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About Our Bus Excursions

Every semester we strive to identify a location that's fun and educational and only our VIP's may attend (Series Subscribers). Admission/entrance fees are included (with some exceptions) and so is transportation on a luxurious coach bus. Learn something new. Make new friends. Join us for an educational adventure that many attendees say is worth the entire subscription price alone.

This Semester's Excursion - Friday, March 13, 2020

The Ringling is located in Sarasota, Florida and preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling. It is home to the State Art Museum of Florida, the historic Ca' d'Zan Mansion, Bayfront Gardens, the Art Library, two Circus Museums, and the Historic Asolo Theater.


Subscribers will have free admission to the the Art Museum and Circus Museum as well as the grounds and gardens. Admission to the Mansion is $10 and is not covered by your subscription. You can purchase a ticket for admission as you arrive.

Museum of Art

Wander through galleries filled with treasures: Old Masters, Contemporary Art and exhibitions from around the world.

Circus Museum


Step right up and experience the rich history along with the fun and fanfare of the American Circus!


Visit the Ringling Archives in the museum's Tibbals Learning Center containing the  Ringling Collection, John Ringling's Papers and the Circus Collection: records, manuscripts and papers of the American circus.

CA' D'Zan

The Ringling's 56 room mansion on Sarasota Bay stands as a testament to the American Dream of the "Roaring Twenties" and was inspired by Italy's Venetian palazzos.

Bayfront Gardens

While visiting The Ringling, you are welcome to explore the Bayfront Gardens - as awe-inspiring as any work of art. Marvel at the courting couples statuary watching over Mabel's rose garden. Be delighted by the whimsy of the Dwarf Garden, shaded by the majestic Banyan trees  and admire the beauty of the Secret Garden, John Ringling's final resting place.

For more information about the Ringling and what is has to offer, click on any of the highlighted links above. For specific questions about where to have lunch, buying a souvenir or are interested in a suggested itinerary, see the links below. 

Academia Hernando meets at:
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 
2301 Deltona Blvd. Spring Hill

Questions? Click HERE or call 352-515-0300