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“Fun and educational - even during the off season”
Review of Circus World

Circus World
Ranked #3 of 46 things to do in Baraboo
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited in September so the daily circus performances were not taking place but the museum buildings and displays themselves are well worth the visit. The history of circus life, much of which originated in Wisconsin, was very interesting and provided details we weren't even aware of. We learned a great deal about circus life and thought the displays in all of the buildings were well done. We really enjoyed the work shop where they were restoring circus wagons and carousel horses. We will need to come back when the summer circus performances take place.

1  Thank Lee G
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Lee, thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We agree that no matter the time of year, our wagon restoration shop is a site to behold. The amazing artistry that our staff and volunteers achieve in restoring these amazing American artifacts is astounding. We hope that your future travel plans will allow for a visit during our performance season. We invite our guests to step up to and into the world of the circus.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Even if you're someone who's not particularly interested in the circus, this museum is so well put together and has so much information that you're bound to find out something that fascinates you. This place is HUGE and you should definitely give yourself some time to get through it! Some of it is outside, so keep that in mind on the day you decide to visit.

1  Thank Lynne F
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Lynne, thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. At 60 plus acres, we are a large museum accommodating 7 National Historic Landmark buildings from the Ringling Bros. origins. Our currency is wonder so we happen to concur that there is something for everyone here. We truly hope that your future travel plans allow for a return visit.

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Reviewed 4 weeks 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

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

Linda, thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We plan to last, educate and entertain for generations to come. While it is a loss with the closing of the touring units of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, 50 plus circus's are still criss-crossing our great nation presenting the timeless tradition and artistry of the American Circus. We happen to agree that we proudly present "wonder" to our guests. We hope that your future travel plans will allow for a return visit.

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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 some of the wagons since the parades through Milwaukee.

1  Thank John W
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks 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 chapter of our state heritage. We are glad that you enjoyed the wagon collection, they are simply glorious in their craftsmanship and inspiring to see. We hope that your future travel plans allow for a return visit.

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Reviewed 4 weeks 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!

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks 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 Baraboo River in the late 1800's. Pleased to read that you enjoyed the wagon collection and our displays with the life-stories reflected therein. We truly hope that your future travel plans will allow for a return visit.

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