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Overland Park - 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.


Hannah Michelson

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous! We went for the holiday lights display and everyone had a blast. It was crazy there! We even arrived early and the parking lot was almost full. It's good the police department was engaged in directing traffic. There was a little confusion before the gates opened about which line you needed to be in, so some signage or people roaming around with instructions would help next year. The gnome and fairy houses were spectacular works of art, and we enjoyed the permanent sculptures as well. There were a couple musicians along the path that were brilliant and fascinating to talk to. The lights were beautiful and my toddler had a blast running through the light tunnel and playing with the light 'gumdrops'. We skipped the Santa portion but thoroughly enjoyed the rest. The staff we encountered were friendly and helpful! We will definitely return sometime during the warmer months to enjoy the arboretum in full bloom as well!

David Deckert

Friday, April 6, 2018
Enjoyed a guided tree tour but unfortunately the weather was not very accommodating. I hope to return when the leaves are out and it's drier to take a trek into the woods. I would recommend the tour for those wanting to learn more about our local trees. The guides were excellent and informative.

Isabella Hayden

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
It was a beautiful and well kept property. They have some amazing art and even in the dead of winter it is a sight to see. Loved the small house structure to bird watch in!


Monday, Feb. 26, 2018
We went on the Luminary Walk, it was beautiful! There were also great stops; Louisburg Cider Mill hot cider samples, horse drawn hay rides, Santa, and musicians & singers dotted around everywhere. I don't know how many people light those luminaries every night. But WOW!!!! There are so many. They are in the creeks and ponds making everything even more special. There is a snack bar and gift shop in a building at the end. If you went on a night like we did you will appreciate the fire, a warm building and a chance to sit. You may even fancy a snack or find a momento of the evening to take with you. My sister talked about this every year, I'm so glad that I went. I will go next year...make a tradition out of it. I think it was cheaper to buy the tickets ahead of time, but I could be mistaken.

Christina W

Saturday, March 24, 2018
We enjoy the arboretum and invested in a family pass to visit often. The hiking trail is one of our favorite things to do with our dog. The various events, trails, and gardens make this a gem of the city.

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