Top 10 Things to Do In Macon
Nestled in the center of the state, not too far from the mountains or ocean, is where the soul of Georgia lives. In Macon, you’d be hard-pressed not to find an event or festival taking place. While Macon has countless activities to have fun-filled days, weekends and months, we narrowed the list to help you navigate your trip to Macon.
1.) Go to a Festival
Macon has festivals for every season! Our largest and most well-known festival is the International Cherry Blossom Festival, a 10-day festival that starts the third week of March. Other festivals include the Mulberry Street Arts Festival, Fired Works, the Pan-African Festival, Bragg Jam, Macon Film Festival, and the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration.
Step back in time and visit this prehistoric American Indian site. Ocmulgee has had over 17,000 years of continuous human habitation and artifacts from the past are still present today. Explore the museum with over 2,000 artifacts and watch an informative orientation film. Venture outdoors to see the Earth Lodge with its original floors that are dated to 1015. Hike through a number of trails located at the park. Pack a family picnic to enjoy on the grounds' shaded picnic tables.
Macon’s hidden gems are our Farmers and Crafts Markets and they provide plenty of opportunities to buy Georgia Grown products. The Mulberry Street Market at Tattnall Square Park is a producer-only farmers market open every Wednesday from 3:30-6:30. What’s cool about the Mulberry Street Market is that it prides itself on making fresh produce available to everyone. At the Wesleyan Market on Wesleyan College’s campus, you can enjoy food, art, music, educational displays, animal adoptions, and demonstrations on pottery or gardening. This outdoor market at Wesleyan is held every second Saturday of the month, and the fourth Saturday during summer months.
Take time to marvel at Macon’s gorgeous museums, mansions, and musical landmarks. Macon has dozens of antebellum homes. The Hay House, named "The Palace of the South” is a 7-level Italian Renaissance Revival mansion built in the mid-1800s that had several modern conveniences uncommon to most homes during that time. Visit the Cannonball House, the only structure that was damaged in Macon during the Civil War.
We also have wonderful museums dedicated to art and culture, including the Tubman Museum, which is the largest museum in the Southeast dedicated to African-American art, history and culture; and the Museum of Arts and Sciences, which not only has art, but a mini-zoo and planetarium.
Learn a little bit more about Macon’s music history at The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House and the Otis Redding Foundation and Mini-Museum. You can even find out how Georgia’s sports influenced the world at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the largest state sports museum, located right in Macon!
Home to five colleges and universities, Macon has a very active sports community. With sports programs such as Mercer football and basketball, as well as athletic teams at Wesleyan College, Wesleyan College and Middle Georgia State University, the list of sporting events in Macon is never ending. Our minor-league hockey, Macon Mayhem, are currently ending their second season.
While many destinations can boast delicious dishes, few can say they have food with soul. Inspire your senses at any number of our unique restaurants, each with their own local flavor and story to tell. Comfort yourself with the down home cooking of fried chicken at H&H Soul Food or grab a quick lunch at Nu-Way Weiners, one of the oldest hot dog stands in the country.
Walk or bike at the Amerson River Park on the Ocmulgee Heritage Trail. Play in the sand, boat, or picnic at Lake Tobesofkee. Sandy Beach Water Park is the perfect place to cool off from the Summer heat. Enjoy their Paradise Pool, Lazy River Adventure, & more.
Macon is often referred to as a “City Within a Park.” Our wide avenues helped create this moniker. We have an extensive network of community parks and walking trails that allow visitors and residents to experience Macon’s natural beauty.
9.) Take in the Arts
Visitors can find music filling the air in our bustling downtown. We have historic theaters that showcase Broadway talent and local orchestras, as well as nightclubs that showcase local talent and bands that cover every style from jazz to rock & roll. We also have great art galleries showcasing some of the world’s most renowned artists.
Macon hosts a variety of retail options, from open-air malls with various dining options, like the Shoppes at River Crossing, to unique antique finds at Yesterday’s Antique Market. There are a variety of farmers and crafts markets that have an array of items from antiques to unique, local finds.