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Circus World

550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
+1 608-356-8341
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Fortunate this is in our town

This is a great attraction. It has great history. Additionally the entertainment is fun. My... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Steve C
via mobile
Worth the detour

This was a really neat tour. It was after their summer season so the acts were closed but all the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Nichelle I
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Seattle, Washington
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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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  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“big top” (108 reviews)
“magic show” (87 reviews)
“elephant rides” (23 reviews)
Opens in 15 min
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
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+1 608-356-8341
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank garyb202
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank Dancermom5
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 12 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
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

1  Thank Trav4Work
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

Reviewed 8 October 2017

it's been awhile since we have been here, but I remembered I had so much fun. The exhibits are colorful and interesting. Bringing back lots of memories of time at the circus when I young. You can spend 2-3 hours here easily. I enjoyed my...More

Thank Syndi T
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Syndi, Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. Preserving the memories and telling the stories of the Circus are a vital part of our mission here. Over 100 circuses came from Wisconsin alone over the years. Circus truly is timeless and we are glad...More

Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

There is SO much to see here plan to spend a minimum of 2 hours. I just missed the live circus shows which was disappointing, but I still had a great time! There are so many buildings to go through I don't even remember how...More

1  Thank Jodi H
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

Jodi, thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We encourage our guests to plan on 2-3 hours to explore during our non performance seasons and a full day when our live performances are taking place (Live performances start again May 18 - September 2,...More

Reviewed 1 October 2017

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...More

1  Thank Lee G
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2017

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...More

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LDC78
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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
6 July 2017|
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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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Response from Gail L | Reviewed this property |
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