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The Big Apple Circus returns to NYC, but what should we expect?

Allie Early
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Allie Early

When Big Apple Circus closed in 2016 (albeit temporarily) and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus shuttered in May of 2017, it seemed like it could be the end of circus performance in New York for good. This year, however, Big Apple Circus has returned, new and improved, just in time for its 40th anniversary! And this go around, it won't feature any exotic animals.

Thinking of buying tickets to the experience? It's open now at Lincoln Center through January 7 and will be followed by a national tour. Expect an intimate seating arrangement (the farthest seat is 50 feet from the performers) and a revitalized lineup that includes astonishing human feats coupled with innovative tech and design. You'll see Grandma the Clown back in action, a seven-person pyramid on a high wire, acrobats and daredevil acts and trainer and presenter Jenny Vidbel, who will perform with horses, ponies and rescue dogs. Buy your tickets here.

Photograph: Courtesy Big Apple Circus and Maike Schulz

The Big Apple Circus also continues its mission to provide performances suitable for all audiences, including those with autism and visual and auditory challenges. For more family fun, explore our guide to the best family attractions, our favorite underrated kids' attractions and new family attractions for 2017.

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