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Everything You Need to Know About Lenexa, Kansas

Lenexa, Kansas (population 55,000 and 34 sq. miles) is the seventh-largest city in the state. There are so many great aspects of this community from the exceptional educational system to the safe and appealing residential areas that make it a great place to live and raise a family.

Wild Bill Hickok, one of the most famous folk heroes of the American West, staked a claim on 160 acres 12 years before the town of Lenexa was platted. According to legend, Lenexa was named after one of the original residents of the Shawnee Tribe, Na-Nex-Se, widow of Chief Blackhoof. In 1869, the town of Lenexa was born. Many German, Swiss and Belgian families came to the area from the East and from Europe. They purchased lands from the Shawnee and grew bumper crops in the fertile soil. In the 1930s, Lenexa became famous for its superior quality spinach. Over 150 truck farmers contributed to the trainloads of produce, spinach included (Lenexa Annual Spinach Festival), which was shipped to Chicago and other eastern markets.

Blake’s Favorite Things About Lenexa

About Lenexa

Safe and easy living for a relaxing lifestyle. Great highway access. The city center has turned this city around, and I love the Silo restaurant.

Distance to Downtown

14 miles / 7 minutes

Outdoor Spaces

Shawnee Mission Park, one of KC's best, Lake, beach, trails, kayak rentals, summer movies in the park, off-leash dog park.

Distance to Airport

29 miles / 29 minutes

School District

Shawnee Mission, Desoto


Parks, trails, access to downtown, convenience.

Walk Score



Orange Theory, Planet Fitness


Jerry's Bait Shop

Closest Hospital

AdventHealth Lenexa


Various outdoor plazas and shopping throughout


BBQ Festival, Spinach Festival

Fun Facts About Lenexa

Lenexa’s “claim to fame” in addition to Wild Bill Hickok, are biochemist William Shaw, gymnast Madison Desch, football tight end Drake Dunsmore, and Lenexa-born Grace VanderWaal, Season 11 winner of NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

Best Restaurants in Lenexa

Saints Pub + Patio

Saints Pub + Patio is one of the many options available in City Center. They offer scratch menus, and wonderful outdoor seating. 

Lenexa Public Market

The Lenexa Public Market a vibrant culinary destination and gathering place at Lenexa City Center that brings together diverse merchants who offer fresh foods and locally sourced, handcrafted products.

Kate Smith Soiree

Kate Smith Soiree is a locally-owned bakery with French macarons like nowhere else in the metro. They also offer a wide range of bakery goods and custom order cakes. 

Silo Modern Farmhouse

Silo Modern Farmhouse has delicious American & internationally-inspired dishes in a contemporary setting overlooking a golf course.

Grand Street Café

Grand Street Café serves simple and elegant cuisine.

Known as the “City of Festivals,” Lenexa hosts many special events each year, providing fun family entertainment for residents and visitors.

Legler Barn Museum

The stone Legler Barn, built by Adam Legler in 1864, was originally situated on the Santa Fe Trail. In 1983, it was moved and reconstructed at its current location in Sar-Ko-Par Trails Park. Today the barn houses a museum operated by the Lenexa Historical Society.

Parks and Rec Programs

Lenexa has an exceptional Parks and Rec program. Explore more than 30 parks, recreation opportunities, and events that make Lenexa a great place to live and play. Employees can help with planning a family outing, registering for a class, a search for volunteer opportunities, or renting a facility for your next gathering. Offered are recreation programs for all ages, including pools, sports leagues, special interest classes, senior citizens activities, trips to regional points of interest, and festivals and events.

Old Town

Old Town is the original town site of Lenexa and was founded in 1869 by Octave Chanute, a civil engineer who purchased 41 acres near the railroad. This area includes businesses, homes, and churches. The historic business district still stands at Pflumm Road and Santa Fe Trail Drive. A rail line owned by BNSF Railway runs through Old Town which played a part in the growth of Lenexa.


Lenexa City Center

Lenexa City Center is Lenexa’s new downtown combining a mix of shopping, restaurants, entertainment venues, offices, living options, and hotels. This 200-acre walkable neighborhood is located at 87th Street Parkway and Renner Boulevard, conveniently located along the highly-traveled Interstate. In and around City Center are living options for everyone. There are apartments and lofts, small lot maintenance provided homes, twin villas, and single-family subdivisions with golf course views – all within just a few minutes of the neighborhood.

Lenexa has come a long way from its early days as a small town along the Santa Fe Trail. For many years residents of Lenexa have enjoyed numerous quality of life amenities the city provides, including safe neighborhoods, excellent schools, beautiful parks, quality infrastructure, a strong commercial and employment base, cultural and recreational facilities, volunteer opportunities, and the numerous festivals which bring the community together.

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