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Circus World

550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
+1 608-356-8341
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Hope it lasts!

Great deal with the end of season rates. No rides or shows but the rest was wonder. Hope that the... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
lindakmom
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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a very fun place to visit

We've lived in Wisconsin over 60 years and had never been here. Glad we decided to finally check it... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
John W
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Jackson, Wisconsin
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Circus World in Baraboo is America's favorite circus attraction! Baraboo was home to The Ringling Bros. Circus from 1884 thru 1918, and during those thirty-four years the operation grew to become the largest circus enterprise the world has ever known. Although the Ringlings left in 1918, many of their original structures survived.During the summer months, Circus World comes to life with daily live shows and demonstrations. See the world’s largest collection of glorious parade wagons plus 7 authentic Ringling Bros. buildings filled with colorful, big top memories. Enjoy elephant, pony and carousel rides; cotton candy, ice cream, tasty sandwiches and our main lobby gift shop. Experience a live circus performance and entertaining Nothing But Nonsense show with Steve & Ryan. Experience the thrill that never grows old at Circus World!
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  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“big top” (107 reviews)
“magic show” (86 reviews)
“elephant ride” (19 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
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+1 608-356-8341
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great deal with the end of season rates. No rides or shows but the rest was wonder. Hope that the museum can stay as we are losing a piece of history

Thank lindakmom
Reviewed 6 days ago

We've lived in Wisconsin over 60 years and had never been here. Glad we decided to finally check it out. You could spend hours just looking at all the circus history, but then to see all the beautiful old wagons is just wonderful. Haven't seen...More

Thank John W
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

John, thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We are proud to preserve and present the largest collection of circus artifacts in the world on our 64 acre site. Wisconsin was home to over 100 different circus's over the years and is an important...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found this museum while taking a walk in Baraboo along the river. What an excellent find! This is definitely a hidden gem. The museums are done very well, and the circus pictures and floats are outstanding. Very memorable!More

Thank meyerla
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. Baraboo is truly blessed with our Riverwalk area, that highlights so many of our communities blessings that developed along the river corridor. The Ringling Bros blessed Baraboo by choosing our site along water street adjacent to the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

When it was announced that "The Greatest Show on Earth” would no longer be, my heart crumbled at the thought that a childhood tradition would soon come to an end. How sad for future generations. A three-hour visit to the Circus World Museum triggered some...More

Thank Hitheroadwithlila
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. So pleased to read that our amazing state heritage and the vibrant stories of those who truly made "The Greatest Show on Earth" great resonated during your visit. We are caretakers of a million stories of circus...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Wisconsin historical society location to go with the kids and revive the former glory days of the circus. Wonderful activity to do with the kids. There is a museum area with old circus trains, another one with the old carriages and memorabilia as well...More

Thank Africa C
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We celebrate the vibrant circus heritage of the State of Wisconsin daily. Most of our guests are surprised to learn that over 100 circus's have originated from the State of Wisconsin including the two largest (The Ringling...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Circus buff or not, you will enjoy the large collection of circus wagons. Beautiful art work on each is amazing. The calliopes are a treat for children and adults. The daily Big Top show is fun and a amazing feats of past circus performers. Really...More

Thank 262italianbiker
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Our gratitude to you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We indeed are blessed to have the largest collection of circus artifacts in the world which we are proud to share with our guests. We have over 260 historic Circus Wagons in our collection as...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited right after the summer season ended, that meant no live shows, however we were not disappointed. Circus World had few visitors that day, leaving us plenty of time to read about and photograph the fantastic collection of wagons there. Many brought back childhood...More

Thank Ken W
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Ken, Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. While live summer programming has ended for 2017 (returning again May 18th, 2018), we feature over 60 acres and five buildings to explore. We are glad to read that your visit "revived those childhood circus memories"....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The circus museum was magical in that the exhibits were arranged well, and made the past come to life. The live circus show under the big top (including elephants) was a unique piece of Americana. This was a wonderful experience and a top ranked attraction....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had traveled through Baraboo many times over the past 50 years but never had time to visit Circus World. We made it our reason for going there, this time. This is a great attraction, showing the history of the circus. It also shows a...More

1  Thank Mike B
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Mike, Thank you for visiting the Baraboo Area and choosing us as the "reason for going there". We agree that our guests during the summer performance season (typically Memorial Day to Labor Day) can spend an enjoyable full day with us. The Spring and Fall...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Circus World Museum with our 7 year old grandchildren. I personally wasn't quiet sure what to expect as I had grown up in the area and visited it as a child. I was in for a huge and pleasant surprise! The grounds are...More

1  Thank Ronald W
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Ronald, thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. The circus has always counted "children of all ages" as our extended family; it is terrific to note that all generations in your group had an enjoyable time. As you so wonderfully note, some of our...More

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LDC78
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Response from mspled | Reviewed this property |
Elephant rides were $10 a person for about a 5 minute ride. That was the only animal ride when we went.
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Stefanie K
7 July 2017|
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Response from prisonrn | Reviewed this property |
There were a couple of people using motorized chairs while we were there.
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Amanda M
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Response from Gail L | Reviewed this property |
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