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Circus World

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Circus is a dying entertainment. Go now before it is gone.

I talk to people who have never been to a circus and it make me sad. There is a lovely little... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Beth D
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Portage, Wisconsin
Kids loved it!

My wife and I invited my brother & sister and their families total of 19 to visit the circus. We... read more

Reviewed 6 November 2018
joseph5734
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Baraboo, 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...more
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550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I talk to people who have never been to a circus and it make me sad. There is a lovely little circus right in Baraboo Wisconsin that is easy to get to and worth every penny. Take your kids, take your parents, they will all...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review of Circus World. As you note, we celebrate the traditional American cultural institution and art form of the circus here in a 64 acre living history museum. We do not expect to be gone or the art...More

Reviewed 6 November 2018

My wife and I invited my brother & sister and their families total of 19 to visit the circus. We grew up in Baraboo and enjoyed the Circus as children ourselves. So now to bring the grandchildren may it extra special. Enjoyed the use of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Scott O, Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Circus World and your thoughtful review. We love to read of families traditions that involve a visit to enjoy the timeless art form of the circus. We are also glad to read the complimentary golf cart assistance during your visit was...More

Reviewed 27 October 2018

Most of the outddor activities were over for the season but the main exhibit hall and bldgs were open. This is a very interesting place to visit and highly recommend for adults - not just families. In fact, going later in the year will insure...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Thank you for visiting Circus World and your thoughtful review. Pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit during the fall. It is a terrific time to visit and explore our buildings and exhibits. We concur that children of all ages are welcome to learn...More

Reviewed 12 October 2018

Only had time to see a portion - Lots of information, posters in the first building - also a video you can watch. Only able to see part due to time - but I think I would come back in the summer when there would...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Thank you for visiting Circus World and your thoughtful review. We are honored and blessed to be the conservators of the largest collection of Circus Artifacts pertaining to the American Circus in the world. From what is on display, which represents about 3% of our...More

Reviewed 6 October 2018

This place is amazing. Over 100 circus wagons on display let you visualize how the circus was moved and was advertised. The miniature dioramas of circus activity were very interesting. Especially enjoyed the history of clowns. I remember Ernest Borgnine from TV and had met...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2018

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. Seeing the majesty and scale of the historic circus wagons in person helps to shape the understanding of the immense logistics involved in bringing the circus to town. We as well love this artform of clowning, its...More

Reviewed 28 September 2018

If you really have a liking or an interest in the circus world, then make a stop at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin. This is the place were the Ringling Brothers grew up and eventually created and expanded into the famous Ringling Brothers,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We are blessed to be a National Historic District with our buildings along Water Street which as you note were the original winter quarters buildings of the Ringling Bros. We concur that clowns are terrific artisans that...More

Reviewed 20 September 2018 via mobile

This was a really neat museum for all ages! I remember going as a kid to the circus, so this brought back lots of great memories. We went during the off season so although there was no circus performance, there was still a lot to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Thank you for visiting Circus World and your thoughtful review. Great to read that you had an enjoyable visit and appreciated the grandeur of the circus wagons. We have a lot of guests visit us on motorcycle trips and excursions. Love seeing them lined up...More

Reviewed 17 September 2018

I was so surprised when we found this gem. Followed the map to a very plain one-story building in town. We went inside and thought we would spend a half hour or so reminicsing about the circus costumes and posters we remembered from childhood. We...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

Thank you for visiting Circus World and your thoughtful review. Always pleased to read reviews of guests that visit for the first time and we exceed their expectations. We are indeed a large site with 7 buildings full of world class exhibits and live programming...More

Reviewed 17 September 2018

We were not sure what to expect but truly enjoyed the experience we had as time allowed. I would recommend doing the four movies before you walk as it will make what you see of much more interest. What a lot of history just in...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

Thank you for your thoughtful review and visiting Circus World. Glad to read that you enjoyed and learned from the four movies that play on rotation all day long here at Circus World. You are correct that they provide an understanding of the history of...More

Reviewed 11 September 2018

As a kid, my family took me to the circus every year. Visiting Circus World was nostalgic as it brought back so many of those childhood memories of silly clowns, daredevils, trapeze artists, jugglers, acrobats, etc. Well you get the idea. The whole museum is...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

Thank you for visiting Circus World and your thoughtful review. I love your review title because here in Baraboo we are blessed that "the Circus is always in town". That magical day when the circus would come to town is celebrated daily here on the...More

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Response from Tony T | Reviewed this property |
Elephant $10, pony $5, hog photo $5, carousel $3? None are necessary to enjoy the experience. But, you can get the whole hog's worth of your $5 photo with the giant pig - a small child can sit on it while the entire family... More
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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
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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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