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Circus World

550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
+1 608-356-8341
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A Wisconsin must see.

An excellent museum and history tour complete with artifacts, sculptures, show and of course the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
James C
Wonderful family day destination spot!

I brought my wife and 3 year old daughter here for a day of fun.... They have a set schedule of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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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” (108 reviews)
“magic show” (86 reviews)
“elephant ride” (19 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
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Reviewed 2 days ago

An excellent museum and history tour complete with artifacts, sculptures, show and of course the circus. Great for all ages. A must see.

Thank James C
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I brought my wife and 3 year old daughter here for a day of fun.... They have a set schedule of events that take place daily. So we got right to it and went to the first show at the Big Top Tent. They had...More

Thank XLsDADDY
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

If you have young children, this should be a must-see in your trip to the Dells. It's so much more fun than some of the other tourist traps in the Dells. I would recommend a half-day for this park, but you could easily spend the...More

Thank Jason M
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2018

Jason, Thank you for this thoughtful review and visiting Circus World. Pleasing to read that you and your family had an enjoyable visit. Thank you for highlighting the programming that connected the most with your family during your visit. We truly hope that your future...More

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

This is a great attraction. It has great history. Additionally the entertainment is fun. My kids love it here. Fun for all ages.

Thank Steve C
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Reviewed 26 October 2017

This was a really neat tour. It was after their summer season so the acts were closed but all the exhibits and buildings were open. It was cool to see how Ringling Brothers got their start as well as how they ended up with Barnum...More

Thank Nichelle I
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 27 October 2017

Nichelle, thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. Pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit and learned more about how the Greatest Show on Earth became truly that. We view our guests as our family and try to accommodate to the best of...More

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Reviewed 21 October 2017

We took our two granddaughters and they had a ball. The circus was fun and the circus wagons were beautiful to see. Nice outing.

Thank buckyfanWi
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 23 October 2017

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. So glad that you shared Circus with the younger generation of grand kids. It truly is timeless and for all generations. We hope that future travel plans will allow you a return visit.

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Mostly a bunch of posters of the Ringling Brothers and other posters from shows long since gone by. It is a museum that will not be around long since they (the circus) is no longer in business.More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thank you for visiting and sharing your review. By way of a correction from your review, the circus industry still is an active business with over 50 plus circus's and over 200 youth circus programs still entertaining children of all ages across North America. We...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Went on a rainy day in fall. Not busy - much of the outdoor exhibits are closed for the season. Spent about 4 hours there and would have spent at least one day there if it had been a summer day. Lots to see, history,...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We are glad that you got to spend sometime with Harold "Heavy" Burdick who is a 44 year employee here. His passion and skills are evident in the restoration work of the wagons and the 60 plus...More

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Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

The worlds largest collection of restored circus wagons, a twice daily big top show under a spectacular canvas tent during the summer season and all the circus history you can absorb.

Thank Mike P
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Reviewed 10 October 2017

If you are a circus fan, young or old, this is a must see spot. A family friendly museum that offers a great look into the circus world. Everyone who works here, loves the circus and providing as much insight as possible. While it sounds...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We happen to concur that our circus instrument show (Shake Rattle and Toot) is a typical highlight for our guests during our performance season (May 18 - September 2, 2018). We truly do love the circus, the...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
7 July 2017|
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There were a couple of people using motorized chairs while we were there.
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