Grant's Farm is one of the most popular free attractions in St. Louis. 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 1800s. 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.
- Admission is free, but parking is $12 for cars and $30 for buses. There are no other parking lots nearby, so if you don't want to pay for parking your only options are biking or walking to the farm.
- The Clydesdale Stables are located at the end of the parking lot, away from the rest of the attractions. It's easiest to start or end your day with a visit to the Clydesdales.
- Summer weekend mornings are the busiest time to visit. For shorter lines and smaller crowds, plan your trip for a weekday afternoon.
- There is a lot to see and do, so you can expect to spend at least 2-3 hours at the farm.
- The free beer is located in the hospitality room at the Baurernhof. Everyone 21 and older gets two free beer samples.
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 2017:
Spring: April 15-23 (Saturday and Sunday only)
Summer: April 25-August 27 (daily except Monday)
Fall: September 1-October 29 (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday)
The entrance to the farm opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 3:30 p.m. The farm itself remains open for 90 more minutes after the entrance closes.
There are extended hours on Fridays until 8 p.m. from May 26 to August 26. See pictures of the top attractions at Grant's Farm.
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. Along the way, you'll see deer, bison, zebra, and more. The tram drops off near the gift shop. When you are ready to leave, the tram pick-up location is 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. The shows are at 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. The animal shows are free, but bring some change for animal feedings. It's 50 cents for camel feed and $1 for baby goat bottles and parakeet food sticks. If you are bringing kids with you, consider getting a fun pass. The pass includes one carousel ride, a snow cone, and two goat feeding bottles for just $5.
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 of 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.
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.