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The Ringling

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5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
+1 941-359-5700
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Fantastic grounds and gardens

The grounds and gardens at this place are super. It was interesting to see the number of David... read more

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JBG1
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Brilliant day!

This was recommended by a friend prior to us traveling to Florida from the UK. Really glad we went... 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 Asolo Theater. The grounds and gardens are free to visit, and the Museum of Art offers free admission on Mondays.
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good17%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“miniature circus” (556 reviews)
“art museum” (1,549 reviews)
“rose garden” (439 reviews)
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5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
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The grounds and gardens at this place are super. It was interesting to see the number of David Austin roses in the rose garden as he operates out of Oxford England and is famous for his rose varieties. The bay views were unique and offered...More

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Reviewed today via mobile

This was recommended by a friend prior to us traveling to Florida from the UK. Really glad we went. We spent all day here. Lovely grounds, interesting exhibits and amazing miniatures. A must see!

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Reviewed today via mobile

It was quite an interesting find in the heart of Florida. I had no knowledge of such rich slice of history living in our state and it was very entertaining and fun. The rose garden is just whimsical and dreamy, very romantic and enchanting. The...More

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Reviewed today via mobile

Great museum with awesome things to see, the miniature circus and gardens are gorgeous! Lots to see!

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Reviewed 2 days ago

The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. Touring the mansion left a lot to be desired. The cost of the ticket only allows access to the first floor. You must pay extra to go upstairs. The male docent refused to answer any questions when asked....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Lovely location but food average. Service was slow. A busy location in spring break so go early to be seated.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed my experience touring the museum's and grounds. Very different and unique. Highly recommended.

Thank Eliot60805
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Wonderful place to spend a day, art museum is free on Mondays, the grounds and gardens are beautiful. There are places to purchase food and to picnic. The website is very informative and accurate. Interesting collection and gift shop. There is also the house to...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The artwork is mostly roman and Italian. The setting and courtyard are beautifully manicured. The staff are friendly.

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The grounds are gorgeous, the Howard miniature circus is simply amazing The art museum is a Must! The walk around the grounds is amazing

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DavidsWife1994
April 8, 2018|
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Response from Barbara D | Reviewed this property |
There is a playground near the garden for children. The circus museum will be fun for little ones with colorful costumes and a replica of the museum showing circus parades. There are some hands on activities children can... More
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Tim M
February 16, 2018|
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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
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Cardi1
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
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