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Circus World

550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
+1 608-356-8341
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For Every Age

My husband and I spent pretty much the whole day at Circus World. It's full of wonderful history... read more

Reviewed yesterday
dpreteach
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put your care behind you ab=nd laugh, feel good about humanity and animals

What a wonderful day enjoying quality, family entertainment in a well organized venue, lots of... read more

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shay d
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rochester wi
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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 our main lobby gift shop. Experience a live circus performance and entertaining Nothing But Nonsense show with Steve & Ryan. Experience the thrill that never grows old at Circus World!
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good29%
  • Average6%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“big top” (115 reviews)
“magic show” (87 reviews)
“elephant ride” (19 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
550 Water St, Baraboo, WI 53913-2578
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+1 608-356-8341
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"face painting"
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"all ages"
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"wisconsin historical society"
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"cotton candy"
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Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I spent pretty much the whole day at Circus World. It's full of wonderful history of the circus plus shows even a big top show. You pay the entrance fee and all the shows are free, plus they do take AAA discounts...More

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Reviewed yesterday

What a wonderful day enjoying quality, family entertainment in a well organized venue, lots of laugh, friendly people from staff to performers to visitors, everyone so interesting and outgoing

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Reviewed 3 days ago

This was a fascinating place to visit. It’s housed partially in buildings that the Ringling Brothers Circus used to winter in; however, it covers all circuses. It’s actually a larger grounds that has several buildings housing different exhibits and acts along with a few circus...More

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

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. Thank you for taking the time to share so much detail about our site, programming and your experience. We concur that it is a "whole day affair" to visit all of our exhibits, learn about the circus...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Haven’t been here in over 40 years. Greatest collection of circus cars! They have several shows daily in a couple tents. The 2 guys in the “Nothing but Nonsense” show was very good for a half hour show. The guys also performed in the big...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your visiting and your thoughtful review. How wonderful to read about your positive impressions during your visit. Glad to hear that our live programming elements were more than you expected. Our world class performers put a lot of talent and passion into...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

A great circus environment for all ages. Museum type settings and well as animal acts, clown acts, and a big top show several times a day. Lots of walking. I would suggest that you make this a 2 day event.More

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

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. We are the largest living history museum in the world dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of circus heritage. Guests can spend a full day here with eight performance opportunities as well as the world class museum...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

To be honest, I did not think I would be impressed, but I was. The Shake, Rattle and Roll show was amazing. It was so much fun watching the musicians pkay the various "odd" instruments.Tiger Experience was also a top notch show. The tigers were...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. How wonderful to hear that we bettered your advance expectations and made a positive impression. Dave and Larry really bring our collection of unique antique instruments to life in Shake, Rattle & Roll. Similarly Ryan and his...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great Big top show. Matt on the wagon tour was very knowledgeable. It was fun to visit as it had been a few years since the last time. All the staff was great.More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. A pleasure to read that our Big Top show was a stand out from your visit. Our performers are world class and passionate about sharing the art form and the heritage of the circus with our guests....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a group of 3 adults with 3 children, ages 9, 5, and 3. We chose the coolest day of our stay to come here as we wanted to be comfortable in the big top. Our grandkids loved watching the elephants get pressure washed...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. So glad to read that your experience resonated with your entire family across many ages. Our 1920's era carousel is a guest favorite. We have only had two carousel operators since we opened on July 1, 1959....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great family entertainment, with good food at a reasonable price! The performers were all truly enjoying what they were doing.More

Thank grandpa2018
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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. Pleased to read that your visit was enjoyed at a reasonable price. We try very hard to provide a days worth of education and entertainment at an affordable family price. You are correct that our performers outside...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a full day at Circus World. The daily schedule moves you from show to show with exhibits in between. And first show is shortly after opening. Live tiger show when we visited. And, a multi act circus performance complete with elephants! Family outing and...More

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Scott O, General Manager at Circus World, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for visiting and your thoughtful review. A pleasure to read that all members and ages of your family had an enjoyable visit. The timeless circus adage of "Children of all Ages" truly applies. Our two celebrated clowns are multi talented both in makeup...More

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Response from Tony T | Reviewed this property |
Elephant $10, pony $5, hog photo $5, carousel $3? None are necessary to enjoy the experience. But, you can get the whole hog's worth of your $5 photo with the giant pig - a small child can sit on it while the entire family... More
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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
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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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