You probably already know some of Overland Park's iconic destinations: the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Deanna Rose Children's Farmstead, The New Theater & Restaurant. But beyond these TripAdvisor-approved spots lies a myriad of hidden gems. Whether it’s entertainment, great food, shopping or exploring the outdoors you’re after, these spots are sure to delight and surprise. Let's dive into some of the best-kept secrets this city has to offer!


Prairiefire Summer Music Series

If you’re looking for live music and a lively atmosphere, you have got to attend the Prairiefire Summer Music Series! Every Thursday during the summer from 7-10 p.m., some of Kansas City's greatest cover bands perform right outside Pinstripes and Brass Onion in Prairiefire.

Imagine enjoying a balmy summer evening with fantastic music and food from some of the best patios in OP. And here's a fun fact worth noting: you can take your alcoholic drinks from any restaurant or bar into the street! So, grab a beverage, throw on those dancin’ shoes and make your way to Prairiefire on Thursday night! 

Prairiefire Music Series


Cinzetti's Italian Market

For a taste of Italy in Overland Park, look no further than Cinzetti's Italian Market. This buffet-style Italian restaurant is beloved by locals for its rustic, Tuscan-style setting and a wide array of delicious dishes. Open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Cinzetti's offers an experience akin to roaming through an Italian piazza, with 14 exhibition cooking stations where trained chefs prepare fresh food right before your eyes.

Indulge in the flavors of various Italian regions and enjoy as many items as you like, as often as you like. This is such a fun culinary experience–and a must for my fellow Italian food lovers!



The Tasteful Olive

This one's for my foodies... The Tasteful Olive in Downtown Overland Park is a must-see. This charming store offers over 60 varieties of fresh olive oils and naturally-flavored balsamic vinegars. But that’s just the beginning – you’ll also find a delightful selection of spices, sauces, olives, pastas, and more.

Whether you’re a seasoned chef or simply love experimenting in the kitchen, The Tasteful Olive will inspire your culinary creativity. It’s also the perfect spot to find unique local gifts to bring back home with you!

The Tasteful Olive


Thomas S. Stoll Dog Park

Spanning 80 acres, the Thomas S. Stoll Dog Park features a scenic walking trail, picnic shelters, playgrounds, a small pond, and seven athletic playing fields. However, the highlight for many is the seven-acre dog off-leash area, complete with a 1/3-acre section specifically for small dogs (25 pounds or under and/or 14 inches in height).

It's a wonderful place to let your furry babies run free and socialize while you enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The park is well-fenced and has ample parking, making it a convenient and enjoyable spot for both dogs and their owners. My pup, Josie, and I are regulars here!

Thomas S. Stoll Dog Park

No matter what you're in the mood for, these hidden gems promise to make your time in Overland Park unforgettable. What hidden gems in OP would you add to this list?