Kirkwood is known for shady streets where neighbors know each other. Large frame houses with wrap around porches and flag poles are recurring scenery. Victorian architecture and historic homes exist in harmony with new condominiums and lofts.
The commercial district of Kirkwood beckons with a range of retail, entertainment and restaurant possibilities, many of which are housed in charming period buildings. Life here is friendly, easy-going and convenient. You'll find The Magic House - St. Louis Children's Museum featuring all kinds of hands-on experiments for kids and families. In keeping with its small town nature, Kirkwood hosts festivals, a wonderful farmer's market and a variety of year 'round activities that are well supported by residents.
For recreation, Kirkwood, Kirkwood has over 280 acres of parks throughout the city. Kirkwood Park, one of the community's largest parks, features a community center, hockey rink, tennis courts, ball diamonds and a large aquatic center with slides and lazy river. The Kirkwood community library is walking distance of the surrounding neighborhoods.
The Kirkwood school district is the oldest and highly respected. With five elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school, the district accommodates around 5,000 students, many of the students are within walking or biking distance to one of the schools. The Kirkwood Early Childhood Center and Parents as Teachers program serve the needs of children from birth through seven years.