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Circus World

550 Water St (Hwy 113), Baraboo, WI 53913
608-356-8341
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Ranked #5 of 17 attractions in Baraboo
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Green Valley, Arizona
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

There are several attractions at Circus World. They have a beautiful newer building where they are restoring many old Circus Wagons from all over the world. If you are up for a walk there are old barns - one is full of costumes. There is a theatre, which is good for getting out of the heat - where they had... More

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Lomira, Wisconsin, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

I am a big kid at heart and have always been known as a clown so I was happy not the greatest but very very interesting how it all got started and continued for so long.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Went in October 2013 while in the dells. Went primarily for the magic show with my wife and 5 & 6 year old daughters. Was there a few years ago in the summer and saw the bigtop circus show which was great. Magic show was pretty good but didnt rival other "big time" acts. However, well worth the admission price.... More

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Chicagoland
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197 reviews 197 reviews
29 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

This is an important part of American History - the travelling circuses. For children, it is an eye-opening experience that they cannot get in a classroom. For adults, it is a look back at times before computer games and Smartphones. It is probably better to go in the summer when they have live acts performing but even in the fall,... More

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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

We went in Sept after the kids were back to school but still had a wonderful time. This is a really stunning exhibit. The various buildings were really interesting, particularly the costume building. The antique wagons were stunning as was the restoration building. Highly recommended.

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Chicago, Illinois
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47 reviews 47 reviews
24 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

This has been an annual stop on our annual trip to the Wisconsin Dells. This year we went to the Tristin Crist Magic Show. It was wonderful. Tristin is very good and he is funny. Children of all ages were in the audience and all seemed to be having a great time. The Circus is held twice a day and... More

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Cloquet, Minnesota, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

great day in the heat at circus world. All staff was super nice. I just wish we could have seen all the acts. The 92 degree heat drug us back to our hotel.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Stopped there in late August 2013. Not busy as many kids back to school, made for more intimate visit but did miss some of the excitement that a crowd in a circus environment would capture. Saw the magic show with Tristan Crist. Loved it - especially his jokes which are time worn but delivered in such a way that you... More

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Chicago, IL
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We stopped in Baraboo to break up a long drive to our fishing lodge and thought we would see Circus World. As it is near the Dells, I thought it might be a plastic, kitschy version of American circus history. Boy, was I wrong. This is the real deal. This was the actual winter home of the Ringling Brothers and... More

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Milwaukee
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44 reviews 44 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We have lived in Wisconsin for 20 years and have never visited Circus World Museum. We are glad we finally took a day trip there! Such great history and my husband remembered the wagons from when the Great Circus Parade was in Milwaukee. We took our 21, 18 and 13 year olds with us and they all enjoyed. There's a... More

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