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With the release of Water for Elephants this April, explore Florida’s Southwest coast, rich with circus history

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What do you get when you mix the “Greatest Show on Earth” and warm Gulf waters? A vacation you will never forget.

Sarasota and her Islands are rich with circus history – from the John & Mable Ringling Museum to the Circus Ring of Fame -- no “Big Top” is left unturned in the “Cultural Capital” of Southwest Florida.

Known as the “Circus Capital of the World,” Sarasota boasts an entertaining experience with Sarasota’s Big Top Tours. This daily sightseeing adventure, with a circus theme, will take you on a two-hour journey through America’s Circus City, departing from the Ringling Museum. Aboard the circus coach you will see what the legend of John Ringling left behind, with stops at the Ringling Mansion, St. Martha’s Church, known as the “Church the Circus Built,” the Sailor Circus tent, John Ringling’s railroad car, “Bob’s Train,” the home of Showfolks of Sarasota, the Circus Ring of Fame, and of course, the Ringling Museum.

Add to the circus vacation experience, at the Elephant Pool Home, in Sarasota, Florida. This four-bedroom, three-bath home features a pool shaped like an elephant. The original owner, who envisioned the elephant, actually managed a circus act and had the artistic pool created for the enjoyment of his children and friends. This distinguishable elephant-shaped pool combined with Sarasota’s roots in the entertainment past time, and you have a vacation spot with a local twist.

With the release of Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattison’s new movie, Water for Elephants this April, this is the perfect time to explore the rich circus history Southwest Florida’s coast has to offer.

RVA vacation rentals, a ResortQuest® Affiliate, offers hundreds of private homes, condominiums and resort-style properties in the popular destinations of Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key, Lido Key and Venice.

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RVA a ResortQuest® Affiliate, is one of the nation’s leading vacation rental companies in Southwest Florida. RVA is the largest management company of vacation condominiums, homes and resort-style properties on Florida’s west coast, based on a portfolio of over 300 units. The Southwest Florida inventory includes premier beach destinations like: Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Sarasota, Siesta Key and Venice.    

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