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Explore the Haunted Places in Wisconsin with Baraboo Tours

It’s that time of year when there’s a crispness in the air, pumpkins appear on front stoups, and Halloween is just around the corner, which is also the best season to explore all of the haunted places in Wisconsin. It also just so happens that Baraboo is well-known in the paranormal community—for otherworldly circus spirits, a bar with eerie sightings, and phantom elephants.

The best way to learn more about the haunted places in Wisconsin is with Baraboo Tours, which offers an informative and spine-chilling walking tour of the ghastly hot spots in downtown Baraboo. And for those who want to immerse themselves in the historic surroundings of Baraboo fully, then you’ll book a room at the Ringling House Bed and Breakfast—the former mansion turned Inn was the family home to the famed circus family in the early 1900s.

The mansion has been completely restored and maintained to keep the architectural details and old-time atmosphere as if the Ringling family could still be seen sitting around the dining table. In fact, the beautiful table where we serve our scratch-made morning meal was the original to Henry Ringling when he outfitted the house. Join us this fall at our historic B&B in Baraboo and come explore one of the most haunted places in Wisconsin. Book your next getaway today!

Haunted Places in Wisconsin

Explore the Exciting Haunted Places in Wisconsin

Grab your hat, scarf, and courage before you head out on these spooky tours in downtown Baraboo and beyond. Here are the best ways to explore the haunted places in Wisconsin in our charming circus town of Baraboo.

  • Baraboo Tours, Haunted Downtown Walk: Plan on this leisurely, one-hour walking tour of downtown Baraboo and hunt for the ghosts that put the “boo” in Baraboo. Not only will you hear fascinating stories of the famed phantom elephant ghosts and other circus-related fun, but you’ll learn a lot more about our charming small town in the Wisconsin Dells. If you can’t get enough of the haunted places in Wisconsin, grab a copy of the Paranormal Wisconsin Dells and Baraboo by Chad Lewis—a great vacation read!
  • AL. Ringling Mansion Tour: Prepared to be scared: this tour is not for the faint of heart! Guests have reported seeing apparitions, ghostly figures, and things from the corner of their eyes. You’ll walk through the famed AL. Ringling Mansion after dark with a guide and have the chance to connect with the resident spirits in real-time. Haunted tours are by appointment only at 8:00 pm. Call ahead to book your spooky tour (608) 448-7455.
  • Halloween Mystery Candlelight Hike at Mirror Lake: Head to this beautiful Wisconsin State Park for a self-guided hike through the dark woods on the trails lit by torchlight. There’s a party game where guests harness their detective skills to guess who the Mystery Guest will be at the amphitheater. Follow the four clue boxes along the path for cryptic riddles. After the quiet and unsettling hike, hit the campfire to warm up with hot chocolate and sweet treats.
  • Old Baraboo Inn: Belly up to the bar and order a beer at one of the most haunted places in Wisconsin. As they say, “stop in for spirits with the spirits.” The historic landmark was built in 1864 by German immigrants, and many intriguing and spooky events have occurred over the centuries.

Haunted Places in Wisconsin

The Historic Ringling House Bed and Breakfast

Our intimate six-room Inn is the perfect backdrop for those interested in paranormal explorations, novice ghosthunters, or history buffs. Each guest room and suite at the Ringling House offers a different glimpse into the life and experiences of the Ringling family and circus culture. In every room, you’ll find a beautifully appointed private bathroom with fluffy towels, a super comfortable king, queen, or double bed, complimentary wifi, and a mix of antique and recreations of historic decor. You may sense energy from the past with so many rich stories and love affairs in the Ringling family. But not to worry, all of our encounters have been friendly and playful!

Plan your next getaway exploring one of the most haunted places in Wisconsin, and head to Baraboo today!

Get Your Tickets to Circus World Museum this Year

The Ringling Brothers put Baraboo on the map, so it’s no surprise that the Circus World Museum is a big attraction here. It’s so big that it encompasses a collection of buildings, including the remaining structures of the original wintering grounds of the Ringling Brothers Circus, a big top where they host live performances, and an entire library dedicated to circus-centric history books, archives, and photographs. You’ll also find outdoor areas with circus wagons and other significant memorabilia.

The Circus World Museum is owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society, a group dedicated to preserving interesting locations and historical places all around the state. A trip through the exhibits, the big top, and the circus wagon display is a nostalgic experience for many. Some may say it harkens back to a simpler time when entertainment wasn’t directly available to us at every minute of the day.

There’s no better Baraboo lodging option than the Ringling House Bed and Breakfast for those planning a trip to the Circus World Museum. Built by Charles Ringling in 1901, the Georgian Revival home near the downtown Baraboo, WI, remained in the Ringling family until 2015 when Innkeepers Julie Hearley and Stuart Koehler bought the property. They are dedicated to maintaining the intricate architecture and history of the home while making it a comfortable and welcoming place to stay for the ultimate getaway to Baraboo.

Get ready to get your tickets to the 2022 season at the Circus World Museum, and be sure to get your lodging on the books today! Continue reading

Head to Balanced Rock Winery for Tastings and Tours

One of our favorite things to do in Baraboo is head for a wine tasting at Balanced Rock Winery. This Wisconsin winery is named after a landmark rock in Devil’s Lake State Park, a boulder that has stood the test of time against the natural elements. For the husband and wife team, Matt and Kristin Boegner, this ancient stone represented something they were looking to find in their busy lives.

Thankfully, in 2015 they achieved that goal with the Balanced Rock Winery in Baraboo, WI. Set back in the rolling hills of Sauk County, they constructed a modern 6,000 square foot winemaking facility with hopes of planting their own vineyards. Currently, Balanced Rock Winery acquires grapes from regions near and far, some from the Columbia Valley in Washington State, the Finger Lakes Region of New York, the Lake Michigan Shore, and local Wisconsin vineyards, too.

As a guest at our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast, you’ll only be a quick five-minute drive from Balanced Rock Winery. We always recommend that our overnight guests head up for a tasting flight, and you’re lucky they’ll catch some live music. You’ll love to arrive back at our Inn to our romantic accommodations; we have six fantastic guest suites, all with a rich historical backstory and lovely, updated amenities.

Join us in Baraboo for wine tasting and book your room today! Continue reading

One of the Best Places to Stay in Wisconsin

Are you on the hunt for a future getaway at one of the unique places to stay in Wisconsin? Well, you’ve found it! The Ringling House Bed and Breakfast in Baraboo, WI, has such a rich history and a huge connection to the famed circus family, the Ringling Brothers. Our 1901 historic Inn was built by Charles Ringling, one of the founders of the Ringling Circus, who then sold it to his brother Henry in 1915.

The Georgian-revival-style mansion remained in the Ringling family for decades until we purchased the home in 2015. From the moment you arrive, you’ll see that this house has been treated with love and care. While we’ve introduced modern amenities over the years, the intricate woodwork and original architectural details are meticulously preserved, maintaining the spirit and charms of the past.

As a guest at our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be taken back into time from your first step through the double front doors. Welcomed by the warm wood tones and colorful stained glass windows, you’ll feel completely at ease to call our space your home away from home for the duration of your vacation. We’re one of the best places to stay in Wisconsin, not only due to the beauty of our Inn but also our kind hospitality. We can’t wait to host you in Baraboo; book your stay today! Continue reading

10 Things to do in Baraboo Wisconsin in the New Year

There are so many things to do in Baraboo Wisconsin, all year round! Wintertime brings fresh snow and cold weather sports; Spring and Summer are ideal for hiking and biking at our beautiful state parks, and Autumn means bright fall colors and crisp afternoons in the sunshine. It’s truly an outdoor lover’s paradise here—most of the things to do in Baraboo Wisconsin involve nature, but always best finished with a tasty beer and a hearty meal.

As a guest at our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be in the ideal location to explore the outdoors at Devil’s Lake State Park, Mirror Lake State Park, and Parfrey’s Glen. Thankfully, we’re also nearby the historic downtown Baraboo area, where you’ll find breweries, restaurants, charming shops, and interesting museums and attractions. There are so many things to do in Baraboo Wisconsin, for an action-packed getaway!

Firstly, check out our upcoming availability in the new year, book your stay, and let the planning begin! Continue reading

Wine & Wisconsin Cheese: Where to Find Them Near Baraboo, WI!

In Wisconsin, we proudly wear our badge as “Cheeseheads,” so it’s no surprise that our state leads the nation in cheese-making. We produce more than 2.5 billion pounds of Wisconsin cheese each year! But that doesn’t mean we don’t also appreciate the finer things in life, like wine—and we promptly pair each varietal with our favorite cheeses. Thankfully, there are lots of amazing wineries and cheese shops near Baraboo WI for sips and nibbles galore.

As a guest at our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be in the ideal location to enjoy the bounty of Wisconsin cheese and wine in our area. There are four awesome Wisconsin wineries all within 15 minutes of our Inn, many of which have some great food options as well. Additionally, there are three Wisconsin cheese shops within 20 minutes of our Inn, offering a large selection for you to try on your visit.

You could make a whole day of exploring the Wisconsin cheese shops and wineries in and near Baraboo. We’re happy to offer tips for the best route and places not to miss on your stay, just ask! Head on over to our availability calendar and start planning your next getaway filled with culinary delights in Baraboo WI. Book your room today! Continue reading

Scenic Drives to Enjoy Fall Colors Near Baraboo WI

One of the best ways to enjoy fall colors near Baraboo WI is from the warmth and comfort of your own car on scenic drives through the area. There are miles of winding highways and backroads cutting through the gorgeous forested landscape of Wisconsin. The diverse mix of trees brings some of the most vibrant oranges, golds, and red hues to our area. The maples, oaks, dogwoods, and poplars are in abundance putting on a show for scenic drives through the countryside.

Baraboo WI is a particularly colorful area in autumn and our location to Devil’s Lake State Park is a huge boon for scenic drives. Devil’s Lake State Park is the most popular park in Wisconsin. The park is 10,000 acres of untouched wilderness with lush, dense forests and unique rock formations surrounding the mile long lake as the centerpiece. There are specific scenic drives that include parts of Devil’s Lake State Park, that are great routes for fall foliage.

Our Baraboo Bed and Breakfast is in the ideal location for these stunning scenic drives. We’re only ten minutes from Devil’s Lake State Park making the Ringling House Bed and Breakfast the best place to start and end your adventure. We’re also right near downtown Baraboo for dining, historical tours, and nightlife. Our elegant guests rooms serve as lovely spaces for a special getaway in Wisconsin. Check out fall availability and book your stay today!  Continue reading

Kayaking & Canoeing in Mirror Lake State Park This Summer

Mirror Lake State Park

Imagine gliding across smooth, calm water as it casts reflections of the surrounding trees, sandstone cliffs, and vibrant plant life. Mirror Lake State Park is named after its beautiful body of water, known for its mirror-like surface. Steep sandstone sides jut up to fifty feet in some areas, creating a natural wind barrier, resulting in some of the calmest waters you’ll every see.

This narrow reservoir covers 137-acres within the 2,179-acre state park in Southern Wisconsin. Part of the Wisconsin Dells region, this area is known for its interesting geology, with unique rock formations peppering Mirror Lake State Park and the surrounding wilderness. On a visit here, you’ll want to experience the water first hand, via kayak, canoe, or paddle board.

As a guest at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast, you’ll be less than a 15 minute scenic drive from the beauty of Mirror Lake State. There are numerous options for recreation here, from kayaking and canoeing to hiking and mountain biking. Join us for breakfast at the Inn before heading out to an adventure at Mirror Lake State Park. Check our availably and book your room today!  Continue reading

The Perfect Weekend Getaway in Wisconsin this Spring

Spring is here, and it feels like it’s finally the time to start planning your next weekend getaway in Wisconsin. We want to help you with that! Our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast, the historic Ringling House, is the ultimate spot for your lodging on your weekend away. While at our Inn, you’ll feel immersed in the history of the Ringling family and surrounded by beautiful spaces for outdoor adventures.

Our Wisconsin Inn is situated right in the heart of downtown Baraboo, a charming small town with local boutiques, historical buildings, and amazing wineries and breweries. On your stay with us, you’ll also be within 10 minutes of Devil’s Lake State Park, one of the area’s most popular attractions. There are so many things to do in Baraboo for your weekend getaway in Wisconsin, that you’ll want to come back again and again.

On a weekend getaway in Wisconsin, instead of choosing a big chain hotel for your home base, it’s more exciting to stay at an elegant and unique Inn. This helps to make every minute of your time away special and memorable. Thankfully, when you stay with us, we take care of your morning meal with a hearty selection of sweet and savory options. Start planning your weekend getaway in Wisconsin today and book your room! Continue reading

The Most Romantic Things to do in Baraboo WI

Though we know romance is on the hearts and minds of couples around the country during the month of February, and for Valentine’s Day in particular, romance is something we like to celebrate throughout the entire year here at our Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast.  There are plenty of romantic things to do in Baraboo WI to keep you busy, having fun, and reigniting the flame of your relationship, too.

Though it’s important to have plenty of fun and romantic things to do in Baraboo, WI throughout your time here, it’s just as important to have comfortable, unique, and romantic accommodations.  Our stunning Bed and Breakfast, built in 1901 by Charles Ringling, was built with some of the finest materials of the time and provides an exceptionally romantic couples getaway in Wisconsin.

The grandeur of our historic B&B is on full display throughout the 6 guest rooms and common spaces, and we’re situated within walking distance of downtown Baraboo. Getaways here are all about natural beauty, cultural and historical offerings, museums, and activities. Let us show you just how romantic Baraboo can be, and book a room at our historic Wisconsin Bed and Breakfast today! Continue reading

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