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Circus World, Baraboo

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Part museum and part live entertainment, Circus World both presents its colorful history as the original home of the famous Ringling Brothers Circus and continues this tradition with shows and performances today. Walk through an exhibit of 50 restored antique circus wagons in the W.W. Deppe Waggon Pavillion and make sure to look through the circus-related photographs and books in the Robert L. Parkinson Library and Research Centre. There are many daily shows that include live animals, acrobats and contortionists, cyclists, clowns, and an illusionist. Kids and adults alike will love this old-fashioned fun. Plan to visit Circus World during your Baraboo vacation using our convenient Baraboo day trip planning site.
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  • Great visit today! Wonderful exhibits! More than you can imagine for half a day visit! Wonderful circus wagons, costumes, history and more! Leaned about circus life! Saw the restoration area too...  more »
  • This was a great activity for our family. Our daughter had never been to the circus before and it had been years since we had been to one but as soon as we got there it brought back childhood...  more »
  • Oh my, circus tent performance, clown Mr Bill, ringmaster, winter quarters buildings to experience, temporary tattoo, railroad cars, carousel, gift shop, so much to see and take in, elephants...  more »
  • Best attraction in the Dells!!! The big-top show was phenomenal, and where else can you ride an elephant? A real, live elephant. In 20 years your kids probably aren’t going to remember riding the go-karts, but an elephant... now that is unforgettable. This was a high quality show, but so much more than that. There is so much to explore on the circus grounds. I didn’t know much about the circus before my visit, but during just a few hours there I became so fascinated by the history of it. There was also a Tiger show with 8 tigers (2 of them rare, white, albino tigers). You can tell these folks really care for their animals. After the big show the performers were humble enough to shake every hand and talk to every person on the way out. The price was cheap (there is also a $5 off coupon in most brochures). I can’t say enough good things about this place.
  • I'm so grateful this place exists to preserve the charm, ambition, and incredible scale of the circus. As a visitor note, much more of this was outside than I anticipated, so it's important to dress appropriately for the weather. We were there on a rainy day though, and it was no problem, even with little kids in tow!
  • The magical experience is all I can say. This experience is educational and exciting. You get to learn some circus history along with getting a big top show. Walk in and see the history then wander the grounds and see the performers practicing. Watch the lions act practicing their graceful show. Then my wife's favorite part of watching the elephants gracefully giving rides ( our son finally decided to take his first elephant ride this year ) and getting to know the trainers and see how much they care for these animals. We as a family have the joy of having this magical place in our town is amazing. Truthfully I'm not a huge circus guy but I do find it magical and the fact it brings my family so much joy warms my heart.
  • The wagons and train cars were amazing to see. The kids loved the "Beauty or Beast" magic trick in the main building. They got to sit in a car and with mirrors and lights they were magically turned into a gorilla. The circus show was very good. I really wish they were able to do a bigger show. My son is really into the circus and and wants to see a real, big circus with tight rope walkers and horses and a human cannonball. The kids really loved seeing the elephants, acrobats, and clowns, though! The kids loved the merry-go-round since they don't have those at playgrounds anymore these days. My son was impressed the merry-go-round was free as opposed to the Carousel, elephant rides, and bounce house. 😂
  • Was the 60th anniversary and they paid a musical tribute to the 60’s. The opening act was dressed in the 60’s fashion. Enjoyed the tiger show. The trainer treated them with love and respect. The Big Top show reminded me of circuses in my youth. A must see if you are in the Dells area.

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