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Circus World

550 Water St (Hwy 113), Baraboo, WI 53913
608-356-8341
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Ranked #5 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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Lodi, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

A great family outing to share and see how the circus of old was one of the have to visits for families.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I enjoyed myself immensely just watching the clowns, the simple magic tricks and elephant tricks. It brought me back to the past when the circus was still so simple. Must not miss the museum where they keep all the cages, cars etc... You need tp spend time to read how the Ringling brothers started the circus...very interesting....

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Cadott, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

the circus world museum is not like it was when we took our kids 20 years ago it has ben shrunk quite a bit from what it used to be. the new building is nice but the tent show are very small compared to the way it used to be, the old Kaliope is gone as it a lot of... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you enjoy circus history or want a mini circus experience, you should make time for a visit. The shows run in the morning, and then repeat in the afternoon, so make sure you give yourself enough time. You can walk in the old animal barns and read about the former occupants, and enjoy a stroll past the most amazing... More

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Baraboo, Wisconsin, United States
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Love that the big top show is back! It's a great performance with lots of little performances between shows. Lots of history & kids activities. Down side, It is quite an expensive day out. $20 per adult, $10 per kid, elephant ride $10, food....

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Middleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I have known about the Circus World Museum for many years, but I didn't think it would be worth a visit. But it was my wife's birthday and she wanted to go --- so we went. And I loved it. The performance in the Big Top Tent (every day at 11:30 and again at 3:30) made me feel like a... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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26 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My husband wanted to go here, and Si went under duress as I had no real interest, and I'm so glad we went. We all loved it. The place is full of history, and the displays were so interesting. The volunteers made sure we went to the illusion show which was fantastic. We also loved the show under the big... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The grounds and attractions here are all very well maintained & wow the historic buildings full of things like old circus railroad cars and wagons are amazing! They have a little big top tent and actually put on a "real" live circus show with a variety of animals, balancing acts, live music, clowns, etc. We especially loved the dogs &... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

this was larger than I expected and had some great old circus materials from posters to wagons to train cars. There is an illusion show, elephant rides, pony rides and other events almost all day long. Not inexpensive but worth it.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We went with our kids and grandkids for a weekend adventure. It was probably 30 years ago that we were first there. The facility has been greatly updated but the same charm and character is still there. This time we partook of several guided tours and learned about the Circus Wagons and the Ringling Brothers. It is well done and... More

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