I've lived in St. Louis all my life and visited Grant's Farm every year when I was a kid.
I took my 4-year-old daughter for our annual visit yesterday. I'm so glad to see that, despite AB's sale to InBev, Grant's Farm has remained as good as ever. In fact, a couple of recent additions have made it even better. (We're all still waiting to see what will ultimately happen to this treasure. I've a feeling it won't be run by AB for much longer).
Yes, there is a parking fee of $11, but there's no admission price, so it's quite a deal (more on costs later).
Big tip: Get there early. We got there at 9:30 a.m. yesterday and met hardly any lines. When we left at 12:45 p.m., there was a long line just to cross the street to get to the place.
Upon entering, you'll ride the tram through the spacious grounds where you'll see animals such as bison, deer, swans. You'll also see Grant's Cabin, which is a log cabin Pres. Grant built himself. It's a very relaxing tour, and a narrator tells you where to look to see the animals, and gives you lots of background info.
The tram delivers you to the Tier Garten. This is the main area of Grant's Farm. You can see animals including capybaras, kangaroos, lemurs and camels. No visit is complete without feeding the greedy goats. And my daughter really enjoyed riding the carousel, which was just added a year or so ago.
For $5 you can buy a pass that includes one ride on the carousel (which costs $2 a ride), two milk bottles to feed the goats (bottles are $1 each), and a snowcone ($3). So if you know you'll use all those, you'll save a couple of bucks.
The animal show is cute, funny and informative.
It's also nice to see the huge African elephants. They have a wonderful bleacher area for the elephant education show. We did not watch the show this year (last year it was a bit too long for my daughter to sit through. We watched part of it this year from outside the actual viewing area).
In the Bauernhof, you can eat the overpriced food they sell, and see a collection of various breeds of horses. I also love to see the carriage collection. Adults can get two free beers too.
A short tram ride takes you back to the entrance, where there's a big gift store.
Before getting in your car to leave, be sure to cross to the other side of the parking lot so you can see the Clydesdales. You'll see a few Clydesdales in their stable, and after a short walk to the pasture, you'll see mares and their colts/fillies. Yesterday two friendly colts were up against the fence and we petted them.
Made a wonderful end, to a wonderful visit.
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