Should you find yourself in Sarasota, with a little time on your hands, might I suggest a visit to The Ringling | Circus Museum?
We found ourselves in this predicament, however, I must confess, a visit to the Circus Museum was the purpose of our visit to Sarasota. That and a trip to Yoder’s Amish Resturant! (But, Yoders’s is a blog topic that demands its own post and so, I leave it for another day!)
The Circus Museum, like the circus itself, has no shortage of wonders to behold, such as the 44,000-piece Howard Bros. Circus Model! What an incredible display!
“Today, the Circus Museum is home to the newly restored Wisconsin. Worthy of the man called the “King of the Circus”, the Wisconsin is the railroad car on which John and Mable Ringling traveled across the country looking for feature acts that would keep audiences filling the seats of the big top.” –HISTORY OF THE CIRCUS MUSEUM
The personal car of John and Mable Ringling contains an observation room, three bedrooms, a dining room, a kitchen, a bathroom and servants’ quarters! John and Mable traveled in style, to say the least! Although it was nothing to be compared to the Ringling Mansion, it was defiantly a way to bring the comforts of home to the weary travelers!
As you can imagine, I took many, many more pictures, and so this will be the first of a few posts of the Ringling | Circus Museum and the Ringling Museum.
As one would expect, the Ringling Estate, Circus Museum and Ringling Museum are all handicap accessible. The grounds are beautiful and they simply await your discovery!
Being clowns ourselves, this was something of a pilgrimage. (Perhaps one day I will share a few pictures of us, as clowns. I will post a warning, though, because, some do not like clowns and we do not wish to scare anyone, in any way.) We clown to bring happiness to children and comfort to the sick where ever possible.
Let me share with you the most important thing I have discovered. Where ever you go, whatever you see, share it with others! Don’t be afraid to stop and smell the roses, to share a smile with a stranger, a meal with friends and build memories together that will last a lifetime!
All photographs in this post were taken by the author, Bill McQueen, amateur photographer, food enthusiast and sometimes traveler.