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Ca d'Zan, Sarasota

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
In 1924, the circus king John Ringling set out to build Ca d'Zan as a palace fit for a man of his status. Completed in 1926 and situated at the Sarasota waterfront, the mansion stands as the symbol of the Roaring Twenties, and John Ringling’s rise from a humble background to the very top of the social ladder. The design is inspired by Doge’s Palace in Venice, and captures John’s and his wife Mable’s love for the city. The couple spared no expenses to fit their house with fine furniture and artwork, as well as materials such as mahogany, rosewood, and kingwood. Handpicked American and European artists created murals, plaster and marble decorations. After decades of neglect, in 2002 the mansion was restored back to its full splendor. An admission to the Ringling Museum of Art also includes a quick tour of the mansion’s first floor, while additional fee is required for a detailed tour of the house. To visit Ca d'Zan and other attractions in Sarasota, use our Sarasota trip planning app.
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  • This is the most beautiful place it has the most loving atmosphere inside and outside. the original owner loved it you can tell by the energy. the sounds are spectacular;ar and the art gallery is...  more »
  • Very Rude volunteer ( I assume...I don't think this would be a paid employee but odd women was awful; believe her name was something anne?). Has been a great visit for years and the grille has a.....  more »
  • Loved learning about the history of this place. The tour guide was friendly and informative. Such a hidden gem in Sarasota! A must-see!  more »
  • me and my mom, my aunt and cousin-in-law went to the absolutely gorgeous mansion. enjoyed the patio, Mabel's Garden both of the circus museums and the Art Museum. I would come again. I have to bring my friend from Arizona. I know he will enjoy it. the art museum is free on Mondays but the rest of the Museum's i believe it will cost about 25 to 45 dollars what you want but it worth it. Before I forget wear comfortable shoes wear sunblock maybe bring your own lunch and a camera if you wish.
  • I absolutely loved this place in Sarasota although I feel that it is not advertised enough for people to visit it. Beautiful, unique grounds you can walk around. The Rose garden is amazing, the secret garden and the Banyan trees. A lot of outdoor sculptures and the Ca' d'Zan it is a true piece of art. The museum of art is amazing (we spent over 3 hours just there). I visited in Jun and the Circus museum was closed for renovation, but I will definitely be back for it when opens. This is a MUST visit location in Florida.
  • This house is beyond beautiful. We paid for 2 levels of the three and now wish we had done the third. The guides did a great job and knew so many interesting facts. I am madly in love with the architecture and the decor so I could have stayed in their for years! Definitely a must see and worth the ticket price.
  • For a $10 add on from my museum general admission I was able to walk the first floor of the house. It was one of the most beautiful things i have ever seen. I wish i spent more money to get a full house tour which i believe may be about an additional $35-$45 . Definitely a must see at the Ringling! If i come back to Siesta Key I will stop by again for a full tour!
  • This place is amazing! We did John and Mable's tour and they were so worth it. The view from the tower is exceptional. We got to visit all four floors and had excellent docents. Highly recommend.

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