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Address: 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL Big Top at Nathan Benderson Park behind the Mall at UTC, Sarasota, FL 34243-4118
Phone Number: +1 941-355-9335
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Sarasota, Florida is known as the “Circus Capital of the World,” and Circus...

Sarasota, Florida is known as the “Circus Capital of the World,” and Circus Sarasota is our resident hometown circus. Annual professional performances are showcased in a one-ring, five-star, European-style Big Top tent. Circus Sarasota is acclaimed around the globe for world-class artistry and entertainment. Ticket prices vary according to seat selection. We invite you to visit our website and sign up for emails to stay current on performance dates and Circus Sarasota events.

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BELLO !!! BELLO !!! BELLO !!!

We have been Bello (the highwire and more) clown for a very long time, since our 15 year old granddaughter was born. We saw him at Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 July 2016
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PALMETTO
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016

We have been Bello (the highwire and more) clown for a very long time, since our 15 year old granddaughter was born. We saw him at Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus in Tampa and swore we were bringing her back when she was older. We've been back to see him a few times since and often since he left... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!! We are glad you enjoyed Bello and the rest of the performers at the 2016 shows - it is our pleasure to bring you and your family incredible entertainment opportunities. Check our website in October to see who we will be featuring in 2017! More 

NEW WINDSOR
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

With the new venue at Benderson Park there is plenty of room for tents and parking. BUT.... Actually the circus performance was indeed excellent. Bella Nock is a masterful performer. The performance was all but sold out and while I really enjoyed the circus, it was driving there and driving home out of their lot that ruined my evening. Little... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive comments regarding our winter production. We are sorry you found the parking situation so frustrating. As a non-profit we partner every year with the Boy Scouts to accommodate the parking needs of our patrons. We are aware of the parking challenges and partner with SANCA and Nathan Benderson Park to use the site and are... More 

Carlisle, MA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016

Our first time to enjoy a Circus Sarasota performance. We enjoyed the joyful music and magic of the Cirque des Voix under the big top. It was a successful melding of circus acts with triumphal music provided by a choir and orchestra. My favorite act was the artistry and athleticism of Ricardo Sosa, who balances and bends in hard to... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive feedback. We are glad you enjoyed the show so much. We love when we can pair performers with live music and the partnership we have with Key Chorale is something that we look forward to every year. More 

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

This is a small time excuse for a circus. A couple of decent acts, musical events that are over ocrestrated and too loud, and the rest is high school level. With everything there is to do in Sarasota, this is one to omit.

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

We are very sorry you didn't enjoy Cirque des Voix. The performers of the show included award winning, world-renowned circus performers and the 100+ voices of Key Chorale in a live performance. Some patrons may not enjoy the combination of live music with live performances but it is one of our most anticipated and popular shows. More 

Armonk, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

This show only ran for six weeks in Feb/March, but I think they have others. Going to the circus is a natural thing to do in Sarasota---the home of the Ringling Circus Meseum. Bello was the star attraction. He's dressed up as a clown, but in addition to doing some funny bits, he is very athletic and can do a... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed our show and thank you for the positive feedback. Unfortunately we are only able to get Bello as a headliner every few years - his schedule is booked incredibly far in advance. But we love having him so you never know what may happen. Thanks again! More 

Colchester, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2016

This season's "Red, White, and Bello" centered on Bello Nock, the venerable clown. He's been around long enough to have his act flawless and funny, starting with the improbable "man in the balloon" sequence. You had to be there. The other acts were fine entertainment, involving trained dogs, unthinkably strong tumblers, and a dreamlike event involving white dancing horses and... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

We are so glad you enjoyed our show. Thank you for your positive review!! More 

Bartlett, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

My husband and I usually stay away from the circus because of allergies. We were told what a great show this was by our neighbors. I asked about animals and they told us there were dogs and horses. So we decided to give it a try. We are so glad we did! Bello was our favorite. Another favorite part was... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback and suggestion regarding parking. We'll consider adding parking markers next year. More 

Cincinnati
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

We drove to Circus Sarasota from Naples. It is definitely worth the drive. It is a "one ring" circus, but is professionally done with with several great and varied acts and a truly funny clown. The circus is very reasonably priced with convenient parking, again reasonably priced. We selected the lowest priced seats which was close to the ring and... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of our show. We love producing it every year and the fact that you drove from Naples to see it is wonderful! More 

ann arbor, mi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 February 2016 via mobile

My wife and love circuses and have been to them all over the world. The circus we saw today was as good as any we have ever seen. Every act was professional and breathtaking. The venue is intimate. It is impressive that this is a non-profit company. Bello is a very talented clown. After the show, all the entertainers come... More 

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

We're so glad that you enjoyed the show and plan on returning! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2016 via mobile

We are an older couple but still enjoy a fun circus experience. We had smiles on our faces from start to finish.

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CircusArtsOrg, Public Relations Manager at Circus Sarasota, responded to this review

Thank you!! We are so glad you enjoyed the show. More 

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