Macon Memories Tour
See the sights of downtown, smell the aroma of cherry blossoms and soul food, hear music from artists who redefined the industry, and feel all of the excitement, heart, and history in Macon, Georgia.
Arrive at the Downtown Visitor Center
You can tour this state-of-the-art Visitors center, view colorful exhibits and informative timeline, browse gifts in the souvenir shop and watch the exciting 12-minute video for a perfect introduction to the Soul of Macon. Gather all of the information you will need to make Macon memorable (Give 30 minutes).
Feel like royalty when you step through the doors of this National Historic Landmark mansion. News accounts called it the “Palace of the South” upon its completion in 1859. Magnificent detail and luxuries far ahead of their time make this a must-see, as featured on A&E’s “America’s Castles” (Give 45 minutes).
Step inside this classic Greek Revival mansion built in 1853, the only house in Macon damaged during the Civil War when struck by a Hotchkiss shell during a Federal attack in 1864. Restored with period furnishings, it houses a Civil War museum and recreated meeting rooms of the world’s first secret societies for women, Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu sororities (Give 30 minutes).
Admission is free and you and your family can journey to the ancient past to discover 17,000 years of Native American Indian heritage just across the river. Experience the continent's only reconstructed earth lodge, scale a great temple mound, or venture over Civil War battlefields. Ranger led guided tours available upon request (Give 1.5 hours).
Enjoy true Southern fare inside at our Peachtree Café or if it’s the great outdoors you want, enjoy your meal alfresco. You will taste true Southern Hospitality in every mouth-watering bite of our own Fried Pecan Crusted Sweet Water Catfish coated with our Farm Fresh pecans. If it’s a sandwich you crave, we’ve gotcha covered. Our menu has a large selection of hot sandwiches like our Backyard Smoked Pulled Pork or our Turkey Panini melt served with our own Peach Chow Chow (Give 1 hour).
Since 1908, Lane Southern Orchards has been dedicated to planting, growing and harvesting the best-tasting peaches and pecans in Georgia. The view of peach blossoms on over 3,000 acres of orchards in March is unforgettable! Fresh strawberries, more than 30 varieties of Southern peaches, oranges, pecans, and more greet you at this Georgia orchard. Enjoy southern cuisine at the Peachtree Café & Bakery (Give 2 hours).
Take a soulful journey through time, from Africa to America at the Tubman African American Museum, the largest facility in the southeast devoted solely to African American art, history and culture. See colorful exhibits on Harriet Tubman, African American Inventors, Georgia artists, and the incredible story of William & Ellen Craft. The exhibits change quarterly so there is always something new to discover. Docent by appointment only (Give 1 hour)
Dinner at Tic Toc Room
A downtown Macon icon, the building housing the Tic Toc Room once was the heart of the music movement in the southeast (called Miss Anne’s Tic Toc back in the late 1940’s). It was within these four walls of the Tic Toc Room that Little Richard first donned his cape and piano and created the blueprint for what is known today as rock-n-roll. The “Architect of rock n roll” was joined over the years by the greats Otis Redding, the godfather of soul James Brown and Johnny Jenkins to name a few (Give 1 hour).
Wrap up your evening with a breathtaking performance at either the Cox Capitol Theatre or Grand Opera House.
A new high definition surround sound system transforms the historic stage into an incredible concert venue for a variety of live music from rock bands to first-class musical tours. The historic Capitol Theatre first opened its doors in downtown Macon in 1916 and introduced fascinated audiences to the drama and glamour of the silver screen.
Built in 1884, the Grand features one of the largest stages in the South. The Grand has seen stars such as Will Rogers, Sarah Bernhardt, Houdini and more. This stage is still very active with theatre events. Admission Charged. This venue is a performing Arts Center of Mercer University.
Need additional tour suggestions for day trip and regional destinations? The Macon-Bibb County CVB will be happy to assist you!