6 Reasons You’ll Love Overland Park
Overland Park, Kansas is often recognized for its high quality of living—and was recently ranked as #9 in Money magazine’s “Top 10 Best Places to Live” and #22 on “America’s 25 Best Places to Move” by Forbes.com. With a population of 181,260, and only 20 minutes south of downtown Kansas City—it’s easy to see why people love this town.
The New American Museum of Natural History—at Prairiefire.
This unique collaboration with New York’s famed American Museum of Natural History hosts a variety of permanent and traveling exhibits that show off the geology, history, and scientific endeavors of Kansas—as well as a large children’s discovery room. After your visit, check out the unique businesses at Prairiefire, where you can play bocce ball at Pinstripes, enjoy the award-winning Vinotopia Wine Bar with a movie at Cinetopia, or try out the Squigz at Fat Brain Toys.
Miles and miles of nature trails.
Overland Park has more than 35 miles of paved trails for hiking and biking—including Indian Creek Bike & Hike Trail, Mill Creek Streamway, Shawnee Mission Park, and Turkey Creek. The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens also has 5 miles of paved and wood chip hiking trails—on a 300-acred wooded property for you to explore.
Some of the most challenging schools in the U.S.
The Overland Park school district, called “Blue Valley,” has a national reputation for quality in student care and academics. In fact, all 5 Blue Valley high schools made it onto the Washington Post’s list of most challenging high schools in the U.S., as well as onto the Newsweek list of top American public high schools. Blue Valley SAT scores routinely exceed the national and state averages—sometimes by as much as 300-400 points.
Cool sports venues.
In 2015, Topgolf opened a 3-level, 65,000 sq. ft. golf entertainment experience in Overland Park, with 102 climate-controlled hitting bays, a restaurant, and 3 bars—for year-round family fun. It’s the company’s only Kansas location. The new 220,000 sq. ft. SCHEELS combines entertainment with sports retail—with gear for hunting, golfing, biking, running, skiing, and canoeing—as well as a 65 ft. ferris wheel, saltwater aquarium, and laser shooting gallery.
Tons of business opportunities.
More than 40 companies locate their headquarters in Overland Park—including Sprint’s World Headquarters, where the 8,000 employees work daily on a 240-acre campus surrounded by prairie grass and wildflowers. Other companies include YRC Worldwide, another Fortune 500 firm; Black & Veatch; Waddell & Reed; Ferrellgas; and Compass Minerals. BNSF Railway and Union Pacific RR also run freight rail lines through Overland Park, while the Corporate Woods business park hosts 29 office buildings with 2.1 million sq. ft. of office space in a 294-acre wooded park with trails, picnic areas, and a 50-acred recreation area.
It’s the “Top Soccer City” in the U.S.
The Overland Park Soccer Complex was recently named “Top Soccer City” by Livability.com. It’s not hard to see why—it’s the only complex of its kind in the U.S., and routinely hosts national and regional soccer teams—with 12 lighted synthetic fields for year-round outdoor soccer play.
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