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Circus World

550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
+1 608-356-8341
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Great day of activities and great value!

What a treasure of circus history along with various live shows including tigers, clowns, and a... read more

Reviewed yesterday
ForzaDude
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Brownsburg, Indiana
via mobile
Keeping the circus alive!

Admittedly, I think I may have been more excited than my kids... I visited this place a few times... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Mich_TX
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Houston
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Circus World in Baraboo is America's favorite circus attraction! Baraboo was home to The Ringling Bros. Circus from 1884 thru 1918, and during those thirty-four years the operation grew to become the largest circus enterprise the world has ever known. Although the Ringlings left in 1918, many of their original structures survived.During the summer months, Circus World comes to life with daily live shows and demonstrations. See the world’s largest collection of glorious parade wagons plus 7 authentic Ringling Bros. buildings filled with colorful, big top memories. Enjoy elephant, pony and carousel rides; cotton candy, ice cream, tasty sandwiches and 2 gift shops. Experience a live circus performance and exciting illusion shows with magician Tristan Crist. Experience the thrill that never grows old at Circus World!
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  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“big top” (97 reviews)
“magic show” (85 reviews)
“elephant ride” (18 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:00
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550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
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+1 608-356-8341
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

What a treasure of circus history along with various live shows including tigers, clowns, and a "big top" tent show that lasts an hour. Highly recommend if visiting the Wisconsin Dells area.

Thank ForzaDude
Reviewed 2 days ago

Admittedly, I think I may have been more excited than my kids... I visited this place a few times when I was a kid and I was excited to go back and experience it as an adult. It definitely didn't disappoint! We had planned to...More

Thank Mich_TX
Reviewed 3 days ago

We arrived just in time to see the acts in the Big Top. The entertainers were great. But they don't just put on a show in the ring. You will find them cleaning and setting up in between the other entertainers and doing others jobs...More

Thank Diane P
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Diane, thank you for visiting and writing this thoughtful review. We are blessed to have a dedicated cast, staff and volunteers that truly love both the institution and the circus art-form we celebrate. As we always say: " Its a good thing we can juggle"...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

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 wonderful, retro (to the 70s) big top show,...More

Thank Tripsteroid
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for visiting and enjoying both our live programming and our world class collection of artifacts pertaining to the Circus. Glad that you also had the opportunity to visit the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. We encourage our guests to give us at...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

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 several hours taking everything in. Good value...More

Thank ratjak1
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for visiting and taking the time to write a review. We try to provide a dynamic full day of live history to enjoy at an affordable price point. We are glad that you felt it was "good value for the price". We hope...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

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 circus, with artifacts and exhibits, but Baraboo also hosts daily...More

Thank Taylor B
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Taylor, thank you for your thoughtful and thorough review of your visit to Circus World. We encourage our guests to visit both the Ringling Museum in Sarasota and ourselves for a complete reflection of the amazing heritage of the American Circus. We are pleased to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Once you pay all is included except animal rides. I was looking forward to the Big Top for our 3 year old grandaughter but most of it was 'acts' not animals...It still was worth the visit and we did skip alot of the other attractions...More

Thank KJW2011
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We are pleased to offer a world class circus in our big top circus show including animals (3 elephants, 18 horses, 8 dogs, 1 pig as well as the 7 tigers displayed in the Tiger adventure show)....More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The wife and I took our three kids ages 13,13,and 4. We all had a great time. We never thought or realized the amount of history associated with the Circus. The shows and animals were great to see. The old wagons, costumes, and art work...More

Thank Amyderek
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Amy, thank you for your thoughtful review of your time visiting us. We encourage our guests to plan a full day to explore and enjoy the world class collection of circus artifacts presented here. That coupled with the live programming all day allows children of...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the best day ever! The Circus was fantastic and the grounds is full of historical jewels ! I recommend this visit highly 🤡🍿🎠

Thank Terry R
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Terry, thank you for visiting and the thoughtful review. "Best day ever" is a delight to read and glad that we could add to cherished memories and an enjoyable experience. We hope that your future travel plans allow you to visit again.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our 2nd time returning with visiting guests. Kids (3,7,10,12) enjoyed the show and the 2 older kids were so glad to see Steve and Ryan (clowns) again since last summer. The live show is a such a great value being covered by the...More

Thank Glenview_mom
Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your return visit and pleased to read that you fond the pricing "very reasonable". We are pleased to offer quality food services for our guests at family friendly pricing. I will pass along your review to Steve & Ryan who will be...More

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LDC78
13 August 2017|
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Response from mspled | Reviewed this property |
Elephant rides were $10 a person for about a 5 minute ride. That was the only animal ride when we went.
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Stefanie K
6 July 2017|
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Response from prisonrn | Reviewed this property |
There were a couple of people using motorized chairs while we were there.
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Amanda M
8 February 2017|
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Response from Gail L | Reviewed this property |
I would plan on at least 2 hourss
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