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The Ringling Circus Museum complex is only open from 10:am until 5:pm 6 days of the week, except Thursday when it is open from 10:am -- 8:pm. The 10:am to 5:pm days do not allow enough time to view and take the walking tours of all three of the main attractions, plus walk around the 66 acre Estate and view the beautiful Landscaping -- plus have time to see the John and Mable Ringling Art Museum if you are interested in viewing the Art Collection.
Plan on coming back for part of a 2nd day if you want to have time to see all of the Ringling Circus Sarasota, FL attraction.
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Here are our Top 3 "Must See" Sarasota Attractions -- all located on the same well landscaped 66 acre John Ringling Estate grounds:
Ringling Circus Museum Main entrance to the Visitors Center and
Ticket area, plus the
Ringling Circus Museum,
the John Ringling Mansion,
and the Tibbals Miniature Circus Model - Sarasota, Florida
Historic John Ringling Mansion on the 66 acre Gulf front Ringling Estate - which also includes the Ringling Circus Museum and the Miniature Circus Model at the Tibbals Learning
Center - Sarasota FL
Tibbles Miniature Hand Crafted and Carved Circus Figures in the Tibbals Learning Center at the Ringling Circus Museum
- Sarasota FL Attraction
(Some larger Photos below)
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Historic John Ringling Mansion with a waterfront view of the Gulf in back. On the 66 acre Ringling Estate. The Mansion construction took 2 years, and was completed in 1926. The original cost to build the mansion was $1.6 million. That is about $21 million in 2013 dollars, adjusted for inflation.
John Ringling Mansion two story main living room.
Back side of John Ringling Mansion with large colorful tiles area and a panaroma waterfront view of the Gulf. People who took the walking Tour of the Mansion could sit under an umbrella in one of the waterfront chairs for a while and enjoy the peaceful view of the Gulf. You Can see why we thought this was a Top Sarasota FL Attraction!
The Mansion is 36,000 square feet and is five stories tall. It has 41 rooms and 15 bathrooms.
Chairs on back side of the John Ringling Mansion in Sarasota Florida with a panaroma view of the Gulf. (The Mansion is known as the Cà d'Zan - "House of John")
Notice that the water is very still and that there are no waves or sounds of the surf in this photo on the west Gulf side of Florida
-- Much different than the often big ocean waves and sounds of the Surf you see and hear on the East side of Florida Beaches like Cocoa Beach! (Why many, including my Wife and I, generally prefer the more "active" beaches on the east side of Florida!)
John Ringling on the cover of Time Magazine. At that time in 1925 he was the richest man in America. More about John Ringling at this page.
Entrance to the Tibbals Learning Center on the Ringling Circus Grounds which houses the Hand Crafted Miniature Circus with over 42,000 pieces. Howard Tibbals spent almost 50 years building the miniature circus that is now considered the largest display of its kind in the world.
The Tibbals Miniature Circus Display takes up almost 4,000 square feet with all of it's pieces.
Another view of the Hand Crafted Miniature Circus in the Tibbals Learning Center. This is a Top Sarasota FL Attraction that you have so see in person to believe! The miniature lifelike details are amazing!
More on Howard Tibbals and his Hand Crafted and carved Miniature Circus at this article on Tibbals.
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