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Grant's Farm to Open for 60th Season on April 12
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 13, 2014 - Celebrations are in order this spring as Anheuser-Busch commemorates six decades of fun at Grant's Farm. The festivities begin on Saturday, April 12, when Grant's Farm opens for its 60th season and unveils new attractions as well as traditional family favorites.
New this year, guests can visit Mirror Lake near the Farm's entrance for swan paddle boat rides, and enjoy a unique parakeet feeding experience. Grant's Farm guests can also partake in traditional Grant's Farm favorites like tram rides through Deer Park, baby goat feedings, animal shows in the Tier Garten, and, for those 21 and older, complimentary samples of Anheuser-Busch beers. Camel rides and behind-the-scenes Budweiser Clydesdale tours, introduced last year, are also back by popular demand.
"Since Grant's Farm first opened in 1954, we've been bringing together friends and families for memorable experiences and unique animal encounters," said Andy Elmore, general manager of Grant's Farm. "We are excited to celebrate 60 years of great times, great food and great beer with our guests. We look forward to creating new memories with visitors now and in the years to come."
Over the past year, Anheuser-Busch has funded more than $250,000 in improvements and new attractions at one of the region's most beloved destinations. A new 300-person, covered event space-one of the brewery's latest investments-will allow Grant's Farm to host large-scale special events, including weddings and corporate events, throughout the season.
Sharing a significant birthday year with the city of St. Louis, Grant's Farm is also recognizing the 250th birthday of Anheuser-Busch's hometown with a "Cakeway to the West" cake from stl250. Standing four feet tall, this two-tier ornamental birthday cake was decorated by local artists Julie Krovicka and Ian Greenlee and will be displayed throughout the 2014 season.
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 1,000 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.
* $12 per vehicle
* $30 for buses, RV's and oversized vehicles
* $40 for a season parking pass, available at the General's Store
* Stroller rental available
* Wheelchair accessible.
2014 Hours of Operation:
Spring Schedule: April 12 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 and 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 28 & July 4: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed: September 3, 4, 5
Fall Schedule: September 6 - November 3, 2014
Fridays: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
2012 Halloween Celebration
October 4 & 5
October 10 - 12
October 17 - 19
October 25 - 27
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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