Overland Park is a family-friendly suburb within easy striking distance of Kansas City, MO. It has a highly planned layout – rather fittingly strewn with actual parks – and a large number of outdoor activities for kids of all ages, plus golf courses, swimming pools and farmers markets.
Helping to set the green-and-beautiful tone is Overland Park’s Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, a 300-acre wonderland featuring eight planned ecosystems with walking trails and water features throughout. Little ones will love the Deanna Rose Children’s Farmstead, a living museum modeled after a typical turn-of-the-century Kansas farmhouse, where kids can learn to milk cows, bottle-feed baby goats, go fishing or plant a garden – a fun way to soak up some history.
For grownups, the city offers a popular community farmers market, biking and hiking trails and golf courses. And all of it is just 13 miles from Kansas City proper, with its vibrant arts district, amusement parks (Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun, just for starters), legendary jazz and famous barbecue.