Ed­i­tor’s Itin­er­ary

Where St. Louis - - CONTENTS -

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.

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