The Overland Park Experience
Welcome to Overland Park, Kansas, host to over 2 million visitors a year. Overland Park is a unique blend of metropolitan amenities and suburban hospitality packaged in a fresh, contemporary setting. Located less than 15 minutes from downtown Kansas City, Overland Park offers an abundance of attractions including over 250 restaurants, great shopping, theatres and more than 80 public parks.
All of Overland Park’s 36 fine hotels offer exceptional customer service and are conveniently located near major highways, allowing easy access to the Kansas City metro area. The region features everything from live theater and art museums to amusement parks and a zoo.
New Theatre Restaurant, open year-round, brings Broadway-style musicals and plays with New York and Hollywood performers to Overland Park.
The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, also open year-round, features a natural setting with walking trails, waterfalls, colorful flowers and a variety of gardens including a children’s discovery garden, Monet garden and a legacy garden.
At the 12-acre Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, visitors enjoy a turn-of-the-century farm including animals, birds of prey, vegetable and flower gardens, a one-room country schoolhouse, fishing pond, horse-drawn wagon and pony rides, an Indian Encampment, dairy barn, a butterfly garden and a Prairie Playground. More than 400,000 annual visitors make this one of the most popular attractions in the entire metropolitan region.
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is the largest contemporary art museum in the four-state region and the only one in Kansas. Frequently changing exhibitions means there is always something new to view.
Shopping is abundant in Overland Park with everything from upscale boutiques to discount retailers. Oak Park Mall is the largest indoor-shopping mall in the region with over 185 stores and specialty shops, including Nordstrom, American Girl, LEGO and Microsoft. Hawthorne Plaza includes a variety of exclusive specialty stores and boutiques. Historic Downtown Overland Park is home to quaint eateries, antique stores, art galleries and a variety of other locally-owned shops. Corbin Park has 1.1 million square feet of unique shopping and dining experiences and is anchored by Von Maur. In addition, Overland Park is just minutes away from other great shopping experiences at Town Center Plaza, The Legends at Village West, the Country Club Plaza and Crown Center.
Visitors of the area can also enjoy attending professional sports competitions including the Kansas City Royals (MLB), the Kansas City Chiefs (NFL), NASCAR, Sporting Kansas City (MLS), and the Kansas City T-Bones (Northern League).
For groups of all sizes, the state-of-the-art Overland Park Convention Center, affords over 237,000 square feet of meeting, exhibition, banquet, pre-function and service space.
We look forward to seeing you and are confident you will want to make a return visit to Overland Park.
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Located in the nation's heartland, Overland Park is host to all four seasons ranging from fall's vibrant foliage to spring's lush greenery.Helpful Information
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With a storybook beginning, it is no wonder Overland Park has become one of the nation's premier cities.
The farmstead is twelve acres of family fun and entertainment, designed to depict a turn-of-the-century farm, the Farmstead. It is open every day from April 1-October 31.
There’s plenty to do for kids of all ages, featuring farm animals, birds of prey, vegetable and flower gardens, dairy barn, Ben’s Bank, general store, ice cream parlor, one-room country schoolhouse, Kanza Indian Encampment, mining exhibit, old time fishing pond, nature trails and horse drawn wagon rides and pony rides. The Farmstead also has three play areas for visiting children, including a large covered red slide coming out of a barn.
Don’t forget to enjoy one of the many special events and activities the farmstead has planned throughout the year.
Historic Downtown Overland Park will capture your interest with its historic charm and small town flair. The area originally bustled with horse-drawn traffic and daily stops of the famous Steam Electric Interurban Railroad Line. Nearly a century later, the 25-block radius boasts a vibrant shopping and restaurant district featuring nearly 300 locally owned and operated venues. Located just off Metcalf between 78th and 83rd streets, this shopping and entertainment district has been designated a “Main Street” city.
The district also features several special events throughout the year. A few events are highlighted for you here, check the events calendar for complete listings.
Clock Tower Concert Series at the Farmers’ Market
Annual Overland Park Fall Festival & Parade
Mayor’s Lighting Ceremony
Music in the Park
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art features over 12,000 square feet of exhibition space, including major temporary exhibition galleries, permanent collection galleries, a new media gallery, an area artists project gallery, and an intimate “focus” gallery. A new media gallery features exciting exhibits utilizing video and other electronic media. In addition to displaying spectacular works of art in dynamic new spaces, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art will offer educational programs and materials.
The Museum also houses the Café Tempo (seating 107), a 200 seat auditorium, 2 classrooms and a museum shop. Adjoining the museum (and adjacent Regnier Center) is a stunning glass and metal atrium which provides additional space for the café and public receptions.
At over 38,000 square feet, the Nerman Museum is the largest contemporary art museum in the four state region. Designed by architect Kyu Sung Woo, the Nerman Museum is a powerful, elegant building clad in Kansas limestone.
JCCC Campus Art Collection
In April 2006, Public Art Review magazine named JCCC as one of the top 10 university/college campuses for public art in America, citing the outdoor sculpture and the paintings, ceramics, photography and works on paper installed throughout the campus
At New Theatre Restaurant, experience a 5-star American cuisine followed by a Broadway comedy or musical featuring stars from the stage, film and TV. It was recognized in the Wall Street Journal as “the best dinner theatre in the country.”
Enjoy fabulous food and Broadway caliber entertainment with Performances from some of your favorite stars of television, film and stage. All shows are locally produced.
The New Theatre Restaurant is the perfect way to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries with a special occasion package.
And with all the special amenities available to groups, the New Theatre Restaurant is sure to please every attendee.
In addition to special ticket pricing, the New Theatre Restaurant has two event rooms available to rent as part of a Group Sales package. Located in the upper level of the theatre, the Marquee Room can accommodate up to 100 people for cocktails or 80 people for a seated event. With a high-speed internet connection, this room is perfect for sales presentations and meetings. Located just off of the lobby foyer, the Regency Room accommodates 75 people for cocktails or 60 people for a seated event. Both rooms can be set up as requested with a host bar or cash bar.
Region's largest indoor shopping center, this two-level mall has a variety of stores, ranging from the finest in fashions to relaxing dining establishments. Features Nordstrom, Dillard's, Macy's, American Girl, LEGO Store and Microsoft Store.
The Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is located on 300 ecologically diverse acres in southern Johnson County. Eight different ecosystems have been identified on the site including many rare plant species. Nearly 85 percent of the property will be dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the natural ecosystems.
Visitors can enjoy a variety of themed gardens, including the Erickson Water Garden, Train Garden, Children’s Discovery Garden, Monet Garden, Legacy Garden, International Sculpture Garden and more.
Docent tours are available along with facility rental for special events.â€¯
The Overland Park Convention Center opened in November of 2002 on a 26-acre site in the heart of Overland Park, the largest suburban city in the Kansas City metropolitan area and the second largest city in Kansas. Adorned with over sixty original works of art and equipped with cutting edge Virtual Meeting technology, the 254,000 square foot complex features a 60,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall that connects to the 25,000 sq. ft. Edwin C. Eilert Ballroom, 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting room space and a 25,000 sq.ft. outdoor courtyard. Natural light radiates throughout the unusually spacious (44,000 sq. ft.) pre-function and registration areas. With over 1,000 hotel rooms within walking distance, the Overland Park Convention Center is perfect for trade shows, weddings, conventions, corporate meetings, training sessions and social events alike.
Planning a wedding? Whether your perfect wedding day is an intimate ceremony for 50 with a gallery feel or the event of the season in the Ballroom with 1,000 guests, our space is as unique as you are. We invite you to come take a look. Click to view our Wedding E-Magazine or fill out this form to have our Certified Wedding Specialist contact you for a personalized tour.