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The Ringling

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Address: 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
Phone Number: +1 941-359-5700
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The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of...

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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We had never been to the Ringling Museum so decided to visit. Interesting to learn about how the circus came about.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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neeceygirl
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had never been to the Ringling Museum so decided to visit. Interesting to learn about how the circus came about.

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South Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Was recently visiting friends in Bradengton, FL and they suggested seeing the Ringling Bros Circus exhibit in Sarasota. Wow...what a fantastic place...not only was there a museum with great circus memorabilia, there was also a fantastic fine-art gallery of work from all over the world...the art museum was one of the best in the Southern US.

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The grounds, which are like an arboretum are absolutely stunning, the view from the Ca d'Zan is wonderful. We only toured half the art gallery, which is laid out beautifully, but the pictures themselves were not really to our taste. We visited on a Monday when it is free to get in to the grounds and art gallery. We wish... More 

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Land O Lakes, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Ringling has a lot to see! There are the gardens that are really nice to walk through. They have a really nice play area for the kids in the garden area. They have two buildings that have very interesting models, trains, videos and history about the circus. The model of the circus coming to town is pretty amazing. Lots... More 

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Greenville, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Every time I came back love it love it and love it, go early for the outdoors stuffs and later the museums , everything is so beautiful and informative

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My what a place to spend a few memorable hours. MEMORIES just so many childhood memories popped up in my mind while going through the circus museum and the minatures. We went always to the Ringling circus shows in madison square garden. The mansion is like from the outside being in Miramare in Triest, Italy. Mrs. Mable Ringling loved Italy... More 

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Pittsgrove, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It's the greatest show on earth - or at least a wonderful experience to behold! The Ringling is on the enormous and beautiful grounds of the John Ringling estate. You can visit his home Ca' d'Zan with a separate admission. You start your adventure in the visitor center where you buy your tickets and see a short film on the... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth the visit! Will go back! The museum is fabulous, and the miniature circus. Take your time, so much to look at!

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Be prepared to spend at least one full day at the many sites within John Ringling's former Sarasota estate. Don't miss the art museum, probably the most impressive I have visited.

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Bradenton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Have gone twice with family and have been very impressed and entertained both times. Family visiting also enjoyed the day there. The exhibits of circus history are fascinating and the art museum has several pieces that are first-rate. Restaurant has good service but food is overpriced.

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