With a population of 120,000 people, Olathe, Kansas is one
of the fastest growing communities in the country. Olathe has some of the
highest ranked schools in Kansas and Money magazine ranked Olathe #11 on
its list of the "100 Best Cities to Live in the United States."
guide to Olathe tourist attractions has my candid comments and recommendations
for things to do in Olathe, Kansas. I am a 36 resident of Johnson County,
and lived or worked in Olathe 30 yeara. The good news is that Olathe has
several unique museums & attractions.
Most of Olathe's shopping is strip mall and/or big box:
Bass Pro, Kohl's, 2 Super Targets and 2 Super Walmarts. The largest concentrations
of retail stores are east of I-35 on Santa Fe and 119th Streets.
When it was built, the AMC Studio 30 Theaters with
IMAX was the largest movie theater in the AMC chain. The Studio 28 now
has "fork and screen" theaters for adults only where you can order a meal,
snacks or beer. The AMC Studio 28 is located north of 119th Street on Strang
Line Road. The tickets are slightly more expensive, but they include a
credit toward the food or drink purchase.
For nearby restaurants and attractions try the guide
to Overland Park Restaurants.
Tourist Attractions & Museums
Laser Tag has a 2 story, 6,000 square foot laser tag arena with an
observation deck. A new laser tag game starts every 15 minutes. Or the
facility can be booked for special events such as corporate team building,
church lock-ins or birthday parties. My company took all of our managers
there for a competition and everyone talked about it for weeks.
Advanced Laser Tag 2026 East
Santa Fe - Olathe, Kansas 66062 - 913-254-9678
Creek Hike/Bike Trail is almost 17 miles long, with about 6 miles in
Overland Park, Kansas. The bike path is generally level and flat, but often
beautiful as it follows Indian Creek through various parks. It connects
to other hiking and bicycle trails in Kansas City, Missouri and Johnson
County, Kansas. On the other side of Olathe, Mill Creek Streamway Park
has another 17 miles of trails going all the way to the Kansas River.
Indian Creek Hike/Bike Trail
- Multiple Trail Heads between 105th and 119th Streets
Pro Shop opened its first Kansas City store in Olathe in February of
2007. In addition to sports equipment, hunting & fishing gear, the
Olathe Bass Pro Shop has a prairie dog display, river bottom habitat and
a 12,000 gallon aquarium with Kansas fish such as bass, blue gill and catfish.
Seafood is available inside the store at the Islamorada Fish Company restaurant.
Bass Pro Shop 12051 Bass Pro
Drive, Olathe, Kansas 66061
County Old Settlers is over 100 years old and Olathe, Kansas' biggest
event of the year. The three day festival is held on the Thursday through
Saturday following Labor Day. Old Settlers includes free entertainment,
a carnival, children's performances, arts & crafts, auto show, and
one of the largest parades in Kansas. The community looks forward to the
food vendors each year and some folks just go to Old Settlers for the grange
pups or walking tacos.
Johnson County Old Settlers
downtown Olathe, Kansas
Rogers Playhouse - The Olathe Community Theatre Association (OCTA)
offers live theater productions in the former 1870 Covenant Church. The
2010-2011 season included Our Town, David's Mother and others.
Tickets for all shows are $18 for adults. Some special events are less
expensive. Charles 'Buddy' Rogers was born in Olathe, and their annual
awards are called the Buddy Awards in his honor.
Olathe Community Theatre Association
500 East Loula Street, Olathe, Kansas 66061 (913) 782-2990
Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site in Olathe, Kansas
is the only Santa Fe Trail stagecoach stop that is open to the public.
There are three 19th century buildings as well as several 20th century
and reconstructed buildings. Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop hosts Wild West
Show & Bullwhacker Days in September, and a Christmas Open House
Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop &
Farm Historic Site 1100 Kansas City Road, Olathe, Kansas 66061 (913)
Creek Falls is formed by an overflow dam on
Cedar Creek in southwest Olathe, just above Lake Olathe. There is a flow
of water year around, but Cedar Creek Falls is most impressive in the spring
or after a heavy rain. Lake Olathe is a 170 acre lake surrounded by a 208
acre community park dedicated in 1959.
Cedar Creek Falls 143rd Street,
Olathe, Kansas 66061
Museum of Deaf History and Deaf Culture has two exhibit halls and
tells two stories. The first half of the museum is devoted to Deaf culture
and the second half is devoted to the history of the Kansas School for
the Deaf. The Deaf community is composed mostly of those who have been
deaf since birth or very early childhood. Sign language is the first language
of those people who identify with Deaf culture and community.
Marra Museum of Deaf History and
Deaf Culture 455 East Park Street Olathe, Kansas 66061 (913) 782-5808
Lake Falls is located in the spillway just
below the Cedar Lake dam on the south side of Olathe. Cedar Lake is a 75
acre lake surrounded by a 54 acre community park which was originally dedicated
in 1920. Cedar Lake has fishing for blue gill, black bullhead, channel
catfish, crappie, green sunfish, largemouth bass, saugeye, wiper &
Cedar Lake Falls 15500
South Lone Elm Road, Olathe, Kansas 66061 (913) 971-6263
Memorial Cemetery has many interesting features, burials of governors
from various states, and President
Obama ancestors. In mid October there are evening tours, where visitors
meet the ghosts of those buried in Olathe Memorial Cemetery. Visit the
graves of some of Olathe's founders and meet the people who rest here as
they come alive to tell their stories including Bloody Kansas and the Civil
Olathe Memorial Cemetery 738
N Chestnut Street, Olathe, Kansas (913) 971-5226
Card Lane is an entire subdivision of homes with extravagant Christmas
decorations, tied together thematically by giant Christmas cards with greetings
from each family. Over 200 hundred homes are decorated with Christmas lights
and luminaries. Most cars touring Christmas Card Lane turn off their headlights
and creep through the subdivision. Open evenings from Thanksgiving through
New Years. Free.
Christmas Card Lane North
of 151st Street along Frontier Lane & Butterfield Place, west of Ridgeview
Road in Olathe.
Playground is a family Christmas display with nearly 150 lighted
figures. Many of the figures move, some play music, and there are even
penguin videos playing on the roof. This is one of the largest Christmas
Displays in metropolitan Kansas City. This is a Christmas display that
you will want to get out of your car and walk through. I think the Penguin
Playground will blow you away.
Penguin Playground 16617 Indian
Creek Parkway, Olathe, Kansas 66062 (913) 768-8800
Park and Museum is a seasonal museum devoted to teacher, craftsman
and amateur radio operator, Marshal Ensor. Marshall taught industrial arts
in Olathe, Kansas from 1915 to 1965. The seasonal museum occupies the Ensor
family farm buildings and 8 acres of the former farm. Ensor Farmsite is
both a National Historic Site and on the Register of Historic Kansas Places.
Ensor Park and Museum - 18995
W. 183rd Street, Olathe, Kansas 66062 (913) 592-4141
Concert Series - The Olathe Parks & Recreation Department sponsors
an annual series of free outdoor concerts in various Olathe locations
on selected Friday evenings. Sponsored in part by the Olathe
Ford RV Center, the 2019 concerts included performances by Sons of
Brazil and Liverpool.
Summer Concert Series,
Frontier Park, 15501 Indian Creek Parkway Olathe
Miller Nature Center and Park off Highway 7 has 3 miles of trails
open for hiking from Dawn to Dusk. The 113 acre park has an outdoor amphitheater,
large stream aquarium, bird feeder court with butterfly & hummingbird
gardens, and other exhibits including live amphibians, turtles & snakes.
Over 170 species of birds may be seen at Ernie Miller Nature Center during
various seasons of the year.
Ernie Miller Nature Center
909 North Highway 7, Olathe, Kansas 66061 (913) 764-7759
Veterans Memorial Park is a lovely four acre park which memorializes
the men and women who served the United States in the armed services. The
park has a brick walk in honor of lost submarines and park benches, but
the neatest individual memorial may be the Four Chaplains Memorial, which
was dedicated to 4 chaplains from the American troop transport ship, Dorchester.
Traditions Fire Company and Museum,
The Great Mall of the Great Plains, 20175 W 151st Street #175, Olathe (913)
Home! Cowboy Boots! was
a public art exhibition of 12 6 foot tall fiberglass boots that were designed
and created by area artists. They were displayed during the Olathe's 2007
Sesquetennial celebration. Some of the Welcome Home! Cowboy Boots!
remain on exhibit in Olathe. The Hyer-KSD Connection
remains on display at the Kansas School for the Deaf at 450 East Park Street,
and the Read Any Good Boots lately? boot is displayed within
the Olathe Public Library at 201 East Park Street.
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