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When the sporting events are over in Hoover, the fun is just beginning. Attractions in the Hoover area include beautiful Aldridge Gardens, with 30 acres showcasing lush hydrangeas and an impressive collection of sculpture by Alabama artist Frank Fleming.

Sporting types always enjoy visits to Moss Rock Preserve, a 250-acre park with boulders for climbers of all skill levels. Maps and signs direct and guide the di culty of trails and climbing. For maximum mileage, take the Blue and White Trails, or spend the afternoon picnicking in the shade of the hardwoods.

Shopping adventures get underway at the Riverchase Galleria, with one of the world s longest skylights. Here visitors fi nd more than 200 shops and stores. Look for Abercrombie & Fitch, Aeropostale, Brookstone and Chico s, just to name a few of the shops in this city under glass.

An international attraction in Hoover is the Ross Bridge Golf Resort, one of the spectacular public courses along the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. Pack your sticks to play one of the world s longest courses that will challenge even the best golfers. The course is beautifully carved into the rolling hills of the Shannon Valley and o ers multiple tees for golfers of all levels.