Overland Park Travel Guide

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Overland Park Highlights

  • Pro
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     Easy to get around the city 

  • Con
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     Not alot of ethnic diversity, can seem very crowded. 

  • In a nutshell
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     You won't be living in the middle of nowhere!! 

Overland Park Things to Do

  • Korean War Memorial

    Not to be Overlooked is thew serene and surreal memorial of the Korean WAr. It has some nice features to commemorate the loss of life and should be viewed by all to remember.

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  • OP Convention Center

    Come to the events, even though there are not many during the year. It helps to support the big subsidy that the city provides for this draw feature that was not needed. The subsidy is around $1 million a year plus $ 2 million more for the Sheraton Hotel next door. UGH

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  • Shopping is the Thing to Do

    Come and spend your money; those taxes support our low property taxes. The whole town is a staging for shopping and all in the midst of the living quarters for the bedroom developments and apartments. So do you patriotic duty and shop for retail

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  • Community Centers to Attend

    They have some community centers in the city that serve the old, young and all other types. They have a large following, and many events take place during the year in these facilities. Matt Ross is in the old town area at 84th ST off Metclaf Ave, and Tomahawk Ridge Center is on 119th St just past Metcalf to the west three blocks

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  • Rio Theater of Old Times

    This art deco structure has been a landmark for around 50 years. It still operates in old town section of OP and it features second run movies, and some off color types during the year.

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  • Visit Old Town OP

    They have revived the old part of town that is off Metcalf Ave and 83rd Streets. It runs for about 4-5 blocks in east/west and north.south area. The old buildings have for the most part been preserved yet, but a large fire about 2007 caused total damage to some old structures, now rebuilt with more modern types.They have a farmers market in warmer...

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  • Korean War Veterans Memorial

    Touching and fitting tribute to all those who fought in the Korean War. Specifically dedicated to the 415 Kansans who lost their lives in that struggle, as well as the two Kansans awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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  • Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art

    The following description of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art appears in the Visitor Orientation Guide:"Designed by the world-renowned architect Kyu Sung Woo, the 38,000 square foot Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art houses six major changing exhibition galleries, three permanent collection galleries, a new media gallery, a Kansas city-based...

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  • Children's Museum

    Wonderscope is an interactive museum for children. There are several rooms with different themes for children to interact. For example, there is an arts and crafts room and there is a room about weather with different activities involving weather. Although, the museum suggest ages 6 months to 12, I would recommend ages 2 - 5. There is one room for...

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Overland Park Restaurants

  • Best Coffee - Anywhere!

    Habte and TG Mesfin were born and raised in the mountains of Ethiopia where coffee was discovered and where a long and strict tradition of coffee preparation is followed from "the bush to the cup." Habte has brought his knowledge of excellence in coffee roasting and brewing to Overland Park, Kansas, where his shop has legions of loyal followers....

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  • Deli with Pizzaz

    It is more than a deli. It serves all kinds of sandwiches, but also pastas and other food kinds. But the deli meats are fresh and tasty. Prices are steep at $8-9 for the sandwich, then chips and drink bring you to around $12-14- a lot for a lunch Pastrami on rye may as well be the main choice since I get it so few times usually.

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  • A Chinese Tradition for Years

    The food is all good, but you only get a plate of it instead of loading up on a big buffet style place. BAsically, the type of food is all authentic and tasty. They have been around at two locations for about 30 years and have a following of older sector I like the Cashew chicken plate always

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  • Diner Experience

    It is a bit of an uppity yuppie type of place to eat. It draws that sector of society from the area that inhabits OP. The food is okay, but nothing great to speak about. Prices can range from $8-12, depending on the type of plate ordered I only had a burger here, and is is good, along with the fries

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  • They Do NOt Serve Elephants

    The menu list is eclectic and a variety of samplings from all corners of the globe. They have American, Chinese, Thai, Italian, and much more. This is a reasonable priced place to eat and the food is all good every time we went here. I like the chicken and vegetable platter. It comes with fries and all are good sized servings.

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  • Steaks are SEcond Best

    The food is average, at best. Obviously they feature steaks as the main fare here. The prices run about $18 for a 10 oz sirloin, and $25 for a 16 oz. All steaks seem on the high side, though, and maybe its just me, but meat prices are outrageous and overpriced overall. The beers are $4 for a glass. They have 4-5 locations around Kansas City, and...

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Overland Park Nightlife

  • How many bottles of beer on the wall?

    I came here with my siblings (two brothers, one sister, and spouses) on my last trip to Kansas over the holidays. It's a good place for the 30-50 y.o. crowd in the suburbs to gather - good beers on tap, and a comfortable, easy-going atmosphere (smoke-free!). Barley's is part of the "75th Street Brewery" chain, and that's a good thing, because they...

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  • A Top Dinner Theatre Experience

    Few dinner theatres in the country have a more loyal following than the New Theatre of Overland Park. The reasons are simple: excellent food choices (it features a sumptous and varied buffet) and top-flight theatre experiences. Consistently features well-known stars such as Marion Ross, Gary Burghoff, Don Knotts, Karen Valentine, Jamie Farr, Tom...

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  • A Classic Neighborhood Movie Theater

    Thanks to the Fine Arts Theater Group in Kansas City for preserving the Rio Theater!The Rio shows both revival films (like "Life of Brian") and first-run independent and foreign films. It's kind of small - seats under 300 people - but what it lacks in size it makes up for in charm.The Rio is one of the last of the one-screen movie theaters. It's...

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Overland Park Transportation

  • Streets abound with traffic

    The main street being Metcalf runs through the middle of the city for about 12 miles; the length of the city limits. It is loaded with retail, and many lanes of traffic. Overall, though, the vehicle traffic moves along pretty fast, given the volume; and it is spread out. Metcalf runs north/south, and in the middle of the city runs I 435 which is...

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  • Nice way to travel

    We rented a vehicle at the Kansas City International Airport from Thrifty Car Rental and got a great deal on a mid-size car.

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  • A view south from the King G...

    A view south from the King G ranch. Hayward's is at the top of that hill.

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Overland Park Shopping

  • Gifts from Artisans in Developing...

    Overland Park's Ten Thousand Villages store is just one of a number of locations throughout North America, a most worthwhile ministry of the Mennonite Central Committee that allows thousands of artisans in developing countries to earn a fair wage. Ten Thousand Villagesoffers home decor, jewelry, linens, ceramics and coffee. While looking around...

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  • Unique gift items from Kansas

    Great place to pick up a gift for the people back home, or a remembrance of your trip to the greater Kansas City area. Sure, you will find the obligatory Dorothy and Toto stuff, a Jayhawk or Wildcat t-shirt, and too be sure a collection of KC's finest barbecue sauces. But you'll find a lot more. My personal favorites are some of the specialty food...

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  • One of Kansas City Area's Most Popular...

    Oak Park Mall for many years has been a favorite destination in Johnson County, Kansas. That goes for shoppers or for those who just like to hang out in malls. Anchor tenants Nordstrom's, Jones Store Company, Dillards and JC Penneys are joined by Gap, Victoria's Secret, Abercrombie & Fitch and all of the standard jewelry and shoe stores. Excellent...

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Overland Park Local Customs

  • Residential living

    Throughout the city are many subdivisions and complexes. The whole city is staged for good living and reasonable priced homes and living quarters. It rates as in the top 10 in the country for best lifestyle and prices that are livable.

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  • Office Buildings are All Around

    They OP city has many office facilities that have been built mostly since 1970's to the current day. They are spread all over the city, but concentrated around Metcalf and College Blvd for a lot of them.

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  • Sunday Night Concerts in the Park

    Local residents gather in at the bandstand in the small park in old downtown Overland Park on Sunday evenings in the months of June, July, and August. Many nights it's the Overland Park Civic Band, other nights they listen to jazz or folk. The evening this photo was taken, the Overland Park Civic Orchestra was playing and some dancing was provided...

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Overland Park Tourist Traps

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    You'll have to fight the tourists and gawkers for a view... the backyard

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Overland Park Off The Beaten Path

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    by basstbn Updated Oct 10, 2004

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    OVERLAND PARK ARBORETUM. It is still in the developmental stages, but has some nice walking paths. You can choose naturally wooded and hilly areas (yes, there are hills in Kansas) or some carefully sculpted garden areas featuring native wildflowers. It is on 179th Street, just west of Hwy 69.

    The current photo is from the city's web site. For additional photos, see my pictures on the travelogue.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Eco-Tourism

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Overland Park Favorites

  • The Overland Stage

    I don't know how long this "coach and horses" has been on the southwest corner of 80th and Metcalf - but I remember playing on them when I was a kid!

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  • Santa Fe Trail Marker

    Yes, the street "Santa Fe" does follow the historic route of the Santa Fe Trail. The Trail originated in Independence MO, passed through Westport, then rose to high ground as it trekked into Kansas.At the corner of 80th and Santa Fe, in downtown O.P.

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  • Strang Streetcar Barn

    Built in 1906, this was the storage shed for the streetcars that ran between the (then) village of Olathe and downtown Kansas City. William Strang operated the "interurban line" until the 1930s.Now an upscale furniture store.

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