Grant's Farm in St. Louis, Missouri: Family Friendly Place with Tram, Clydesdale Horses and More!
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 by the name of 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.
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.
An open air tram takes one through this area where one can view the animals in a natural setting.
Admission to Grant's farm is free and there is much to see.
Over 1,000 Animals at Grant's Farm in St. Louis!Click thumbnail to view full-size
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 plus the carriage house which protects a collection of more than two dozen historic coaches and carriages. Many of those vehicles date from the 1800s.
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 chrysanthemums. It was a bright sunny day and the umbrella tables offered some needed shade.
The Bauernhof at Grant's Farm in St. LouisClick thumbnail to view full-size
The Famous Clydesdale Horses
Grant's farm is a breeding center as well as a training center for the beautiful and famous Clydesdale horses. People can stroll through an area where the magnificent beasts romp and roam in pastures. They 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.
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 gigantic Clydesdale hoof. These horses are huge in every respect!
Family friendly with no admission fee, be sure to plan and spend some time here if you are in St. Louis, Missouri. 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?
Unique Fence at Grant's Farm
Amazing Christmas Show at Grant's Farm
© 2009 Peggy Woods