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Circus World

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Address: 550 Water St (Hwy 113), Baraboo, WI 53913
Phone Number: 608-356-8341

Circus World in Baraboo is America's favorite circus attraction! Baraboo...

Circus World in Baraboo is America's favorite circus attraction! Baraboo was home to The Ringling Bros. Circus from 1884 thru 1918, and during those thirty-four years the operation grew to become the largest circus enterprise the world has ever known. Although the Ringlings left in 1918, many of their original structures survived.During the summer months, Circus World comes to life with daily live shows and demonstrations. See the world’s largest collection of glorious parade wagons plus 7 authentic Ringling Bros. buildings filled with colorful, big top memories. Enjoy elephant, pony and carousel rides; cotton candy, ice cream, tasty sandwiches and 2 gift shops. Experience a live circus performance and exciting illusion shows with magician Tristan Crist. Experience the thrill that never grows old at Circus World!

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This was a unique combination of a museum and an attraction; the schedule includes a series of shows spread out through the property, with just enough time to stop a buildings... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a unique combination of a museum and an attraction; the schedule includes a series of shows spread out through the property, with just enough time to stop a buildings along the way. The historical buildings on the site were interesting enough, and the exhibits contained inside were just fascinating. The incredible collection of circus wagons really made this... More 

Thank RipplesGuy
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37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were staying in the area and looking for something to do on a rainy afternoon and were pleasantly surprised by this museum. The price seemed high (19.95 for adults) but we quickly realized the work that has gone into this place. You can go inside a train car that housed the animals and see a real working shop that... More 

Thank mollywan
Lake Placid, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

After attending a adaptive sports national competition in Middleton we decided to take the children to Circus World for the afternoon. We enter and asked if they could take care of our group, they sure did charging full prices for scribe including adult prices for some of the children who were over their age limit. This is quite unusual and... More 

Thank cappt
Eldridge, United States
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent the day at circus world and took in the tiger show, circus, and Nothing But Nonsense. The circus performance, while very small, had my children covering their eyes and my heart pumping at some of the death defying performances. Steve and Ryan put together an amazing performance with their "Nothing but Nonsense" show - don't miss it! You... More 

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Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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184 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This attraction was tired and spread out over a lot of space. If you are really interested in circus history this is a great to visit. My grandchildren 9,7, and 5 were bored with acts especially having been a water park for 7 days.

Thank Phil R
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We specifically came to go to the Circus World Museum. It had been over 40 years since we had been here and it didn't disappoint us. There have been many improvements to the grounds and exhibits. The one ring show was well done and worth watching. The displays of the circus wagons was spectacular. The museum displays were also very... More 

Thank Pyrite921
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The shows were fun and the kids loved them! All of the performers were very kind and did a great job. I recommend not going when it is super hot because most of it is outside and you will be doing a lot of walking.

Thank Michelle V
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40 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited circus world during their anniversary weekend so it was a steal at $5/person. Even with regular prices the quality of the entertainment was excellent. We saw the circus, the comedy show and the tiger show and enjoyed all 3. The Tigers seemed to have genuine affection for their handler. We only spent about an hour looking at exhibits,... More 

Thank adventureswith3boys
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The acts were pretty mediocre, the museums were nice everything else sucked. It's literally a money pit once you are in park. We won't go back when if we return to the Dells.

Thank ReviewMom2013
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was going well until I paid $6 for 3 glasses of tap water. The park itself was nice, but I would avoid going if it were actually busy. The guests are herded around to various attractions, so everyone in the park is always at the same thing, so it seems crowded, unless you leave the herd, then it is... More 

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