New Year's in Sarasota: Friends, Food and Cuban Flair
Discover the wonder of “The Greatest Show on Earth” at the Ringling mansion and museums, get a taste of Cuban culture in Ybor City and ring in the New Year with a Cuban celebration!
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Program No. 21262RJ
6 days
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Beautiful sunsets, circus magic, Cuban flair and good food and friends. What more can you want to ring in the New Year? Join us in Sarasota for a special celebration on Florida’s Gulf of Mexico. Learn about the Cuban connection of historic Ybor City on a walking excursion and take in a Flamenco show. Marvel at John and Mable Ringling’s palatial estate, Ca’ d’Zan. Join an architecture instructor and artist to learn about the impressive buildings of Sarasota. Visit the Ringling Museum of Art, the Ringling Museum of the Circus and hear a firsthand account of life in the circus from the former dean of Clown College.
Activity Level
Walking 1.5-2 miles for four of the six days.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Enjoy a New Year’s Eve party with Cuban music.
  • View colossal parade wagons, sequined costumes and memorabilia documenting the history of the “Greatest Show on Earth” at the Ringling Museum of Art.
  • Float Sarasota Bay looking for dolphins and manatees.
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Chuck Sidlow
Chuck Sidlow was born in Philadelphia, raised in N.J. and attended the prestigious Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey`s Clown College, eventually being honored with the title, "The Youngest Boss Clown in the History of the Circus." After 20 years with Ringling Bros., Chuck departed the circus and continued to use his skills in the entertainment industry. He settled in Osaka, Japan for 11 years working as an International Talen Coordinator before returning to Sarasota with his wife to fulfil his love of the circus.
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