Overland Park, Kansas Travel Guide
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With a population of 197,000 people, Overland Park, Kansas is the heart of Johnson County - the engine of progress that drives the diverse Kansas City economy. Overland Park has more than 250 restaurants and several of the most interesting tourist attractions in the states of Kansas and Missouri.

This visitor's guide has my candid comments and recommendations for attractions and museums to visit in Overland Park. I am a 36 year resident of Johnson County, 6 of those years in Overland Park. 

This page devoted to Overland Park, Kansas attractions is a work in progress. Please email your suggestions for more Overland Park attractions to be included. Be sure to tell me what you like best about them.

For additional nearby Johnson County tourist attractions and restaurants, also check the guide to Olathe Tourust Attractions.

Overland Park Tourist Attractions & Museums
Canstruction Kansas City is an annual event to benefit Harvesters - The Community Food Bank in Kansas City. Teams create art from nonperishable food and the art is displayed at Oak Park Mall. When the exhibit closes, the cans, bottles and boxes are donated to Harvesters.   Each year, Canstruction teams use 40-50,000 pounds of food.

Oak Park Mall 11149 West 95th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66214  (913) 888-4400

A 14 foot girder stands sentinel near the entrance to to the Overland Park, Kansas Fire Training Center. The 2 1/2 ton artifact which was recovered from the World Trade Center is the focal point of this 9/11 Memorial, which is is a tribute to the those who parished on September 11, 2001 which tells the stories of the heroism, sacrifice and tragedy of that day. 

Oak Park Mall 11149 West 95th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66214  (913) 888-4400

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead is a 12 acre park with farm animals, birds of prey, show gardens, butterfly gardens, nature trail, Kanza Indian display, one room country schoolhouse, play grounds, fishing pond, horse drawn wagon rides, and pony rides. One of the most popular children's attractions in the Kansas City area, Deanna Rose is open 7 days a week April - October.

Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead 13800 Switzer, Overland Park, Kansas (913) 897-2360

Oak Park Mall is one of the most successful indoor shopping malls in the United States. At a time when most indoor shopping centers are dying, Oak Park Mall keeps changing and expanding. It is a safe place to shop with a wide variety of interesting stores. The mall hosts events such as Canstruction, which benefits Harvesters.

Oak Park Mall 11149 West 95th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66214  (913) 888-4400

Indian Creek Hike/Bike Trail is almost 17 miles long, with about 10 miles in Overland Park, Kansas.  The bike path is generally level and flat, but often beautiful as it follows Indian Creek through various parks. Indian Creek trail connects to other hiking and bicycle trails in Kansas City, Missouri and Johnson County, Kansas.

Indian Creek Hike/Bike Trail - Multiple Trail Heads between 105th and 119th Streets (913) 327-6630

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is one of the best kept secrets in metropolitan Kansas City. Still under development, the 300 acre park currently has 10 gardens and 8 arboretum ecosystems with 5 miles of trails. Some trails are paved and wheel chair friendly. Closed Tuesdays. $3 admission. There are seasonal events such as the December Luminary Walk.

Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens 8909 W. 179th Street, Overland Park 66013 (913) 685-3604

The Johnson County Museum tells the story of the development of suburban America. The centerpiece of the Johnson County Museum is the 1950's All Electric House which was relocated to the center of the museum's main hall. Local visitors particularly enjoy the way is is depicted through photos, models and samples of advertising.

Johnson County Museum 8788 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, Kansas 66212 (913) 826-2787

Overland Park Farmers Market in old downtown Overland Park, Kansas is a fun place to purchase produce, live plants, homemade preserves and fine baked goods. Plus free live music from 10 AM until noon, each market day. Wednesdays and Saturdays from April through October.

Overland Park Farmers Market 8101 Marty, Overland Park, Kansas 66204 (913) 642-1410 

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art on the campus of Johnson County Community College (JCCC) opened in 2007. The largest museum of contemporary art in the region, the Nerman Museum 3 permanent galleries, and 6 galleries for temporary exhibits. The Nerman Museum collection includes about 700 works, many by artists with ties to the Kansas City area. 

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art 12345 College Boulevard, Overland Park, Kansas 66210 (913) 469-3000

Rio Theater in downtown Overland Park, Kansas is an art deco theater that was restored by the Fine Arts Group. The Rio was added to the National Register of Historic Places in February of 2005, and features foreign language and independent movies. The 281 seat single screen movie theater has digital sound.

Rio Theater 7204 West 80th Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66204 (913) 383-8500

New Theatre Restaurant is a 600 seat dinner theater that regularly features shows including such performers as Jamie Farr and Marion Ross. Although they work hard on the buffet dinner, the New Theater Restaurant is more about the show than the food. Tickets run from $32 to $55, and do not include dessert or beverages.

New Theatre Restaurant 9229 Foster Street, Overland Park, Kansas 66212 (913) 649-0103

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