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The Ringling

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Can't come to Tampa and not stop here

This is an outstanding collecting of three museums, mansion and gardens that is not to be missed if... read more

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Free on Monday

We enjoyed walking around the grounds and looking out on the bay. The grounds are always free... read more

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The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. It is home to the State Art Museum of Florida, the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, an Art Library, the Circus Museums and the Historic...more
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5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is an outstanding collecting of three museums, mansion and gardens that is not to be missed if you are anywhere nearby. It is one full day or at least 4 hours. Food and restrooms are available. Wonderful for kids and adults

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank JudyK288
Reviewed yesterday

We enjoyed walking around the grounds and looking out on the bay. The grounds are always free. Monday’s the art museum is also free, and is interesting. We had no interest in the circus museum or the mansion so this was perfect for us.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank cararro
Reviewed yesterday

We had high expectations for the Ringling but it exceeded them. The mansion is elegant with extraordinary details. The circus museum has an extraordinary collection and very good videos and exhibits. We especially enjoyed the miniature circus and the Ringling railroad car.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Rich-Stamford
Reviewed yesterday

The children realy liked the Circus Museum. Moved rapidly through the Art area for kids sake. Ca'd'Zan was impressive from outside (also from inside on a previous visit) Worth a trip, especially if one has a cool day in Florida.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Brice G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We love attending Ringling by The Bay on select Mondays at 6pm- 9pm. As members of The Ringling, you can purchase tickets for $5.00 each to attend Ringling By The Bay. Non members can get tickets for $15.00 each. From November thru April, on select...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Katherine8183
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

While visiting the Ringling we only purchased the basic admission which was $25. That got us entry to the grounds and the circus museums. The history and displays are amazing but the full circus diorama was simple jaw dropping. If you’re in the area don’t...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank royalpalmstravel
Reviewed 2 days ago

If you love art, and even if you don't, worth the visit. Mondays are FREE so if you're not sure go on Monday, or if you are sure and on a budget go on Monday. You can spend a few hours or the whole day,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank deanf315
Reviewed 2 days ago

The house tour was pricey but on par with Hearst Castle, Sunnylands, Newport mansions, etc. For the price I expect more of the docent. We were greeted with a lecture on what NOT to do. Not a welcome, not a thank you for coming, not...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Macoretta2018
Reviewed 3 days ago

Really great place with a lot of variety of things to see, from the circus exhibitions, the art and of course the villa itself. It is kinda pricey but worthwhile. However, the personnel is overly strict about (hand)bags, warning continuously and in a rather vicious...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Hagar08540
Reviewed 3 days ago

Finally made it back to the Ringling museum after a 20 year respite. Started with a guided tour of the house given by a knowledgeable docent who simply oozed love for the place, just the kind of guide one wants! The house is not the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Dennis R
January 5, 2019|
Response from Anne S | Reviewed this property |
Senior 65+:$23 Adult: $25 Child 6-17: $5 You can find more at The Ringling
Rickie D
December 28, 2018|
Response from JimTim306 | Reviewed this property |
They are not allowed, and they aren’t very nice about it either. There are acres of property, yet can’t bring your leashes do? They need to get with the times. All of Florida is dog friendly EXCEPT Ringling. Ironic as the... More
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Beach Rd. does not have the same traffic as Midnight Pass Rd. which is the main arterty (N/S) on Siesta Key. If you want something in walking distance to the Village and across the street from the Gulf, this is a solid choice. ~SRQgirtl