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Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

8909 West 179 Street

The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens was founded to keep the city at the forefront of environmental and ecological issues. A leader of environmentally sound community development, the Arboretum is an educational, recreational and cultural resource for the Kansas City region. It offers homeowners, landscapers and arborists an opportunity to view and evaluate a wide variety of hybrid trees and shrubs, native to this area.

About 85 percent of the property in southern Overland Park is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of eight natural ecosystems. The remaining portion includes traditional botanical gardens, trails, the Visitors Center and maintenance facilities.


Brad Espenshade

Sunday, July 8, 2018
This was near where we stayed so we stopped in on the way back to our place, it was Tuesday so it was free admission! But this one is cheap to get in anyway. Definitely worth the stop as they have many different types of gardens, artwork, ponds, and walkways. There's even a model train area that's outdoors. Take some time and just walk around the gardens and woods. There are fish and turtles you can feed in the big pond and trails for running.

Dylan Moore

Friday, July 13, 2018
Absolutely love this place. It's so nice to go walk around and look at the flowers, or the koi, or the statue garden they have. I also like going on all of the trails they have where you can see so much nature. It's really beautiful at any time of the year, (except maybe winter, which is miserable anytime you leave your house here), I also like the bird sanctuary they have which is a fun place to just relax and check out who is going to get more food, the birds or squirrels. 10/10 would recommend.

Kelly WI

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
Gorgeous scenery, friendly staff to check you in (and in the gift shop). I'm terrified of birds, but even I enjoyed the small shack to take in the scenery of all the songbirds that come to visit. Definitely need a full day's trip to take in all the sights and trails, or plan to visit multiple times! Definitely worth the drive from Independence!

Sara Bernier

Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Such a beautiful park to take family pictures! The flowers are gorgeous. The model train area is adorable. The staff is extremely friendly. We had an awesome experience! Bring water and comfy shoes 😊

Sharise Thompson

Saturday, June 16, 2018
I love this place. It is clean, beautiful and safe. The koi fish are humongous! And there are a lot of turtles in the water. After a day of rain, the next day there are tiny frogs jumping around. This place is dog friendly. You must keep your dog off the concrete paths though. There are mulch paths that are off the paved paths to walk. Which I love.

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