Circus World is All Right by Me

Our first stop along the way was to the Wisconsin Dells.  I am not a huge fan of the water park.  It’s a lot of anxious children and often oblivious parents running around an enclosed space filled with chlorine . . . but the one we stayed at was nice, and I had more fun than I thought.

We took a break one day to go to Circus World.  Now if you need everything to be all Disney all the time, this is probably not for you, but if you’ve ever enjoyed Reptile Gardens in South Dakota or an occasional drive through something along the lines of Bear/Deer Country/Park/Drive, have I got a suggestion for you.


Baraboo, Wisconsin, was the Ringling Brothers winter home.  Many of the buildings are still up and you can walk around them.  There are displays of old costumes and props and such.  They also have two elephants, a magic show, and a “Big Top” show with four or five live acts.


The trainer was demonstrating how the elephant gets a pedicure with a sander. She seemed to enjoy it.

Circus World has the world’s largest collection of circus wagons which — to be honest with you now — I thought was going to be truly a snore.  HOWEVER, in the end, I was sorry we didn’t have more time to walk around and look at them.


This wagon was part of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West tour. It has Pawnee Bill’s name on it. Pawnee Bill was Gigi’s neighbor in Oklahoma, but that’s a story for another time. She was recently surprised to learn that the little old man next door was a major star in his time.

I think the best part of the afternoon was this:

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A teenager wearing a clown nose. There was much, much protesting but eventual compliance.


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