Grant's Farm is a nearly 300-acre historic homestead and animal reserve in Grantwood Village, Missouri, near St. Louis. The former home of Ulysses S. Grant, it features a cabin built by the former president, opportunities to feed and interact with various animals, and more than 900 wild and exotic creatures.
Best and Worst Times to Go to Grant's Farm
Grant's Farm is generally busy the entire season that it's open (mid-April through Halloween). Weekdays in the spring and fall are usually busy with school groups on field trips. Weekends are even more crowded. The best way to beat the crowds is to arrive as soon as doors open (around 9 am), or wait until later in the afternoon, when the morning crowds have dispersed.
Must See/Do at Grant's Farm
The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales call the reserve home year-round and are arguably the top attraction.
Taking the kids to the Tier Garten to feed the camels and catch an animal show is a must-experience at Grant's Farm also.
Admission to Grant's Farm
Admission is free, as are the tram rides and animal shows. Feeding the goats and parakeets costs a nominal amount (a buck or so). Camel rides are available in the $5 range, and paddle boat rides cost closer to $10.
Private, behind-the-scenes tours are available in the $25 range.
Parking at Grant's Farm
Parking is ample, but costs over $10 per car. Seasonal passes are available for around $40.
Public Transportation to Grant's Farm
The Metrolink trains don't extend into Grantwood Village, and no other public transit options are feasible, either. Your own vehicle, a taxi, or Metro Call-a-Ride are your best options.
Food at Grant's Farm
The Brat House serves casual food (brats, pizza, fries, chicken fingers) at reasonable prices ($10 and under) in a Bavarian courtyard setting. They also offer patrons 21 and older complimentary samples of Anheuser-Busch beer products.
Other snack/beverage stands are spread throughout the grounds.
Insider's Tip to Visitors of Grant's Farm
Make sure the little ones are well-rested and ready to walk, because running strollers and wagons are turned away at the entrance. Strollers can be rented for a small fee.
Author's Bio: Marcus Whelchel lives, works, and writes in St. Louis, Missouri, with his wife, daughter, and endless stream of odd thoughts. Those who know him best would agree he is the intellectual rival of many of the animals at Grant's Farm.