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The Ultimate List of Fun Things to Do in Macon, GA

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On your next trip to the South, skip the big cities like Atlanta and Orlando, and head to Macon, Georgia, instead. With a rich past, a surprising musical history, and gorgeous outdoor activities, Macon mixes the small town charm of the South with modern cuisine and tours.

Here are my favorite fun things to do in Macon, GA, arranged by areas of interest!


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The Culture and History of Macon

Delve into the arts and culture of African Americans at the Tubman Museum, the largest museum of its kind in the nation. Named after Harriett Tubman, the founder of the Underground Railroad, the museum hosts permanent exhibits on the African Americans who've helped shape Macon's history, as well as visiting exhibits on culture, arts, and history.

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Tubman Museum Gallery

Roam through the massive Johnson-Felton-Hay House, an 18,000 square foot home in the heart of Macon's historic district. Dating to just before the Civil War, the Hay House was technologically advanced with its elevator, tube speaker system, and running water.

Learn why the Cannonball House has its name. While the Greek Revival architecture (including the massive columns out front) might catch your eye, the Cannonball House is best known for the fact that it was hit by a Hotchkiss shell during the Civil War. After restoration, it now houses a Civil War museum.

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Cannonball House

Explore America's poetic side at the Sidney Lanier Cottage House Museum. Lanier, a poet, travel writer, flautist, and professor, was born in this house, and lived here until he left to attend Oglethorpe College.

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Sidney Lanier Cottage Museum

Walk amongst the former residents of the city at Rose Hill Cemetery, a tranquil planned cemetery that is the final resting place of Duane Allman, Greg Allman, and Berry Oakley.

Musicians of Macon, Georgia

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Soak up some musical inspiration at Grant's Lounge, a staple of Georgia's music scene that saw early performances of The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynryd.

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Grant's Lounge

Take a photo with the statue of Otis Redding, the soulful 60's singer known for hits like "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay" and "Respect." You can see Redding's legacy in the Otis Redding Foundation's community work: enroll your kids in the annual music camp or sign up for a lesson at the Otis Redding Center for Creative Arts.

Walk through the lives of Macon's most famous band at The Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House.

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The Allman Brothers Band Museum

Visit a few of Little Richard's old haunts, including the Old Trailway Station (now the Downtown Visitors Center) where he once worked, and Miss Anne's Tic Toc (now the Tic Toc Room), where he honed his over-the-top act.

Listen to the radio as you explore Macon, which is the hometown of contemporary musicians like Mike Mills (R.E.M.), country music star Jason Aldean, Robert McDuffie (Grammy-nominated violinist), and Chuck Leavell (keyboardist for The Rolling Stones).

Learn about Macon's musical history with a knowledgeable guide. Rock Candy Tours hosts the Free Birds and Night Owls Tour each Friday evening and the Rock 'n' Roll Stroll on Saturday mornings.

Macon's Best Food and Beverage

Indulge in a meal at the Tic Toc Room, a staple in the Macon food scene for decades.

Explore Southern cuisine with a classic meat 'n' three plate at Bear's Den or H&H Soul Food.

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Sweet tea at H&H Soul Food

Experience local ingredients and inventive recipes at the farm-to-table restaurant, Dovetail.

Head just outside of town to grab a ice cream loaded with fresh local fruit at Lane Southern Orchards (located in nearby Fort Valley).

Split a pie with your favorite travel buddies at Ingleside Village Pizza.

Family Fun in Macon

Get your kids interested in learning with the hands-on exhibits at the Museum of Arts and Sciences. in addition to the rotating exhibits, visitors can meet some new animal friends, take in a show at the planetarium, go on a nature walk, and participate in the daily activities held around the campus. This is one of the most family friendly fun things to do in Macon, GA, so plan to spend several hours here.

Learn about the people who made history (and how they did it!) at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. This massive complex (the largest of its kind in America) covers exceptional athletes from the high school level to the Olympics.

Delve into antebellum American history at Fort Benjamin Hawkins. Although the structure you see was occupied in the early 1800s, this area was a central trading spot as early as the mid-1600s.

Enjoy the beautiful surroundings at Amerson River Park, where you and your kids can burn off some energy in the meadows, rent a canoe, or hike along the many trails.

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Amerson River Park

Bring your bathing suit for a fun day out at Sandy Beach Water Park. If you're visiting Macon in the summer months, this is a great activity for the entire family with areas for younger kids and thrilling slides for the older ones.

Use the Central City Park Bandstand as your base for exploring the rest of this beautiful park.

Challenge your kids to a race at Rigby's Entertainment Complex, where you can find a go kart track, a rollerskating rink, putt putt golf, and arcade games.

Macon's Outdoor Experiences

Linger by the water at Charles H. Jones Gateway Park, then go for a walk along the shady pathways.

Pack a picnic for a lunch at Tatnall Square Park. Your kids will love the playground!

See Macon from a different perspective with the Lights on Macon Illuminated Walking Tour, held each night at dusk.

If there's one place you need to visit while you're in town, make this it. At over 700 acres, the Ocmulgee National Monument offers nature walks and a museum filled with 2,000 artifacts. The 1100 year old Earth Lodge is also a must visit.

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Ocmulgee National Monument

Go camping on the shores of Lake Tobesofkee. A manmade reservoir, the lake is now a fishing and boating destination in central Georgia.

See who's playing in Washington Park, which was designed to be a natural amphitheatre. Second Sunday in the Park is a fun local gathering with food, live music, and a family friendly atmosphere.


Festivals in Macon, Georgia

Delight in nature's spring beauty at the International Cherry Blossom Festival. It is held in early spring: usually in March or April to coordinate with the trees' beautiful blooms. Next year's dates are March 16-25, 2018.

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Celebrate Macon's rich past at the Pan African Festival, coordinated by the Tubman Museum. This festival is held in late spring, typically in April or May. In 2018, the festival will be held April 28-29.

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Pan African Festival

Schedule time for the Macon Film Festival each summer to see the creativity of regional filmmakers. 2018's festival will be August 16-19.

Be a part of the largest Native American gathering in this part of the U.S. at the Ocmulgee Indian Festival (September). Watch living history and dance performances, browse the handiwork of the crafters, and learn about this part of America's heritage. Plan to be in town September 15-16, 2018 for next year's gathering.

Have you been to Macon, Georgia, yet? How many of the fun things in Macon, GA, have you done?

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