There are countless ways to enjoy yourself as a visitor to the Baraboo area! Besides the breathtaking beauty of Baraboo’s ancient, majestic bluffs, unique land configurations, and winding waterways, Baraboo boasts a plethora of area attractions sure to delight any tourist. Unleash the kid in you at Circus World Museum, located on the site of the original Ringling Brothers Circus winter quarters on the Baraboo River. This facility is recognized as the world’s premier circus history institution, and strives to keep the glamour of one of America’s favorite pastimes alive through the preservation of circus history, live circus performances, and educational outreach programs, including authentic horse-drawn circus parades. Open to the public since 1959, Circus World Museum is home to several structures belonging to the original Ringling Brothers Circus and is considered a National Historic Landmark.
History comes alive at the Sauk County Historical Society Museum, located in the carefully preserved Van Orden mansion. Thousands of artifacts relating to the pioneer, Native American, military, textile, and architectural history of Sauk County are displayed in over twenty rooms on all four floors of the mansion. The museum also supports a research library with an extensive collection of pictures, documents, and memorabilia relating to Sauk County and its inhabitants.
The Mid-Continent Railway Museum located in nearby North Freedom, Wisconsin, recreates life during the glory days of the steam engine. Children and adults alike are sure to love the museum’s educational exhibits, displays of rollingstock, and original, operating trains!
Don’t miss a trip to the International Crane Foundation, which works toward the worldwide conservation of cranes and the wetland and grassland communities on which they depend. Due to habitat loss and unregulated hunting, the population of these graceful birds, who have inhabited the earth for the last 34 to 50 million years, is declining. Families, groups, and schools are encouraged to visit the Foundation and participate in outreach programs such as staff presentations and the Midwest Sandhill Crane Count.
The night isn’t complete without a visit to Baraboo’s Ho-Chunk Casino and Bingo! Consider yourself lucky as you try your hand at Blackjack tables, slot machines, and intense games of high stakes Bingo at Wisconsin’s largest casino.