From rural farmsteads to world-class museums, Overland Park is a city of contrasts in the heart of Kansas. It boasts a flourishing arts scene and plenty of opportunities to enjoy the area’s natural scenery.
Things to do in Overland Park
For a glimpse at the state's rural roots, head to the Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead. Open throughout the summer, it's home to over 250 friendly farm animals. You can peer into the turn-of-the-century homestead, learn about growing vegetables, cuddle baby goats and milk dairy cows.
Set on the Johnson County Community College campus, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art celebrates local talent from across America. It's housed in a striking modern building and is filled with sculptures, paintings, ceramics and photography.
Nature lovers should visit the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Trails wind through rocky bluffs and lush gardens filled with more than 1,700 species of plants. Keep an eye out for birds, dragonflies and deer. You can also hire a set of wheels and explore the Indian Creek Hike and Bike Trail.
Kids will love Museum at Prairiefire, which houses a treasure trove of natural history exhibits. You can gaze up at dinosaur skeletons, discover the mysteries of outer space and admire sparkling gemstones. Don't miss seeing the acclaimed Virtual Reality Experiences in the museum, which transport viewers to iconic destinations like Stonehenge.
Getting around Overland Park
Downtown Overland Park is easy to get around on foot, as most major sites and attractions are within walking distance. The city is also serviced by a network of local buses. Rental cars offer the most flexibility when exploring Overland Park and Johnson County.