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The Ringling

5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
+1 941-359-5700
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First class art museum

I am a local and never tire of visiting the Ringling! Mondays are free to the public for the main... read more

Reviewed April 24, 2017
Lynne W
Bit of history worth the price.

Give yourself lots of time as it has the art museum as well as the circus museum. Lots of walking... read more

Reviewed April 23, 2017
Richard R
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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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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
+1 941-359-5700
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Reviewed April 24, 2017

I am a local and never tire of visiting the Ringling! Mondays are free to the public for the main museum.

Thank Lynne W
Reviewed April 23, 2017 via mobile

Give yourself lots of time as it has the art museum as well as the circus museum. Lots of walking but they also have shuttles. Tour the mansion too. Been there 3 times now as would go again.

Thank Richard R
Reviewed April 23, 2017 via mobile

My husband and i loved it...my daughter who is 10 not so much..it was to boreing for her. Teens might like it more than younger children.

Thank leisaf2016
Reviewed April 23, 2017

A must do in Sarasota. Visit, have lunch on the patio overlooking the bay. Their special attractions are great.

Thank bburleson2006
Reviewed April 23, 2017

if you wish to walk the grounds. Take the tour...it's obligatory if you want a clown to lead you. O.K., just kidding around. The Ringling doesn't force you to do anything, but ENJOY! If you love the circus...come and visit. If you're not sure of...More

Thank TheSarcasticCynic
Reviewed April 22, 2017

I found some of the early European art somewhat dark and depressing. There were several Rubens, a Tintoretto, a couple of Giordanos, etc. The more recent European and American work in the south wing was lively. The staff were engaging and helpful. The two rooms...More

Thank Leonthewolf
Reviewed April 21, 2017

We really like the Howard's Bros Circus mini rendition of the Ringling Circus. It is an unbelievable depiction of the original Ringling Bros logistics, and offers a great appreciation to the work that went in to run the circus. Great spot for kids, parents, grandparents...More

Thank LEK34
Reviewed April 20, 2017

Circus Museum, the amazing museum and the lovely Ca' D'Zan building ( Great Expectations film? ) make this a spot to see. Yes, it is pricey but worth it.

Thank Fattycrab
Reviewed April 20, 2017

This is an absolutely beautiful place to see when visiting Sarasota. A well kept, preserved and maintained piece of history with sights and things that will leave you in awe of America. A definite must see any time of the year. Especially the mini Circus!!!!

Thank marietaj56
Reviewed April 20, 2017 via mobile

Awesome place. Lots of beautiful fine arts. Reasonable price. Could spend a few hours there if you read everything.

Thank E350MB
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Eunice R
I know there's a fee to tour the INSIDE of Ca d'Zan. Is there an admission fee to tour the OUTSIDE of the mansion?
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
How long does it take to tour the circus museum?
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.
Are pets allowed?
April 13, 2017|
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Response from TheRingling | Property representative |
Unfortunately we cannot allow pets. Thank you for your question!