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Big Apple Circus

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Address: Broadway and 65th Street, New York City, NY 10023
Phone Number: 212 268 2500
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Thanksgiving day trip

Amazing. It was great to see a circus without animals being whipped and looking depressed. The performers were amazing! So was the ringmaster and the clowns!! What a delight. I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago

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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazing. It was great to see a circus without animals being whipped and looking depressed. The performers were amazing! So was the ringmaster and the clowns!! What a delight. I loved the intimate setting of the arena so no matter where you sat you were sure to get a great view

Thank Carlanmcd
Camden, Maine
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33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Traditional circus that is just plain fun. Very family friendly. Some really amazing acts that take your breath away. When you realize the good work that this circus provides to children in the hospital, you cannot help but be amazed. Yes, it is expensive, but so is everything in NYC. A great cause.

Thank mainer64
New York City, New York
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Entertaining acts, reasonable food and pony ride prices. The seating area and arena are not so big but a decent size. Overall a good experience for kids and adults.

Thank Raechael
southern california
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193 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for quality family entertainment in Manhattan, Big Apple Circus cannot be beat. Presented in a traditional big top located in Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park, the show is European style with a single ring surrounded by seats, so no one is more than 50 feet from the action. Children will be enchanted by the setting, the live... More 

1 Thank cedric09
New York City, New York
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Its expensive, the acts are dated and boring, both me and our 10 year old fell asleep. Everything is overpriced and the stupid pony rides a big ripoff. Ok if you're 5 and never seen a circus before.

Thank ddknyc
Long Valley, New Jersey
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Amazing circus have gone every year since I was a kid. Entertainment like no other your kids will remember forever. The show flow great, has amazing production value and really is a great time for all. Best value and time for your money... sometimes I see it four or five times a year.

2 Thank CBM009
Parkland, Florida
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70 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We went during the holidays and we had a great time. The show was entertaining and every seat int he place is good. They allowed us to move closer since there were vacant seats. Lots of different acts/shows. FOr the price, it was really great. Fun.

Thank EricaFamily
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33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We attended the one in Lincoln Center. My 6 y.o. had never been to the circus before, and I wanted to attend one that wouldn't be overwhelming or scary. This circus was perfect. Plenty of acts, animals seem happy. We sat in the 3rd row, close to the center aisle. If budget is an issue, I think sitting farther back... More 

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Lexington, Massachusetts
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

animal friendly circus good for kids and adults. I still have no idea how they did a lot of what they did. Youngest in group was 6, oldest 76 with teenages and everyone loved it.

2 Thank Heathhart
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We were in Boston for the weekend and decided to check this out. Online ticket purchasing (with discount code!) was painless. They have a stroller check in the tent and even a makeshift area for diaper change (didn't go in but it was good to know that it was available). We sat at the second row from the ring but... More 

Thank LivingMama

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