Talk about a regal pedigree. Owned at one time by President Ulysses S. Grant (hence the name), this 281-acre estate 20 minutes southwest of St. Louis now belongs to the Busch “King of Beers” family, who runs it as a free, family-friendly animal park. Take the 20-minute tram ride through the Deer Park animal preserve, where the majority of the farm’s 1,000 animals (representing six continents) roam freely. Look for bison from North America, zebras from Africa and red deer from Asia. Kids love the two animals shows in the Tier Garten—Elephant Education and Animal Encounters—while adults like the free beer (or two) at the Anheuser-Busch Hospitality Center in the Bauernhof making it one of the best things to do in St. Louis. Be sure to follow the white horseshoe prints in the parking lot to the Clydesdale Stables in the rear, where you can stare nose-to-snout at these beautiful “gentle giants" that have been an Anheuser-Busch tradition since 1933. Open April through October. Entry: Free; parking $11.
Attractions & Landmarks, Animal Life, Tours