Welcome to Overland Park
Kansas’ second biggest city that has no shortage of small-town charm
Right outside of Kansas City, you’ll find Overland Park – the family-friendly suburb that is just a quick commute into the city. From trendy boutiques and fine dining to culture, art events, and rich history, this bustling town has quickly become one of the top places in the greater Kansas City area to move to.
Overland Park traces its roots back to 1905 with the arrival of its founder William B. Strang Jr. Strang envisioned a self-sustaining, well-planned, “park-like” community that had strong commerce, quality education, vibrant neighborhoods, convenient transportation, and accommodating recreational facilities – all amenities that today, make Overland Park one of the best places to live and grow up.
What to Love
- Great shopping, dining, and museums in a bustling small city
- Acres of beautiful green space
- Family-friendly activities and events
- Easy commute into Kansas City
People and Lifestyle
Overland Park residents fall into all age groups: young professionals, newly-married couples, growing families, and older residents. The wide variety of activities and dining options appeal to everyone and the easy commute into the city is a big win for working individuals.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
This city has got a lot of restaurant options; here are some of our favorites!
- Stroud’s Overland Park: Legendary restaurant known for its mouthwatering pan-fried chicken and generous side dishes served family-style and also a James Beard award winner in America’s Regional Classics category. Simon Majumdar, Food Network’s “toughest critic,” even said Stroud’s chicken would be his last meal.
- Brobecks Barbeque: A variety of meats that are prepared with a specialty rub and served without sauce—a unique twist on the traditionally saucy KC barbecue!
- Q39: You can’t go wrong with a competition BBQ dinner plate, served with the restaurant’s signature apple coleslaw and your choice of beans or potato salad. Or try a brisket burger—it’s awesome!
- J. Gilbert’s Wood-Fired Steaks and Seafood in Overland Park: Beloved steakhouse!
- J. Alexanders: Wood-fired steaks and an upscale ambiance.
- Jose Peppers: Buzzy TexMex Cantina with excellent margaritas
For shopping, Downtown Overland Park exudes small-town charm while still remaining a bustling hub for shops and boutiques. 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 like REI, Chic Closet, Fitwear, and HomeGoods.
The General Store & Co. is a modern take on an old-fashioned general store and specializes in a thoughtfully curated mix of everyday items and gifts.
Things to Do
There are a ton of things to do in Overland Park but here are some of the local favorites that made the cut!
- Aubrey Vineyards is Overland Park’s first winery and an awesome way to spend the day with friends or family.
- Nature-lovers shouldn’t miss the chance to check out the Arboretum and Botanical Gardens in Overland Park which are spread over an amazing 300 acres of lush land; you’ll find over 200 different types of birds as well as more than 75 kinds of trees with themed gardens in a range of gorgeous styles.
- The American Jazz Museum aims to showcase the history and culture of jazz music in the Kansas City area, as there has been a strong music scene here since the 1930s when jazz music got its start.
- The farmers’ market in Overland Park is known as one of the best in Kansas thanks to its amazing range of fresh produce.
- Prairiefire is a unique entertainment venue with a shopping mall, museum exhibits & a self-guided wetlands trail. Dedicated to showcasing the best of the prairie district, the Museum at Prairiefire is fantastic if you want to learn all about the natural history of this part of the country.
- The Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead offers some great fun for all the family and is one of the best-loved children’s attractions in Overland Park.
- The Indian Creek Bike and Hike Trail run for up to 17 miles, part of which skirts by Overland Park and is an ideal place to check out the flora and fauna of this part of the United States.
Overland Park operates in the Blue Valley School District which manages multiple elementary, middle, and high schools. Local schools are Overland Park Elementary, Oxford Middle School, and Shawnee Mission South High School. Some Overland Park residents also opt to send their kids to one of the top-rated private schools in the region such as: