Disclosure: We received passes and a gift in exchange for coverage of Grant’s Farm.
Grant’s Farm has been a St. Louis tradition for more than five decades. The 281-acre ancestral home of the Busch family, located just south of the city of St. Louis, is home to more than 900 animals representing more than 100 different species. More than 24 million guests have visited this popular family attraction since it was opened it to the public in 1954.
The Farm takes its name from Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States. In the 1850s, Grant founded and farmed a portion of the 281 acres.
Grant’s Farm ranked the seventh-best family attraction nationwide in the U.S. Family Travel Guide Zagat Survey®. Zagat, the world’s leading provider of consumer survey-based leisure, with Parenting magazine, surveyed more than 11,000 avid travelers to rate family-oriented attractions across the country.
One of our favorite places to visit in St Louis is Grant’s Farm. Grant’s Farm is celebrating 60 years this year and they have added some really fun additions too. We went this past weekend and, while incredibly crowded and unbearably long lines, we still had a great time. Here are some pictures from our day!
When you get to Grant’s Farm the first thing you will do is get on the tram. Our tram ride was great this time. There were a lot of animals out and about because of the great weather. This is a guided tour so you learn all about the farm and animals that are out.
The tram will stop once you make it to the Tier Garden. Once there you can feed the goats (be careful because they will try to eat your clothes… just ask Joley!), see an Animal Encounters show, ride the carousel, eat some snacks, see some animals that live at the farm, see the Elephant Education Show, feed parakeets, see or ride camels, and have lunch. There is really so much to do at the farm! On hot days you can walk through the mist to cool off.
We always go to the Elephant Education show. It is Joley’s favorite!
New to Grant’s Farm this year is parakeet feedings. This is $1 and you are given one stick to feed the birds with. This was really fun and there are so many birds in this little caged area. We were able to get up close with a few who climbed on the sticks to eat!
I personally love the camels. We didn’t go on any rides this visit but you can! The kids loved riding the camel last year.
Grant’s Farm offers fun for adults too! Once you work your way through the farm, you will come to an area that you can eat and drink. Those that are 21 or over can sample two Anheuser-Busch products.
The kids each enjoyed a snow cone during this trip. You can buy a pass that allows you to have 2 goat bottles, a carousel ride, and a snow cone for only $5 (a $7 value) and I recommend doing that. Those snow cones are so good! They enjoyed their snow cones while we had our beers and relaxed before heading home.
You can also walk through the historic stables and see carriages, awards, horses, and donkeys. It is fun to see some of the history of Grant’s Farm and Anheuser-Busch right on the grounds.
When you are all done eating, drinking, and looking around, you get back on the tram to head back to the entrance area. At this point you can either head home, go to the general store, or visit the new Swan Paddle Boats (you can do this at the beginning too if you like). These are new this year! We didn’t have time but it looks like a ton of fun.
I love that Grant’s Farm is such a friendly place to be. They have the best workers there and everyone is always kind and helpful.
You might think this is the end of the trip, right? Wrong! There are Clydesdale stables across the parking lot. We weren’t able to go on a tour but you can schedule that if you have time. It is on our list of things to do this fall! The Clydesdales are outside though and you can walk through the barn as well. These are beautiful horses and some have even been featured on Anheuser-Busch commercials!
Grant’s Farm is such a great place to visit. Entrance is free but parking is $12 for a car (more for buses and you can purchase a year pass too). There is free parking across the street but we prefer to just park in the lot. I encourage you to visit Grant’s Farm if you are in or near St Louis. Hours of operation are:
April 29 – September 1
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Closed to the public due to private event on August 16th
September 5 – November 2
Friday 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Closed to the public due to a private event on Saturday, September 27
October 10 – 11th, 16 – 19th, 23 – 26th, 30th
Hours of Operation: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm