The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a year-round educational, recreational and cultural attraction for the Kansas City area.
There are some FREE admission days throughout the year and an annual membership is a great way to save money if you plan to visit several times through the year.
When you visit you can experience and explore 13 gardens with more than 1,700 kinds of plants; trails and paths; acres of prairie land with native grasses and wildflowers; birds, dragonflies, deer, snakes and other wildlife; art sculptors tucked in among trees and flowers; as well as educational activities and fun events.
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Overland Park Arboretum Hours
The Arboretum is open nearly every day of the year with extended hours for special events. Hours are currently:
- Monday: 9 a.m-5 p.m.
- Tuesday: 9 a.m-5 p.m.
- Wednesday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
- Thursday: 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
- Friday: 9 a.m-5 p.m.
- Saturday: 9 a.m-5 p.m.
- Sunday: 9 a.m-5 p.m.
Overland Park Arboretum Admission
Admission for 2021 is:
- $3 for visitors 13 and older
- $1 for visitors ages 6 to 12
- FREE for visitors 5 and under and Friends of the Arboretum members
Free Admission Days in 2021
Admission to the Arboretum will be free on the following days in 2021:
Friends of the Arboretum Membership
The Arboretum is open year-round so if you plan to go several times throughout the year a Friends of the Arboretum membership is a good investment. Besides FREE admission during normal operating hours, you’ll receive discounts to special events and classes, reciprocal membership to over 200 participating botanical gardens, an invitation to the members-only annual social event and eNewsletter updates. Membership levels are:
- Individual member: One membership card for an individual member – $35
- Member + 1: Two membership cards for two individuals living at the same address – $50
- Member + 1 Silver: Two membership cards for two individuals living at the same address and 20 guest passes – $75
- Family: Membership for two adults and dependent children – $75
- Patron: Two membership cards for two individuals living at the same address and 50 guest passes – $100
Overland Park Arboretum Tours
Tours are currently cancelled as part of COVID-19 operations.
You can explore the Arboretum on your own any time the facility is open. Guided walking tours are available for $10 per person, plus the cost of admission. These tours are available any day the park is open. If walking is difficult, there are golf cart tours available on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Call (913) 685-3604 to schedule a few weeks in advance. Educational Resources The Arboretum is a wonder place for school field trips and out-of-the-classroom learning. The Friends of the Arboretum & Botanical Gardens provides backpacks full of learning resources to teachers for FREE. Each backpack contains enough of the following supplies for 30 students. To schedule your field trip and reserve your packets, call (913) 685-3604.
Overland Park Arboretum Events and Activities
While some programs and events are included with admission, others have a participation fee. Advanced registration and RSVPs are encouraged and sometimes required so follow the links for details and reservations. See specifics at the 2021 calendar.
Overland Park Arboretum Hours Location and Parking
The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located at 8909 W 179th St, Bucyrus, KS. Parking is FREE.