Today the 66-acre compound, known simply as The Ringling, includes beautiful gardens, museums and a theater dedicated to the area’s history, botany and the performing arts. It’s worth visiting just to see John’s house and gardens, though the Circus Museum and Museum of art are fantastic. We haven’t been to the Historic Asolo Theater since we’ve had kids, but the repertory has always been regarded as first class.
Fortunately, we didn’t even have to face our fear of clowns at the Circus museum. The only evidence of clowns were the costumes and pictures of clowns.
But a certain member of our family, who will not be named, is sure the clowns will be back.