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Circus Secrets Of Sarasota

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Adult Ages 10+

The Greatest Show on Wheels!

logo, company nameDiscover Circus City USA’s secret places and charming stories on this unforgettable tour!

Stop by CIRCUS landmarks with your engaging tour guide, Bob Collins (former Head of Advancement for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus), who tells stories about the colorful cast of circus characters, showmen, and performers who called Sarasota home.

Meander through historic neighborhoods such as Indian Beach, Hillview, St. Armand’s Circle and Downtown’s Main Street to learn about the rich history of the Ringling brothers, who owned which moved its Winter Headquarters to Sarasota in 1927.

Explore several remaining sites intimately involved in Sarasota’s circus history including John Ringling’s private rail car “Jomar,” the Wallenda Complex—previous home to the Flying Wallenda family, the Little People’s Houses and much more.

This 90-minute tour is a fun-filled adventure in Circus City USA!

Guests must be 12+; no children under 12 allowed except on family tours designed for children.

Tour ticket includes FREE Parking!


Circus Secrets and more Revealed! Excellent, informative tour!
The tour guide Bob told some really great stories of the impact on the circus in Sarasota, FL. He had first hand knowledge of the Ringling circus. I really loved the personal artifacts and photos he passed around during the trolley tour. The trolley is a fun summer activity. The trolley driver did an excellent job of getting us around Sarasota and St. Armands circle safely. The house where you check in for the trolley is filled with great vintage gifts and books. Looking forward to taking many more tours. Thank you.  — Colleen

Loved it
An amazing and interesting perspective on the history of Sarasota, and how impactful the circus industry has been on it. Our guide, Bob Collins, was very engaging and kind; he made our experience with the tour extremely delightful. If I ever return to Sarasota, I’ll be sure to check out another tour. — Alexander

Just a fabulous, tour filled with more information than I could retain! I would do it again in the future! Had the best day! — Debbie S.