The Ringling

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  • Address: 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243, United States
  • Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-9413595700
  • Ticket Price: 25 USD
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Art And Culture, Museum, Garden, View Point, Educational Site, Palace, Family And Kids, Architecture , Nature

The Ringling - Review

Mable and John Ringling have left behind their legacy to serve and entertain people from all corners of the world through what is now the State of Art Museum of Florida. This museum is divided into various parts boasts of a collection of almost 20,000 displays and exhibits. This includes paintings of different genres, art work, sculptures, prints, photographs and much more to please your eyes with.

Ringling is said to have willed his property and estate completely in the name of the State of Florida before his death in 1936. The beautiful place could still not be opened completely to the public due to various legal issues as the estate was almost completely bankrupt at this time. Later on the state could at last clear all the debts on the name of the estate and thus the doors of the museum were opened to the public.

There is definitely a lot to witness inside this campus such as:

  • Ca d’zan- The English meaning of this is ‘The House of John’ and this was the residence of Mable and John Ringling. The design and architecture is what catches the eye when you see this.
  • The beautiful Rose Garden that is also the burial ground of Mable and John Ringling.
  • Circus Museum and Tibbal’s Learning Centre is where you will come across the history of circus.
  • Last but not the least is The Ringling Art Library that has a name that itself speaks about its content. This is where you will witness the best art pieces of the whole estate.

The Ringling Information

  • Photography is a strict no-no inside the museum.
  • You are expected to maintain discipline and silence in here.
  • Students availing a discount are to show their proper ID documents.
  • The main pieces on display are the European contemporary paintings especially the collection of Peter Paul Rubens.
  • The place is popularly known as the Mable and John’s Ringling Art Museum.

The Ringling Ticket Prices

  • Senior citizens $23; Students above 18yrs $5; Children above 6yrs $5; Children up to 5yrs have free entry.

The Ringling Opening and Closing Hours

  • The gates of the Ca d’Zan close an hour early.

How To reach The Ringling by Public Transport

  • The nearest airport is the Bradenton Airport.

Restaurants Near The Ringling

  • Marina Jack
  • Columbia Restaurant
  • Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
  • Owen’s Fish Camp
  • Daiquiri Deck

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  • The Ringling Address: 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243, United States
  • The Ringling Contact Number: +1-9413595700
  • The Ringling Timing: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm
  • The Ringling Price: 25 USD
  • Best time to visit The Ringling(preferred time): 11:00 am - 02:00 pm
  • Time required to visit The Ringling: 04:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Sarasota include The Ringling in their plan

  • 75.81% of people start their The Ringling visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs to see The Ringling

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84.21% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting The Ringling

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The Ringling, Sarasota Reviews

  • We live just over an hour away. So much more than circus memorabilia. We spent 7 hours there and only went through 1 room of art. Ended up purchasing an annual pass. Tour guides very knowledgeable. We ate lunch there and it was very affordable and delicious which is unusual at an attraction. Grounds are beautiful. Looking forward going back next month.

  • You need to ensure that you leave yourself enough time to go through the whole area as there are many buildings that can be explored. Some really neat displays of items from a circus in times going back. Very entertaining and something for everyone. You can go to the restaurant on site with a varied food choice and they also serve some wicket cocktails. That said you can also take your own picnic with you and enjoy the beautiful gardens as you enjoy the view over Sarasota Bay.

  • The Ringling is a spectacular museum and there are many wonderful parts to see! The biggest part is the art museum-Mondays are free admission to the just the art museum so it gets busy but it's worth it! The new Asian art area is great. The Circus Museum is very interesting and has tons of history, interactive exhibits, and a miniature circus. There are also circus vehicles, including Ringling's luxurious train car. The Ca' d'Zan is the Ringling waterfront home which is beautiful. They offer tours that are great and the sunsets are breathtaking. The grounds themselves are gorgeous with sculptures, trees, flowers, the rose garden, and the final resting place of John and Maple Ringling and John's sister Ida.

  • The museum was wonderful! My favorite part was the rose garden because the day we went it had just finished raining so the roses were all covered in rain droplets and looked gorgeous! (they also smelled incredible!)

  • This place is awesome! First off, the grounds are beautiful! They did a great job landscaping and they maintain it very well. They have a really great miniature circus exhibit which is extremely extensive! You could spend an hours walking around it and still not notice every detail. You get a great idea of what circus life use to be like. I never realised all of what went into it before. The mansion is gorgeous and it has a killer view of the water. The art gallery is also a must do when you are there. I couldn't believe the selection of art they have. I spent a few hours there and would be happy to go back and spend a few more. If you are in the area, you really need to check this place out! Or make the trek if you arent near by. You won't be disappointed

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