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Review of The Ringling

The Ringling
Ranked #1 of 144 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 March 2, 2014

We were blown away and highly recommend this museum, which encompasses the Ringling winter home, a circus museum, gardens, and art museum. We wish we would have had more time and energy to explore. The admission price was worthwhile.

Thank arualpalm
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

The museum was exquisite beautiful. The miniature circus and gardens were beautiful. The major attraction was the artwork and gardens.

Thank Itsya36
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

What a varied group of buildings and grounds, especially the miniature circus, fantastic. Good value .
Also, a reasonably priced cafe

Thank gerrygstockport
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Reviewed February 28, 2014

Yes, you see examples of the Ringling Barnum and Bailey of the past. I think this museum is of more interest to the nostalgic adults than the tech savvy children of today. You will see typical costumes and circus wagons of the past. There is a stationary circus train car layout with great detail. No movement of the cars and the kids kept right on walking. (1-2 hours)

The Ringling Art Museum is of high quality art purchased by Ringling. It's good if you love art. Kids would be bored. The museum is open Mondays for free. ( 2+ hours)

The tour of the house is well worth the price for adults! The Ringlings bought everything they saw and wanted.

The grounds of the estate are beautiful to walk through.

Thank Joanna S
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Reviewed February 27, 2014

I had heard so much about the Circus Museum that I almost did not leave time to visit this gem of a museum. It was practically empty of visitors and we had a great, free docent tour with only 4 people in our group. Please don't miss this.

Thank Dermab
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