Plan Your Visit
Is there a lot of walking?
Yes. Please wear comfortable shoes and complimentary golf carts will assist guests needing accommodation move around our site during our summer performance season. It will be approximately half a mile of walking and includes an incline to view the wagon collection.
Can we leave and come back once we buy our ticket?
No, we do not allow in-out privileges however we encourage you to enjoy your walking tour at Circus World. We will allow a member of your party to get forgotten items from your car if required.
Are the buildings air-conditioned/heated/dry in a storm?
There are two buildings on the grounds that are temperature-controlled, the Feld Visitor Center and the Fox Wagon Restoration Building. The rest are not. All exhibits and performances are in a building or tent, or under a rooftop, but you do have to walk from place-to-place outdoors.
Will you have the shows if it rains?
Yes, the shows will go on rain or shine. In the case of severe weather, alternate showtimes might be suggested for the safety of our guests.
Are wheelchairs available to guests?
Yes, we have a limited amount of complimentary wheelchairs that are available on a first come, first served basis.
Do you rent motorized scooters/chairs?
No, we do not currently offer adult and child strollers. We do not rent strollers, however we have a limited amount of complimentary wheelchairs that are available on a first come, first served basis. We also offer during our summer performance season, complimentary golf cart chauffeuring around our grounds for those requiring assistance.
Can we use our motorized scooter?
Yes. Some shows may be limited on space and you’ll be asked to leave it outside if possible, but you may certainly use it most anywhere on the grounds.
Is there an onsite ATM?
Yes. Circus World has an ATM for our guests convenience located inside the Irvin Feld Exhibition Hall and Visitor Center.
What kind of parking is available?
Parking is FREE and we have parking in our own lots both across the street and down the street from the main entrance.
Do you have parking for a Motor Home/RV/Camper?
Yes, we have a large lot that will also accommodate several buses at a time. No overnight parking is allowed.
Do you have live animals?
Circus World will feature elephants and ponies for the 2022 performance season from May 19 – August 28th, 2022.
Can we bring our dog?
No pets are allowed on the grounds with the exception of licensed service animals.
Where can we eat during our visit?
Full food services will be available for our 2023 summer season inside the Big Top and at our Cookhouse Grill.
Can we bring a picnic lunch?
No. We have food service on the grounds; therefore we do not allow outside food to be carried in unless you are a group of 20 or more and have advance reservations with us.
How do I learn more about the Circus Archives or speak to an archivist?
There is more information on how to contact our archival team and visit our archival library on the Parkinson Library & Research Center Page or contact us!
“Can’t wait to come back!”
“Who would have guessed that Baraboo played such a significant role in the history of the circus in the US? The history shared here was fascinating – this is the place where the Ringling Brothers started their circus in 1884, and they wintered here until 1918.”