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Address: 5401 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243-2161
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Sarasota's Big Top Tours offer entertaining, 2-hour excursions that reveal...

Sarasota's Big Top Tours offer entertaining, 2-hour excursions that reveal the "circus secrets" of America's "Circus City." Aboard a comfortable, climate-controlled "Circus Coach" you'll be hosted by a professional circus performer who will entertain you with stories of Sarasota's circus heritage and tell you about circus life-on-the-road. It's like a "peek under the tent." All tours begin (and end) in the parking lot of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, near the intersection of US-41 (North Tamiami Trail) and University Parkway, (across from the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport). Tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10AM, from January through the end of April. Reservations should be made at least 24-hours prior to your tour. Walk-on guests are accommodated based on available seating.

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Best place to try new beers!

This was a great afternoon for us. We purchased a deal for 4 flights and 2 growers (to take home). There were 4 of us. Great beer & great company. They don't serve food but on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 April 2015
Danielle S
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Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015 via mobile

This was a great afternoon for us. We purchased a deal for 4 flights and 2 growers (to take home). There were 4 of us. Great beer & great company. They don't serve food but on weekends they have a great food truck. You can also order food and have it delivered. My favorites beer was the honey jalapeno beer!... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

If you are interested in circus history this is the tour for you. It's operated by two retired circus folks who grew up in Sarasota. The tour is conducted in a 20 person van and takes about 2 hours. We enjoyed the tour a lot .

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

"May all your days be circus days!" Thats the sentiment we were left with as we stepped off the Circus Bus and ended our tour. We wanted more! Big Top Tours provided a fantastic view of the circus world from the eyes of a seasoned circus performer, Toby Circus Ballantine (yes, that is his REAL middle name!) From the moment... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

Sarasota's Big Top Tours is full of wonderful surprises. I thought I’d already seen the local sites and knew all about the circus in Sarasota. Not so! Big Top Tours showed us cool “old” places I didn’t know about and offered a deeper, richer understanding of Sarasota's circus heritage, all in a fun format that is a sure fit for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2012

As a frequent visitor to beautiful Sarasota, I always look for new things to do. Having learned about Big Top Tours from the concierge at our hotel, a friend and I booked a tour. What a unique experience. We learned all about the history of the circus from Toby the clown who talked about circus lore and real life circus... More 

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