Circus Arts Conservatory
In 1997 Pedro Reis and Dolly Jacobs opened Circus Sarasota. As lifelong circus performers, Pedro and Dolly drew talent from around the globe to create a one-ring, five-star European-style circus. Now known as the Circus Arts Conservatory, performances are scheduled in Sarasota and Fort Myers every spring.
What began as a high school gymnastics class in 1949… Sailor Circus has evolved into a spectacular 4-ring youth circus… billed as… the Greatest “Little” Show on Earth.
Student performers – from the 4th through 12th grades are trained and mentored by retired performers, alumni and enthusiastic parents, for Winter/Spring performances.
Sailor Circus is a non-profit organization that has merged with the Circus Arts Conservatory to help youth develop self-discipline and gain confidence while learning the circus arts.
Performances are held twice a year.
Big Cat Habitat
For six weekends beginning in January, Big Cat Habitat holds an Animal Extravaganza under the Big Top.
Circus Museum “See memorabilia and artifacts documenting the history of The Ringling Family Circus, John Ringling as the Circus King and the greatest circus movie, “The Greatest Show on Earth”, which was filmed in Sarasota.”