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“Ringling”
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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 April 23, 2014

Ringling Circus and art museum were GREAT. A trip to Sarasota would be incomplete without visiting this museum. Ringling's home was also magnificent.

Thank Richard B
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

The Ringling complex on Sarasota Bay has something for everyone, from the art lover to the circus enthusiast, gardener or interior design buff. The museum itself contains the extensive Italian Renaissance painting collection of circus magnate John Ringling. Revolving expositions of modern work are also featured, and give people a chance to see exhibits and collections on loan from other museums. There is a new, permanent collection of glass art that is truly impressive. On the same beautifully landscaped grounds are Mabel Ringling's rose garden and a delightful circus museum. For those who love grand homes, there is the Ca D'Zan, John Ringling's exquisite waterfront mansion, with several architectural details that were crafted by artisans in Venice, Italy and shipped over from there. A tour of the home is offered, and a seat on the mansion's terrace is a good place to relax and enjoy a gorgeous view of the bay.

Thank molemaven
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

A very interesting and informative visit to remarkable museum complex. The Venetian style house is such a good story, the realisation of a showmanship dream and a piece of American history. The circus museums are such an eye opener. A history of achievement and extravagance on a scale which has to be seen to be believed. A very worthwhile and educational visit to a uniformly excellent museum.(with the possible exception of the very average catering)

Thank philfogg2012
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

We were shocked at what was available to see. It is worth the extra to have guided tour of house. Make sure you go to the art gallery. We did not know how much history was behind the circus.

Thank Donna A
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Reviewed April 21, 2014

There is something for everyone - the art lover, the gardener, the lover of architecture, historian, and of course the child in all of us who loves the circus. They have done a splendid job of presenting the circus history and memorabilia in an interesting way (make sure you see the film on the life of John Ringling). The house is easy to tour and you can linger on the grounds as long as you wish. The facilities are user friendly and there is always someone close by to offer help or answer a question.You can self tour or sign up for custom tours. What ever up wish. Step right. Plan to spend a good part of a day and you may want to come back.

Thank ACW2243
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