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Circus World

Address: 550 Water St (Hwy 113), Baraboo, WI 53913
Phone Number: 608-356-8341
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Ranked #6 of 15 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...
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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 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!

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Durand, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Stopped to see the Circus World Museum on the way home from the Wisc Dells. Since we got there around 2pm and they closed at 4, we only saw one of the many buildings that house a ton of memorabilia from the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Even with only the one building we still needed the 2... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I take my kids to the Dells every year and we try and mix up the attractions we visit. The exception is the circus world. I take them every year! No place like it.

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is the history of REAL brothers who created one of the greatest circuses in the world....NOT a reality show. The history of the family is amazing, as is the circus trains on site and all of the other memorabilia. A Must See!!

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Rockford, IL
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149 reviews 149 reviews
12 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

They have live circus performances during the summer but the gem of this State of Wisconsin Historical site is the collection of circus wagons, housed on site. If you are a history buff, the wagons are great material to understand the entertainment and transportation of many circus ventures in the late 19th and early 20th century. Great collection, worth the... More 

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Arlington, Minnesota, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Circus World is a fantastic place to spend a day. Visit often and enjoy the live entertainment during the summer. World class library and many displays and shows to see. The beauty of the wagon collection cant be topped! A colorful background to a fantastic day!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I travel with my son and I write reviews based on Autism friendliness for the parents who want to explore with their special needs child. We were traveling across Wisconsin and happened upon Circus World. My son has never seen a real circus and we went in the off season. Which I highly recommend if you have a special needs... More 

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Terre Haute
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55 reviews 55 reviews
12 attraction reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This is the second time I have seen the Baraboo Big Top Parade & Circus Celebration. The first time was 2004 and then again this year. What an amazing collection of restored wagons and trailers. What a magnificent display of Circus past and seeing what it must have been like to see the circus come to town at the turn... More 

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North Oaks, Minnesota
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6 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Went with a 7 year old who's grown up with all the media, gaming and excitement of today...he was interested in some of it, but the exhibits with extreme circus details and minutiae were far too much for him to take. I found some it interesting, but you can only look at so many painted wagons. Magix show was a... More 

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Cabot, Arkansas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Even though we were there in the off season, we were able to enjoy a magic show and all of the circus exhibits. Not a bad half day for $9.95 each.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I went to Circus World years ago when my children were little and remember it as an enjoyable experience. This time I went with friends and while it was in the fall so a lot of the features weren't operating, it was still a most enjoyable experience. A great history lesson about the circus, about the Ringling brothers and Baraboo... More 

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