On this classic City Sightseeing Tour, learn where to tour, dine, shop or visit! Get an entertaining overview of Sarasota’s rich history, culture, and neighborhoods.
Circus Secrets Of Sarasota
- Adult 10+ ONLY
The Greatest Show on Wheels!
Discover 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 marketing executive 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, Payne Park, St. Armand’s Circle and Downtown’s Main Street to learn about the rich history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, which moved its Winter Quarters to Sarasota in 1927.
Explore several remaining sites intimately involved in Sarasota’s circus history including John Ringling’s private rail car “Jomar,” the Little People’s Houses and many more circus “secrets” hidden in plain sight!
This 90-minute tour is a fun-filled adventure in Circus City USA!
ALL guests must be 10+. No children under 10 allowed except on family tours designed for children—The BooMobile and Christmas Carol Trolley. Every guest must have a paid ticket in order to board.
Tour ticket includes FREE Parking!
THE REVIEWS ARE IN!
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
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.