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Review of The Ringling

The Ringling
Ranked #6 of 151 things to do in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. It is home to the State Art Museum of Florida, the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, an Art Library, the Circus Museums and the Historic Asolo Theater. The grounds and gardens are free to visit, and the Museum of Art offers free admission on Mondays.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Circus museum is amazing, none like it. Art museum is ok, not a lot of variety, especially enjoyed the temporary exhibit on glass near the main entrance. Mondays admission is free but only for grounds and art museum.

Thank sarasotaottawa
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to the Ringling museum years ago, it was full of beautiful paintings, so when we are in the area, it is a must to revisit. It impressed us as ever, nice earphone explanation, we can go on our pace. They even had build new wings to house more modern arts and Asian arts, the huge parking area is free.

Thank Chiachen W
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are several venues included here, so try to see them all! The art museum was interesting but the best part was enjoying the statue garden between the building wings. It is an awesome place to just sit, breathe and immerse yourself. The original Circus Museum is quite the experience. You see a full blown circus, in miniature, that gives an idea of what a feat mounting these operations really were. Not only can you view the models straight on, but the 2nd floor allows some bird’s eye views as well. Mable Ringling’s rose garden was in bloom during our visit and really was delightful. The tours you should not miss are the two of Ca’D’Zan, the winter home of John and Mable Ringling. Please, splurge for both the “John Tour” and the “Mable Tour”. One gives a great overview of the spectacular home (Mable’s Tour), and the other allows you “behind the scenes” to see places roped off to the first tour (John’s Tour).

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Quite good. Nice gift shop adjacent. I wish I had more time to really explore but it was only a luncheon venue. I'd love to go back.

Thank LuckyMeABC
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

By having so many galleries and so many buildings you need a full day to have the Ringling experience. Don't miss the Tibbals Learning Center model of the Ringling Circus.

Thank Pete A
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