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 .
Circus World Reviews
A great show and beautifully preserved circus wagons. The wagons are three dimensional artwork which has been lovingly restored. A treat for the kids and great memories for us who are a bit older... more »
Circus World was a wonderful experience. The displays of old posters and memorabilia were great. But, the pavilion full of beautiful circus wagons was the highlight of our visit. They were incredible.... more »
Best attraction in the Dells!!! The big-top show was phenomenal, and where else can you ride an elephant? A real, live elephant. In 20 years your kids probably aren’t going to remember riding the go-karts, but an elephant... now that is unforgettable. This was a high quality show, but so much more than that. There is so much to explore on the circus grounds. I didn’t know much about the circus before my visit, but during just a few hours there I became so fascinated by the history of it. There was also a Tiger show with 8 tigers (2 of them rare, white, albino tigers). You can tell these folks really care for their animals. After the big show the performers were humble enough to shake every hand and talk to every person on the way out. The price was cheap (there is also a $5 off coupon in most brochures). I can’t say enough good things about this place.
I'm so grateful this place exists to preserve the charm, ambition, and incredible scale of the circus. As a visitor note, much more of this was outside than I anticipated, so it's important to dress appropriately for the weather. We were there on a rainy day though, and it was no problem, even with little kids in tow!
Plan your trip to Baraboo
Get a personalized planA complete day-by-day itinerary
based on your preferences
Customize itRefine your plan. We'll find the
best routes and schedules
Manage itEverything in one place.
Everyone on the same page.
View all ›
Side trips from Baraboo
Hidden gems in Baraboo
Nearby attractions in Baraboo
Nature in Baraboo
Plans to Circus World by other users
6 days in Baraboo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 12 days in Wisconsin Dells BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 6 days in Baraboo BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular sights PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Spring Green BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 60 days in Wisconsin BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 56 days in Midwest BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium