Do you have plans for the Memorial Day Weekend? You do now! Whether you are staying in town or visiting, spend your weekend in Macon.
Weekend Float on the Ocmulgee River
Every year, Macon residents and visitors gather to spend the weekend on the Ocmulgee River at Amerson River Park. You can kayak, grab a tube or even bring a giant floatie and enjoy the cool water this weekend. With temperatures hitting the upper 80s, this is a fantastic way to stay outdoors while keeping cool. There's even a sandbar to take a break at about halfway down the river route from the on and off-ramps at the park.
Memorial Day Weekend on Lake Tobesokee
Lake Tobesofkee is a must-see, especially during this Memorial Day weekend. Plan for a family fishing trip or if you enjoy the beach but can't make it to the coast, Claystone Park has a large beach with volleyball courts, a playground, and an area to swim. Arrowhead and Claystone Parks also have campgrounds with full power and water, a dump station, and offer laundries and full-time park ranger staff. Sandy Beach Water Park's season runs from Sunday, May 28 through September 5th this year. That means this kid-friendly attraction will be ready for your family to dive in this Memorial Day weekend. The water park has a body water slide, lazy river, wave pool, and splash pad zone. Sandy Beach Park also features four newly constructed pickleball courts.
Memorial Day 5K Run/Walk at Carolyn Crayton Park on Saturday
Time to break out those tennis shoes and get active this season! The Frank Johnson Recreation Center in partnership with Theron Ussery Community Center is hosting the 2nd Annual Memorial Day 5K at Carolyn Crayton Park. This event is open for all ages and participants will walk or run the 3.1-mile race through the park and around downtown Macon. There will also be music vendors and more. Register for the event and receive a free t-shirt!
Macon's restaurants have show-stopper specials and weekend brunch menus are no exception. Try Macon Beer Company's May brunch items that include but are not limited to Voodoo Shrimp & Grits, Nashville Hot Honey Chicken Waffles, and the Butcher Shop Blueberry Sausage Biscuit. Maybe you stayed out a little late on Saturday night while dancing in one of Macon's many music venues. Yollah Social Kitchen & Garden offers Chilaquiles or the "Hangover Helper": deep-fried house chips simmered in fire-roasted salsa topped with cotija cheese, chicken, pico de gallo, and lime crema. Or head to Parish on Cherry St. to check out the outside musical performances and try the "Big Breakfast Sandwich": fried cream cheese grits, fried egg, bacon, and a ripe tomato slice all wedged between a toasted brioche bun. You won't regret it!
Parks and Trails
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park has 8 miles of trails that are home to over 400 species of plants and nearly 200 species of birds. The park also serves as a relic of the past as you can learn about the Muskogee (Creek) Nation that once lived on these lands thousands of years ago and view 7 historical mounds. Walk inside the Earth Lodge which is a reconstructed council chamber of the Mississippian culture. This building’s walls and ceiling were reconstructed in the late 1930s and it is dated, using carbon dating techniques, at the year 1015!
Maybe you just want to unwind this weekend? We suggest visiting one of our many parks that offer quiet and serene scenery such as Washington Park or Tattnall Square Park. You can also take your furry friend to Barks N Brews, one of Macon's newest additions that is an off-leash dog park and bar.
It's important to note that many of our businesses may have operation hours changing due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday. Please check businesses' websites that you're interested in for updates on hours.