Hiking trails and community parks color the landscape in this metro destination only 26 minutes from Downtown KC. You’ll feel right at home whatever you decide to do here, whether you’re taking a stagecoach trip back in time, learning about Kansas City’s automotive history or grabbing fresh produce at the farmers’ market.
Things to Do
Bring your hiking gear or biking equipment out to Olathe for outdoor adventures at both Ernie Miller Park and Nature Center and the Indian Creek Hiking and Biking Trail. Hit the fairway at Prairie Highlands or Heritage Park golf courses to perfect your swing. Travel back in time to a 19th century farm at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site, the perfect destination for families. Kids also love the Johnson County Old Settlers festival, a three-day event featuring crafts, parades and more.
Gather a group of friends for a tasting at Stone Pillar Vineyard & Winery or savor vintages of all kinds at KC Wine Co., an ideal post-up for weekends outdoors. Head to the Kansas City Automotive Museum for interactive car exhibits and 30 historic vehicles on display. Plus, there’s always the Olathe Summer Concert Series, a free annual event that welcomes more than 15,000 people each season.
Where to Shop
Fun boutiques, décor stores and familiar shops stock the shopping selection in Olathe. Try places like TeaElla and Amaze for trendy outfits, jewelry, shoes and other apparel. Junque Drawer Studio is a home-turned-boutique that encourages you to wander the halls in search of quirky gifts and goods. Track down baked goods, locally grown produce and more at the Olathe Farmers’ Market, open April through October.
Places to Eat
Head to Olathe for one of the most popular sandwiches in the country, the Z-Man, available at Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que. Chef-driven cuisine delights at The J Bar, a hotspot for brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks. K-Macho’s fixes you up with fresh, authentic Mexican food and a slew of delicious margaritas.
Espresso drinks, pastries and more fuel you throughout the day at both POUR Coffeehouse and Sweet Tee’s Coffee Shop, where local ingredients are essential to the experience. When your sweet tooth is calling, answer at Sylas and Maddy’s Homemade Ice Cream, a confectionary mecca with more flavors than there are weeks in year. Treat yourself to local craft beer at Red Crow Brewing Company, home to a solid stable of taps and food truck fare.