds and exhibits are fun to explore, and the big-top show is always entertaining. You really get a... More

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Tularosa, New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Love the historical aspect of this museum; loved attending the circus as well as the magic/illusion act at the museum.

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Davenport, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Never did figure that out as it's very cold and snowy there in the winter. We toured the facility and saw the Big Top Show - most exciting thing was the elephant act. Not worth the admission fee. The place seems to be dying a slow death.

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Wisconsin
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44 reviews 44 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Roger the Clown had all of us in belly laughs. The juggling act was amazing! We spent 6 hours there with a 6 year old. Went on a Monday and got to see four shows. Would love to return.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We spent a whole day here & loved it. It is filled with circus history, circus shows including horses, elephants & magic. The kids had so much fun!! I've never been that excited about circuses, but even I found it all very interesting & fun to watch the entertainments. If you go, definitely look at the website before hand to... More

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Duluth, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We spent an entire day at Circus World and enjoyed every minute of it. In addition to giving you the history of the Circus - and how the Ringling Bros. Circus began in Baraboo - you have the opportunity to see a magic show and watch a one ring circus show (something my kids have never seen)! The collection of... More

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Miami
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298 reviews 298 reviews
41 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This is why we came to Wisconsin! We arrived from Florida (now the winter home of the circus) to see the original location and learn more about the history and production logistics of "The Greatest Show on Earth". I am a retired event production specialist and find all this amazing. The marketing posters, flyers and memorabilia were in good condition... More

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Went during month of July. I have a 4 and a 2 year old who loved the animals and the hands on activities (especially the model trains). The food was priced reasonable and the shows were great. The illusionist picked my son out of crowd and gave him a ticket for the Rick Wilcox show in the Dell's. The kids... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
37 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We made this a half-day stop on our vacation. We attended a concert of specialized instruments, looked at antique and vintage costumes, posters, and wagons. Admission included a one ring circus show and guided tour of restored wagons. Our stamped hands allowed us to leave and eat a picnic lunch along the Baraboo River. I found a darling book about... More

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