Lush greenery, unique outdoor activities and hiking trails prove Olathe to be more than just your home away from home—it’s a recreation destination.


  • Escape the hustle and bustle by spending the day or weekend in Olathe, where family-oriented Lake Olathe showcases this destination’s undeniable appeal. Pack a picnic and relax—or get adventurous on the water with canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and pedal boats, all available for rental.

  • Olathe’s drinking and dining scene just keeps getting better. Recharge with a latte at POUR Coffeehouse, then sample a chocolate croissant or lemon shortbread from Park Street Pastry. Craving ‘cue? Look no further than Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que, known for its award-wining competition fare. Wash it all down at KC Wine Co. or Red Crow Brewing, two beverage destinations with great open-air patios.

  • Travel through the ages to a 19th-century farm at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Site, where frontier life becomes a hands-on, family-friendly experience for all. Plus, don’t miss a new exhibit—anchored by the Smithsonian Institution and open from late August through mid-2021—that explores modern rural life.