UPDATE: The Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is open to Friends of the Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens and closed on Tuesdays.
The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is a year-round educational, recreational and cultural attraction for the Kansas City area. There is a FREE admission day each week 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 and cafe are open nearly every day of the year with extended hours for special events. The Arboretum is closed Dec. 25.
- Oct. 1 – April 9: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- April 10 – Sept. 30: 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Overland Park Arboretum Admission
Admission is FREE for all visitors on Tuesday. On the other six days of the week, fees are:
- $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
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
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.
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. Here is the 2020 schedule so far.
Select Wednesdays: Tour of the Champion Trees (five sessions)
Select Thursdays and Saturdays: Nature Story Time
Select Saturdays: Family Yogatime in the Gardens
Saturdays in April and May: Bird Walks
Sundays in April: Kite Fest on the Prairie
March 18: Home Tweet Home Birdhouse Building
April 11 and 17: Woodland Wildflower Walk
May 31: Picnic on the Promenade
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.