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The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
+1 941-359-5700
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Totally awesome

A beautiful property with lots to see! The circus stuff is great, the fine art collection... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Harrisburg, NC
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Interesting, but Wierd

This is a very interesting place. Lots of circus-related stuff that is really kind of "camp... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Davenport, Iowa
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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 Asolo Theater. The grounds and gardens are free to visit, and the Museum of Art offers free admission on Mondays.
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  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“miniature circus” (531 reviews)
“art museum” (1,488 reviews)
“rose garden” (427 reviews)
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5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
+1 941-359-5700
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A beautiful property with lots to see! The circus stuff is great, the fine art collection impressive and the property just beautiful. You can easily spend 4 hours there. We didn't tour the house but I wish we had. Everything is interesting and well done....More

Thank metrochik
Reviewed yesterday

This is a very interesting place. Lots of circus-related stuff that is really kind of "camp." The mansion is spectacular, from an era long gone by. Amazing!

Thank dcraig612
Reviewed yesterday

I went there for the art museum, but got side tracked into the circus museum. The circus museum and Ca d'Zan Mansion could use an entire day alone. The miniature circus is unbelievable. I had to rush through the art museum; it is massive and...More

Thank lheadley
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place is huge! There are multiple buildings and lots to see. Beautiful grounds right on Sarasota Bay. We most definitely could've spent a whole day here. After 2 hours felt like we barely scratched the surface. They have a great playground for kids with...More

Thank timothy r
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

So my 19 year old USF college student was forced to go visit the art museum part to pick a piece of art to write about. Surprisingly, we also enjoyed the other two circus museums. I can see if you grew up in the circus...More

Thank alisafranz50by50
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Free parking and $25 general admission gets you into everything except the Ca’d’Zan house, which is an extra $10. General admission is great value as there’s lots to see here. The Circus museum is fascinating. The art collection is vast and set in a building...More

Thank Tim H
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great day-trip that incorporates something for all the family. Beautiful setting, gardens and museums. The Ringling Circus Museum is a must see for anyone who has had the pleasure to see the circus live. The circus history is fascinating and with many artifacts of the...More

Thank Tullamoretraveller
Reviewed 3 days ago

We toured the mansion first...then the Circus exhibits...wonderful! Especially the Miniature Circus...breathtaking. Didn't get to spend the time we hoped for in the Museum...fantastic! This place is Florida's TREASURE!!! Go early, book House of John Tour first..then do the Circus have some lunch...then onto the...More

Thank Deborah F
Reviewed 4 days ago

The mansion is stunning. We took the self guided tour on the first floor only. The grounds are beautiful. The circus museum had a movie on the life of JOhn and Mabel Ringling which was worth sitting through. I thought there would be more circus...More

Thank Beth S
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We’ve been several times. The glass pavilion is spectacular. The Alfred Eisenstaedt photography exhibit is fabulous. So is the Asian Pavillion and the zodiac installation (temporary).

Thank Stephanie3636
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Tim M
February 16, 2018|
Response from Norine C | Reviewed this property |
Can take non flash photos in the circus museums and art museum. No photography inside the ca’ d’zan mansion. You can take exterior pics of the mansion
February 7, 2018|
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Response from TravelinDebs | Reviewed this property |
There is only one entrance for the whole Ringling Complex. There is a large visitors’ center. The Circus Museum mostly consists of the transportation vehicles and a movie about the Ringlings. The Art Museum is amazing and... More
Donna G
January 11, 2018|
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Response from travelersjimbeth | Reviewed this property |
We visited after breakfast and few visitors. The Art Museums-Galleries sparsely visited which is amazingly disappointing because they are fantastic. The house and Rose Garden tours are at your own pace guided or not guided... More