Nicknamed “The Heart of Georgia,” Macon, GA is an ideal transportation corridor city served by Interstates 16, 75 and 475. Higher education choices are numerous within the community, and several entertainment and recreation sites are available for residents and visitors to enjoy. Here's a look at the best things to do in Macon.
1. History and nature
Head to Ocmulgee Heritage Trail for outdoor recreation opportunities like hiking, running, biking, fishing and nature observation. The trail, 11 paved and well-maintained miles, lines the Ocmulgee River and gives access to six parks, a Camellia Gardens and a canoe/tubing launch.
2. Ahh, smell the blossoms
Spring is in the air, especially for 10 days every mid-March during the annual International Cherry Blossom Festival. The U.S. Congress has proclaimed Macon the “Cherry Blossom Capital of the World,” and more than 300,000 pink-bloomed Yoshino cherry trees grace the city each spring. Festival activities include parades, concerts, food fairs, amusement rides and nighttime entertainment.
3. Eat at Fish N’ Pig
Fresh seafood and hickory-smoked barbecue are the food specialties at Fish N’ Pig, a popular restaurant with a full bar and an outdoor deck overlooking Lake Tobesofkee. For a more upscale dining experience in Macon, try Brasserie Circa for restaurant choices that include a raw bar, Reuben sandwiches and New York strip steaks.
4. Visit ‘The Big House’
Hailing from Macon, the world-famous Allman Brothers Band rose to musical prominence in the 1970s while occupying “The Big House” and penning such hits as "Ramblin’ Man" and "Midnight Rider". Today, the building on Vineville Avenue is a museum, open Thursdays-Sundays, with a big collection of Allman Brothers artifacts.
5. Shop til you drop
Wear comfortable shoes and spend a couple of hours at The Shoppes at River Crossing, which features 60 stores, including Barnes & Noble, Belk, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Dillard’s and Jo-Ann Fabrics & Crafts. Another good shopping destination is Macon Mall, with more than 40 stores highlighted by anchors Burlington, JC Penney and Macy’s.
6. Hum along if ya feel like it
Open seven nights a week, The Hummingbird Stage & Taproom is a performance venue on Cherry Street that is well known for welcoming local and national bands. The Hummingbird also features an outdoor patio bar, many local microbrew choices and an award-winning kitchen that serves great pub food.
7. Catch them in the act
Off-Broadway plays like Steel Magnolias and Bonnie & Clyde as well as a variety of foreign and independent films take center stage throughout the year at the historic Douglass Theatre. Known to locals as “The Doug,” the landmark building also hosts live concerts by regional and national performers.