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Circus World

550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
+1 608-356-8341
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Annual Summer Visit

Wonderful place. Great history lessons. The circus is offered st least a couple times per day... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Thomas S
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Reedsburg, Wisconsin
Worth a visit even in the off-season

I visited in April, outside the "Summer Season" when they have circus acts, but for anyone... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Miyeko K
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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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“big top” (108 reviews)
“magic show” (86 reviews)
“elephant ride” (20 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
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+1 608-356-8341
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"big top"
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"magic show"
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"elephant ride"
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"pony rides"
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"ringling brothers"
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"winter quarters"
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"face painting"
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"musical instruments"
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"all ages"
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"wisconsin historical society"
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"live shows"
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"merry go round"
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"cotton candy"
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"off season"
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"admission price"
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"on display"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful place. Great history lessons. The circus is offered st least a couple times per day. Buildings filled with memorabilia as well as a building with circus wagons and this past summer a few of the circus’ train cars returned to BarabooMore

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your thoughtful response. You are correct that we present a world class liver circus twice daily during our summer performance season which is May 18- September 2 in 2018. You are also correct that in the summer of 2017 we were blessed...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited in April, outside the "Summer Season" when they have circus acts, but for anyone interested in the history of circuses, it's still worth a visit — and it's half the price that it would be in the summer! There's a great collection of...More

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

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We are blessed to have 8 National Historic Landmarks in our collection here at Circus World all of which are the original winter quarters buildings of the Ringling Bros. We are blessed with the largest collection of...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband Al and I made a return visit to Circus World (previous was in 2013) on May 27 for their Military Service Appreciation Day on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. After a wonderful 15-minute ceremony, we enjoyed the attractions and the first circus performance...More

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

Thank you for your thoughtful review and your service. Military Service Appreciation Day is one of our most cherished days of the year when we get to say a heartfelt/humble thank you to Our servicemen and women along with their families for all of their...More

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

Baraboo, about 45 miles northwest of Madison, was once the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Circus. The museum preserves a nostalgic collection of wagons, Circus World is a great place to take your family. Circus World takes you back to your childhood. They have...More

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

Linda, Thank you so much for your thoughtful and thorough review. We are pleased to share the vibrant heritage of circus in American and Wisconsin history with our guests. This year we celebrate our 60th Anniversary. We opened in the 1950's so we have themed...More

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Reviewed 21 February 2018

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

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

James, thank you for visiting and sharing your thoughtful review of Circus World. We concur that we are a must see to which we would add the classic circus adage "For Children of All Ages". We truly hope that your future travel plans will include...More

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Reviewed 21 February 2018 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

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2018

Thank you for visiting Circus World and your thoughtful review. We are happy to read that your visit was enjoyable. Interacting with the elephants is an important element of our mission, helping to ensure that our guests make that bond to ensure future survival of...More

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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

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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 9 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.

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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

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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 20 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.

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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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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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