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and discovery, the exhibits include everything from dinosaurs to space travel. Play tunes with your feet on the Giant Piano and learn about gravity with a ride on the High Cycle. Pet the sharks and stingrays in the Shark & Ray Touch Tank and check out the Zoetrope for visual illusions of motion from still pictures. Open September May, Mon Fri, 9 am 5 pm; Sat, 10 am 6 pm; Sun, noon 6 pm. June August, Mon Sat, 10 am 6 pm; Sun, noon 6 pm. Admission. 200 19th St N. 205-714-8300. mcwane.org

27. Mercedes-Benz US International Visitors Center Mercedes-Benz US International (MBUSI) in nearby Vance, builds the M-Class, the R-Class and the GL-Class vehicles. The visitors center, the first one of its kind outside Germany, displays the star studded history of Daimler- Benz. This architectural showcase brings to life the company s long-held vision of producing the

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ALDRIDGE G A R D E N S

NATURE AND ART IN BALANCE

Nestled in the heart of Hoover, Alabama, Aldridge Gardens is a 30-acre premier nature and art garden in the Southeast. A  ve-acre lake is embraced by a walking trail adorned with many varieties of hydrangeas, camellias and native Alabama plants.  at natural beauty provides a perfect backdrop for weddings and special events.  roughout the year, visitors also enjoy the art gallery, classes, plant sales, summer camps, concerts, a gift shop and more.

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ALDRIDGEGARDENS.COM

3530 Lorna Road Hoover, Alabama 35216

205.682.8019

Open daily 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Members only 4-7 p.m. seasonally Admission is free except for events.