Whether you are heading to the coast for the beach, or traveling North for a relaxing escape to the mountains, Macon is the perfect place for a pit stop! Centered in the heart of Georgia, you are bound to go through Macon as I-75, I-16, and most major highways run right through the city. There are tons of options for hotels, along with affordable, family-friendly attractions. Here’s a quick look at a few ways to extend your vacation while staying in Macon!
North Macon - I-75, Bass Road and Riverside Drive
While staying in the North Macon area, we recommend checking out all the eateries and shops in the area such as Bass Pro Shops (an all-ages crowd pleaser), Mellow Mushroom or the local favorite brunch stop, J. Christopher's! Take a short drive down I-75 and you will hit our large outdoor shopping mall, The Shoppes at Riverside. Several chain retailers along with some unique local boutiques like Lizard Thicket, are available, just in case you forgot to pack that cute summer dress! Take a look below to find a North Macon attraction found on Forsyth Road that is as much fun for adults as it is the kids!
Where to Stay?
Museum of Arts and Sciences
Affordable tickets for the whole family
📍4182 Forsyth Rd, Macon, GA
The Museum of Arts and Sciences is the perfect kid-friendly activity to explore with interactive exhibits, a mini zoo, a planetarium, art galleries, and so much more! Learn about the universe and explore the sciences or appreciate artistic expression at this unique find. It’s only $5 dollars for children and kids under 3 get in free!
Downtown Area - I-16 & I-75 Intersection
If you are looking to get off the interstate near the intersection of I-75 and I-16, downtown Macon offers several economic eateries and activities to enjoy. Just take a stroll down Cherry Street and you find unique shops like our local record store, Fresh Produce Records, or eat amazing soul food while learning about Macon's musical heritage by traveling to H & H Soul Food! From thrift shops like Wear to boutiques like Frankie's or new shops like Sixth Avenue, no matter the style there's a local business that can cater to your shopping needs. Downtown Macon is a hub of culture and music featuring several venues that host performances every night, including free open mic nights. Watch a play at the Macon Little Theatre, or take the kids to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, there are so many options to have fun while not breaking the bank in downtown Macon. Take a look below at a new climbing gym that has become a visitor and local favorite recently!
Where to Stay?
Macon Rocks Climbing Gym
Affordable day rates & gear rentals
📍527 D T Walton Sr Way, Macon, GA
We know a long drive can make the sweetest of us turn a little sour…especially the kids. Before retiring from the night at one of Macon’s iconic downtown hotels, get active by taking the whole family to Macon Rocks Climbing Gym. There are various climbing courses for all skill levels! You can purchase $15 day passes for those under the age of 17 and check out their great deals on gear rental prices. After hitting this exciting recreational activity, expect the best night of sleep you've ever had!
Pet Friendly & Outdoor Activities in Macon
Free Parks & Recreation Play
Hike away your troubles by visiting Macon’s many accessible trails. From Amerson River Park which also has a kid’s playground and picnic area, to several inner city parks like Tattnall Square Park or Washington Park, there are plenty of options for enjoying time outside in Macon. Did we mention how pet-friendly our walkable downtown is? Check out how to also give your fur babies a trip they will never forget by watching the video above.
West Macon - Highway 80
Lake Tobesofkee - Camping
Maybe you have a motorhome and are looking to retire for the night but would love to hit some fun outdoor activities in the morning. Lake Tobesofkee has a great camping area that also includes RV hookups at both Claystone and Arrowhead parks. Lake Tobesofkee has a disc golf course, mountain biking trails, beaches, fishing, boating and so much more!