Explore the zoo and other things to do near Hoover, AL

Because history’s roots run deep in Birmingham, many of the things to do nearby are linked to the city’s past, present, and future. You can step from your room at the Country Inn & Suites and immerse yourself in an art deco museum dedicated to Alabama jazz musicians. Spend a leisurely afternoon strolling through the exhibits and gardens of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, or stop and admire the hydrangeas at the Aldridge Gardens. The Hoover Folklore Center features historic buildings, including a two-story log cabin built in the 1840s.

You can shop in comfort at nearby malls, including The Summit Birmingham and Riverchase Galleria. If you crave more thrills, head to Barber Motorsports Park to see vintage and rare motorcycles or to catch a race. If you’re a fan of golf, Birmingham has two courses on the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. And the city is also home to a number of chefs named as semifinalists and winners of the James Beard Award.

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Alabama Adventure & Splash Adventure

15.6 mi / 25.1 km from the hotel
From the stunts at the Wild West Dive Show to the twists and turns of the Aqua Maze, there’s something for everyone at this popular amusement and water park.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

6.12 mi / 9.85 km from the hotel
Known for its world-class medical research and award-winning academic programs, UAB is one of the top universities in the nation. The downtown campus also hosts concerts at Alys Stephens Center and Blazers football games at Legion Field.

Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame

6.99 mi / 11.24 km from the hotel
Take a journey through the history of jazz music at this art deco museum. Find out more about the accomplishments of jazz greats like Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington.

Alabama Theatre

6.89 mi / 11.09 km from the hotel
Travel to the heart of downtown Birmingham to catch a movie, a theatrical performance, or a concert at this 1927 performing arts hall.

Aldridge Gardens

4.61 mi / 7.42 km from the hotel
Connect with nature through art and awe-inspiring landscapes at this nearby attraction, home to beautiful plants, bird species, and garden trails.

Iron City

6.19 mi / 9.96 km from the hotel
Grab a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant before seeing a concert with your favorite band or musician at this 1,300-person venue.