Grant's Farm, is without doubt, one of the most notable places for families to get together and have fun. I wish I can say this is very travel and tourist-friendly, only because there are no signs off the interstate that point how to get here. Not everyone owns a GPS, you know! Another positive and negative: + it is free, - everything else costs an arm and a leg. You can pay for parking just right in front of the place or you can walk the trail and park somewhere close for free. Either way, its 'grant'ed a great time for anyone, regardless of age.
|The entrance from the parking lot|
|Entrance to the Tier Garden at Grant's Farm|
You'll also get a lot of history. Ulysses S. Grant, 18th President of the United States, once farmed here in the 1850s before his Civil War days. His hand-built home is featured here, along with the Busch family mansion. (The land was purchased by the Busch family in later years). It was finally opened to the public in 1954, making this year (2014) its 61st year in operations.
Most of you know I am not an animal person, but I thought I'd share some pics I took during the tram tour
|The bald eagle was not part of the tram tour, but right when you get off, you'll see them|
The cake, which sits high in the tier garden. I was unable to get the top part, in which hopefully I wasn't missing out on anything!: (Please note: in order to get this cake, you have to take the tram all the way around to the Tier Garden. In other words, allow yourself plenty of time. Likely 35-45 minutes average, from the time you get out of your car to here.)
|Right side of the cake|
|Right and back side of the cake|
|Left side of the cake|
10501 Gravois Rd., ST. LOUIS, MO, 63123 (it is actually located in Grantwood Village)
Cake artists: Ian Greenlee and Julie Krovicka