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It’s no secret that we are an on the go kind of family. We love going to activities and attractions on a fairly regular basis. St. Louis is bursting with free or almost free options, and we take full advantage. I get a lot of questions about these types of attractions from locals as well as people who follow us who are traveling to St. Louis for business or a family vacation. I thought I’d start putting together a pretty good list of our favorite St. Louis Kid’s Attractions and give you some of the inside scoop!
So let’s start this series out with Grant’s Farm!
Grant’s Farm is apart of the Anheuser-Busch Family. Home to over 1,000 animals from all over the world, you would have no idea this little space was in the middle of St. Louis. It is the homestead of Ulysses S. Grant and the Busch family preserved it as a historical landmark. You’ll be able see this and many of the animals as you board a tram to take you on a ride through the Deer Park as your first experience on the farm.
Now, there is so much to see and do here, and best of all, it’s free! All you need to do is pay for parking which is $15, and any extra activities (like some animal shows and feeding the parakeets) but the Fun Pass is only $7 and a hit at our house!
As I mentioned, once you arrive a tram will take you through Deer Park to the Tier Garten where all the activities are. Once you get there, you’ve got a few choices to get up close and personal with animals. Hattie’s favorite is hand down the goats. Bottles are $1.50 or use your Fun Pass, and these goats are ready for you! A word of caution, some can get a little excited. One of these guys kept jumping on H and she got a little upset, but jumped right back in.
Next Up – the Parakeets! This may be my favorite because these guys are so pretty and funny when they are fighting to sit on your Popsicle stick. 1 stick is $1.50 and you can stand in there as long as you’d like.
These little guys can and will land on your head or multiple on your Popsicle stick. So just plan for in case things landing on your head freak you out.
Be sure to pack your quarters. Feeding the camels and llamas are a must do too. For fifty cents will get you a good handful of food. Failure to bring quarters (like I did) will result in your child looking like this and begging people for quarters. Don’t be that mom. Thanks to Denise for coming to the rescue!
In addition to all the attractions, there is an Animal Encounters show. Bring a snack and you’re kiddo will sit the whole time! We like to alternate shows when we visit and checked out Animal Encounters this past time. We saw everything from Rat Races to a Bald Eagle. It was a lot of fun to watch!
When you’re done with using up your Fun Pass activities, head to The Bauernhof for your sno-cone on your Fun Pass and of course 2 complimentary Anheuser-Busch products for those 21 and up.
My personal favorite are the pretzel and honey mustard (it’s the best) are a must when we go! They also have other German offerings. I don’t mind buying lunch because everything else is so affordable. A word of caution with the sno-cones, bring wet wipes or napkins. As you can imagine, these guys are big and messy, but always a hit!
If you plan on going to Grant’s Farm more that 3-4 times in a season, I’d highly recommend getting the parking pass. For $60, you can go as many times as you’d like to! You can pick one up in the General Store, just be sure to bring your parking stub so they can apply the already paid parking for that day to your pass.
Plan on getting the fun Pass for $7 – that’s a deal to feed the goats 2 bottles, ride the carousel and of course that huge sno-cone! Don’t forget your quarters, wet wipes and you’ll be sure to have an amazing time at Grant’s Farm!
Have you been to Grant’s Farm before?