The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the days are getting longer: The outdoors are calling to you. Luckily, Macon has a bounty of trails, parks, and events that will have you off your couch and out the door!
Outdoor Family-Friendly Activities
Lane Southern Orchards
Located in Fort Valley, Ga., Lane Southern Orchards is less than 30 minutes from Macon just off of I-75. Their 6-acre you-pick, we-pick strawberry patch is open through May for all ages. While you're there, dine at the Peachtree Café, and during the summer check out their peach orchards, enjoy homemade peach ice cream, grab a rocking chair while the kids play on the farm-themed playground, & shop at the indoor roadside market.
Dickey Farms has been growing peaches in the heartland of Georgia for over 120 years. Now the farm boasts a large gift shop with homemade goods and ice cream, a kid play area, and fields of peaches and a strawberry patch! They are located a short drive from Macon and families come from far and wide to enjoy the seasonal fun.
Hamlin Hills Farm
Spend the day at Hamlin Hills Farm where you can get live music, delicious BBQ and feed an ostrich, all in one location! Yes, we said an ostrich. This farm has a little of something for everyone and is always a fun time for kids. Their mini zoo has donkeys, goats, pigs, horses and more. Or shop in their gift shop that features artisanal goods and nostalgic finds. On the weekends, you can catch live music at their stage while chowing down on savory food from their restaurant. The property is decorated with antique and vintage decor.
Downtown Parks and Outdoor Seating
A few parks that are within walking distance to downtown are Washington Park, Tattnall Square Park, and Coleman Hill Park. This gives you the option to enjoy the outdoors while still being within a few miles of our many delicious restaurants, unique shops, breweries, and attractions.
Whether you need some fuel before heading outdoors or are looking to unwind after a long day, Macon has several outdoor seating options. Try out Macon’s beer gardens at The Society Garden located in the Historic Ingleside neighborhood, or head downtown to Fall Line Brewing Company. One of Macon’s newest additions, includes the off-leash dog park and bar, Barks and Brews on Riverside Drive. Barks N Brews ensures your furry friend won't have to be left at home this season.
Parks in Macon
Spend your time outside at Macon's many parks that feature walking trails, beautiful landscapes and... More
Sandy Beach Water Park
Nestled on the shores of Macon's Lake Tobesofkee, you will find Sandy Beach Water Park at Lake Tobo....
Parks, Trails, and Water Activities
Amerson River Park/Ocmulgee River
Amerson River Park was named as one of the 'Top 21 Urban Parks And Trails' by Men’s Journal and it's easy to know why. With over 180 acres of meadows, forest scenery, and wetlands due to the park being located along the Ocmulgee River, this spot is a beautiful backdrop to your plans. Enjoy a picnic, grab your bike, break out the kayak or lace up those walking shoes, to uncover all Amerson River Park has to offer.
Wesleyan College Arboretum
Wesleyan College has a bit of a hidden gem for those that like a more private hiking trail. Behind the college is an Arboretum with more than 3 miles of trails. This area was first established by the college as an ecological study area, wildlife refuge, and recreation resource. There are over 100 species of trees, shrubs, and woody vines that provide ample habitat for salamanders, snakes, lizards, mammals, and over 150 species of resident and migratory birds. Over 80 species of butterflies have also been spotted!
Ocmulgee Mounds National Historic Park and Ocmulgee Heritage Trails
If you haven't had a chance yet, use this as your sign to check out the Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park. Hike to the top of the Great Temple Mound, where you can see a skyline view of downtown Macon. Eight miles of trails will lead you through 7 historical mound sites. You can also access the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail from the park which is over 13 miles long and runs along the Ocmulgee River. It stretches through notable attractions such as Carolyn Crayton Park, Amerson River Park, and Riverside Cemetery.
Lake Tobesofkee is an outdoor enthusiast's dream that features plenty of activities both on and off the land. Between three parks to choose from, there are options for large gatherings thanks to outdoor pavilions and event spaces or bring your boat and fishing gear and enjoy a day solo out on the water. Looking to stay on the shore but still want to cool off? Check out the beach found at both Sandy Beach and Arrowhead Parks.
From the Strawberry Festival at Dickey Farms to annual events like the Hay Houses' Spring Stroll Tour of Gardens or Macon's favorite music festival, Bragg Jam, there's something for every age to enjoy. View a few upcoming events by scrolling through our event widget found below or keep reading to learn about more outdoor attractions!
Bragg Jam Concert Crawl & Bragg FamJul 29, 2023
The annual Bragg Jam Concert Crawl returns to downtown Macon on Saturday, July 29th, 2023. Tickets...