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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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  • The nostalgia of a classic circus, the magic and raw talent of the performers makes this place an annual must. The museum is great for history buffs! Summer performances are spectacular! 
    The nostalgia of a classic circus, the magic and raw talent of the performers makes this place an annual must. The museum is great for history buffs! Summer performances are spectacular!  more »
  • I’m ashamed to live in WI where my tax money supports this place where elephants including Isa and Viola were ripped away from their moms 50 years ago and forced to perform, give rides & languish at.....  more
    I’m ashamed to live in WI where my tax money supports this place where elephants including Isa and Viola were ripped away from their moms 50 years ago and forced to perform, give rides & languish at.....  more »
  • I was there a couple years back & had a Blast. I truly enjoyed the displays horsedrawn wagons Antiques Posters & overall magnificent atmosphere. Fun is always in the air here ! Saw some live shows... 
    I was there a couple years back & had a Blast. I truly enjoyed the displays horsedrawn wagons Antiques Posters & overall magnificent atmosphere. Fun is always in the air here ! Saw some live shows...  more »
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  • A really great experience for the whole family, no matter what the age. The venue is laid out perfectly and has a nice flowing waterway with a bridge walkway connecting the museum to the big tents, etc... The big tents have shows, there is also pony rides, an very cool elephant ride. There are multiple area with food. The restored vintage circus car museum is amazing and you can even watch restoration of vintage circus items and cars. This was a great experience!
  • Truly an amazing place to spend an entire day with the family or just adults. Historic & educational but also fun & entertaining for under $20. Included: 2 live big top shows daily, plus outside trapeze & aerial motorcycle thrill show. My favorite: a hanger size bldg with hundreds of restored highly decorated & carved Circus wagons & a restoration workshop showing works in progress. Also restored Circus buildings. Circus paraphernalia, such as posters, elaborate costumes, equipment, & models. There is a 1/4 scale detailed miniature model of a complete rail circus set-up that is huge. Indoor theater shows circus documentaries. Everything is labeled & explained; could not possibly read everything. Food, drink, & treats are available on the grounds. Carousel, elephant, & pony rides; obligatory gift shop as well. It is operated by the State Historical Society & is also a respected research resource. Highly recommend visiting this place.
  • It was well worth it. There was a lot of history and information. There was a great performance and park for the kids to play. The show was great the only thing that was extra was riding the elephants which both my girls did. All in All, an excellent end to our week long vacation.
  • Took our 8 year old to see this place. He liked seeing all the miniature replicas of the set up displays of the exhibits. It was a nice afternoon stroll with the family. The location also offers about a 20 minute theatre reel of how everything was started and where they traveled. Once you've watched it, you can proceed into the many displays in each foyer/ buildings. Be ready to walk. The craftsmanship and restorations of the wagons are worth seeing for yourself, the elaborate and intricate detail was very amazing to see, so much variety, you may however want to wear your mask because the room tends to be stuffy/dust. Be a kid again and jump on the carousel ride for $1 😃. If you have little ones there is a mini playground for them to play at. Find a good seat underneath the big top to watch the acrobats, clowns, cute K-9s acts.
  • Went with 1st graders and they all seemed to really enjoy it. The Circus @ Circus world was a bug hit amongst the crowd. The elephant rides were $15.00 and 2 circles around the elephant ride area. The 100yr old carousel is beautiful and costs $1.00. The way they persevered history was beautiful.

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