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Circus World

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Address: 550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
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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cant get enough of this place!

i take my children here when they have promotional days or discount days, otherwise its not a bad price to get in, we get a kick out of the big top shows they have 2 times a day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Tanya B
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

i take my children here when they have promotional days or discount days, otherwise its not a bad price to get in, we get a kick out of the big top shows they have 2 times a day and there is side shows in other tents as well, there is live animals, petting zoo, and animal rides.. plus a playground... More 

Thank Tanya B
Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States
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134 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I'm not a huge circus type person, but the show was impressive! The performers are amazing, and obviously enjoy what they do. It is worth the price to stop and see. Due to the rain, we didn't walk around the grounds much. However, we stayed for all 3 of the shows and each one was worth it.

Thank Amber M
Chicago, Illinois
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a "must see, must do" if you're anywhere near Baraboo and, frankly, is worth a 3-hour drive from Milwaukee or Chicago just for this purpose. It's an actual circus plus an extensive museum of fascinating circus artifacts, stories, photos and exhibits. A cast of 10 or so skilled and versatile circus artists perform with live elephants, tigers and... More 

Thank RobertMB1506
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went on an overcast/rainy day that we had planned to go to a waterpark. My children (7, 5 and 2) have not been to a circus before. It was magical to see the looks on their faces watching the big top performance! During the summer there are two shows, at 11am and 3pm. If you have travelers that haven't... More 

Thank GetMeOuttathisSNOW
White Bear Lake, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I planned a trip to Baraboo, WI, around several places we HAD to go to. One of which was Circus World. As a child, my parents took my family here many times, we took our young family here several times, and we WANRED TO GO BACK!!! So worth it! The people are in character, friendly, multi-talented and have been entertainers... More 

Thank Laurie C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Take a trip back in time and the glory days of the Circus at Circus World. Check out old posters, see circus performers display their craft and check out the amazing display of some 200 circus wagons. There is something for everyone including a carousel and elephant rides. We saw an amazing and brave tiger trainer perform with his 2... More 

Thank Kathleen M
Saint David, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had read reviews about the mistreatment of animals. All I can say is that I didn't see any of it and the people that did may have had an agenda. We saw the tiger show and the elephant show. The circus acts were good and the exhibits were interesting. Plan on spending the day there and sit near a... More 

Thank Mike H
Franklin, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My review is very limited because we were here with 2 small children which meant that we saw a very small part of what circus world had to offer. I thought it was nice how they had the shows spaced out so you could go from one to another. They shows kept the attention of our 3 year old and... More 

Thank Rhonda H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you have any interest or fascination with the circus this is a must see. We particularly enjoyed the concert on unusual instruments which were used in the circus over the years. The big cat act was interesting and informaive. The big top show had very good acts. Plan to spend the day, you'll enjoy it.

Thank Paul B
Watertown, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an attraction that I visited as a kid with my parents. We took our kids (and my parents) and everyone really enjoyed it. All the buildings have been updated since the 90's. Unfortunately, we went on Baraboo National Bank Customer Appreciation Day (we had no idea) and the shows were VERY crowded, in fact we didn't get to... More 

Thank Nikki K

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