That’s right. It’s “Grant,” as in Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president of the USA. In all my years here in St. Louis, I had no idea that I was only a short drive away from his 280-acre farm that was founded in the 1850’s. Apparently this was also where he met and fell in love with his wife, Julia Dent (cue the collective “awww”). Now this piece of land is owned by the Busch’s (yes, of Anheuser-Busch). But it’s “free” for the public to visit (parking is $12), so I gladly opted to spend my day on a farm – Grant’s Farm – last Saturday.
First, you board a tram that takes you around the perimeter of the farm where you can view Grant’s cabin and spot wild animals roaming free in the Deer Park.
Right, so there’s “wildlife” roaming about on this land. But for whatever reason, I expected this to be like a safari where I would get to see exotic animals like zebras and gazelles (I know, what was I thinking). Thus, I was a bit disappointed when all I saw were geese, deer, horses, and longhorns. But I guess the bison were pretty cool.
Finally, we got dropped off in the southern part of the farm. From there, we entered the middle of the park and wandered around the animal exhibits.
First up, goats. Many, many goats.
You can even give them milk! Here’s my friend feeding a greedy bunch of them:
I also quickly found out that goats liked to chew things. And by things, I meant me:
But I loved ’em anyway.
Now moving on from the goats…turns out you can also feed the two camels.
Some kids realized that if you threw food at the camel, it would open its mouth in anticipation:
Finally, we walked around and looked at all the miscellaneous animals.
Before leaving, I witnessed the most bizarre thing. This kangaroo stood upright on its two feet and hopped up and down while reaching (?) for the tree branches above. But in the end it really just looked like it was dancing!
Before leaving, we checked out the infamous Anheuser-Busch clydesdales. Actually, just now, I watched the commercials to see what all the hype was about. But these beauties really were a sight to behold in person. They were tall, bulky, and massive – you could definitely tell that they were made of pure strength.
As I said before, Grant’s Farm really is a beautiful place. It’s great for kids, families, and even the occasional college student (like yours truly) to hang out. I’d definitely recommend this place for a weekend adventure – but a word of caution – you must like animals (and getting a little dirty) to enjoy this place!
Have you ever been to Grant’s Farm? What did you do there?
Thanks for reading!