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Horses At Circus World Museum Memorial Weekend

Begin the summer season with a peaceful escape at the Inn at Wawanissee Point during Memorial Day weekend, May 23–26, 2014. Relax with us on the bluff and enjoy a special look back in time at Circus World Museum under its new big top!

The Tent Is Back

After nine years of performing in the Hippodrome because the Museum’s big-top tent had deteriorated, the Museum starts its 55th summer performance season and daily operations on May 17 under an 85-foot diameter European-style tent that belonged to The Royal Hanneford Circus. The tent provides a better space for aerial acts, which have been limited in Hippodrome.

The Museum’s executive director, Scott O’Donnell, says, “A tent is the preeminent way to experience and interpret the American circus.” A tented circus reaches into your soul and adds to the wonder and emotions of the circus performance, he added.

The Work Horses

Circus World Museum kicks off summer with a special equine weekend May 24–26 when it brings in teams of horses to demonstrate how the circus operated with them in years past. During Memorial Day weekend you’ll see train-loading demonstrations using horses to load circus wagons onto railroad flatcars, driving demonstrations, a mini street parade and omnibus wagon rides around Circus World.

The all-new Big Top Tent Show features acrobats, jaw-dropping contortionists, and circus animals and clowns. Circus World’s magical entertainer, Tristan Crist, stars in a brand new production of Theatre of Illusion. In the Hippodrome you’ll find side-splitting silliness with the new show Clowning Around With Roger.

The lively entertainment at this National Historic Landmark occurs daily from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. through June 13, and 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. June 14 through Sept. 1, 2014.

The grounds are the original Ringling Bros. Circus winter quarters and one of Wisconsin Historical Society’s 10 historic sites. This engaging history museum also includes a large collection of authentic circus wagons, advertising posters, memorabilia from past Big Top performances and more.

Circus World is open when it’s raining since many activities are under tents or in buildings.

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The Cookhouse Grill on the grounds offers sandwiches and circus treats. Or pack a picnic lunch and sit beside the free-flowing Baraboo River. Get your hand stamped and walk a few blocks to dine in one of many cafés in historic downtown Baraboo.

The Inn at Wawanissee Point is 10 minutes south of the Museum.

Reserve a guest room here or call us at 608-355-9899. Weekends in May are filling quickly!

Other Memorial Day Weekend Events

May 24:  Aldo Leopold Guided Shack Tours resume on Saturdays May 24–Oct. 25, 2014, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., unless a special event is scheduled, at the Aldo Leopold Center northeast of Baraboo. Guided tours are the only way to see the inside of the Leopold Shack. Self-guided tours are available any day the Center is open. Plus, the new upland trail system is open for hikers to explore any time the Leopold Center is open. Pick up a trail map before departing. Learn more at

May 24:  Frog Safari at Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, 8:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Meet at the Steinke Basin parking lot, five minutes west of the Inn, to hike the Johnson Moraine Trail to the park’s kettle ponds where we’ll listen for spring peepers, and chorus and wood frogs, plus other night sounds. Bring a flashlight. Call 608-356-8301 ext. 140 or e-mail [email protected] with questions.

May 24:  Meteor OutburstAs earth moves through the dusty trails of the small comet P/209 Linear in the predawn hours, the unusual cosmic interaction may create a brief display of possibly dozens or up to hundreds of shooting stars per hour. While not certain, astronomers predict this could be the most intense meteor shower in more than a decade. See it best from the Inn’s secluded prairie terrace.

May 25:  Stroll the Sunday Market during its return outdoors on the historic downtown square in Baraboo, Wis., every Sunday May 25–Oct. 19, 2014, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Antiques, vintage collectibles, art and crafts.

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