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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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  • This is a park dedicated to the history of circus with many exhibits both indoors and outdoors. There is also a live circus performance several times a day and it is a good show for all ages. This is ...  more »
  • We spent six hours at Circus World. Museum, wagons, barns, shows, music and a real live circus (more than one hour of world-class acts including elephants). If you enjoy circuses, you'll love Circus W...  more »
  • My husband and I visited Circus World Museum on a rainy day in May, right before the season opened. We still were entertained by two men--one playing a calliope and another various items--including bo...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!