Places to Visit

Gardner Historical Museum

The Gardner Historical Museum was established to preserve the history of Gardner and the surrounding area. The Gardner Historical Museum is in the former home of Herman B. Foster, a proprietor with Arthur Bigelow of Bigelow-Foster Mercantile in downtown Gardner. It was built in 1893. The Gardner Historical Museum highlights the history, memorabilia, and artifacts of Gardner.

Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens

The 300-acre Overland Park Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is an educational, recreational and cultural resource for the Kansas City region.

At the Arboretum, you’ll experience gardens with more than 1,700 species of plants, a variety of landscapes, including meticulous gardens, wild hiking trails, and open prairie, and different educational opportunities around every bend in the path.

Indoor/Outdoor Sports Facilities

Celebration Park Sports Complex:

The Celebration Park Sports Complex is an 83-acre park featuring baseball and soccer fields, concession stands, shelters and picnic areas, playgrounds, walking and jogging trails, a 10-acre lake, and large passive open areas for a variety of uses.

Click here for more information about the Celebration Park Sports Complex.

New Century Fieldhouse:

New Century Fieldhouse is Johnson County’s premier indoor sports and multi-use facility.

The fieldhouse features a large indoor turf field great for a variety of field sports and activities, and has over 40,000 square-feet of court space that can be setup in a variety of configurations, including:

  • Eight volleyball courts
  • Four basketball courts
  • Four futsal courts
  • Pickleball courts

The fieldhouse features a large multi-purpose room and four party rooms for meetings, parties, or other special events. Click here to learn more about recreational sports leagues at the New Century Fieldhouse!

Outdoor Recreation

Southwest Johnson County Trails

Recreation trails can be found throughout Southwest Johnson County. From the Gardner Greenway to Cedar Lake, there are areas for recreation enthusiasts to explore.

Check out a map of Southwest Johnson County’s Trails here.


Gardner Greenway

The Gardner Greenway Corridor is fully accessible to the public and features a 1.6-mile walking trail. Special features include park benches, donated by Sprint, and a looped trail perfect for walking, jogging, bike riding, or rollerblading. The Gardner Greenway connects Winwood Park and Brookside Park.

Cedar Lake

Cedar Lake Park in Olathe, Kansas, features walking trails, a recreational lake, and different shelters for picnics and gatherings. Park amenities include volleyball courts, grills, and fire rings.

Gardner Aquatic Center

The Gardner Aquatic Center offers a clean and safe facility for the Southwest Johnson County community.

Friendly, professional, and knowledgeable staff, and Red Cross-certified lifeguards are ready to make your visit to the Gardner Aquatic Center a safe and enjoyable experience. The Aquatic Center features concessions, adult-only swim, and pool party rentals and includes special amenities like zero depth entry, an active in-water play area, lazy river, multiple water slides, floatable walk, climbing nets, spray grounds, and a tot pool – there is plenty to do for people of all ages!

Newly Opened Inclusive Playground in Gardner, Kansas

Heritage Park Golf Course

Heritage Park Golf Course is one of the most beautiful courses in the Kansas City metropolitan area offering exceptional tree-lined and links-type holes that provide an interesting, challenging, and picturesque game. Three different lakes and Coffee Creek provide water features to 11 of the course’s 18 holes. Heritage Park Golf Course is lined with zoysia grass fairways and bent grass greens, providing great golf conditions year-round.

Sycamore Ridge Golf Course

Sycamore Ridge has earned its reputation as one of Kansas City’s premier public golf courses with its stunning combination of bent grass, white sand bunkers, and 18 holes of exciting and challenging play.

Sycamore Ridge is like two superb golf courses in one. The steep, wooded hillsides, valleys, and streams of the front nine lead you to the gently rolling, links-style back nine. The full experience challenges your skills and calms your spirit. Sycamore Ridge is on Zagat’s list of finest courses in the United States.