My husband and I ( no kids) visited in late July. We expected it to be sweltering hot, but were pleasantly surprised with the shade and lovely breeze off the bay. Do not be put off by the size of the estate. They have golf cart trams running frequently that will take you from venue to venue if you don't want to walk. But walk if you can in order to take in the beautiful grounds, landscaping and statuary along the shaded paths. The banyon trees alone are impressive, but there is so much more. While we are not particularly strong art museum enthusiasts, the artwork here was so very well exhibited, we ended up spending over 3 hours in the museum and didn't manage to see it all. Don't miss seeing the film on John and Mabel Ringling in the circus museum. It's well done and very interesting. Also don't miss going into Ca d' Zan, but don't feel you have to spend the extra for the 3 room tour of the upstairs. Our guide rushed us through every room so that by the end we wished we had taken the self-guided tour at our own pace. Plan to spend a whole day here. There are a couple of places to get a bite to eat, not surprisingly over-priced, but the sandwiches we had were good. A day very pleasantly spent learning about a bygone era. They just don't make rich people like they used to!
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