So much to do in St. Louis this month, but if you want to impress the kids, take them to Grant's Farm, one of the city's great family attractions.
The 281-acre ancestral estate of the Busch family (that's Anheuser-Busch) has been transformed from a private compound into one of St. Louis' best family attractions, a wildly popular destination for locals and visitors for more than 50 years. Admission is free, but parking costs $12 per car. Upon arrival, you'll be escorted to waiting trams, on which you'll take a sighteeing tour of the grounds. You'll pass by a lake (now equipped with paddle-boats), Hardscrabble (a log cabin built by Ulysses S. Grant) and a variety of wildlife in Deer Park, including bison, antelopes, zebras and deer. Your keen-eyed tram driver will be sure to draw your attention to photo opportunities. At tour's end, you'll be deposited at the Tier Garten, home to a variety of facilities, experiences and more animals, including goats, birds, camels, tur- tles and llamas. For a nominal fee, you can buy a bottle of milk for the corral of hungry baby goats. They're not shy, and they'll happily nibble on purses and clothing, so pay attention. You can also get a parakeet feeding stick and watch these colorful birds literally eating out of your hand. Check the schedule for Elephant Education Shows and Animal Encounters, where the Tier Garten animals entertain with their amazing athletic abilities. For $5, you can take a ride on a camel (must be at least 2), and you can pet a llama for free. Stop in at the Bauernhof for refreshments (including A-B products, naturally) and tour the carriage house. You'll get back on the tram to return to the parking lot (gift shop on the way), but don't forget to visit the Clydesdales at the far end of the parking lot.