For centuries, the only way to see a polar bear and a giraffe on the same day was to ride a saddled giraffe all the way to the Arctic Circle. Witness climatological opposites coexist with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a family-fun pack to Grant’s Farm (a $34 total value), which includes the following:
- Two fun passes (a $10 value), which include:
- Two goat feedings
- One carousel ride
- One snow cone
- Two kids' meals (a $13 value)
- One parking pass (an $11 value)
Grant’s Farm sprawls across 281 acres of farmland and showcases more than 900 animals representing 100 unique species, including the famed Anheuser-Busch clydesdales. Two goat feedings at Tier Garten’s veritable menagerie grant kids the opportunity to nourish a bearded creature without sticking their hand near Santa’s mouth before a carousel ride and snow cone whisks them off on a sugar-fueled joyride. Families can traverse the grounds in search of Deer Park, a habitat featuring animals from across the globe such as North American bison, African zebras, and Asian red deer. The Clydesdale Stables house nearly 25 majestic equine specimens and Grant’s Cabin reveals a forgotten piece of regional history with an estate erected by former president and women’s basketball super-fan Ulysses S. Grant. Tummies grumbling from an activity-packed afternoon can partake of kid-friendly fare such as hot dogs, chicken strips, or peanut butter and jelly all sided with fries and a souvenir cup.
Grant's Farm has been home to two titans of the US—one a general and president, the other a brewer who forever changed America's bar scene. The first of these was the farm's namesake, President Ulysses S. Grant, who in 1885 built a four-room cabin, needing only a few days, the help of some loyal friends, and an '80s-style montage. After a few transitional owners, August Busch Sr. bought the farm in 1907 and had that same cabin restored to its original condition.
While visitors to Grant Farm can still view that historic cabin today, the grounds have grown into much, much more. More than 280 acres host over 900 animals from 100 unique species, one of which has starred in commercials for decades: the Budweiser Clydesdales. A behind the scenes tour of the Clydesdale Stables reveals more than 50 of these stallions, from weanlings to full-grown, six-foot-tall equines. Meanwhile, Zebras, Black Buck Antelope, and other exotic animals roam across Deer Park, and Tier Garten hosts interactive elephant shows and goat feedings.
Back indoors, the bauernhof (farmstead) stands as a 19th-century relic with antique stables and carriages. It also houses non-antique bartenders, who pour complimentary samples for of-age visitors. They can also point families to more complete dining locations, including Grant's Farm Deli.