Whether this is your first visit to St. Louis or your hundredth, be sure to plan a visit to the popular Grant’s Farm. This 281-acre site was once the home of President Ulysses S. Grant and his four-room house, “Hardscrabble”, still stands upon the grounds. It is also home to the Busch family and is their lasting legacy. Experience a bit of everything at Grant’s Farm, from history to wildlife, and have a truly memorable time. Plus, the hotels near Grant’s Farm in St. Louis offer easily-accessible locations so you can visit again and again.
History of Grant’s Farm
Originally owned by Frederick Dent, he gifted 80 acres to his daughter Julia and her new husband Ulysses S. Grant as a wedding gift. On the property in 1855, President Grant built his four-room cabin, “Hardscrabble.” In 1907, the home was purchased by August Busch Sr. and was moved to its current location, about a mile from its original spot. In 1977, its restoration was completed to its current condition. It is one of the only structures remaining having been built by a president prior to taking office. On Grant’s Farm there are also the Busch’s ancestral home as well as White Haven, the family home of Julia Grant in which she and Grant lived between the Mexican and Civil Wars.
Grant’s Farm Today
Grant’s Farm today offers an incredible heritage and is a family-friendly landmark. It is free and open to the public, but there is a nominal fee for parking as well as a few of the attractions. This goes towards helping to maintain this animal preserve and historic spot. Visit “Hardscrabble” or pet the famous Budweiser Clydesdales in their barns. Enjoy a free tram ride through the Deer Park and see if you can spot the bison and antelope. Treat the kids and let them feed the goats and parakeets for a fee in the Tier Garden. Have your picture taken as you ride astride the camel or pick your favorite horse and climb aboard the carousel.
Treat yourself to a pretzel, chicken strips, or bratwurst in the beautiful Bavarian-inspired Bauernhof. This gorgeous courtyard is surrounded by stables, carriage house, and housing, and is the perfect spot to relax with lunch from the Brat Haus. You can also enjoy a snack from the Tier Garden Treats as well. Be sure to stop by the gift shop to pick up a memorable souvenir from your trip. And, retire for the night to your choice of hotels near Grant’s Farm in St. Louis to relax and remember your unforgettable day.
Hotels Near Grant’s Farm in St. Louis
With so much to do at this famous landmark, you’ll want to stay at one of the hotels near Grant’s Farm in St. Louis. Enjoy the evening calm with a long swim in the outdoor pool at the Americas Best Value Inn St. Louis South. Free breakfast always start the day off right at both the Hampton Inn St. Louis/ Sunset Hills and the Days Inn St. Louis- Lindbergh Boulevard.