The incredible naturalistic setting of GlenLakes provides plenty of opportunities for entertainment to its residents. However, sometimes you just need to get away. Luckily for residents of GlenLakes, there are many great getaways just a few hours from home. The Ringling Circus Museum has become a cherished retreat for many on the Florida’s Gulf Coast. This trip will emerge you into the sensational history of the Sunshine State and allow you to marvel at the relics of Ringling’s rich past.

Located about 2 hours south of GlenLakes in Sarasota, The Ringling Circus Museum invites you to walk the wire and squeeze into a clown car. Located on a 66-acre estate on Sarasota Bay, The Ringling estate is comprised of several attractions. There’s The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, which was established in 1931 as a fitting tribute to John Ringling and his wife, Mable. Recognized as the official State Art Museum of Florida, the museum offers more than 30 galleries of European paintings as well as Cypriot antiquities, Asian Art, American paintings and contemporary art, and plays host to a variety of traveling exhibitions throughout the year.

Also on the estate grounds is the spectacular Cà d’Zan (“House of John”), a waterfront mansion that was restored in 2002.

Mable Ringling’s Rose Garden, completed in 1913, and meticulously landscaped grounds overlook the Sarasota Bay. You can catch a theater performance as the 18th-century Historic Asolo Theater, then dine at Treviso Restaurant.

Check out the museum’s numerous cultural and educational programs, including courtyard concerts, “Third Thursday” socials on Cà d’Zan’s terrace, lectures, workshops, children’s programs, teacher training sessions and public tours. The museum also houses an art conservation laboratory, a 65,000-volume art library and archives.

After a weekend under the Big Top, retreat back to the unmatched lifestyle at GlenLakes. From natural surroundings, championship golf, country club amenities, captivating home design, GlenLakes has it all. For information on a home in the waterfront community, click here.