Grant's Farm in St. Louis County is one of the area's most popular free attractions. The 281 acre farm is the former home of the Busch family. It's named for President Ulysses S. Grant who farmed part of the land in the 1800's. Today, Grant's Farm is home to hundreds of animals from around the world. It's also the place to go to see the famed Budweiser Clydesdales. Here's more on what to see and do at Grant's Farm.
For other free things to do, see The Top 15 Free Attractions in the St. Louis Area.
Location and Hours:
Grant's Farm is located at 10501 Gravois Road
in St. Louis County. It's open every day but Monday in the summer, and on weekends in the spring and fall. Here is the Grant's Farm schedule for 2014:
Spring: April 12-27 (Saturday and Sunday only)
Summer: April 29-September 1 (daily except Monday)
Fall: September 5-November 2 (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
Most days, the entrance to the farm opens at 9 a.m. or 9:30 a.m., and closes at 3:30 p.m. The farm itself remains open for 90 more minutes after the entrance closes. Admission to Grant's Farm is free, but it does cost $12 to park.
Taking the Tram:
Once you arrive at Grant's Farm, you'll follow the path from the parking lot, across a covered bridge and to the Tram Station. Everyone rides the tram to get to the heart of the farm. The narrated ride takes about 15 minutes and passes by many of the animal habitats. The tram drops off near the XCursions gift shop. It picks up outside the Bauernhof.
Seeing the Animals:
Grant's Farm has more than 900 animals from all around the world. After leaving the tram, many visitors head over to feed and pet the baby goats. From there, it's an easy walk to see the elephants, kangaroos, lemurs and other animals on your way to the Bauernhof. You may also want to stop and take in one of the elephant education shows or other animal encounters that happen throughout the day.
Another free animal attraction worth visiting is the St. Louis Zoo.
The Beer Garden:
The beer garden or Bauernhof is where to go when you want a drink, snack or meal. There is a large outdoor courtyard with tables and umbrellas. There are several food stands serving casual meals like brats, pizza and salads. The Anheuser-Busch hospitality room also offers visitors 21 and older two free glasses of various AB beers.
To learn more about Anheuser-Busch, you may also want to take a free AB brewery tour.
The Clydesdale Stables:
During your visit to Grant's Farm, don't miss the chance to see the famed Budweiser Clydesdales. The Clydesdale Stable is located on the opposite side the the parking lot from the main entrance. It's easiest to see the Clydesdales first thing when you arrive, before heading to the main gate, or as the final stop when you are leaving. There are about 25 Clydesdales who live at Grant's Farm. There's also a Clydesdale gift shop, and you can even get your picture taken with one of the horses.
60th Anniversary Celebration:
In 2014, Grant's Farm is celebrating its 60th anniversary with special exhibits and events. The farm is debuting two new attractions: parakeet feedings and swan paddle boat rides on Mirror Lake. Visitors also have the chance to win special prizes beginning on May 5 on the Grant's Farm facebook page.
Grant's Farm is popular during the summer months, but that's not all. Each year, the farm hosts a big Halloween bash
. Thousands of costumed visitors show up each weekend night in October to see the farm decked out in its Halloween finest. The decorations are spooky, but not too scary for most children. There's plenty of music, food and even dancing. The Halloween celebration runs from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., each night. Admission is free, but parking is $20 per car.
To learn even more about Grant's Farm, see the Grant's Farm website.