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Come home to Circus World for entertaining live big-top circus shows, the “Be A Clown” Show featuring Mr. Bill, and “It’s One of Those Songs” - circus novelty instrument show! Discover amazing and much-loved animals, guided tours of the world's largest collection of authentic circus parade wagons, and colorful, new exhibits. Be a kid again watching acrobats, jugglers, aerial artistry, elephants, unicycles, ponies, and clowning legend Mr. Bill bring circus to life. Enjoy elephant rides, pony rides, pictures with a unicorn, a real wooden carousel, and more. Our gift shop is stocked with incredible merchandise for Children of All Ages! The Cookhouse Grill is serving lunch on-site, and don’t forget the cotton candy, popcorn, and Ice Cream.
Baraboo was home to The Ringling Bros. Circus from 1884 to 1918, where it grew to become the largest outdoor amusement enterprise the world has ever known. Many of the Ringling structures survive and are the foundation of Circus World Museum. John M. Kelley, the Ringling’s personal attorney joined with the Gollmar Family, (also Baraboo circus owners), in 1954 to create a circus museum at the Ringling Winter Quarters. From the beginning, Circus World featured live circus performances that brought the artistry of the circus to life. Now, maintaining the world’s largest collection of authentic circus wagons, a library & research center that is second to none, and spectacular programming; Circus World has developed an international following and beckons young and old alike to the National Landmark Site in Baraboo. Rediscover the timeless appeal of this classic entertainment; forget your worries, be a kid, and find inspiration in the wonder of the circus.
Circus World is located at 550 Water Street/ Highway 113, Baraboo; just follow the signs. Preserving the National Landmark Site of the Ringling Bros. Circus. So come home to Circus World… Wisconsin's National Treasure.
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.
Circus World welcomes everyone home to the birthplace of the Ringling Bros. Circus. It’s time to laugh, be happy, and dream once again at the circus!
The Baraboo attraction hosts exhilarating entertainment under its expansive big top tent. This inspiring 1,800 seat venue allows 800 guests to spread out and safely enjoy splendid live entertainment. This is the perfect setting for majestic mastodonic magnificence with the Circus World elephants! These three lovely ladies will touch your heart as they enthrall everyone with their endearing elephantine elegance.
We welcome clowning legend Bill Machtel back home to Circus World. Bill is a Milwaukee native with a degree in education and a diploma from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. For years, Mr. Bill has brought joy and laughter to children of all ages with The Greatest Show on Earth and Circus World audiences will remember him for several seasons of sensational shenanigans. Mr. Bill is always enjoyable and exceptionally entertaining.
For Alex, Vicki, Richie and Sophia, performing is a family affair, with circus roots beginning in the late 1700s. Vicki attended an arts school in Hungary, and met her husband, Alex Petrov, in the circus. Alex, who was 45 days old when he came to the United States from Bulgaria, was raised on the Ringling show. He learned his family’s perch act and incline wire act, in addition to performing as part of a teeterboard troupe. Alex also helped train and present tigers and elephants with circus legend Gunther Gebel-Williams. Vicki, always felt a connection to animals, and proudly presents her three prancing ponies. Appearing with her son Richie, their high-energy juggling is amazing and astonishing! The youngest family member, Sophia, showcases her astonishing aerial artistry high in the dome of the big top.
Unparalleled unicyclist T. J. Howell brings his agile accomplishments and energetic excitement to Circus World audiences. A fan favorite with people everywhere, T.J. comes home to his circus roots this summer. His mother Lillian was a Danish trapeze artist and his father trained wild animals. T. J. was raised on the circus, and made his solo debut at the age of 12. Accompanying T. J. is his charming wife Gayle, whose hypnotic hula hoop handlings mesmerize magnificently.
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