Are you holding off on that next family road trip because you don’t want to break the bank? What if I told you there was a way to take a family vacation for about $500? Sure, I would be skeptical too. Keep on reading and you will learn all the tips and tricks to a $500 vacation in Overland Park.



  • Arrive and check in to your hotel. Traveling during the week is a great way to get much lower rates on your hotel room. By traveling during the week, you can save about 15%.
    • Estimated Cost - $250
  • Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead is the perfect way to start your OP trip. And even better, it is free from 2-4 Monday-Thursday. Just make sure to bring a few dollars to bottle feed the goats!
    • Estimated Cost - $4
  • Next up, Strang Hall. Strang Hall is a food paradise with options like tacos, burgers, or even sushi. When we say there is something for everyone here, we mean it.
    • Estimated Cost - $60
  • Head over to Thompson Park and burn off some energy. Run around in the green space. Let the kids enjoy the playground, or cool off by running through the water feature.
    • Estimated Cost - Free



  • Start your morning off with coffee and pastries at McLain’s Market. If you really want to get the most bang for your buck, check out their day-old section. Trust me, you won’t be able to tell they are a day old.
    • Estimated Cost - $25
  • After you fuel up in the morning, head to the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. Here you can do some hiking, take in nature, or you can even stop and smell the roses. Head there on a Tuesday and entrance is free.
    • Estimated Cost - Free
  • There must be at least one BBQ stop while you are in town. Plowboys, known for their BBQ Nachos, is a must try.
    • Estimated Cost - $50
  • The Museum at Prairiefire is a great place to get that coveted perfect family selfie. After you get that checked off your list, head inside and explore this natural history museum with interactive activities for all ages.
    • Estimated Cost - $20
  • For dinner, just walk on over to Grimaldi’s, which is also in the Prairiefire district. If you like pizza, you are going to love Grimaldi’s. Some say this is the best NY style pizza in town, but you can be the judge of that.
    • Estimated Cost - $50



  • Sleep in a bit and recover from your previous day. During the warmer months, The OP Farmers’ Market is open Wednesday mornings. This is the perfect spot to grab some breakfast and get a little treat for yourself to enjoy on the drive home.
    • Estimated Cost - $50


Total Cost - $509

All prices are estimates only and are for a family of 2 adults and 2 children.

Strang Hall

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Thompson Park

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McLain's Market

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Arboretum Cafe

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Museum at Prairiefire

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Grimaldi's Pizzeria

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Tips and Tricks

  • Travel during the week for rates that are roughly 15% lower than traveling on the weekends. Oh, there aren’t usually as many crowds to deal with during the week either.
  • Bring your favorite drinks and snacks. This reduces the number of times you will need to stop to get more snacks, leaving more time exploring Overland Park. Oh, and also saving you $$$.
  • Book a hotel with a pool for free entertainment during your down time.
  • Overland Park is very easy to get around. No matter where you are, nothing is ever too far away.


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