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Sarasota: Circus History Tour

Sarasota: Circus History Tour

From US$ 49 per person

Learn about the origins of Sarasota as a circus town. Visit exciting historical landmarks that harken back to the fanciful days of the Barnum & Bailey circus. Glide through town in style in a retro tramcar.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Pick up local insight into the early days of Sarasota
  • See the original train cars used to transport the circus
  • Visit the Circus Walk of Fame on St. Armands Key
Full description
Learn about the vibrant history of Saratoga as a circus hotspot on a vintage, air-conditioned trolley. As you visit key city landmarks, you’ll hear stories of the colorful cast of circus characters, showmen, and performers who called Sarasota home during the heyday of “the greater show on earth.”  See where a family of little people lived, as well as the former enclosure of M’Toto the gorilla. Learn about John Ringling, Charles Ringling and Ida Ringling North and how they build Sarasota to be what it is today. Visit Bob’s Train, the St. Armands Key, and many other circus city stops as you traipse through beautiful Sarasota.
  • 90-minute trolley tour
  • Bottled water
  • Gratuities — it is recommended to tip the guide/driver 15-20% at end of the tour
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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  • Pets

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  •  This tour is nonrefundable
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