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Circus Guide Bob Collins Offers Lecture


DST Circus City Guide Bob Collins Offers Lecture 4/23

Discover Sarasota Tours Circus City tour guide Bob Collins will be conducting a lecture on Tuesday, April 23 for Ringling College’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. In keeping with the circus theme, the title of Bob’s presentation is “Hold Your Horses… Here Come the Elephants.”

The hour-long class begins at 1 PM at Westminster Point Pleasant (formerly Westminster Towers & Shores), 1533 4th Avenue in Bradenton. Although the lecture is free and open to the public, pre-registration is required, and seating is limited. To register, call 941-309-5111 or go online:

Bob Collins’s love affair with the circus was nurtured when he first visited Sarasota as a child, beginning in 1950. Since then, he has enjoyed a 44-year career in entertainment marketing, working for such shows as Ice Capades, World Wrestling Entertainment, and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. He also served on the board of the Circus Arts Conservatory, helping to preserve and promote the legacy of the circus in Sarasota. He enjoys showing people The Circus Side of Sarasota by conducting “Big Top” tours and giving lectures about our charming and historic “Circus City.”

You can also experience the circus secrets of Sarasota, up close and personal, by joining us on one of our popular Circus City excursions right here at Discover Sarasota Tours!

Circus City Tours run Thursday and Saturday afternoons at 1 PM. Ages 12+ | $30 per person + tax and fees.

All tours depart from the DST Trolley Depot located at 1826 Fourth Street—a cute 1930s cottage near downtown with a charming Vintage Sarasota gift shop.

Tour tickets and information can be found online at For information call 941-260-9818. Private groups start at 10+ passengers; for more information, email Discover Sarasota Tours also offers an exciting TOUR-ISTA membership program for serial tour-goers, offering discounts and tickets to the annual Trolley Bash, and programs for nonprofits.


Discover Sarasota Tours offers entertaining, interactive and informative air-conditioned trolley tours about the most interesting people, intriguing places, and amazing stories that have shaped Sarasota’s rich cultural past. We offer 8 different trolley tours exploring the history, culture, and unique aspects of Sarasota, plus special holiday tours and other themed adventures, all running year-round.