Welcome to Olathe
Family-friendly, urban amenities and close proximity to downtown Kansas City.
Olathe is the Shawnee Indian word for "beautiful" and you’ll find that matches this mid-sized Kansas town perfectly. Located twenty miles southwest of downtown Kansas City, along the historic Oregon-California and Santa Fe Trails, families love heading here for the excellent schools and close proximity/commute into the city.
Olathe was founded in 1857 by Dr. John T. Barton and has grown rapidly since its inception. But this city still maintains its midwest charm and down-home values. Come see why this town will capture your heart!
What to Love
- An active town with multiple trails, parks, and recreation centers
- Urban amenities and close proximity to Kansas City
- Family-friendly with lots of activities and events
People and Lifestyle
Olathe residents are mostly young families with children or working professionals that commute into Kansas City. People here like to stay active by running, walking, or biking along the many trails found in town.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Olathe’s downtown is growing ever more vibrant and diverse with unique small businesses, restaurants, historical neighborhoods, and cultural opportunities.
Here are some of our favorite spots:
For shopping, you can find some cute boutiques downtown or head to nearby Downtown Overland Park. For higher-end shopping, you’ll find Nordstrom, Lush, Macy’s, and more at the Oak Park Mall. In addition, Prairiefire also has some fantastic shops to meet your everyday needs.
Things to Do
Here’s our pick of some of the best things to do in Olathe!
Olathe has a long list of parks and trails for all the nature enthusiasts and fitness buffs out there; there are more than 30 parks located in Olathe and several nature trails spanning 22 miles. For additional recreation, the Ensor Park and Museum is also located in the city and offers fun and educational activities for visitors of all ages. Another woods-based spot is the Ernie Miller Nature Center where kids can learn about wildlife flora and fauna. Heritage Park is a 1,238-acre park that includes 10 picnic shelters, a 40-acre lake, a 30-acre dog off-leash area, play areas, outdoor exercise equipment, an 18-hole disc golf course, softball, football, and soccer fields, and the 18-hole championship Heritage Park Golf Course with a driving range.
Olathe has one of the best school systems in the country. The Olathe School District and the Blue Valley School District serve the city with 34 public elementary schools, nine middle schools, and four high schools within Olathe with a total of 26,894 students enrolled. The four public high schools located in Olathe are Olathe North High School, Olathe South High School, Olathe East High School, and Olathe Northwest High School.
In addition to the 47 public schools in Olathe, the city is also home to several private Catholic schools like St. Paul Catholic School and Prince of Peace School and a few higher education institutions such as MidAmerica Nazarene University and the Kansas State School for the Deaf.