Grant's Farm is one of the most popular free attractions in St. Louis. The 281-acre farm is the former home of the beer industry's famous Busch family. It's named for President Ulysses S. Grant who farmed part of the land in the 1800s. Grant's Farm is home to hundreds of animals from around the world. It's also the place to go to see the Budweiser Clydesdales.
Location and Hours
Grant's Farm is located at 10501 Gravois Road in St. Louis County. It's open every day except Monday in the summer, and on weekends only in the spring and fall. Summer weekend mornings are the busiest time to visit. For shorter lines and smaller crowds, plan your trip on a weekday afternoon.
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 typically extended hours on Fridays until 10 p.m. from May 25 to August 24 and special hours for their Halloween event.
You can expect to spend at least two to three hours there, with all of the fun attractions to see.
Admission is free, but expect to pay $15 for parking. 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.
Taking the Tram
Once you arrive at Grant's Farm, you'll follow the path from the parking lot, across a covered bridge, 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 (farmstead in German), by the farm's beautiful German-style courtyard.
Seeing the Animals
Grant's Farm has more than 900 exotic animals. 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 animal shows are free, but you should bring some change for animal food to give to the camels, goats, and parakeets. If you bring kids with you, consider getting a pass that includes one carousel ride, a snow cone, and two goat feeding bottles.
The Beer Garden
The beer garden at the Bauernhof is where to go when you want a drink, snack, or meal. There is a large outdoor courtyard with tables and umbrellas as well as several food stands serving casual meals like brats, pizza, and salads. The Anheuser-Busch hospitality room also offers visitors ages 21 and older two free glasses of AB beer samples.
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.
Additional Things to Do
While admission to the farm is free, there are extra things to do for an additional charge.
You can take behind-the-scenes tours, such as the Clydesdale tour for $25 per person. Carousel and camel rides cost a few dollars. You may want to purchase a Fun Pass which includes a carousel ride, a snow cone, and two goat feeding bottles for $7. Some of the shows cost a few dollars each as well.
Each year, the farm hosts a big Halloween bash. Many costumed visitors show up on weekend nights in October to see the farm decked out in its Halloween finest. The decorations are spooky, but not too scary for most children, and there's plenty of music, food, and dancing to stay entertained.