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Circus World

Circus World

Circus World

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550 Water StBaraboo 53913
(608) 356-8341
(866) 693-1500
March 23 – May 21: 10:00am – 4:00pm

May 22 - June 15: 9:00am – 4:00pm (School Season)

June 15 – August 30: 9:00am – 5:00pm (Summer Performance Season)

Sept 1 – Oct 31: 10:00am – 4:00pm
(Fall Season)
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See astounding world-class entertainment live daily with big-top circus performances, magic shows, sideshow instrument concerts, amazing animals, hands-on programs for kids and adults, guided tours and new exhibits, including the world's largest collection of authentic circus parade wagons during the summer performance season. 10 different shows daily from May 22-August 30, 2015. Enjoy elephant rides, camel rides, a vintage carousel, moon bounce or get your face painted. Our main lobby gift shop provides memories for Children of All Ages! Full onsite restaurant and of course circus tasty treats such as hot popcorn and cotton candy. Spring and Fall performance seasons feature the Tristan Crist Illusion Show twice daily, fascinating exhibits and a giant screen theatre featuring fascinating films about the circus. Circus World is located at 550 Water St.; just follow signs. Preserving the National Landmark Site of the Ringling Bros. Circus winter quarters, where the brothers started with a small wagon show and became the largest outdoor amusement enterprise the world has ever known. Circus World is a priceless gem that celebrates the American circus and the many ways it has influenced our culture. Discover Circus World, Wisconsin's National Treasure.

Classic Experience

Baraboo was home to The Ringling Bros. Circus from 1884 thru 1918, and during those thirty-four years the operation grew to become the largest circus enterprise the world has ever known. Although the Ringlings left in 1918, many of their original structures survived.  In 1954, Circus World Museum, Inc. began raising funds and collecting artifacts.  On July 1, 1959, Circus World opened with two buildings, six wagons, and some circus memorabilia.  It was deeded to the Wisconsin Historical Society.  Circus World now owns eight of the ten surviving Ringling buildings, all of them having achieved National Historic Landmark stature.

Convention Overview

See the worlds largest collection of glorious parade wagons plus 7 authentic Ringling Bros. buildings filled with colorful, big top memories. Enjoy elephant, pony and carousel rides; cotton candy, ice cream, tasty sandwiches and 2 gift shops. Circus World is 10 minutes south of Wisconsin Dells area on Hwy 12.

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08/11/2013My husband and I take our girls there every year! They love it....we are going again tomorrow :)
08/01/2012There were 4 of us and we spent the whole day n the grounds. The day we were here the Buffalo Bill show was too. We enjoyed everything we saw. So glad we saw the extra show.
03/15/2010"Remembering Great Times!! We had a wonderful time at the Circus World in Baraboo,back in the summer of August in 1974. Enjoyed all the animals and especialy were we took pictures with me in the cage with a gorilla. Of course the gorilla was not real, but that was lots of fun. To this day I tell the story of the wonderful time we had to my children and grandchildren.
06/11/2009Loved the experience several years ago with the Cody family. Looking forward to getting up for the BB Wild West Show in July!
04/24/2009" Had a wonderful time at Circus World in Baraboo, last summer. Well worth taking the time to run down from the Dells. Very interesting exhibits and my son loved the animals!!!! Will be making it back this summer for some more fun in the Dells and of course visitng the Circus again!

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Handy List Of Hands-On Activities2010-01-01Get hands-on. The Dells' definition of "interactive" is a whole lot more fun than Webster's.Read More
Handy List Of Hands-On Activities

Here's a lesson in having fun: Visit places that stretch your mind and body. That's right, learning a little something on vacation can be very entertaining, especially in a place like Wisconsin Dells.

Circus World - Wisconsin Dells Hands On Attractions

Circus World

At America's historic landmark circus museum, kids get to be the star of the show.

H.H. Bennett Studio - Wisconsin Dells Museums

H.H. Bennett Studio

Recreate the Stand Rock jump -- a leap from one bluff to another (only this time on land) made famous when Bennett photographed his son mid-air using his stop-action camera invention.

Tommy Bartlett Exploratory - Interactive Science Center - Hands On Attractions In The Dells

Tommy Bartlett Exploratory - Interactive Science Center

More than 150 interactive exhibits here prove the world is an amazing place.

MagiQuest - Hands On Wisconsin Dells Attractions


Armed with magic wands, kids explore this four-story, live-action adventure game that combines video gaming, role playing and story telling.

Wizard Quest - Interactive Attraction In Downtown Wisconsin Dells

Wizard Quest

This game of strategy puts you smack dab in a full-size world of wizards.



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Happy Time-Out For Toddlers2010-02-09Tour waterparks, attractions and more that are just the right size for the little ones.Read More
Happy Time-Out For Toddlers

noahs-ark-toddler-friendly-water-parksWhile Wisconsin Dells has been known as a family destination for more than a few generations now, we saw a need to do something special for the smallest visitors. And our business owners really came through for us. If you have children under the age of five, you'll want to post this list on your refrigerator, right next to that great crayon artwork.

  • We're known for extreme water park rides, slides and water roller coasters. But there are plenty of water activities that cater to the kiddies. Noah's Ark Waterpark has toddler-appropriate swings, slides, tickle-your-toes geysers, squirt guns and shallow pools. Be sure to try the new Tadpole Bay at Noah's Ark.
Great Wolf Lodge - Toddler Friendly Water Water Parks In Wisconsin Dells


  • Indoors and outdoors, Polynesian Resort Hotel & Suites and Great Wolf Lodge know just what the little ones like, delivering both toddler-friendly water park activities and dryland attractions.
Knuckleheads - Wisconsin Dells Toddler Activities


  • Speaking of dryland, there are a number of spectacular attractions that have toddler written all over them. First up, the new Kalahari Indoor Theme Park at the Kalahari Waterpark Resort Convention Center, featuring a six-story Ferris wheel and African-themed carousel. Also new this year are two indoor, 3-D, black light mini-golf courses at the Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort, both themed to sea adventures with aquariums filled with salt water fish and a stingray touch tank. There's also Knuckleheads Bowling & Indoor Amusement Park which offers bumper bowling and cute kiddie rides and Pirate's Cove Family Fun Center with sized-right peddle go-carts, a jumping pillow and sand castle area.
Moosejaw - Kid Friendly Wisconsin Dells Restaurants


  • When it comes time to feed your hungry toddler, you'll be pleased with the kid-friendly menus and atmosphere at both Buffalo Phil's Pizza & Grille, Pizza Pub and Moosejaw Pizza & Dells Brewing Co., to name just a few. For breakfast, try Mr. Pancake or Paul Bunyan's Northwoods Cook Shanty.
Timbavati Wildlife Park/Storybook Gardens - WI Dells Animal Attractions


  • To let kids experience the great outdoors, plan for a DUCK ride on the Wisconsin River and a visit to the Wisconsin Deer Park where children can pet tame deer.
Circus World - Wisconsin Dells Museums


  • Don’t forget Circus World in nearby Baraboo, where there are animals, acrobats, circus wagons and costumes to delight children of all ages.
Goody Goody Gum Drop - Wisconsin Dells Candy Stores


  • And if they're really good, perhaps you'd like to treat your sweet children to some age-appropriate sweets at the two Goody Goody Gum Drop shops in town.



If you accomplish all of the above, everyone in the family will need a nap!


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Time Capsules2010-04-01Landmarks in their own right, these legendary destinations and perennial favorites stand out in their appeal across generations.Read More
Time Capsules

When you've been around as a Wisconsin Dells tourism town for 150+ years, it's inevitable that some attractions will be viewed as more "flashes from the past" than nods to the future. Good thing residents of the Dells have found those "flashes" to be worthy of preservation and visitors have found them to be worthy of continued patronage, because some of these are the last of their kind.

Circus World - Wisconsin Dells Museums


We'll start a short drive out of town in a quaint little community known as Baraboo. There you'll find a national historic landmark -- Circus World. The Ringling Bros. Circus was founded in Baraboo in 1884 by five Ringling brothers and, naturally, they named their property in Baraboo "Ringlingville." This compound along the Baraboo River served as the winter quarters for the troupe. The buildings date from 1897 and, while they are the largest surviving group of original circus structures in North America, the museum's collection of circus artifacts may just be the largest in the world. It includes more than 210 original wagons and an exceptional collection of thousands of circus ads and posters. You can't miss the Buffalo Bill Wild West poster which measures nine feet high by 70 feet long. During the warm weather months, take in a performance in the Hippodrome, see live animals and daydream about what it must have been like to be a circus performer all those decades ago.

Mid-Continent Railway Museum - Wisconsin Dells Museums


For the next stop, it's the Mid-Continent Railway Museum in the town of North Freedom. Stroll museum exhibits of steam locomotives that date back to the 1880s and then hop aboard a restored steel coach for a 50-minute ride through the countryside.

Lost Canyon Tours - Wisconsin Dells Museums


As long as we're on the subject of transportation, let's add to the itinerary a horse-drawn wagon ride at Lost Canyon Tours, located on the south shore of Lake Delton, back in the Dells. This mile-long tour gets you so close to cliff-walled gorges that it's a wonder the large Percheron horses don't get spooked. According to the guides, who really live the part, the deeper recesses of Lost Canyon have not felt the touch of the sun in more than 50,000 years.

Parsons Indian Trading Post & Museum - Wisconsin Dells Museums


Then it's on to Parsons Indian Trading Post & Museum. This business was opened in 1885 by Glenn Parsons, an honorary chief of four Native American tribes and a local river boat captain. Today it stands as one of the world's largest purveyors of Native American gifts and artifacts. Beaded moccasins, satchels, ceremonial capes and bold jewelry are inspired in both their design and technique. Parsons features the work of tribes from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Central America.

H.H. Bennett Studio - Wisconsin Dells Museums


No historic tour is complete without a visit to the H.H. Bennett Studio, believed to be the oldest business in the Dells. Here, you'll see haunting images of Native American tribespeople and loggers, even Bennett's family. It was Bennett's other-worldly photos of the river and bluffs that helped turn Wisconsin Dells into a bustling tourism town.

Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater - Wisconsin Dells Drive-In Movies


Last stop is the Big Sky Twin Drive-In Theater with its two big screens, each featuring a first-run double feature. Before the show starts, make a dash for the snack bar for some hot buttered popcorn, icy cold soda and sticky cotton candy. Now that'll take baby boomers back.



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For Business Retreats, Add These To The Agenda2010-06-01The business plan calls for a corporate retreat. Now what? You could reserve the same old spot, in the same predictable location, with the same old meals. Or, you could speak up and suggest something unexpected. Say, a meeting in Wisconsin Dells.Read More
For Business Retreats, Add These To The Agenda

The business plan calls for a corporate retreat. Now what? You could reserve the same old spot, in the same predictable location, with the same old meals. Or, you could speak up and suggest something unexpected. Say, a meeting in Wisconsin Dells.

It's not as strange an idea as you may think, as evidenced by the number of Midwest businesses who pack up and head to the Dells for focused planning time, followed by some focused fun. Here are five places that are not only out-of-the-ordinary, but might even get you a promotion to chief planner.

Woodside Ranch Resort & Conference Center

The original two-story farmhouse was built off a dirt road that served as a buggy path to town back in the 1850s. Next came cabins and a large hay barn. Today, in addition to welcoming leisure guests, this family-run ranch also welcomes mid-sized conference groups. Make no mistake, even though you're on a 1,200-acre spread, the amenities are high-tech. The owners also believe all work and no play is no way to run a retreat, so they've added a pool, a pond with row boats and paddle boats, horseback and trail riding, cross-country skiing, an indoor basketball/volleyball court, tennis courts and horseshoes.

Woodside Ranch Resort &  Conference Center - Wisconsin Dells Meetings

Sundara Spa Villas

Rent one for a C-level management "meeting of the minds," or all 12 for a larger group outing. The private spa villas of Sundara Inn & Spa are being requested more and more for meetings, proving you can get work down at the spa. The set is tranquil and relaxing, perfect for brainstorming.

Sundara Spa Villas - Wisconsin Dells Meetings

Cold Water Canyon Pavilion

Cold Water Canyon is a shady tributary glen that cuts deep into the east bank of the Wisconsin River in the Dells. It used to be a regular stop on river excursions offered by Dells Boat Tours®, but today it's an exclusive spot for small meetings and retreats and other private gatherings. To get to this location, you'll board a private charter boat at the Upper Dells boat dock in downtown Wisconsin Dells. Once there, you'll convene your meeting in a wonderful stone building, with meals served on cue. And when the meeting is adjourned, you can stretch your legs with a walk on the wooden boardwalk that winds through the sandstone cliffs.

Cold Water Canyon Pavilion - Wisconsin Dells Meetings

Circus World

No, this is not an excuse to skip work altogether. Rather, holding your annual planning meeting at the Circus World in picturesque Baraboo, a few minutes from Wisconsin Dells, could provide just the spark of creativity you need to get that strategic plan in motion. The site is the original home of the world famous Ringling Bros. Circus and the place to see two-thirds of the world's surviving hand-carved circus wagons. Amenities here include a 100-seat giant screen audio/visual theatre, plus meeting spaces in The Century of Spectacle exhibit and the circus wagon restoration center.

Circus World - Wisconsin Dells Conference

Buffalo Phil's Pizza & Grille Crystal Room

The Crystal Room located downstairs in the new Buffalo Phil's Pizza & Grille in Wisconsin Dells is beautifully decorated with an embossed ceiling, authentic 1920s Victorian bar discovered in the basement of northern Wisconsin and restored to its original splendor, and a large double-sided fieldstone fireplace. It's a dramatic setting for a gathering, with plenty of alcove seating areas for more in-depth conversation when the meeting wraps for the day.

Now all that's left to do is to roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Buffalo Phil
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Attraction & Lodging Price Guide2013-01-06Price it out, then plan it.Read More
Attraction & Lodging Price Guide

Price It Out, Then Plan It

This section allows you to download numerous Wisconsin Dells area price guides. We're certain you'll land on the right dollar figure.

2013 Attraction Price Guide (12 pages - 155KB)

2013 Complete Accommodation Price Guide (36 pages - 323KB)

The price lists are in a PDF (Portable Document File) format, which requires a free download of Adobe® Acrobat® Reader.

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