Grant's Farm#5 in Best Things To Do in St. Louis
Grant's Farm was built by Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant, who settled on the land in 1854 to farm and raise cattle. Eventually, the namesake would gain fame for his service in the Civil War, which helped the leader become president in 1869.
After Grant moved off the land, the property was preserved by August A. Busch, Sr. and has since belonged to the Busch family. Grant's Farm is now home to 281 acres of land and offers concerts, animal shows and petting zoos for little would-be zoologists. The property also features stables that house some of Budweiser's famous Clydesdale horses. No wonder why recent travelers said this attraction is well worth a visit despite its steep fees for special activities.
You'll find the farm less than 12 miles southwest of St. Louis proper. Hours vary by season, but the park is generally open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between 9 or 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 or 3:30 p.m. From late April to late August, the property is also open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The farm charges $13 per vehicle but is free to enter. Keep in mind, though, that camel rides, carousel rides, goat feedings and other activities cost an additional 50 cents to $6 per person. On-site facilities include restrooms, a gift shop and a dining area called The Bauernhof. To find out more, visit the farm's website.
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#1 Gateway Arch
This monument to the country's westward expansion is also an engineering marvel, which St. Louisans remain proud of more than 50 years after its construction. The stainless steel Gateway Arch, which was designed and submitted by Eero Saarinen during a national competition, rises 630 feet into the air and spans 630 feet from leg to leg. Visitors can learn more about the history of the arch at the Museum of Westward Expansion and the Gateway Arch Visitors Center. Opened in July 2018, the building sits below the arch and includes six new galleries that detail the history of the West. What's more, the park now boasts more than 5 miles of walking and biking paths.
Although it's free to enjoy on the ground, many former travelers suggest paying the $10 to $13 fee to ride to the top of the Gateway Arch, citing its incredible aerial views. For another stunning vantage point during the warmer months, consider buying a one-hour sightseeing cruise ticket, which costs $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 3 to 15. Tickets for both activities can be purchased in advance on the Gateway Arch ticket portal.
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