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Circus World

550 Water St (Hwy 113), Baraboo, WI 53913
608-356-8341
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Ranked #6 of 14 Attractions in Baraboo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Leisure education
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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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Arlington, Minnesota, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

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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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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
17 helpful votes 17 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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Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
50 attraction reviews
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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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Alabama
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86 reviews 86 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is the best kept secret on the "DELLS". This will really take you back in time. Whatever you do make sure to see the Movies at the beginning of the tour. One thing folks need to understand that this is run by volunteers and not a corporation. I really think the city should promote this Gem and if they... More

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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Circus World is a museum and like most museums, there is much about it that is educational. In this case, the older you are, probably the more you will appreciate the history that is captured in this place. There are parts of the museum that will keep the attention of children, but it is not just one big circus either.... More

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West Allis, Wisconsin, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Although clearly a great place in it's heydey, it currently needs a lot of work. Only part of the grounds were open, and very few visitors were there. The mini dioramas and antique circus wagons are the best part, but could be showcased much better in my opinion.

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Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I would go earlier in the year. We went after labor day and a lot of the stuff was shut down but it's a great place and I would go again.

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