- The list below includes 55 free or cheap things to do in or near Hoover, Alabama, including 50 different types of inexpensive activities like Art Gallery, History Museums, Dog Park and Gardens.
- From Aldridge Botanical Gardens to Moss Rock Preserve & Waterfalls, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Hoover and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Birmingham, Pelham, Bessemer and Trussville.
Spanning 250 acres, the Moss Rock Preserve and Waterfall is a publicly owned and managed natural forest and stream system. The preserve features five miles of hiking trails along stream beds, past waterfalls and natural boulder formations.
With sales all around the year and also hosting special events opened to the public, Riverchase Galleria is worth spending a few hours with the family or with friends. It also has restaurants and playgrounds for children.
Insky's Thomas Kinkade Gallery maintains a collection of original and limited edition art by popular artist Thomas Kinkade. The gallery offers a wide variety of works for sale, and hosts special events.
Having found its new home inside the Alabama Power Building the Don Kresge Memorial Museum if a interesting place to visit for locals and tourists. The museum features historic radio equipment dating back to the 1920's as well as historical documents and control room artifacts.
Moonlight on the Mountain has a small theater where performers perform folk, Americana, roots, country and bluegrass music to intimate settings of 85 to 100 people. The room can also be rented for private parties.
A 32-lane bowling center, Oak Mountain Lanes offers open and league bowling along with birthday party hosting. The center provides a snack bar, cosmic bowling and a lounge with adult beverages, televisions and a pool table.