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! Here's a list of just a few.
- Design, Wine, & Dine (June 15-25, 2017) Sensory celebration featuring experts in the areas of design, crafted beverages, & food
- Macon Film Festival (July 20-23, 2017) Celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, & economic development
- Bragg Jam (July 28-29, 2017) Includes arts, children's events, a 5K, & concert crawl
- Ocmulgee Indian Celebration (September 16-17, 2017) One of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in the southeast with more than 200 craftsmen, dancers, storytellers, & more
- International Cherry Blossom Festival (March 16-25, 2018) See over 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees in bloom. Join in the celebration with events, concerts, food, & more
- Prehistoric American Indian site
- Over 17,000 years of continuous human habitation & 2,000 artifacts
- Earth Lodge with original floors dates to 1015
- Hiking trails and picnic areas available
Macon’s hidden gems are our Farmers and Crafts Markets and they provide plenty of opportunities to buy Georgia Grown products.
- Mulberry Street Market (Every Wednesday from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.) producer-only farmers market providing fresh local produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, & more
- Wesleyan Market (Second Saturday each month from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) features a variety of locally grown and produced items ranging from flowers and organic fruits and vegetables, & more.
4.) Unrivaled Museums
- Hay House: 7-level Italian Renaissance Revival mansion built in the mid-1800s named "The Palace of the South"
- Cannonball House: only structure damaged in Macon during the Civil War
- Tubman Museum: largest museum in the Southeast dedicated to African American art, history, & culture
- Museum of Arts & Sciences: variety of arts & science exhibitions, planetarium, mini-zoo, nature trails, & more
- The Allman Brothers Museum at The Big House: home to band members from 1970-1973 with the largest collection of ABB memorabilia in the world
- Georgia Sports Hall of Fame: 43,000-square-foot state-of-the-art museum with over 3,000 artifacts
Home to five colleges and universities, Macon has a very active sports community.
Inspire your senses at any number of our unique restaurants, each with their own local flavor and story to tell.
- H&H Soul Food: Named "The Most Iconic Restaurant in Georgia" by Thrillist
- Nu-Way Weiners: One of America's oldest hot dog stands known for their famous hot dogs topped with the secret chili recipe
- The Rookery: Famous for their delicious burgers and milkshakes
7.) Explore the Water
- Amerson River Park: Playground, 7 miles of trails, picnic areas, & launch location into Ocmulgee River
- Lake Tobesofkee: Year-round recreation area covering 1,800 acres with 35 miles of shoreline
- Sandy Beach Water Park: Includes a wave pool, lazy river, water slide, & more
8.) Known as a City within a Park
Macon has an extensive network of community parks and walking trails that allow visitors and residents to experience Macon’s natural beauty.
- Central City Park: Includes a skate park, picnic areas, playground, & more
- Coleman Hill Park: Highest point in Downtown Macon, 64-foot long concrete slide, Second Sunday concert location
- Macon Dog Park: Fully-fenced city block including a small stream, agility training course, picnic tables, & park benches
9.) Take in the Arts
- Douglass Theatre: Pays tribute to African Americans' influence on film & music
- Theatre Macon: Produces 6 major shows each year (comedy, musicals, & drama)
- Macon Little Theatre: Georgia's oldest & largest community theatre
- Cox Capitol Theatre: Premier music venue