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“A crown jewel of eastern Kansas”

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens
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Leawood, Kansas
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137 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
“A crown jewel of eastern Kansas”
Reviewed February 26, 2012

We've enjoyed hiking during our retirement, traveling throughout the western part of the United States, but rarely considering trails in our own area. Today we revisited the Arboretum, enjoying it as if we were strangers.

This is an amazing park, from the educational facility, through the well-kept trails, and especially through the fabulous sculpture exhibits. Each season offers something different - spring flowers, summer beauty, fall colors, and wide visibility of the winter.

Recently, a new large sculpture path was installed with some wonderful bronzes placed along the way. Each sculpture was a wonderful study in art. I found no information about them in the main park building nor the park web site. They seem to be of Chinese origin, though for these elderly bones, the bronze captions were difficult to ready as they were all placed low on the concrete bases of the art.

The educational signage for the various tree types is in a bit of disrepair, but overall I'd have to say the Overland Park Arboretum is among the best maintained park that we have visited. It's almost embarrassing that there is no fee for entry, but we're among those who gladly leave a generous donation in hopes that young families can enjoy this facility.

If you're in the Overland Park area, it's worth the trip!

Visited February 2012
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Lene
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12 reviews
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“free!”
Reviewed February 8, 2012

My daughter and I spend hours walking the secluded wooded paths. Deer walk within feet of you! Watch for copperheads in summer.

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Stilwell, Kansas
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60 reviews
32 attraction reviews
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“Suburban green”
Reviewed January 29, 2012

Very nice , ever expanding gardens. A nice place to take a stroll and see what grows well locally. Lots of volunteers make this a beautiful place to see. Free is nice, too!

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Olathe, KS
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263 reviews
135 attraction reviews
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“Variety of paths helps to keep it fun”
Reviewed January 24, 2012

There are walking paths of varying length and all with great different views. I notice something new almost every time we visit.

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Iowa
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104 reviews
24 attraction reviews
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“Outstanding, even in winter”
Reviewed January 19, 2012

Visiting on a warm January day, the "bones" of this very well-designed garden were evident and beautiful. Can't wait to return in greener times!

Visited January 2012
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