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“Great art collection displayed in a beautiful building!”
Review of The Ringling

The Ringling
Ranked #1 of 147 things to do in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed February 18, 2013 via mobile

This location is a must see for anyone who appreciates art! It is easy to miss some of the displays so travel methodically around the building so you don't miss an exhibit. Also, plan to visit the John and Mable Ringling Museum next door either on the same day or a different day if you're an afficianado.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We were in town visiting family and my Uncle took us to check this out. I had no idea it existed but I'm so glad we went. We were pleasantly surprised. The display miniature display in the big top was amazing to see. We toured John Ringlings home which was very intricate. You could spend hours here as the grounds were just beautiful. Definitely worth a trip!

Thank Melanie H
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

On a lush and tropical estate, John and Mabel Ringling leave us with an astounding legacy of architechture,circus museums, and an art collection similar to those in European cities hundreds of yrs. old. Visit the website, and see some of the extrodinary grounds, but put this on your must do list for sightseeing in America. It helps that Sarasota's temp. average year round is 72!

Thank sherring101
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

You must see the Howard Brothers miniature circus. Don't wait for a rainy day... The entire grounds are beautiful as well as the art museum and mansion. But, if you really want to jump into circus life and live the fantasy... Come here. Every detail of this model is amazing. You can really see what life in the circus was like... From the big top to the back lot and all the folks who made the circus magic. You will also see John and Mabel's private rail car... The gilded age.. And then there is their mansion. Wow.

Plan a full day here. We were here for five hours and could have spent even more time. We had lunch at the lovely sit down restaurant in the visitor center. A very nice menu.

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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We're do you start out side in side this place is great!!! The art is above and beyond ! Plus the building is a work of art the gardens are wonderful !!! It's worth it!

Thank keith p
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