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“Stupendous Art Gallery” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Ringling

The Ringling
5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
+1 941-359-5700
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Ranked #1 of 126 things to do in Sarasota
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Owner description: The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. It is home to a Museum of Art, the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, an Art Library, the Circus Museums and the Historic Asolo Theater.
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“Stupendous Art Gallery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

Great Art Gallery, poor circus museum. "Mansion" is best viewed from outside and certainly not worth the additional charge for a view of the upstairs.

Visited December 2012
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“Plan to spend a whole day here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

There is so much to do & see here, it will take you all day. There is an astonishing collection of art works if that is your thing. There is the beautiful Ca' d' zan house & gardens to explore. We repeat visit to view the vast collection of circus memorabilia & artifacts that are stored there.
Mostly, we go to appreciate & stand in wonder at the incredible Howard Tibbals Miniature Circus. It is a work in progress & I'm sure we spot a new piece each time we go! He's been working on it for around 50 years. It is the most splendid creation & it will most definatly knock your socks off!

Visited January 2013
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Fremont, MI
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“Run Away to the Circus”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

Fantastic circus museum full of memorabilia and artifacts from the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Great circus history and marvelous displays of circus wagons, costumes, and video of famous clowns and make-up. The miniature circus lovingly built over 55 years is on display at the Tibbals Center. Howard Tibbals craftsmanship and care with details make this miniature circus model an amazing sight. The Ringling mansion in the Mediterranean-style architecture is gorgeous and a real-life tour of that era 1918-1938. We did not get into the Art Museum, but it is free to the public on Mondays. Enjoyed the beautiful rose garden. This attraction is worth the entry fee!

Visited December 2012
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“Way beyond what we expected”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

OK, it's a circus museum and you figure that it's got a few cute things. And when you go to this campus with many different sites, from fine art to amazing circus paraphernalia, you begin to understand how Ringling is to Sarasota as Disney is to Orlando.

Visited January 2013
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“Amazing!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

We went here to just have something to"do" with some out of town guests. We were there for about four hours and we could have spent more time there it was so interesting. Very well maintained and the staff are so helpful. The tram is also a big plus.

Visited January 2013
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