Spring is in the air and warmer weather means it's time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. From historical sites to newly renovated parks, there are plenty of opportunities to get outside in Macon. Here are some of the top spots in the city.
With over 17,000 years of history (yes really!), Ocmulgee National Monument is one of Macon's top attractions. See the Earth Lodge with its original floors dating back to 1015. Immerse yourself in the wetlands environment by taking a stroll on the park's boardwalk. Climb to the top of the Great Temple Mound for a stunning view of Downtown. Mark your calendar for their annual Indian Celebration happening Sept. 15 - 16. One of the largest Native American gatherings in the Southeast, the Celebration includes more than 200 craftsmen, dancers, storytellers, and living history demonstrators coming together to share their culture with visitors.
Previously the site of the Macon Water Authority, this newly renovated park contains 180 acres of paved walking trails, state-of-the-art playgrounds, pavilion space, and access to the Ocmulgee River. Pack a picnic for the family and enjoy your meal under a shaded pavilion. Walk, run, or ride the seven miles of trails. Grab your floats and tube 2-miles from one end of the park to the other. During the Spring and Summer months, book a half day kayak adventure at the Park with Ocmulgee Outdoor Expedition.
Located across from Mercer University and a short walk to restaurants and shopping at Mercer Village, Tattnall Square Park is the perfect place to enjoy a sunny afternoon. Let the kids play on the playground, bring a soccer ball and play in the large green space, and sit by the beautiful Peace Fountain. Head to the park every Wednesday from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. for the Mulberry Market where you can shop from an array of fresh local produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, and more. Grab your tennis racket and play a match at Tattnall Square Tennis Center also located in the park.
The highest point in Downtown Macon, Coleman Hill offers a spectacular view of the city. At the top of the hill, you'll find Mercer University School of Law and the historic Woodruff House. While you're there, go down the concrete slides and enjoy the large open space. During the Summer months, Bragg Jam hosts Second Saturday, a free live concert, at the park.
Macon's first public park, Central City is home to several Macon favorites. Historic Luther Williams Field, built in 1929, is the future home of Macon Bacon baseball with their inaugural season kicking off in June 2018. Grab your skates and head to the new Central City Skatepark. Central City is also the location of the Cherry Blossom Festival Amusement Ride Midway happening March 16 - 25 and Macon Arts Alliance's annual Fired Works Ceramics Exhibition and Sale happening April 12 - 22.