Large population, low rate of unemployment, low rate of poverty rate, high rate of graduation and per capita income, exotic food, beautiful locations, famous footwear industry, sophisticated people, supportive government, these all are not characteristics of two or three cities. These are just a glimpse of greatness of this most populous and second largest city of Kansas state of United States. Overland Park is the county seat of Johnson County and located in northeastern Kansas. It is located just 13 miles away from downtown Kansas City and Missouri. The history of this city takes us back to 1905 when William B. Strang, the founder of Overland park, named a subdivision along military roadway as Overland Park. Housings, interurban railroad and an airfield was established by Strang till 1921 when he died. 1960 was the face of real development when it got corporated as a city with a population of 28000 and today there are more than 175000 residents here, making it the most populous city in Kansas.
Overland Park has humid subtropical climate with dry winters. The summers are not very hot but very humid and July is the hottest month with maximum temperature of 89 degrees. January is the coldest month with minimum temperature of 19 degrees and city experiences 18 inches of snowfall every year. Rainfall is very common here and averages at 39 inches per year. The best time to visit Overland Park is between February and April.
How to get here?
The nearest international airport to Overland Park is Kansas City International Airport which is just 28 miles from Overland Park downtown. It receives flights from all major countries and more than 10 million people travel to and from Kansas City International Airport. There are some small airports also nearby Overland Park but Kansas Airport is preferred by travelers because of its great location and service. You can easily get a cab, taxi, airport shuttle, bus service from outside airport to reach Overland Park city center. There is also Amtrak Rail Service, by which you can easily reach here from nearby cities.
Accommodation and Food
There are 36 outstanding lodging options from some of the most recognizable names in the business to locally owned places. You will find spot to stay in every price range, whether its luxury hotel or a budget motel. One of the best is 435 Overland Park Place Hotel located at W. 108th Street offering 83 double rooms, 84 king rooms, 2 suites and 8 class 2 rooms. Other good options are America’s Best Value Inn & Suites, Candlewood Suites Kansas City, Chase Suite Hotels, Comfort Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott at the Convention Center, Days Inn, DoubleTree by Hilton, Drury Inn & Suites, EconoLodge Inn & Suites, Hyatt Place, Super 8, TownPlace Suites and Sheraton Overland Park Hotel at the Convention Center.
There are more than 100 restaurants and eateries in Overland Park representing different international tastes, from American to Mexican and Italian to Chinese. If you are into desserts or sweets then 2 Women and an Oven is the perfect place located at Metcalf Avenue, American food at Adrian’s Cafe, European Food at Andre’s Rivaz, Chinese at Andy’s Wok, fine beers and wine at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, American food at Bob Evans, Barbeque at Brobecks Barbeque, Mediterranean at Cafe Casbah, Korean food at Cafe Vie, Italian food at Carrabba’s Italian Grill and Mexican food at Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Overland Park Convention Center
Overland Park Convention Center is located at College Boulevard and covers a total area of 26 acres which makes it one of the largest convention centers in the state. It was opened in 2002 and since then has been hosting trade shows, conventions, training sessions, corporate meetings and social events. It is connected to Sheraton Hotel with 412 rooms and offers free parking. There are a lot of restaurants and eight bay loading docks and elephant doors. You will also get a chance to see the displayed arts by more than 50 regional artists on the walls or in the form of sculptures, metalwork, blown glass chandelier and more. The Convention Center remains open daily and you can take a tour at anytime from 10 am to 5 pm.
The Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead is located at Switzer Road and features farm animals, birds of prey, show gardens, butterfly gardens, nature trails etc. It is one of the most visited family attractions in Kansas and more than 50000 visitors come here every year. It covers an area of 12 acres and started its journey in 1978 as just a petting zoo. You will surely love the recently started Prairie Dog Display. The admission to Deanna Rose was free till 2010 but now it costs $2 for everyone and you will have to pay extra for wagon rides, pony rides, pygmy goat feeding and other activities inside. However, this is a place worth visit if you are in Overland Park.
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is an art museum located at College Boulevard in Overland Park and was designed by architect Kyu Sung Woo. The museum has famous 200 seat Hudson Auditorium, two classrooms, art storage and some preparation spaces. The main attraction are the two lobbies named Cantilever Entrance with 60000 white LED installation and Atrium Lobby totally made of glass and metal. The museum features almost 16 exhibitions per year showcasing works of international and regional artists. The admission to museum is free and you can take self guided tour on any day except Mondays.