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Plan a Visit to The Ringling in Sarasota, FL

When you’re staying in one of our vacation rentals in Sarasota, FL, there are tons of fun attractions to explore. Between the stunning beaches, the exciting natural attractions, and the delicious restaurants around every corner, there’s sure to be something your entire family will love. During your time in Sarasota, you won’t be able to miss the influence that circus mogul John Ringling had on the town. Take the time to learn a bit more about him and his legacy with a trip to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota! This museum actually has a few different sections, and we’re here to tell you about all of them. 

outside of the beautiful ringling

Museum of Art

The Museum of Art got its start in 1925, when John Ringling decided to build an art museum to show off various pieces he and his wife Mable found and enjoyed. The museum first opened in 1930 and showed off a wide range of European paintings and other objects from around the world. The Museum is currently working on reinstalling all 21 of the original galleries, but don’t worry, there’s still plenty to see here! From the permanent collection to the rotating exhibits and fascinating programs going on all year long, there’s something new to discover around every corner. 

Circus Museum

inside of circus museum display

The Sarasota Circus Museum at The Ringling truly pays homage to the incredible entertainer and features artifacts from the earliest days of the circus. The museum was established in 1948 and holds everything from costumes and cannons to posters, wagons, photos, and so much more. You can truly step back in time to see the original workings of the circus and see how props, costumes, and the show itself has evolved over the years. If you’ve ever been curious about any aspect of the circus, you can find all of your answers right here!

Ca’ d’Zan

stained glass windows

The Ca’ d’Zan in Sarasota was actually the home of John and Mable Ringling, so visitors can get an idea of what the lives of the couple were truly like. The Ringlings loved to travel throughout Europe and crafted Ca’ d’Zan in a Venetian Gothic style, thanks to the talent of architect Dwight James Baum. The house is more than 36,000 square feet and is full of opulent features inside and out. This establishment was opened to the public in 1946 and has been through a huge restoration costing more than $15 million! 

Bayfront Gardens

Finally, for those who want to get a taste of the most gorgeous nature in the area, take a stroll through Bayfront Gardens. This is one of the best places to experience the beautiful Sarasota weather as you make your way through the Ringling Arboretum, Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden, the Secret Garden, the Dwarf Garden, the Courtyard, and more. There are countless native and exotic species on display here, making for the ultimate paradise for all to enjoy. 

close up of red flowers

Hours & Pricing

The Ringling (and all of its facilities) is open daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. They are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Museum admission, which includes entry to every attraction listed here except for Ca’ d’Zan, is $25 for adults, $5 for kids 6-17, and free for kids 5 and under. If you’d also like to explore the first floor of Ca’ d’Zan, simply add $10 onto any of the aforementioned prices. On a budget? You can visit the Bayfront Gardens and the Museum of Art for free on Mondays!

After you get to explore the Ringling Museum in Sarasota, FL, head back to your rental to relax and unwind. We are proud to offer luxurious rentals all around the city, including popular options like our Sarasota monthly rentals and our pet-friendly vacation rentals in Sarasota, Florida! Contact us today to learn more!