If you've been missing the world-famous Clydesdales since Budweiser's popular Superbowl ad in February, greet these mighty beasts and all their friends when Grant's Farm reopens for the season Saturday, April 13.
New in 2013, visitors can get a closer look at the life of the famed Budweiser Clydesdales with a walking tour of the stables, an overview of the training process and a chance to interact with one of the stars. Tours are $25. Fans of the legendary Clydesdales can also see them in a special parade through the Tier Garten during the opening day celebration between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
This St. Louis institution, operated by Anheuser-Busch, Inc., blends history, culture and nature into one fun, easy, inexpensive destination. Visits to Grant's Farm start with a free tram ride through the Deer Park, where visitors can spot bison, zebras, antelopes and more. History buffs will also enjoy seeing the cabin built by the farm's namesake, Ulysses S. Grant.
At the animal park, guests can watch elephants and other exotic animals play or show off during one of the farm's shows. Little visitors will love bottle-feeding the baby goats, but be sure to dress for a day at the farm, as this can be a bit dusty. Camel rides will also be offered this season for $5. Take a ride on the carousel (rides are $2 per person). At the end of your expedition, enjoy a brat or a giant pretzel at the Bauernhof, a Bavarian-style courtyard, or visit the new deli. Also new to Grant's Farm this season is a sweets shop, which will feature local bakers and confectioners like Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company, Jilly's Cupcake Bar and Cafe, Colleen's Cookies, Kakao and Sutter's Taffy.
Before or after your visit through the animal park, be sure to explore the stable that is home to the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. It's located on the opposite side of the parking lot from the trams. Stop by the gift shop for your own stuffed Clydesdale or other furry friend.
Entrance to Grant's Farm is free, but there is a $12 parking fee to park. Note that at peak times the line to enter the park can be long and sometimes extend into the parking lot where shade is limited. Although outside food and drink are not allowed inside the park, snacks, water, sunscreen and hats are helpful when waiting in line at the entrance. Staff help visitors load traditional strollers onto the tram at the main entrance, so they'll be waiting for you when you arrive at the animal park. Wagons, running strollers and pets are not permitted.
Grant's Farm is currently operating on its spring schedule. The park is open Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Sundays 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Beginning April 30 it will be open 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays. Birthday party packages and private expeditions are available.
Grant's Farm is located at 10501 Gravois Rd., St. Louis, 63123. Call 314-843-1700 or visit grantsfarm.com.