Free Things

FREE THINGS TO DO IN OLATHE

Black Bob Park

 
14500 W. 151st St. Olathe, KS 66062
 
  • Picnic shelter, restrooms, playground, basketball, bike/ pedestrian trails, baseball, softball, soccer, fitness course, fishing, aquatics center, miniature golf, and batting cages.

Ensor Farm Site and Museum

 

Ensor Farm Site and Museum

18995 W. 183rd St. Olathe, KS 66062
(4 mi. south of Olathe, 1 mile east of 169 Hwy)
 
  • Home of Marshall Ensor, an Olathe teacher and pioneer in amateur radio, this 1892 farm house displays antique furniture, utensils, clothing, quilts, and ham radio equipment.
  • Farm also includes a 1890s barn constructed with roughsawed lumber and wood peg beams, picnic facilities, and other structures.
  • The Ensor Museum is open to the public for guided tours during the months of May, June, September and October on Saturday & Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • There is no charge for admission to the museum, however donations are gladly accepted.

Ernie Miller Nature Center & Park

Ernie Miller Nature Center & Park

909 N. Hwy 7 Olathe, KS 66062
(K-7 Hwy and Harold St.)
 
  • Enjoy this 116-acre park with three hiking trails, a nature center, and an outdoor amphitheater.
  • The nature center ¬features a wildlife viewing room, 500-gallon aquarium, and nature displays.
  • Events and educational programming available throughout the year.
  • Meeting rooms and grounds available for rental.

Walking Tour Of Historic Olathe KS

Review 7 Locations to Tour

  • Experience Olathe’s rich history. Take a self-guided tour of 37 historic sites - parks, churches, homes, grave sites, D.A.R. markers, and businesses. These historic treasures are pictured in full color and described in a brochure that is available through the Olathe Chamber of Commerce Convention & Visitors Bureau. Maps within the brochure will guide you on a walking tour of downtown or on a driving tour that includes sites outside of downtown. 

Kill Creek Park

 
11670 Homestead Ln. Olathe, KS 66061
 
  • A 907-acre park with hiking and biking trails, a marina and boat house, native tall grass prairie, picnic shelter, and Timber Ridge Adventure Center.

Indian Creek Greenway Trails

127th and Black Bob Rd.
 
  • Twenty-Six miles of paved trails connecting neighborhood parks and the county-wide bike trail system from Hampton Park in Olathe, KS to Kansas City, MO.

Lake Olathe

 

Lake Olathe

625 Lakeshore Dr. Olathe, KS 66062
 
 
  • Picnic areas, shelters, rest rooms, playground, fishing, disc golf, and boating.

Cedar Lake


Cedar Lake

15500 S. Lone Elm Rd. Olathe, KS 66062
 
 
  • Picnic areas, shelters, rest rooms, playground, fishing, sand volleyball courts, and boating.

Lone Elm Park & Historic Campsite

 
21151 W. 167th St. Olathe, KS 66062
 
  • Visit the spot where the historic Santa Fe, Oregon, and California trails converged. Pitch a tent where Kit Carson once slept. Wagon trains, “dragoons” (cavalry soldiers from Fort Scott and Fort Leavenworth), and many others made use of this ideally situated camping spot. Hike trails where emigrants and freighters camped, preparing for their journeys west.
  • Explore native prairie wildflowers, too. The park, preserved by the City of Olathe, features interpretive signs that tell the story of Lone Elm campground, as well as recreational facilities, hiking trails, and an impressive stone-and-timber picnic shelter.
  • Call for picnic shelter reservations.

Mill Creek Streamway Park

 
1700 N. Northgate Blvd. Olathe, KS 66061
 
 
 
  • More than 25 miles of paved trails from Olathe to the Kansas River.

Olathe Farmers Market

 
 
  • Locally grown produce available Saturdays mornings (Late April - Mid October), and Wednesday mornings (Late May - Mid September). Check the website for specific dates and times.
 
Farmers Market @ Olathe Community Center & Stagecoach Park
 
1205 E. Kansas City Rd. Olathe, KS 66061
 
 
&
Farmers Market @ Black Bob Park
 
14500 W. 151st St. Olathe, KS 66062
 
 

Olathe Prairie Center

 
26325 W. 135th St. Olathe, KS 66061
 
  • Three hundred acres of native tall grass prairie, woodlands, and creeks; five-acre lake for fi shing; six miles of trails for hiking; and cross-country skiing.

Summer Concert Series

 
Frontier Park
15501 Indian Creek Parkway Olathe, KS 66062
 
  • Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy two- and three-hour concerts featuring local, regional, and national acts playing different genres of music.

William Marra Museum of Deaf History and Deaf Culture

 
455 E. Park St.
Olathe, KS 66061
 
  • The Deaf Cultural Center is the only museum in the United States that is dedicated to deaf culture in America and includes artifacts that chronicle deaf accomplishments.
  • Discover what it means to be deaf in America, explore deaf culture, and learn about the history and accomplishments of deaf citizens. Interactive modules teach American Sign Language and provide a fast-paced quiz game that playfully tests what you’ve learned.
  • Watch videos about deaf culture, the history of the Kansas School for the Deaf, and more. Discover how KSD grew with the city, beginning in the early days of Olathe when the school was called the “Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb.”
  • The football huddle, used routinely by teams everywhere, originated in Olathe at the Kansas School for the Deaf. Students and Coach Paul Hubbard created the huddle to present the defense from reading the lips or hand sign language of the offensive team prior to snapping the football.