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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 your Circus World visit and explore what else you can see and do in Baraboo using our Baraboo vacation route planner.
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  • August 12, 2017
    I wish we had spent more time at Circus World; the three hours we managed to squeeze in before closing in a Saturday afternoon were such fun! We had time to watch the tiger exposition and the wonderfu...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    Went here for a family outing. We all enjoyed it. We liked the history of the museum buildings. They also hold circus performances a couple times a day. Other shows are held as well so you can spend s...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    If you have ever visited the John Ringling Circus Museum in Sarasota, Florida, you have to visit the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, Wisconsin. It's even better. Both are devoted to the history of the...  more »
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  • July 1, 2017
    Its just good old fashion family fun mixed with a lot of history. They have shows all day and perfectly timed apart. You can easily hit all shows and tours in you day if thats your thing.
  • June 25, 2017
    Fun shows for the family and lots of history. Food from the stand is reasonable and tasty. My family has been there many times and enjoy it every time. Elephant, miniature ponies, face painting and more...
  • June 5, 2017
    We got there and looked through the first building. Mostly old circus posters with a few other displays, cool looking yes - but got a bit monotonous. There was an area set up for a performance, but we didn't see it, whatever it was (or if there even was one that day - have no idea). Exited that building and went across a bridge to what I would call the "main area". Again, not a whole lot happening. They had circus wagons out on display, and a replica of an old time freak show (Heaviest, Fattest, shortest and tallest people etc). Not exciting. Then we saw a live performance in a rotating cage thing and this was more entertaining. We saw a comedy show which was not my cup of tea. Paid $20 for both our kids to ride an elephant for under a minute. Paid $5 for my son to ride a pony for 2 minutes. Went to other buildings and looked at a lot of static displays. We were getting worried that we just paid a total of $60 admission for the four of us plus the $25 in rides for a whole lot of nothing. We decided to wait the 45 minutes to see the main circus show. Was glad we did, that made it seem worth the price of admission. The acts were not exactly the best I have seen before, but still entertaining. My youngest son who is 6 was super impressed, and up to this point he had not been. My verdict is that if you are going be sure to stay for the main circus show, and skip the elephant rides for sure, but if you aren't a die hard circus fan this will probably not do it for you.
  • June 4, 2017
    It's a wonderful place to explore for people of all ages. Fascinating history inside the buildings and numerous outside exhibitions to enjoy. Great place for the entire family, that's within a reasonable price range.
  • July 4, 2017
    Our kids, 11 & 6 yrs and us had a great time! What a great value! We went on the 4th of July and it was only $5 per person! That was fantastic!

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