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Circus World

550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
+1 608-356-8341
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Really nice!

Pleasantly surprised! Much more than I was expecting. Had a great big top show!A must see if you... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
cindy115
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Chicago, Illinois
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The Good Old Days

Circus world is a blast from the past. If you can remember when the circus came to town and how... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Robert A
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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!
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“big top” (109 reviews)
“magic show” (86 reviews)
“elephant ride” (20 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
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+1 608-356-8341
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"face painting"
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"wisconsin historical society"
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"live shows"
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"merry go round"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Pleasantly surprised! Much more than I was expecting. Had a great big top show!A must see if you go. They have 2 shows a day. They have elephant rides and a really nice tiger show. The grounds are beautiful. There are even pony rides also....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Circus world is a blast from the past. If you can remember when the circus came to town and how exited you were to go see it, Circus World brings back those memories. There are lots of artifacts and historical items on display, like ornate...More

Thank Robert A
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. A pleasure to read that we were able to capture the excitement and circus memories from your life. We also concur that it is entertainment and education for Children of All Ages. We truly hope that your...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Baraboo Wisconsin is where the Ringling Brothers Circus got its start in 1884. This place preserves the history of the circus. There are about 200 restored circus wagons to look at, all very beautiful. There are exhibits of memorabilia from clowns and musicians, there are...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not a big fan of circuses but we really enjoyed this attraction. So much to see, with the museum pieces, history of the circus and families, shows etc. Staff are lovely there and we had a great burger and icecream there too!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

After reading all of the great reviews for Circus World, I was excited to visit with my family. I was sure we'd have fun, and man was I wrong. What a snooze fest! We got there about 2 hours before the next show started. We...More

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

Thank you for visiting and your review. We have ten life performances throughout the day with no greater period of 45 mins between them so your two hour wait time is puzzling. I believe you might be referencing our two big top circus performances which...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Circus World this weekend with family. It took me 66 years to get there and we will absolutely go back. The Big Top show was entertaining, the tiger show amazing, and the circus wagons and other artifacts were fantastic. The musical show demonstrating...More

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

Thank you for your thoughtful review and visit! Your review was a delight to read of your appreciation for the programming offered, our amazing collection and our passionate staff. We take great pride in sharing our Wisconsin circus heritage and so pleased to read that...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a walking tour of several buildings that were used by the Ringling Bros. for the circus operation. Inside are many photos and artifacts from the circus days. As an added feature there is live entertainment under the bigtop with several circus acts. There...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Come one, come all! Circus World is a delight. Tigers, Elephants, Dogs & Hogs ... all these animals with their especially talented 2-legged friends take us back to a time before the internet... Our 3 yr old granddaughter sat, mouth agape, under the big top...More

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

Tony, Thank you for visiting with your family and this thoughtful review. What a true pleasure to read of your experience here at Circus World. We concur that we have a talented and passion team here that is noted in your review. Guests can spend...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spent last week at Circus World. Wow! It's not "just" a circus...but a full day! But...the one hour circus show was fantastic! Each act was great!!! The super clean grounds, everyone so friendly and wonderfully entertaining and historically enlightening. Thanks again to the state of...More

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

Dan, A true pleasure to have you visit Circus World and to write this thoughtful review. Wisconsin is proud of its heritage and history which it celebrates at 11 historic sites including Circus World. We are all proud to tell the important stories of all...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Didn’t know it was located here - great history - they do a good job with the upkeep of the facilities- wonderful for kids of seniors - must stop if in the area !More

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

Bob, Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We have over 64 acres dedicated to the preservation of the American Circus here at Circus World. How wonderful to read of your positive impression of our facilities. Over 100 circus's have originated from Wisconsin over...More

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LDC78
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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
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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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