Blooming cherry trees in Macon, Georgia

Macon, Georgia, in the spring

Guide to Macon

The Creek Indians were the first inhabitants of the area that would later become known as Macon, settled by Europeans in 1809. Named for North Carolina statesman Nathaniel Macon, the economy thrived thanks to the Ocmulgee River. A number of colleges and universities were set up nearby, including Wesleyan College and Mercer University. In the 1960s, it was ground zero for the music industry thanks to Capricorn Records and artists like the Allman Brothers Band and Otis Redding.

Things to Do

The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House in Macon, Georgia
The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House in Macon, Georgia

The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House

Learn about the band that called Macon home at The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House, the Tudor-style home that Berry, Duane and Gregg lived in with their family and friends. It has a large collection of guitars and band memorabilia.

Amerson River Park

Set on more than 100 acres, Amerson River Park offers pristine forests, meadows and wetlands surrounded by a river oxbow. There is a handicap-friendly playground, miles of trails, and a river put-in for canoes, kayaks and tubes.

Ocmulgee National Monument

Celebrate the Native American tribes that called the Macon area home at the Ocmulgee National Monument, a site dating back 17,000 years. The site has North America’s only reconstructed Earth Lodge with its original 1,000-year-old floor, as well as the Grand Temple Mound.

A woman gazes toward the ornate ceiling at the Hay House in Macon, Georgia
Hay House in Macon, Georgia

Hay House

Step back in time at the Hay House, an Italian Renaissance Revival mansion dating back to 1855. The behind-the-scenes tour is the best way to view the house’s most unique elements, including the wine cellar, balcony, Widow’s Walk and even a secret room.

My City Bike

My City Bike App offers self-guided bike tours of Macon with turn-by-turn directions and information. Three tours cover the best of Macon, the city’s music history and ghost tours.

Inside the planetarium at the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Macon, Georgia
Planetarium at the Museum of Arts & Sciences in Macon, Georgia

Museum of Arts & Sciences

Macon’s Museum of Arts & Sciences features everything from works of fine art to exhibits on animals and civilizations. There’s also an onsite planetarium, nature trails, and a mini zoo ideal for the whole family.

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame is the largest state sports museum in the country, honoring all amateur and professional athletes, spanning multiple sports. The 14,000-square-foot space has exhibits on the Olympics, golf legends and even an interactive playground.

The Cannonball House in Macon, Georgia
The Cannonball House in Macon, Georgia

The Cannonball House

Named for the cannonball that tore through it during the Civil War, The Cannonball House is one of Macon’s most iconic homes, built in 1853 in the Greek Revival style. The furnishings are original to the founders of the two oldest sororities in the world.

Macon Beer Company

The city’s only craft brewery, Macon Beer Company has innovative recipes, like pale and blonde ales, and a cozy tasting room and beer garden open to tours. They also have games and cornhole.

Four women walk outside the Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia
Tubman Museum in Macon, Georgia

Tubman Museum

The Tubman Museum, named for American icon Harriet Tubman, focuses on African-American art, history and culture. Exhibits focus on the works of artists of African descent, important inventions by African Americans and the musical influence of African Americans.

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Where to Stay

Spend the night in one of Macon’s historic inns.

The 1842 Inn in Macon, Georgia
The 1842 Inn in Macon, Georgia

1842 Inn

The 1842 Inn has the amenities of a hotel with the hospitality of a bed and breakfast. The four-diamond inn in a Greek Revival mansion is steps away from Macon’s shops and restaurants.

Macon Marriott City Center

Business travelers will enjoy the Macon Marriott City Center, which has more than 5,000 square feet of event space, just steps away from the convention center. Well-appointed rooms and suites feature plush bedding, flat-screen televisions, and robes and slippers.

Holiday Inn Macon North

Holiday Inn Macon North is located near the highway and downtown Macon, with a 24-hour business center, free high-speed Internet, flat-screen televisions, a fitness center, and a restaurant with a breakfast buffet and casual dining.

Inside the Burke Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Macon, Georgia
Burke Mansion Bed and Breakfast in Macon, Georgia

Burke Mansion Bed and Breakfast

The Burke Mansion Bed and Breakfast is another option, located in a 1887 Queen Anne Victorian mansion. Lavish rooms include clawfoot tubs, and guests enjoy hearty breakfasts and wine and hors d’oeuvres during their evening reception.

TownePlace Suites

Macon’s best extended stay hotel, TownePlace Suites near Mercer University has the relaxed feel of home with a full kitchen and Internet. Studios and one-bedroom suites provide plenty of space.

Hilton Garden Inn Macon/Mercer University

Located near I-75, the Hilton Garden Inn Macon/Mercer University has guest rooms with free WiFi, microwaves, refrigerators, coffee makers and work spaces. Guests have access to the fitness center, business center, and full service restaurant.

Lobby of the Homewood Suites by Hilton Macon-North
Homewood Suites by Hilton Macon-North

Homewood Suites by Hilton Macon-North

Homewood Suites by Hilton Macon-North has fully equipped kitchens, a DVD library, swimming pool, complimentary breakfasts, and even dinner some nights of the week. There is also free Internet, a business center and access to a nearby gym.

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Where to Eat

Chow down at some of Macon’s best restaurants.

Fried chicken, side dishes and iced tea at H&H Restaurant in Macon, Georgia
H&H Restaurant in Macon, Georgia

H&H Restaurant

Nowhere signifies Macon as much as H&H Restaurant, a longtime soul food restaurant that once fed the Allman Brothers. Founded in 1959, it’s covered in Southern rock memorabilia. Don’t miss the chicken biscuits and barbecue brisket sandwiches.

Dovetail

Dovetail serves uniquely crafted Southern dishes. Chefs use seasonal ingredients in their dishes, which can be paired with expertly crafted cocktails.

Fish N’ Pig

Fish N’ Pig has both on its menu, set on Lake Tobesofkee just outside of Macon. Menu highlights of this full service, casual restaurant include fresh seafood and hickory smoked barbecue, along with a complete bar.

New York-style pizza at Ingleside Village Pizza in Macon, Georgia
Ingleside Village Pizza in Macon, Georgia

Ingleside Village Pizza

For a New York-style slice, head to Ingleside Village Pizza, which uses the freshest ingredients and dough made daily. They also have salads, sandwiches, and beer and wine.

A couple enjoys beer at Ocmulgee Brewpub in Macon, Georgia
Ocmulgee Brewpub in Macon, Georgia

Ocmulgee Brewpub

Set in a historic building, Ocmulgee Brewpub crafts the best burgers and beers around. The menu includes IPAs and ambers, along with salads, sandwiches and hand-cut fries.

Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen

Another downtown brewpub is Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen, known for its blonde ales and IPAs. In addition to beer, the menu includes smoked wings, sandwiches, soups and salads.

A hamburger and chips at The Rookery in Macon, Georgia
The Rookery in Macon, Georgia

The Rookery

Locals love the burgers at The Rookery, a downtown staple since President Jimmy Carter was in office. The Cherry Street patio is the perfect place to enjoy one of their quirky burgers, sandwiches and adult shakes.

Bearfoot Tavern

Bearfoot Tavern is the community’s neighborhood tavern, with sports on the high-definition televisions and more than 50 bottled beers. Menu highlights include salads, sandwiches and burgers.

Tic Toc Room in Macon, Georgia
Tic Toc Room in Macon, Georgia

Tic Toc Room

Once a 1940s venue that hosted the likes of Little Richard, Otis Redding and James Brown, the Tic Toc Room is now an upscale steakhouse serving the finest USDA prime aged beef. Enjoy with one of their award-winning martinis.

Parish on Cherry St.

For Creole and Cajun flavors, visit Parish on Cherry St.. Open for lunch, dinner and brunch, favorite dishes include jambalaya, crab cakes Benedict, and Cajun fried frog legs.

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Events

There’s always something going on in Macon, so plan your trip accordingly.

Macon Film Festival
Macon Film Festival

Macon Film Festival

Named one of the top film festivals in the country, the Macon Film Festival screens independent films with panels featuring celebrity guests every August.

Macon Burger Week

Chow down with signature burgers around town during Macon Burger Week, an August event that brings together 15 or so local restaurants for $5 creations. Eat five or more and win prizes.

A performer at Ocmulgee Indian Celebration in Macon, Georgia
Ocmulgee Indian Celebration in Macon, Georgia

Ocmulgee Indian Celebration

Every September, the Ocmulgee Indian Celebration hosts one of the largest Native American gatherings in the region with more than 200 craftsmen, dancers, storytellers and demonstrators at the national monument.

Spirits in October

Held in spooky Riverside Cemetery, Spirits in October invites visitors to the Victorian rural garden for a one-hour guided tour. It tells the stories of the notable residents of the cemetery.

A tunnel of green lights for the Main Street Christmas Light Show Extravaganza in Macon, Georgia
Main Street Christmas Light Show Extravaganza in Macon, Georgia

Main Street Christmas Light Show Extravaganza

Ring in the holiday season with Main Street Christmas Light Show Extravaganza, which includes Christmas lights, music by Macon Pops and local artwork.

International Cherry Blossom Festival

In March, Macon’s International Cherry Blossom Festival showcases more than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees around town. Festivities include a pageant, amusement rides, performances, races, movie nights and much more.

Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibit & Sale in Macon, Georgia
Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibit & Sale in Macon, Georgia

Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibit & Sale

Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibit & Sale is a regional ceramics exhibition, the largest of functional and sculptural pottery in the state. Lasting nine days, it features more than 6,000 pieces of pottery by 65 ceramic artists.

Performers at the Pan African Festival of Georgia in Macon
Pan African Festival of Georgia in Macon

Tubman Museum Pan African Festival of Georgia

Embracing the cultural diversity of Middle Georgia, the Tubman Museum Pan African Festival of Georgia has a packed schedule, including music, dance, food, art, storytelling, food trucks and a Children’s Village.

Just Tap’d Craft Beer Festival

In April, the Just Tap’d Craft Beer Festival features tastings of some of the region’s best craft beers. There are also live musical performances, food, yard games and fun for the whole family.

Bragg Jam

Bragg Jam honors Macon’s musical past and present, honoring the legacies of two Macon locals who died in a car accident. The stages throughout town host over 80 bands spanning all genres.

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Published: November 2018