From the writers at RV Life Magazine.
Ladies and Gentlemen, step right up and discover the rich history of “The Greatest Show on Earth.” The best place to do that is at The Ringling in Sarasota, Fla.
Located on the former estate of John and Mable Ringling, are three major attractions— the opulent Ca’ d’Zan, the impressive Museum of Art, and the fun Circus Museum. One ticket provides access to all, as well as to the beautiful Bayfront Gardens. The property is located on scenic Sarasota Bay and brings to life the Golden Age of the American Circus (1870-1938) and the Ringling family.
You can almost smell the popcorn, hear the lively music, and feel the excitement that the traveling circus brought to rural towns and big cities alike. These huge canvas cities rolled into towns by rail, spent a few days delighting all who attended, then quickly departed for their next destination. It ran like clockwork.
The Circus Museum not only houses an outstanding Howard Tibbals circus modelcollection of original circus posters and flashy costumes, but you’ll see ornate rolling animal cages and bandwagons, John Ringling’s private train car, and the world’s largest model circus. Built over 50 years by master model maker Howard Tibbals, the detail of the three-quarter-inch-to-the-foot scale replica of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is astonishing! Every tiny nuance of the circus has been captured in miniature. Plan to spend a couple of hours inside museum— it’s filled with a dazzling amount of rare memorabilia and information.
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