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!
Spring Stroll Tour of Gardens
The Hay House will feature their annual event, Spring Stroll Tour of Gardens, from April 29th to May 1st this year. On April 29th, the event kicks off with a special lunch and lecture with interior designer, author, and gardening expert James Farmer at the Idle Hour Country Club. On Saturday and Sunday, take a tour of some of Macon’s most awe-inspiring gardens in the College Hill neighborhood. You’ll also enjoy three lectures from gardening experts. Whether you are interested in increasing your green thumb or just looking for a day filled with blissful smells and sights, this stroll is the perfect way to bring Spring in.
Strawberry Picking at Lane Southern Orchards
The warmer weather means it's time to pick some strawberries at Lane Southern Orchards! Located in Fort Valley, Ga., it's 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 to grab a bucket and pick sweet strawberries to take home. While you're there, dine at the Peachtree Café, take a seasonal tour through the 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.
** Note: Be sure to check Lane Southern Orchards Facebook page for Strawberry Patch updates. The patch may close for a day or two to allow for replenishing. ***
Just Tap'd Craft Beer Festival
The 6th Annual Just Tap'd Craft Beer Festival will take place on April 30th this year. Head to the corner of Poplar and First Streets to try beer from over 30 craft breweries visiting from across the nation. This event is held outside and features yard games, live music, and food vendors. Enjoy the warmer weather with a unique craft beer this Spring!
Parks and Trails
Amerson River Park
Amerson River Park was recently named in 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 trials. 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 during the Spring. Book a tour that will take you through the lives of those that once occupied the grounds for thousands of years. If you go atop the Great Temple Mound Complex you can see the beautiful skyline of downtown Macon. There are 8 miles of trails at the park that lead you through the 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.
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.
No matter your passions or hobbies, there's a little something for everyone this Spring in Macon. Look below to find more upcoming events!