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 tour features an opportunity to visit the Clydesdale Stable.

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.

Camel and pony rides and parakeet feedings are also available. As always, guests 21 and older can enjoy complimentary samples of Anheuser-Busch beers.

Grant’s Farm offers once-daily Estate Walk Tours, which showcase the grounds of the Busch family estate while guides share details on the rich history of the property. Tours are available at 9 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday and at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday for $25 per person.

The nearby General’s Store, with its extensive selection of Grant’s Farm and Anheuser-Busch merchandise is always a popular stop.

Admission to Grant’s Farm, tram rides and all shows is complimentary.

Parking fees:

* $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.

For information on brewery tours, see Anheuser-Busch.