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Grant's Farm in St. Louis, Missouri ~ Clydesdale Horses & Budweiser

Updated on August 20, 2017
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I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

The cabin that Ulysses S. Grant hand built and occupied in 1856.
The cabin that Ulysses S. Grant hand built and occupied in 1856. | Source

A St. Louis Gem!

In October of 1998 my mother and I were introduced to Grant's Farm while we were visiting a friend who lives just outside St. Louis, Missouri.

We were to see the former President's hand built cabin, the famous Clydesdale horses, enjoy some beer and more as we explored the grounds.

It was an abbreviated introduction as we had also been shown the St. Louis Botanical Garden earlier that same day.

One could spend an entire day in each of these places!

Grant's Farm is so named due to the fact that an American President, Ulysses S. Grant hand built and lived in this cabin pictured at the top of this page. He also farmed about 80 acres on these grounds.

Official Presidential portrait of Ulysses Simpson Grant.
Official Presidential portrait of Ulysses Simpson Grant. | Source

About a century ago August A. Busch Jr.'s father purchased land encompassing Grant's original acreage and added to it. It now totals 281 acres.

August Busch Jr. made it into a country estate and brought in over 1,000 animals from all over the world. Most of the large animals such as zebras, bison, elk, cattle, Sika deer, antelope and more roam about quite freely.

Over 1,000 Animals at Grant's Farm in St. Louis!

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Animals viewed at Grant's Farm
Animals viewed at Grant's Farm | Source
Notice the rainbow?  Animals viewed at Grant's Farm
Notice the rainbow? Animals viewed at Grant's Farm | Source
Animals viewed at Grant's Farm
Animals viewed at Grant's Farm | Source
Animals viewed at Grant's Farm
Animals viewed at Grant's Farm | Source
Animals viewed at Grant's Farm
Animals viewed at Grant's Farm | Source

An open air tram takes one through this area where one can view the animals in a natural setting.

Good video showing more of the animals on Grant's Farm

Admission to Grant's farm is free and there is much to see.

Migrating birds rest in this watery haven on Grant's farm for an interlude of time.  Of course other birds and animals use it year round.
Migrating birds rest in this watery haven on Grant's farm for an interlude of time. Of course other birds and animals use it year round. | Source

Anheuser - Busch Hospitality Area

The Bauernhof is a large U-shaped grouping of buildings that house a food court area, a guest relations and first aid area and the carriage house which protects a collection of more than two dozen historic coaches and carriages.

Many of those vehicles date from the 1800s.

The Bauernhof at Grant's Farm in St. Louis

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This sign pointed the way to the BauernhofThis is the courtyard in a part of the U-shaped buildings forming the Bauernhof.Inside the building showcasing the collection of old coaches and carriages.
This sign pointed the way to the Bauernhof
This sign pointed the way to the Bauernhof | Source
This is the courtyard in a part of the U-shaped buildings forming the Bauernhof.
This is the courtyard in a part of the U-shaped buildings forming the Bauernhof. | Source
Inside the building showcasing the collection of old coaches and carriages.
Inside the building showcasing the collection of old coaches and carriages. | Source

We took advantage of having a bite of lunch and sipped on a free glass of Budweiser beer. We all decided that the bratwurst looked good that day.

Since it was the month of October the area was decorated appropriately with dried corn stalks, bundles of hay, pumpkins and blooming mums.

It was a bright and sunny day and the umbrella tables offered some needed shade.

Grant's Farm in St. Louis

We took a lunch break here at Grant's Farm in St. Louis, Missouri.
We took a lunch break here at Grant's Farm in St. Louis, Missouri. | Source

The Famous Clydesdale Horses

Grant's farm is a breeding center as well as a training center for the beautiful and famous Clydesdale horses.

One can stroll through an area where the magnificent beasts romp and roam in pastures. One can also go through a stable where some of the horses are on display.

Each horse has a brass plate with his name inscribed. The stables are immaculately clean and fresh.

Up close and personal with a Clydesdale named Billy at Grant's Farm
Up close and personal with a Clydesdale named Billy at Grant's Farm | Source

Approximately 15 foals are born at this location each year and they are nurtured and eventually turned into the show horses that we have all come to love.

A full grown Clydesdale horse weighs in at around 2,000 pounds!

In the stable was a display showing a normal horses hoof and a Clydesdale hoof. These horses are huge in every respect!

A bit of history at Grant's Farm in St. Louis.
A bit of history at Grant's Farm in St. Louis. | Source

Family friendly and with no admission fee, be sure and plan to spend some time here if you are in the St. Louis, Missouri area of the country. Grant's Farm is well worth a visit! You can even sample some Budweiser beer if you are old enough and wish to partake of some.

This video shows the inside of Grant's cabin among other things.

If you were to visit Grant's farm, what would you most like about it?

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Unique Fence at Grant's Farm

This rifle barrel fence was constructed of parts from 2,563 Civil War rifles. August A. Busch Sr. had this built to honor the veterans from that era.
This rifle barrel fence was constructed of parts from 2,563 Civil War rifles. August A. Busch Sr. had this built to honor the veterans from that era. | Source

Amazing Christmas Show at Grant's Farm

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      Peggy Woods 2 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Briar Lee Mitchell, EdD,

      Thanks for leaving a comment. I had no idea that tail docking was done just for cosmetic reasons. Personally I believe that all animals should get to keep the appendages with which they were born. That includes tails, ears, etc.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello David,

      Thanks for this information regarding a possible antique from the Clydesdale stables. I am leaving your email address posted in case anyone else is interested in viewing your photos. Appreciate your comment.

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      David 3 years ago

      Hi

      I live in the uk and i have something that might be of interest to you, I have a half barrel/ carrier that I think comes from the Clydesdale stables, Its dated 1885 and stamped CS with what i think is the initials of the maker on the rear, could you contact me via my email address so i can forward pictures to you david48vic@hotmail.com

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Suzanne,

      Grant's Farm is a great place to take an entire family and enjoy many hours of a day there and the best part...it is free! Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      justmesuzanne 4 years ago from Texas

      That looks like a full day of events and activities! :) Voted up and interesting!

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Rebecca,

      Grant's Farm is definitely an amazing place and the price is right...it's free! Quite an attraction for anyone near the St. Louis, Missouri part of the country in which to spend some quality time. Thanks for your comment.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Au fait,

      Thanks for the nice compliment on this hub. One could easily spend an entire day at Grant's Farm. We crammed as much as we could into seeing it because we also saw the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis on the same day. Both sites deserve more time. Thanks for the votes + share.

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      This is amazing! Thanks for sharing Grant's Farm with us!

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      C E Clark 4 years ago from North Texas

      Looks like a good place to go and hang out for the day and enjoy the outdoors, the animals, and the food, etc. I love draft horses. They're often big babies. Lots of great photos and videos here as I have come to expect in your articles. Voted up, interesting, and beautiful. Will share!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi oceansnsunsets,

      Like you, I would spend more time there also if I ever get back to the St. Louis area. It is hard to take in all that there is to do and see at Grant's Farm in just a few hours. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Don,

      Grant's Farm would definitely be worth a visit. One could spend an entire day there and what is even better...it is free! Hope you get to see it for yourself. Thanks for your comment and votes.

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      Paula 5 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Peggy, this is indeed a neat place to visit, I have only been there once and it was also for just a portion of a day. I hope to go back before long. Thanks for sharing a great hub with us! Loved it and had no idea it offered all of these things. Voted up and more.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Hi Peggy,This looks like my kind of place. We have been wanting to visit the Ozarks again and maybe St.Louis would not be too far out of the way. If I recall Budweiser used to be a Minnesota beer but that was probably when I was too young to be concerned.The cabin would be worth seeing also.voted up and across except funny.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings ndnfoodie530,

      Ouch! A Clydesdale horse stomping on your foot! Surprised that all your toes were not broken. Clydesdales have such huge hoofs!!! Nice that it did not sour you on liking Grant's Farm. It is a wonderful venue in St. Louis, Missouri. Thanks for the personal story.

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      ndnfoodie530 7 years ago from Nothern California

      When I was a kid my Mom worked with AB caring for the horses.

      I was 10 and Craigy the Clydesdale stomped on my foot, on purpose, I am convinced, and broke some of my toes.

      Still always like Grants Farm....

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Lake Ozark Vacation Rentals,

      Thanks for visiting my Grant's Farm hub regarding the Clydesdale Horses and so much more in St. Louis, Missouri. Your area sounds like it would also be a great place to visit. Hope to see it someday.

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      Lake Ozark Vacation Rentals 7 years ago

      I have not been here since I was a child. I am looking forward to going back and seeing how much things have changed. Lake of the Ozarks is not far from St. Louis, only a 2 1/2 short hours. At the Lake you can enjoy horseback riding, golfing, miniature golf, para-sailing, boating, shopping and many state parks.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello dllhubpages, Happy that this hub may have brought back some good memories. If we lived there, we would certainly visit more often! Great place! Thanks for your comment.

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      dllhubpages 8 years ago from Southeastern US

      I lived in St Louis as a child and I remember visiting Grant's Farm. My siblings and I loved seeing the Bison.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Paper Moon, You are fortunate to be living there where so many things are not only entertaining, but free. Any chance you can write a hub about your St. Louis zoo? Thanks for reading my St. Louis hubs and commenting.

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      Paper Moon 8 years ago from In the clouds

      What a nice hub on one of St. Louis's best attractions. It is a wonderful place to go spend the day. You learn history, ride a train and get to see lots of animals. It is great for families and for dates. You did a great job covering Grants Farm. St. Louis also has one of the Best Zoo's in the world, which is also free!

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello MellasViews, Let me know what you think after visiting... I am so glad that our friend wanted to show it to us although I hated leaving the beautiful botannical garden earlier that same day. Could spend an entire day in both places! Glad to be able to introduce it to you through hubpages. Thanks for commenting.

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      MellasViews 8 years ago from Earth

      wow, great job on this hub peggy!!! I want to visit now! I love the photos, the history... I want to go!!!! I'll def check this out, with flight prices dipping a little, a trip to missouri won't be so bad. : )

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It was my pleasure, Enelle. It is fun sharing wonderful vacation experiences with others who may want to go there or want to relive the trips over again as I do when writing these hubs.

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      Enelle Lamb 8 years ago from Canada's 'California'

      I have to echo The Real Tomato's comment...I could spend a lot of time here. I have a passion for horses, and picking one particular breed over another is impossible for me, however, the Clydes are and have always been truly magnificant! Thank you for sharing such a peaceful, picturesque place with us.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Plus they are so beautiful, Teresa. Their eyes shine with intelligence. It was fun to see the young ones frolicking in the large fenced areas with the older horses.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello G-Ma Johnson, Animals definitely mourn the loss of others that they know and with whom they share feelings. We have had several dogs that mourned right along with us when one of our pets died. So your story of the horse that lost it's teammate was sad. Happy to hear that is has recovered. I'll just bet that it still remembers however.

      Thanks for commenting and hugs & peace right back to you.

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      Sheila 8 years ago from The Other Bangor

      I just adore Clydesdales -- a great breed of true work-horses who have the patience of saints.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Real Tomato, You will not be disappointed in spending a day here if you ever get to the St. Louis area. I agree, the Clydesdales are unbelievably large...expecially their hoofs!

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      Merle Ann Johnson 8 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      this was so good and those animals all seem to be so content and happy...loved the scenery...We have some work horses here that a farmer owns and displays their work at a fair we have.  These horses were used back in the logging days before machines were around (not these actual horses, but ones just like them LOL)They are magnificant and so true to each other as team mates...

      At one farm where they use them in teams for giving rides on old buggies...one of the team died...her partner would not pull the buggy for days cause he was mourning her death...he acted up so badly they had to let him just mourn...it was so sad to see :O(...is fine now though...

      Thanks for a wonderful story...G-Ma :O) hugs & Peace

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      The Real Tomato 8 years ago

      This is a very good Hub. I could waste too much time here :-D

      It all looks so inviting, a wonderful way to spend the day. A friend of mine has Clydsdales and I can never get used to how huge their hooves are! The size of my head almost!

      Thank you for sharing this - if I am ever in Missouri I have bookmarked this place as a must see.

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      Peggy Woods 8 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi SoulaBee, You are fortunate to be living so near a wonderful place like that. Few places exist that offer so much entertainment and the price is certainly right. Free!

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      SoulaBee 8 years ago from United States

      We go here often and especially enjoy the train ride and the sprinkler thing. It's a wonderful place. I'm terribly excited for spring. Enjoyed the videos and photos. Grants Farm is a definite attraction to see while in St. Louis.