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Everything You Need to Know About Overland Park, Kansas

Although a large population of more than 189,000 residents, this Johnson County town is perfect for young families and couples looking to settle into a quiet suburban lifestyle. Family-friendly and safe, Overland Park is brimming with amenities. From trails and parks to numerous local restaurants and shops, there are plenty of opportunities for leisure.

Overland Park’s roots are traced to 1905 with the arrival of its founder, William B. Strang Jr. He began to plot subdivisions along an old military road which later became the town’s principal thoroughfare. Strang developed large portions of what would later become downtown Overland Park.

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About Overland Park

Perfect for young families and couples looking to settle into a quiet suburban lifestyle

Distance to Downtown

13 miles / 20 minutes

Outdoor Spaces

St. Andrews Golf Club, Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead

Distance to Airport

28 miles / 31 minutes

School District

Blue Valley, Shawnee Mission, Olathe


Museum at Prairiefire, Scheels Overland Park Soccer Complex

Walk Score



Blush Fitness, CrossFit i35, KS Athletic Club, Life Time Fitness



Closest Hospital

Menorah Medical Center, AdventHealth


Prairiefire, Oak Park Mall, Hawthorne Plaza


Farmers’ Market, Music in the Park, Star Spangled Spectacular

Fun Facts About Overland Park

Overland Park was the setting of the 2008 documentary series, High School Confidential, and the 2009-2011 television series, United States of Tara. 

CNNMoney.com has consistently ranked it in the top 10 of its 100 Best Places to Live in the U.S. Forbes ranked it among the 25 Best Suburbs for retirement. BusinessWeek ranked it as one of “The Best Places to Raise your Kids,” and U.S. News & World Report ranked it among “America’s 10 Best Places to Grow Up.”

Best Restaurants in Overland Park

The Upper Crust Bakery

Warm pies fresh from the oven can be found at The Upper Crust Bakery located in downtown Overland Park. Offers are classics such as Dutch Apple, Cherry, and Dixie in addition to seasonal favorites.

J. Alexanders

KC is fondly referred to as a “Cowtown” because of the city’s booming stockyards industry in the early 1900’s. Wood-fired steaks are the specialty at J. Alexanders. Relax in the upscale ambiance and try to choose between steak, prime rib, or burgers, in addition to rotisserie chicken, grilled pork tenderloin and grilled salmon.

Brobecks Barbeque

Brobecks Barbeque does things a little differently. Their meats are prepared with a specialty rub and served without sauce, opposite of the usually saucy KC barbecue. You cannot go wrong with their ribs.

Louie's Wine Dive

Louie’s Wine Dive offers a popular brunch with mimosas available by the glass or an “almost never-ending carafe.” How does champagne praline French toast sound?

Decadent Dessert Bar

After letting your dinner settle, head to Decadent, a dessert and coffee bar in the Prairiefire district. Pastries and desserts are made from scratch daily.

Four well-known comedians/actors from Overland Park are Rob Riggle, Paul Rudd, Eric Stonestreet, and Jason Sudeikis.

Aubrey Vineyards

If you are a wine aficionado, explore Aubrey Vineyards in southern Overland Park. The vineyards pay homage to the early days of the area’s winemaking, when, in the 1880’s, Missouri was the largest producer of U.S. wines. The vineyards feature small-batch, handcrafted wines. The tasting room and store are located in downtown Overland Park.

Downtown Overland Park

Downtown Overland Park is a blend of “Main Street” and contemporary, with one-of-a-kind local shops, art galleries, restaurants, services, and events. The Farmers’ Market is one of Overland Parks most popular attractions. What makes it so popular? For more than 35 years, vendors have been providing farm-to-table food that helps you eat locally and in season while supporting the community. Vendors offer a wide variety of products including fresh produce, dairy, eggs, meat, seafood, nuts, flowers, and even skincare.

Museum at Prairiefire

The Museum at Prairiefire is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to meaningful learning and engagement with science, culture, art and natural history. As well as hosting a variety of dynamic, authentic Natural History exhibitions, the Museum at Prairiefire offerings include regular events, interactive activities and programs for adults and kids.   


Culinary Center of Kansas City

The Culinary Center of Kansas City is located in downtown Overland Park. They regularly host cooking classes that give participants an opportunity to learn more about and prepare a variety of cuisines, including bread-making, sous-vide, and grilling. Discover more about favorite cuisines including French, Asian, Indian, and Italian. The Culinary Center also hosts Foodie Field Trips, a chance to experience a food-related destination like a working honey farm. Check out their events calendar.

Overland Park has been ranked at the top of the dozens of national rankings because of its attractive and safe neighborhoods, nationally-ranked public schools, state-of-the-art health care, diverse cultural and recreational amenities, and accessibility to highways and interstates.

As a safe place to raise a family with plenty of fun activities and in close proximity to the city, residents can find a new and exciting experience every day.

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