Baraboo Tourist Attractions
Baraboo (37 mi. north-west) will be of interest particularly to circus enthusiasts. This is the home of the world-famous Ringling Brothers' Circus, whose winter quarters open their doors to the public in summer as the Circus World Museum.
Devil's Lake Nature Safaris (closed)
ATTRACTION IS CLOSED.For those wishing to have nature explained to them at Devil's Lake State Park, the Devil's Lake Nature Safaris is just for you. These safaris take you to the highlights of the park and very well informed guides provide visitors with a running commentary. The tours focus on the geology and history of the park.
Devil's Lake State Park
Devil's Lake State Park, just a couple miles from Baraboo offers a multitude of activities for the visitor. Spread out over the 10,000-acre park are hiking trails, climbing opportunities, mountain bike trails, swimming beaches among many other activities. Devil's Lake State Park has three campgrounds and they are popular spots in the summer. Reservations are highly recommended.
Circus World Museum
Circus World chronicles the history of the Ringling Brothers Circus group. Located in Baraboo on land that was once the winter home of the circus, this attraction has a variety of things to see and do. Of note are the recreated town of Ringlingville and the world's largest collection of circus wagons.
Address: 415 Lynn Street, Baraboo, WI 53913-2560, United States
Opening hours: May 21 to Sep 5: 9am-6pm
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $14.95, Senior over 65 $12.95, Child 11 & under $7.95, Child 4 & under FREE
Useful tips: Open year-round for pre-arranged group tours and field trips.
Facilities: Gift shop, Restaurant or food service
International Clown Hall of Fame
For those with a funny bone, be sure to visit the International Clown Hall of Fame. Everything related to being a clown is on display from costumes, to props, to make up. The history of clowning is presented in a series of displays; photos of famous clowns are also exhibited. Also on site is the Clown Hall of Fame.
International Crane Foundation
The International Crane Foundation in Baraboo is dedicated to the rehabilitation and breeding of these beautiful birds. On site are displays and information on the animals and the programs in place to breed and reintroduce them into the wild. There are several walking trails on the property along with an art exhibit.
Sauk County Historical Museum
The Sauk County Historical Museum is housed in the Jacob Van Orden mansion in Baraboo. The museum preserves the history of the county and files on the genealogy of over 100 families are on file. The Sauk County Historical Museum also has probate records, birth records, death records, and a fascinating photo collection.