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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), April 9, 2013 - The historic Missouri attraction opens for the season on Saturday, April 13, from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., with several new interactive activities.
"Opening Day at Grant's Farm is a St. Louis tradition, and our new attractions make this year's opening even more exciting," said Andy Elmore, general manager of Grant's Farm. "For nearly six decades, the farm has been a place where families and friends have come together to enjoy great times, great beer and great food. We're proud to provide memorable experiences for our guests year after year."
Some of the most identifiable symbols of the Grant's Farm experience are the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales. On the new behind-the-scenes tour, guests can learn about the rich history of the Budweiser Clydesdales, one of the largest herds in the world. Visitors can tour the stables, discover what it takes to be a Budweiser Clydesdale, watch the training process and help a trainer groom one of the horses. Guests of all ages can participate in the tour for $25.
Also new this year, guests will be able to meet and ride camels. Camel rides will cost $5 per person and will begin on Opening Day.
Grant's Farm is expanding its menu to give visitors more flavorful and local food offerings. Visitors will be able to taste sweet treats from St. Louis's own Colleen's Cookies, Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Company, Kakao Chocolate and Jilly's Cupcake Bar & Cafe; they can also enjoy homemade candies from Sutter's Taffy out of Herrin, Ill. As is the tradition, guests 21 and older can enjoy complimentary samples of Anheuser-Busch beers, including the world's most popular beers, Budweiser and Bud Light.
Grant's Farm Is Home to Wildlife Treasures
Almost a century ago, August A. Busch Jr.'s father purchased a piece of Missouri farmland once plowed and planted by Ulysses S. Grant. Today, the country estate of the Busch family, Grant's Farm, is preserved as a home for more than 900 exotic animals from six continents.
The beautiful oasis can be seen courtesy of Anheuser-Busch, Inc. An open-air Eisenbahn coach winds past Mirror Lake to Grant's Cabin, which was completed in 1856 and remains today as the only structure hand built by an American president. The fence across from the cabin was constructed from 2,563 rifle barrels as a Civil War memorial.
The coach travels through The Deer Park where more than 100 species of bison, elk and antelope to zebras, llamas and ostriches can be seen. You can pet and hand feed some of the animals and attend the entertaining, educational shows featuring African elephants, parrot and birds of prey at the Tier Garten Amphitheater. Admission is free. Bring your camera and take home special memories.
Grant's Farm is home to a breeding operation for the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales. The tour features an opportunity to see the Clydesdale sires, mares and foals up-close in their pastures next to the Clydesdale Stable.
Admission to Grant's Farm, tram rides and all shows is complimentary. Guest drop offs prohibited.
* $12 per vehicle
* $30 for buses, RV's and oversized vehicles
* $40 for a season parking pass, available at the General's Store
* Wheelchair rental accessible, call 314-843-1700.
2013 Hours of Operation:
Spring Schedule: April 13 Through April 28
Saturday: 9:00 am - to 3:30 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Summer Schedule: Closed Monday (except May 28 & September 2)
April 30 - September 2
Tuesday - Friday: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Saturdays: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sundays: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm
May 27 & September 2: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed: September 3, 4, 5
Fall Schedule: September 6 - November 3, 2013
Fridays: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
2013 Halloween Celebration
October 4 & 5
October 10, 11 & 12
October 17, 18 & 19
October 24, 25 & 26
Note: Times above reflect when park entrance is open. Park closes 90 minutes after park entrance closes. For more information, call 314-843-1700.
For information on brewery tours, see Anheuser-Busch.
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