St. Louis, you can feed baby goats again.
Grant’s Farm, which has been closed for normal operations since last year because of the pandemic, will resume full operations May 28, officials there announced Thursday.
To keep attendance numbers at a safe level, guests are asked to make parking reservations online before visiting. Guests can reserve a 30-minute arrival time window between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and stay as long as they like.
Guests can still enjoy familiar favorites: tram rides through the park, the carousel, animal shows, goat feeding, renovated and expanded parakeet feeding, camel rides, Clydesdale stables, Tier Garden and Hospitality Bar, where yes, guests 21 and older can still enjoy two sample beers.
“While we’ve been closed in terms of what people have been used to for 18 months, we used that 18 months to learn and help ourselves get better,” said general manager Scott Smith, who took over the job this year.
In addition to the expanded parakeet feeding experience, the farm has taken on a series of partnerships, including one with Midwest Dairy. Guests can learn about dairy and where foods come from in a new sponsored exhibit, as well as get a chance to interact with six breeds of dairy cows.
Last month, the park opened for reserved private tours called Deer Park Adventures, which served as a dry run for opening the park full time. Those tours will continue, as will private backstage and zoo barn tours.
While Grant’s Farm could have opened last year like other outdoor attractions, officials didn’t feel like it was the right time, Smith said. The time was spent on projects such as painting, freshening up landscaping and expanding the concessions area to include a full commercial kitchen, which will allow for expanded menu offerings. The park also got a USDA license that enables it to serve farm-fresh hard-boiled eggs on salads and to sell fresh eggs at its stores, Smith said.
Grant’s Farm opened for drive-thru Halloween and holiday lights experiences. Both popular events sold out, so the farm plans to bring them back this year, along with its on-the-ground fall festival.
First Friday Nights at the Farm also kicks off May 28, with parking reservations available 4-7:30 p.m.
For more information, visit grantsfarm.com.