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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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  • We arrived as the museum was opening and elft as it was closing. We were amazed at all the things you see the information and history we learned. They even have a big top show, trapeze, and high wire....  more
    We arrived as the museum was opening and elft as it was closing. We were amazed at all the things you see the information and history we learned. They even have a big top show, trapeze, and high wire....  more »
  • Circus World was one of the coolest attractions we have ever experienced! Our family went and enjoyed all of the exhibits, watched Mr. Bill the clown apply his makeup and talk about the history of... 
    Circus World was one of the coolest attractions we have ever experienced! Our family went and enjoyed all of the exhibits, watched Mr. Bill the clown apply his makeup and talk about the history of...  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.

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