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The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
+1 941-359-5700
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requires plenty of time

Expensive entrance fees. Lots to see. Will need a full day or more to do it justice. I've been here... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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My favorite place to visit in Sarasota area

I come here every chance I get. The circus museum is awesome and requires a day just to enjoy both... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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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 good18%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243
+1 941-359-5700
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Reviewed yesterday

Expensive entrance fees. Lots to see. Will need a full day or more to do it justice. I've been here before so I asked which pieces were recent additions to the art museum so that I could focus on those. It was close to the...More

Thank JWGrum
Reviewed 3 days ago

I come here every chance I get. The circus museum is awesome and requires a day just to enjoy both buildings. The gardens are expansive, relaxing, beautiful & meticulously kept. The art museum was an interesting surprise. The house sits on the waterfront & has...More

Thank ItIsSunny
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited the Ringling based on the great TripAdvisor reviews and were very impressed. It's a very unusual museum featuring circus history as well as art. The gardens are also amazing. The staff were very friendly. The cafe was nice too. We visited on a...More

Thank R_and_K_G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Not worth the visit. Disappointing. Tour guides for the most part rude. Paid for 2 floors and only shown half of second floor. Rip off.

Thank Kathy S
Reviewed 5 days ago

There is much to see here, including the Circus Museum, the Museum of Art and the Ca’ d’Zan, plus the grounds and gardens. This is a major attraction that deserves a full day, with stops for refreshment as necessary. When John and Mabel Ringling built...More

Thank Ian C
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We took a day trip and drove to Sarasota to visit the Ringling Circus Museum. There was much memorabilia from the Circus and many of its famous performers. The miniature diorama of the complete Circus was of great interest and very well done. I would...More

Thank Charles P
Reviewed 6 days ago

We visited The Ringling during our recent trip to Sarasota. It was a big disappointment. It is not a complete history of the circus. It only goes to the 70s and is not factual. I wouldn't waste your money!!!

Thank HowieWPB
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went on a Monday when entrance to the main museum was free. Spend a lot of time just exploring the grounds. Museum is Ok.

Thank joeF_10
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here on a previous trip to Sarasota and love it. Allow plenty of time to do it all... grounds, circus museum, mansion and art gallery. Amazing place. Don't miss it if you are visiting Sarasota.

Thank cmanofcape
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Plan a day around this stop. Between the shops, museum and house tour this will keep you busy for 3-4 hours. It’s well worth the time to visits!

Thank AHawk79
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Eunice R
June 1, 2017|
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Response from enerald | Reviewed this property |
There is a fee to enter the grounds. You can get a single day pass or a multi day pass
April 17, 2017|
Response from Sheila E | Reviewed this property |
It all depends on what kind of museum goer you are. Some people will breeze right through it. Others will spends lots of time reading every detail. I think a good estimate would be about 30-45 minutes.
April 13, 2017|
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Response from TheRingling | Property representative |
Unfortunately we cannot allow pets. Thank you for your question!