A few weeks ago, the kids had their first day off from school. What to do, what to do? In California, days off when it’s hot and muggy outside usually meant a beach trip. Since we didn’t have a beach to head to and thinking that we needed to explore our community a bit more, we headed to Grant’s Farm– a 281 acre animal reserve in St. Louis. This large property was also once owned by Ulysses S. Grant and the Dent Family.
Today, it is owned by the Busch Family- yep that Busch of Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company and like many things around Missouri, entrance into the park and the tram ride was free. Even the beer was free with each adult guest able to drink up to two free beer glasses. Super cool. My kids thought it was a hoot that I drank beer with my lunch and that we paid $3 dollars plus for a bottle of cold water.
When you first arrive at the farm, you get on a tram and are shuttled around the property for a relaxing, breezy, scenic tour of the grounds. There are free-roaming areas for deer, buffalo and horses. The grounds are very well maintained. We were also able to see from afar “Hardscrabble,” a four-room, two story cabin built by Ulysses S. Grant in 1855. It would have been neat to get down and peek inside the windows of the cabin but we were on the tram so it was pretty impossible. We did get to see lots of animals grazing and relaxing in their paradise. It was heavenly.
Once we got off the tram ride, we had a plan. We bought a special deal package where for $5 dollars, you get a ticket to ride the carousel, 3 milk bottles that will feed the baby goats and one snow-cone. We headed straight to feed the baby goats. I was expecting I to rush to the goat pen but she surprised me by saying she did not want to do it. Instead my big boys were super excited to feed them, with C begging to buy more bottles because the goats were so hungry!
Many milk bottles and goats trying to eat our clothes moments later, we finally left the pen and headed to the carousel. I rode it with my girl- she loves the carousel. Round and round we went while the boys waved to us.
After the carousel we attended an elephant encounter show. The trainer asked for some volunteers to compete with the elephant in blowing up balloons in order to illustrate the elephant’s lung capacity. M volunteered little brother C to do it and he was selected! I was proud of him for engaging in this experiment in front of such a large crowd because he is so shy but he did it with a large smile on his face.
We fed parakeets and a camel that the kids enjoyed hanging out with and feeding only so they could manage to get his slobber all over their hand and then scream- YUCK!
We ended the day with a visit to the Budweiser Clydesdales. Grant’s Farm has been home to the world-renowned Budweiser Clydesdales since the 1950’s. These beautiful horses are immaculately kept and extremely gentle and kind creatures. The kids fell in love with them.
It was a good day.