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I see Grants Farm hasn't had a review since '08. Here is just an update. $12 for parking so pack your car with as many people as you can. Unless you want to take a special tour...

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Overcrowded therefore unenjoyable, no way to avoid crowds. Busloads of day care and field trips are not limited. What used to be a top attraction is now free advertising for Anheu...

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Want a great place to spend the afternoon 8/19/2006

A wonderful place for a family visit is Grant's Farm. It is located just outside of St. Louis in Affton, Missouri. It was a one time home of our 18th President, Ulysses S. Grant. In the early 1900s, it was purchased by the Busch family of Anheuser-Busch, Inc. fame. It was their home for many years prior to opening it to the public. It is now a 281 acre wildlife preserve. Although Grant's Farm is not as highly publicized as some of the other places to visit in the St. Louis area, it is one of the best! It is a wonderful place to spend a morning or even the day. Entry into Grant's Farm proper is free, but you must pay to park. This wonderful preserve is home to hundreds of exotic animals from around the world, including several varieties of deer, horse and cattle, including my children's favorite, the Oreo Cookie Cow (actually a Belted Galloway). Upon entering the property through a covered foot bridge, you wait in line at Grant's Station for the next tram to take you on a tour of the wildlife preserve. The longest time I have ever waited was during the Fourth of July weekend -- forty five minutes. This, however, is a rarity, as the wait for a tram is generally only ten minutes or less. On the tram ride, one of the first sites you see is Grant's cabin, called Hardscrabble. It is the only existing home that was actually built by a president. Although he only lived there a short time while his "real" home was being built, it is still an exciting piece of history. There are tours periodically throughout the year through the cabin, but these are few. If you do happen to be lucky enough to go into the cabin, you won't be allowed on the second floor; it is closed due to age, and is not considered structurally sound. It is worth visiting when the cabin is open for tours though, just to gain insight into that piece of history. After passing through a gate that separates Hardscrabble from the actual preserve, the tram ride continues. The length of the ride varies depending on the cooperation of the animals who call Grant's Farm home. You see, if an animal decides to block the roadway, which does happen, you are stuck. During one visit, the tram my family was on was "held hostage" by the bison for about fifteen minutes! It was quite interesting though as there were deer on one side of the tram and a baby calf on the other licking the tram. There is no guarantee that you will see animals on your ride though. Of the dozen or so times I have been there, there was only one time that I consider the tram ride a failure, because we saw no animals except for ducks and the fish in the pond. A personal recommendation is to go during cooler weather when the animals are more active or in the early morning if you go during the heat of the summer. After the ride through the preserve, you are dropped off at one end of the Tier Garten near the petting area for the goats. You can purchase a bottle to feed the the babies. There are also a variety of animal shows in outdoor theaters throughout the day. (Signs are posted with the times.) There are several other animal exhibits to see, including bald eagles, giant tortoises, and elephants. After a walk though the Tier Garten, my family is always ready for a soda in the Bauernhof. This is also the area to catch a tram back to Grant's Station. After our tram ride out, we like the visit the General Store. There are several souvenir shops located throughout, but this is the largest -- and our favorite. Once used by the Busch family as a stable, it is now a show area for their carriage and tackle collection. There are a variety of horses stabled there as well. This is also the area to catch the tram back to Grant's Station. After our tram ride out, we like the visit the General Store. There are several souvenir shops located throughout, but this is the largest -- and our favorite. A final stop at Grant's Farm should be the Clydesdale training and breeding are located at the north end of the parking lot. Known as Label Stable, you are almost always guaranteed wonderful Clydesdale views. For more information, check out the website at www.grantsfarm.com. more

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Great Place to Take the Kids 3/17/2006

Grant's Farm is a great place to take the family for a day of fun without being as overwhelming as the zoo. Entrance to the Farm is free however they have begun charging for parking. Children enjoy the tram ride through the open areas to see Zebras and other large animals roam free. Historically it is educational to see the home that President Grant built. While small, the animal exhibits provide a close up look, especially when you hand feed the goats and sheep. While there, don't miss the shows which provide some action and entertainment as well as education. Adults can enjoy a sample of an AB product while relaxing in the courtyard. Our family always enjoys a visit to the farm and it is not nearly as exhausting as visiting the zoo. more

The best place for families - and free beer to boot! 10/20/2005

We visit Grant's Farm several times a year with our big family. It's free - parking is minimal - and it's lots of fun. The kids get to see all kinds of animals living "free", interact with goats and camels and elephants, and see lots of shows. The hospitality center, sposored by Anheuser Busch, is the best part - since you get two free single servings of any AB product!!! The kids eat their pretzels and icees and dad gets a cold beer in the Biergarten to end the afternoon. more

So Fun! 9/24/2005

This is a great outdoors alternative to a zoo. At Grant's Farm you can see the animals closer, watch shows and demonstrations. Everyone also love to feed the goats- but watch out, the last time I was there a goat attacked my shirt. I was okay, but a small child might be scared. They also have the horses to look at, and a train to ride. more

WOW and this place is free! 8/31/2005

This is such a great place to take your family. This is the former home of Ulysses S. Grant. There are acres upon acres to see here. The Busch family now owns this land and gives free tours of the grounds. There is a shuttle that takes you around the farm. They have animals from all over the world there. There is a petting zoo of baby goats where the kids can feed them a bottle. There are Giraffes, and Monkeys, and even Bald Eagles. There is some fun for the adults as well. There is the Busch garden where you may purchase Brats and taste the beer free. Admission is free however you must pay for parking. What a great place. more

Such a great place! 8/29/2005

Grant's farm is another great place to go in St. Louis. Its so fun and FREE! You do have to pay to park but its well worth it. Upon entering, you get to ride a tram around the farm. You can see Grant's former house, many types of animals and feed goats as well. They have animal shows and you can see the renowned Anheuser Busch Clydesdale. You can also sample Anheuser Busch products for free too. It really is a fun place to go. more

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a wide variety 8/21/2005

There are not many places you can go with a mini zoo, a beer garden, historic carriages, a tram tour and a large mister to play in and get soaked on a hot day? The phrase "jack of all trades and master of none" well fits, but it is refreshing and makes for an afternoon well spent. Remember that this is also a free day out (excepting food and parking) and it is well worth your time. Also, if you need more than the mister, there is a park down the street with a larger pool available. more

Hard to categorize 8/20/2005

Grant's Farm is hard to categorize. Take a tour through this property of the Anheuser-Busch family to see the many wild buffalo, elk and other animals. See the world famous Clydesdales, the very ones that pull the Anheuser-Busch beer wagon. It's a strange and wonderful place, and best of all, it's free. more

Great Day trip 8/17/2005

When it is a nice day and we have nothing to do we love to take our children to grants farm. It is free admission and you can bring drinks and snacks in. It does cost 5.00 to park but it is so well worth it. My kids love the tram that takes you to the animals. The animals get so close to the tram and they get so excited. Grants farm is not overwhelming and the kids do not get exhausted. They love that they can touch the animals more

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Great little place for a few hours of fun 8/14/2005

Grant's Farm is a St. Louis treasure. Owned by Anheuser Busch, the farm is tucked away in a South County location and features animal shows, African elephants, Clydesdales, and a hodgepodge of other animals. There is the obligatory petting zoo as well where kids can feed the goats. For beer drinkers, free samples of AB products are offered daily here. A highlight is the tram ride in the deer park, where you will see a variety of animals roaming free. more

Go See Grant's Farm! 8/11/2005

Grant's Farm is one of St. Louis' treasures. Best of all admission is free. You do pay $6 for parking. You ride a tram through the farm of Ulysses S. Grant to see a wide variety of wildlife in their natural habitat. Our kids spotted deer, bison, and several others. On the main farm, the kids can feed pygmy goats with a bottle of milk, see an elephant show, a wild bird show and check out camels, turtles, and Clydesdale horses up close. Concessions are available and adults get to sample 2 full-size Anheuser Busch products. A definite "must-do." more

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Grant's Farm 8/11/2005

Admission to Grant's Farm is free and you don't need reservations. This is a wildlife preservation and there is a train that takes you through the park and then it drops you off to see more animals. There are buffalo, deer, zebras, camels, and goats and a whole lot more. They also have a snack bar area where you can rest and for the adults you can enjoy a few complementary beers. Then across from the park they also have a stable with the famous Clydesdale's. This is a fun day for the kids. more

Grants Farm: not quite all it is hyped up to be 8/11/2005

After recently moving to area, I was told how wonderful and great Grants Farm was supposed to be, so of course I couldn't wait to get out there! We arrive and have to pay $6 for parking...ok, no big deal since the park is free and it is supposed to be wonderful, right? We ride the tram to see a few animals in the "wild" and then arrive at the "zoo". There are like 4 or animals on display and then there is the stables. That's it. We walked through it in less thatn 15 mins. I was expecting a lot more to see and do. When we left there was an enormous line waiting to ride the tram and all I could do is feel sorry for these people. I think that if you want to see animals, go to the zoo. There is not enough to see there for it to be worth a wait in a long line with kids. more

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Grant's Farm 8/9/2005

This is a great place for families to visit. Free admission into the park. There is a small fee for parking. There is a tram ride you take around the park. Do this so you can see what is available for viewing plus it will take you into parts of the park you dont walk. The walking tour is good too. You can pet camels too! The Clydesdales are on display as well. Feeding the pigmy goats was fun. You pay for a bottle of milk for the younger ones. For the older sheep and goats you pay for a sack of feed. Everyone has fun doing this. more

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Grant's Farm 8/5/2005

This park has a little of everything. There are Clydesdale's, goats, birds, camels, elks, and buffalo. A tram takes you on a tour of the grounds which has all kinds of animals in their natural habitat. Then you get off the tram and get to visit different animals up close. There is a place you can feed the goats. Most everything is free here. And for the adult you get to sample some of Anheuser-Busch beers. Not a bad day out. more

A St. Louis Tradition 8/4/2005

Where can you find Clydesdale's, Bears, Bald Eagles and Kangaroos? At Grant's Farm, of course. With the only cost being parking and any souvenirs and refreshments you buy, this is a fun economical way to spend a day. Every employee is perfectly polite and helpful, the animals are fun and there's just something about seeing wild animals right next to a subdivision that's just plain old fun. Historically, you get information on the Anheuser-Busch connection and you get to see a cabin that President Grant built. There is a fence around the park that is made entirely of rifle barrels from the Civil War. After you get the tram tour through the park, you're dropped off and can go see other animals and you're even allowed to give the baby goats a bottle. (They were $1.00 the last time we went) If the weather gets too hot, you can walk through the misters on the way to the Tiergarten where you're given 2 complimentary A/B adult beverages. While most St. Louis area children go on field trips every year, they never get tired of coming back. Neither do I. more

Excellent family day out 7/22/2005

Inexpensive fun for the whole family. It costs $6 to park but admission is free and this includes the Tram ride through the park. We love it because you can do everything there in half a day which is just enough for small children. The shows are free too. The only thing that you will pay for is to feed the goats and camels and food. Of course since it is an Anheuser Busch sponsored attraction they give out a free sample of beer to everyone over 21 who would like one. more

Fun place to tour 7/18/2005

I have enjoyed Grants Farm since I was little now my daughter loves it too . When you first go in you get on a train ride and women who have strollers they take them down for you load them into the train then get them open and ready for you when you get out.The train ride takes you past many animals and they tell you about them . After you get off you get to walk around and feed baby goats see a bird show, camels ,and turtles at the end they have a beer garden where they give adults over 21-- 2 FREE BEERS : ) GREAT PLACE more
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  • The Scene
    On the Busch family's ancestral estate, a 281-acre wildlife preserve, exotic animals, enormous Clydesdales and talking parrots are commonplace. A tram ride takes you through...

  • 5/12/2004 Provided by Citysearch

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    Saint Louis, Grantwood Village

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