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Circus World, Baraboo

(4.1/5 based on 420+ reviews on the web)
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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  • An amazing walk through the life and times - past and present - of the great American experience that is the Circus ! Wonderful museum and displays - great performances - and a real "live" - up close ...  more »
  • Come one! Come all! The greatest show on Earth for those who remember the traveling circus performances or those who never had the opportunity. Spectacular performers very up close and personal from a...  more »
  • The wife and I had not been at CWM in over 10 years. What an experience. The museum is fantastic - allow at least 1 hours. We spent almost 2 hours touring and took lots of photos of the scaled display...  more »
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  • Went during the summer. There is a lot to see and do. They have live performances, a magician, lots of exhibits. Was probably a pretty amazing place, but doesnt seem like it has been well maintained. Still a fun place to bring kids. Was not at all busy when we went, which was during what i would have thought to have been their peak season.
  • I've seen better circus performances for sure, which I found peculiar considering this is supposed to be "Circus World". The Tiger's were pretty interesting, but everything else was fairly lack-luster. The elephant rides were super overpriced too. They charged 10 dollars a person packed 4 people on it and you rode around in a circle with a 10 foot diameter, the whole ride lasts for maybe 30 seconds to a minute if you're lucky. Also the man who was in charge of ushering children on and off the elephant was not very child oriented, and yelled at a lot of them. If you're a young adult looking for something fun to do with your friends or significant other, this isn't worth your time, in my opinion. As a parent looking to take their kids, I'm sure your kid would love it, but don't expect to have a great time yourself.
  • Steve and Ryan will keep me coming back for more! The best place to visit in Wisconsin!
  • I live the living history here. All the animals and the people look like they are having so much fun.
  • Wish we had planned to stay longer. This place is full of history and half a day was not long enough to see even a little what they have to offer.