The Ringling

Top 1% of attractions in Fort Myers
9 / 10

6 expert reviews

“John Ringling's primary work was his traveling circus, which still entertains Americans to this day. But he also dabbled in oil, real estate, finance, and ranching.”

– Frommer's

Fodor's Fodor's
"Far more than just the art museum; there's also the Tibbals Learning Center and Circus Museums... the original Ringling home, and its expansive gardens." Full review
John Ringling's grand home, Ca' d'Zan, which was built along Sarasota Bay, was patterned after Doge's Palace in Venice
Concierge Concierge
"On the 66-acre Sarasota estate that once belonged to circus tycoon... this art museum showcases the work of Baroque masters such as Rubens."
While you're there, visit the Ringling's 32-room mansion
Travel + Leisure Travel + Leisure
"A miniature circus re-creates the Ringling operation in staggering detail—2,300 pieces." Full review
Frommer's Frommer's
"The (big) top attraction here, this 66-acre site is where showman and circus legend John Ringling and his wife, Mable, collected art and built a house on a grand scale." Full review
Don't miss the tour of the house to see the period furniture and stunning architecture and artwork; in fact, make it the first stop on your Ringling itinerary.
Where Where
"This beautiful 1930s era building that looks as if it has been plucked from Florence, Italy, houses Old Masters including Rubens, van Dyck, El Greco and Gainsborough." Full review