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Everything You Need to Know About Olathe, Kansas

Pronounced O-Lay’-tha, Olathe is the 4th largest city in the state with a population of approximately 143,000. Money Magazine ranked it #11 on its list of the “100 Best Cities to Live” in the United States in 2008. The city has a total area of 60 square miles and two public lakes: Lake Olathe and Cedar Lake. It is bordered by the cities of Lenexa to the north, Overland Park to the east, De Soto to the northwest, and Gardner to the southwest.

Blake’s Favorite Things About Olathe

About Olathe

Plentiful shopping and outdoor space in a growing community 

Distance to Downtown

22 miles / 26 minutes

Outdoor Spaces

Indian Creek Greenways Trail, Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center, Heritage Park

Distance to Airport

37 miles / 37 minutes

School District

Olathe, De Soto, Spring Hill, and Blue Valley


Prairie Center

Walk Score



Genesis Health Club, ROKC


Brickyard Tavern

Closest Hospital

Olathe Medical Center


TeaElla, Olathe Glass and Home Décor, Junque Drawer Boutique and Studio


Fourth Fridays, Wild West Days

Fun Facts About Olathe

The football huddle, used routinely by teams everywhere, originated in Olathe at the Kansas School for the Deaf. Students and Coach Paul Hubbard created the huddle to present the defense from reading the lips or hand sign language of the offensive team prior to snapping the football.

Best Restaurants in Olathe

Ginger Sue’s

Ginger Sue's is a locally owned Breakfast & Brunch restaurant with three locations in the Kansas City area. They serve breakfast and lunch exclusively, and have both comfort food you expect and new dishes to try. Don't forget to order a quiche to take home!

Johnny’s BBQ

Featured on an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Johnny's BBQ has hickory-smoked BBQ paired with homestyle sides served in a lively space with a retro vibe. 

Minsky’s Pizza Cafe & Bar

Repeatedly awarded "Kansas City's Best Pizza", Minsky's Pizza starts with dough made fresh in house daily. Gourmet options and combos you could only dream of, and healthy options like cauliflower and gluten-free crusts for every palate. 

Sweet Tee’s Coffee Shop

Sweet Tee’s Coffee Shop is the perfect little place to start the day. In addition to coffee and tea, also offered are scones and even gluten-free vegan muffins. You get to select your mug each visit and have hundreds to choose from. 

Sylas and Maddy’s Homemade Ice Cream

Sylas and Maddy’s Homemade Ice Cream store opened in 1999. The store was named for the owners’ pets, a terrier and a cat. Enjoy their ice cream in imaginative flavors.

Olathe served as a stop on the Oregon, California, and Santa Fe Trails. Catering to travelers was the main source of income for local stores and businesses. The Mahaffie House, a popular resupply point for wagons headed westward, is today a registered historical site maintained by the City of Olathe.

Ensor Park and Museum

The Ensor Park and Museum highlights the home of Marshall Ensor, an Olathe teacher and pioneer in amateur radio. This 1892 farmhouse displays antique furniture, utensils, clothing, quilts, and ham radio equipment.

Kansas City Automotive Museum

Learn auto history at the Kansas City Automotive Museum. The Kansas City area is home to major automotive and motorcycle manufacturing, racing, and a vibrant collector community. The museum features more than 30 cars in a 10,000 square foot display space. The museum highlights significant Kansas City automotive history such as 1965 Le Mans winner Masten Gregory (the "Kansas City Flash"), the Ford Winchester Plant, and Greenlease Cadillac.

Old Olathe Naval Air Museum

War memorabilia is displayed at Old Olathe Naval Air Museum. This museum features exhibits of Naval/aviation related memorabilia and educational activities at the training station. Olathe Veterans Memorial Park is a beautiful four-acre park that has memorials and statues to the fallen members of the armed forces and those who serve now and will serve.

Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm

As the only working stagecoach stop left on the Santa Fe Trail, Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm offers unique experiences and opportunities that engage visitors of all ages in discovering 1860s farming, life on the Kansas frontier, and stagecoach travel. The staff wears period costumes, and stagecoach rides and farm animals make the site a favorite among children. Visitors can participate in Civil War reenactments, Wild West Days, and other activities and events.


The Museum of Deaf History, Arts, and Culture

The Museum of Deaf History, Arts, and Culture is the only museum in the United States that is dedicated to deaf culture in America and includes artifacts that chronicle deaf accomplishments. Discover what it means to be deaf in America, explore deaf culture, and learn about the history and accomplishments of deaf citizens. Interactive modules teach American Sign Language and provide a fast-paced quiz game that tests what you have learned.

There is always something going on in Olathe. It’s the perfect place to explore 1860’s history, miles of trails, visit a winery, or take in the art and sculptures located downtown.   Whether you prefer older established neighborhoods or modern subdivisions, there is something for everyone in this fast-growing community.

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