I've never been to the circus, but going to the Ringling has been on my bucket list for many, many years. I hope you're ready for a series of posts because admission includes a circus museum (with two buildings), art museum, beautiful gardens, and the Ringling's
Also, if you're a college student, admission is only $5!
The circus museum actually gave an interesting peak into the glamorous and not so glamorous life of a traveling circus. It was easy to get caught up in the splendor of the costumes and props on display without even seeing them in context; however, the museum's collection of over one million miniatures spanning 450 feet (or 1.5 football fields) gives a true glance of all the work (and cargo of people and luggage) that compromises a traveling circus in its entirety. Depending on your job, the travel could be arduous and tiring- unless you rode in John and Mable Ringling's rather luxurious railroad car, also on display.
Stay tuned for more!