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Big Apple Circus, New York City, New York

Lincoln Center, New York City, New York

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Submitted by: Brian S.

Took my 2 toddler sons to a performance of the Big Apple Circus this past weekend.  It's located over by the Lincoln Center, which makes it very convenient.  They do have a stroller check, but that can be a pain, so I'd recommend leaving the stroller at home if feasible. The show itself is a manag...

Submitted by: Michelle M.

Firstly, I expected the stage to be a big bigger. As we got seated, my friend commented on the tiny stage and was disappointed with the space. I was hoping for more animals, but there was a lot more "magic" and "performances". If you intend on attending the Big Apple Circus for elephants doing jumping jacks... this is not for you. We did see some odd animals like the porcupine, a FAT pig, and some other animal I could not identify. Again, It is mostly performances and theatrics. There's lip syncing, it's like a little mini play that goes in sync with the "Dream Big" theme. It's very cute, but sadly I wanted to see more animals doing some wacky tricks, lol. It was enjoyable if I had children with me, but unfo...

Submitted by: David S.

Great show this year - it will be fun for kids and ...

Submitted by: Nicole J.

We went to see Big Apple Circus in its opening week here in Northern Virginia, and it turned out to be quite a treat. The show itself was well-conceived and well-executed, but it still had the all-too-human elements of occasional mistakes (the narrator character referring to "Grandma" as "he", an uncooperative capybara and a few misses on the trapeze come to mind) that made it all the more charming, in my book. There was a nice variety in the acts, and they kept the show moving in spite of a few production hiccups. They also win points with me because they use a limited number of animals, and the animals they have are not the large exotics such as elephants and tigers. Not only does this make for a smaller-s...

Submitted by: Mandy O.

I haven't been to a circus since I was 10. That's almost 20 years........ Great, now I'm already feeling old and it isn't even noon. We scored free tickets from my boyfriend's job so it isn't something I would have shelled out money for being that I don't have any kids. Anyways, I'm not usually a big fan of circuses in general because of the treatment of the animals, I read that this was animal friendly as they only had some miniature horses, goats and dogs, however, they lose a star because they made the goats ride on the back of the ponies and frankly, I thought the goats looked terrified and it would have been disastrous if one had fallen. That kinda ruined my circus experience for the rest of the night. ...

Submitted by: Cris B.

Great traditional circus!  Lots of fun and very entertaining. Hadn't been to a circus since I was a young child and this was a wonderful trip back in time. Something must ...

Submitted by: Matthew D.

A disappointing circus.  The interstitial stuff about "Grandma" is a snooze and too many of the circus acts are just plain d...

Submitted by: Gourmet G.

Rapidly becoming as much of a family holiday tradition as the famed Christmas show at Radio City Music Hall, the Big Apple Circus, founded in 1977, was inspired by the small tent shows that traveled throughout Europe. No lions, or tigers, or bears - or even elephants - but the void is filled by magnificent horses and comical dogs. Under the spotlights, an international cast of acrobats, jugglers, clowns (Grandma being the most popular), and daring young men (and women) on the flying trapeze thrill the crowd in this one-ring extravaganza. To complete the experience, you'll find popcorn, peanuts, cotton candy, and more substantial snacks at family-friendly prices. When the lights dim and the ringmaster calls o...

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