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Residence Inn Birmingham Hoover

2725 John Hawkins Parkway · Hoover, Alabama 35244 USA

Attractions in Birmingham, Alabama

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Our hotel is ideally located in the rapidly growing area of Hoover, Alabama just outside of the big, busy metro of Birmingham. View our visitor's guide below to learn about some of the popular attractions and unique landmarks to explore during your stay!

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University of Alabama at Birmingham


The largest employer in the state of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, is located on 275 acres in downtown Birmingham's Five Points South area. UAB is one of the top public research universities in the world and is highly recognized for the innovative work around the UAB Health System, one of the largest academic medical facilities in the country, which sponsors residency programs in the college's medical education programs.

Samford University


One of the most historic colleges in the United States is also Alabama's largest private school, Samford University. This private Christian school boasts a yearly student body average around 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Samford plays an active role in the community by hosting events for the community and by sponsoring over 100 school clubs and sports teams for students to join. The school's most popular degree programs are in business and health care.

McWane Science Center


Take time during your stay in Birmingham to discover your inner scientist at the McWane Science Center, the very popular hands-on science museum and research library. Located in central Birmingham, the McWane Science Center offers hours of fun learning experiences and activities for all age groups, spread across four floors of displays. Visitors to the center will be able to tour the interactive exhibits that include live science demonstrations and historical artifacts such as rare dinosaur fossils. The McWane Science Center features a state-of-the-art IMAX theatre as well as an aquarium that offers a variety of themed display tanks.

Birmingham Museum of Art


Journey to the heart of Birmingham's cultural district and visit one of the most impressive collections of art in the Southeast United States, the Birmingham Museum of Art. The museum features over 24,000 pieces, ranging from paintings to sculptures, representing different time periods and cultures all over the world. The most popular highlights from the 180,000 square foot museum include the Kress Collection of Renaissance and Baroque pieces, the collection of Asian Art, Albert Bierstadt's "Looking Down Yosemite Valley" and the 50,000 square foot sculpture garden and outdoor exhibit space.

Green Spaces

Oak Mountain State Park


Travelers to Birmingham will not want to miss out on a stop at Alabama's largest state park, Oak Mountain State Park. Covering almost 10,000 acres, Oak Mountain offers an exciting variety of activities for nature enthusiasts to enjoy such as hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, or fishing and swimming in the lakes. The state park is home to Alabama's largest wildlife rehabilitation facility, the Alabama Wildlife Center.

Aldridge Gardens


Settled less than three miles from our hotel and adjacent to a small six-acre lake is Aldridge Gardens, the picturesque greenspace showcasing one of the world's most beautiful collections of hydrangeas. The gardens were developed on the former estate of Eddie Aldridge, the local horticulturist and nurseryman who gifted the city of Hoover with the beautiful property that includes an event venue, a gallery in the former home, a scenic walking trail, fountain features and streams, and garden spaces that often serve as the setting for weddings, meetings, and special events.

Moss Rock Preserve


One of Birmingham's most popular natural spectacles is the Moss Rock Preserve, a 350-acre nature preserve that features some of the most unique characteristics of any forest system in the nation. Moss Rock offers more than ten miles of hiking trails where hikers can enjoy scenery such as the rock outcroppings, waterfalls, streams, abundant wildlife, rare plants and a boulder field that is recognized as a favorite by rock climbers.

Shopping and Dining

Riverchase Galleria


Less than two miles from our hotel in Hoover is Alabama's largest upscale enclosed mall, the Riverchase Galleria. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows and a stunning 9-story food-court atrium, this mall is often touted as the state's #1 tourist attraction. Shoppers enjoy the mall's vast selection of over 200 shops, casual to fine dining restaurants and common areas adorned with plants and charming accents such as a carousel and beautiful architectural structures.



Patton Creek Shopping Center


Located between our hotel and the Riverchase Galleria is the open-air lifestyle shopping center, Patton Creek Shopping Center. Offering over 600,000 square feet of retail, entertainment and dining options, Patton Creek is unique in that the shopping center is built to resemble a thriving Main Street community where shoppers can browse between local businesses and national brand stores on the wide sidewalks while enjoying the ornate architecture and beautiful landscaping.

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