Saturday, June 28, 2014

Circus World Museum ~ Baraboo, Wisconsin

Last week I had the opportunity to have a fantastic road trip with my three crazy grandchildren.  We left our home in the rain and headed uppa north!  Our first stop was to ride the Merrimac Ferry across the Wisconsin River.  The Merrimac Ferry is  Wisconsin's only free ferry. It shuttles WIS 113 traffic between Okee on the east bank and Merrimac on the west.  The ferry is open for service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, normally from April
15 through November 30. This was not my first trip on the ferry but it was the first for all three grandchildren.  Isa loved it!!! Caleb was not fond of the ride at all and Davey was so scared...he was sure the Jeep and us were going down. As we started across the river Davey got less and less scared. By the time we were driving on shore on the other side of the river ...Davey was ready to travel back and forth!  The fear was gone! The ferry is a great reminder of how many people crossed rivers years ago. Now it is not the norm...but years ago ferry travel was very very popular. 

Once on the other side of the Wisconsin River we headed to our next stop which was the Circus World Museum in Baraboo, WI - the home of the Ringling Brothers Circus.  We had no idea what to expect...but we were in the mood for the circus!   This past winter the circus came to Milwaukee and we
totally missed buying tickets. At that time we made the decision to check out the Circus World Museum this summer.  At the annual Pancake Breakfast at the kids school we won a raffle that included 4 tickets to  Circus World!  Once inside we headed to the Tristan Crist Illusion Show that was starting at 10:15.   Fun show...lots of great magic tricks that we are still talking about.  We can not figure out how it did what he did!  I was not able to take any pics so trust me it is a good magic show!

Once the Tristan Crist Illusion Show was over we headed to the Big Top for the Circus Performance at 11:30am.  Here are a few pics before the show started.
Davey wanted Cotton Candy so we all were enjoying the Blue Cotton Candy that makes going to the circus so much fun!  The BIG TOP SHOW was fantastic!  If we seen nothing else put the Big Top the tickets price would of been worth it!  For over a hour we watched some amazing circus acts.  Again no pics and I did not want to tell you the acts because the suspense is half the fun!  But again....I highly recommend that you check it out!  All four of us truly liked the Big Top Show and would return each year for the new yearly show.

Here is the map of Circus World.....our next stop was the museums at the beginning. Yep we are visiting circus world kind of goofy. We designed our adventure around the shows.   Inside the museum we began learning the history of the circus and were able to view some amazing treasures that are on exhibit.  The circus was such a part of our American history - for the kids
and I to see the beautiful wagons, items used to perform acts and follow the path of the circus acts was really interesting. 
Circus World is located in Baraboo Wisconsin just south of Wisconsin is definitely a historical attraction that should be on everyone's bucket list. Very interesting and  I am sure we will be visiting again.


  1. Lots of fun and I bet the ferry ride was great for the kids!

  2. This looks like a fun fun place. Sounds like the ferry ride was outstanding adventure in itself. I have never rode on a ferry. I need to fix that,