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“Now for something really different”
Review of The Ringling

The Ringling
Ranked #1 of 143 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 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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Dorchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
133 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Now for something really different”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

The circus museums are fascinating but for us the Ca de Zan was the highlight. We've seen some opulent mansions but this was something else.

Visited February 2014
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403 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“wonderful treasure in the Sarasota area”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

between the Museum, the Circus museum and Ca'd'zan there is more than enough to spend a day here. We spent a rainy afternoon doing just that. We took the tour of the museum which has a large number of Ruebens paintings that are very large and are worth the docent tour. it's a fascinating collection of architecture, art and materials; many of which John Ringling had imported just for this purpose. The courtyard and gardens are truly amazing and worth a stroll. The admission fee is $25 so if you can go on a Monday or Thursday evening you are saving a bundle

Visited February 2014
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Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Back to childhood memories”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

Good exhibit, especially the mini circus set up from the train arriving to the big top. Very impressive
You can also try to walk a tight rope and see how a clown paints his dace step by step. For circus lovers this a must see

Visited January 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“If you nothing else, you must go here”
Reviewed February 4, 2014

What a fantastic day out! We weren't sure what to expect here but this was one of the best attractions on the west coast of Florida. The exhibits are very easy to read and there are a number of different buildings to go into including the Ringling's winter home on the edge of the water. We spent approximately 5.5 hours here and would highly recommend it. There are two history buildings and also a theatre on site and there is also the Ringling Art collection all included in the admission fee. If you can't walk there is a free trolley bus that is continuously moving around the site between the different exhibit buildings but nothings is too far away. There is also quite a nice cafe in the middle of the site with an outdoor seating area as well as a cafe at the entrance. Cap parking is free which is great considering that many museums and attractions charge for parking. It's worth taking in a guided tour of the Ringling house with one of their docents (a very knowledgable guide!)

Visited January 2014
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Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Touring the big top”
Reviewed February 3, 2014

I was quite impressed with my recent outing at Ringling museum and grounds. This property sits right off the bay looking out over Longboat key. The architecture and artisan carvings on the entire mansion and family home is outstanding. The color of the structure is striking as well. This is well worth the time and cost to take the tour. There is also a small playground for children and plenty of places to sit and take in the views.

Visited February 2014
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