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Best Things to Do in Macon, Georgia– The No-Nonsense Guide

Best Things to Do in Macon, Georgia– The No-Nonsense Guide

Planning a visit to Macon, Georgia? Whether you’re a history buff, a die-hard music fan, a sports enthusiast, an art lover, or a foodie, this city packed with Southern charm and heritage has something for you. Discover the top attractions and local eateries that should be on any traveler’s itinerary. Here’s my no-nonsense guide to the best things to do in Macon, Georgia, where we will explore the city that boasts “soul lives here.”

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Eat Like a Local in Macon

Before we explore, fuel up at some of Macon’s culinary gems. The city takes its food seriously, offering a range of dining experiences from historic diners to trendy eateries.

The Rookery

A Macon institution, The Rookery has been serving delicious burgers and sandwiches since 1976. From the Jimmy Carter Burger (applewood bacon and peanut butter) to the nostalgic MoonPie shakes, you can indulge in a taste of Macon’s exquisite diner culture.

Not a burger fan? How about fish & chips or the Gram Parson’s Cosmic Club?

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Parish on Cherry Street

Parish on Cherry Street is a Cajun/creole eatery in the heart of downtown with live music and a festive vibe. Their Gumbo and Jambalaya are as good as they get outside New Orleans, but I could just make a meal of their appetizers: Gator bites, fried green tomatoes, and Macon’s bacon.

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The Bearfoot Tavern

For a casual evening out, The Bearfoot Tavern’s laid-back atmosphere, live music, and extensive beer selection (50+) make it the perfect spot to unwind. Try the Pimento Bacon Fritters for a spicy-sweet twist on Southern appetizers or the Brisket Sandwich with fried egg.  

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Photo from Bearfoot’s social pages.

The Best of Macon’s Attractions

Once you’re well-fed, it’s time to hit the streets and immerse yourself in Macon’s vibrant culture.

Hay House

For a dash of Southern opulence, visit Hay House, a National Historic Landmark adorned with fine works of art, gorgeous drapes, stately statues, beautiful chandeliers, and an 80-foot dome. The Hay House offers a glimpse into the luxurious lifestyle of the elite in 1850s Georgia.

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Tubman Museum

The Tubman Museum, dedicated to African American art, culture, and history, is a must-visit for its powerful exhibits, including a poignant display on Otis Redding and a room of moving photography showcasing the beauty and struggle of the African American experience.

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The Big House Museum

Soul music aficionados must stop by The Big House, the former home of the Allman Brothers Band. Now, a museum filled with rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia (clothing, pictures, band instruments, and gold records), recreated living spaces, and a collection of the band’s instruments and records offer an intimate look into the band’s legacy.

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Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

Sports enthusiasts will appreciate the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, a 14,000-square-foot museum dedicated to the Peach State’s athletic legends, think gymnastics, golf, boxing, and baseball, to name a few. Interactive exhibits and photo ops on the Olympics platform ensure an engaging visit for visitors of all ages.

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Rock Candy Tours

Rock Candy Tours is your ticket to the heart of Macon’s rock ‘n’ roll history. Embark on a 2 1/2 hour walking or shuttle tour featuring famous spots and stories from the lives of music legends who called Macon home, like Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers, to the place where Greg Allman proposed to Cher.

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Rose Hill Cemetery

Spread across 65 acres, Rose Hill Cemetery is the final resting place for many Macon locals and Civil War soldiers. The beautifully landscaped grounds have a serene beauty, and silent stories etched in their headstones.

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Macon’s Visitor Center

When planning the day, head to the Macon Visitor Center, where colorful displays and helpful staff will guide you through the city’s past and present. Stock up on brochures and maps for a well-prepared adventure.

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Macon’s Cherry Blossom Festival

Don’t miss out on the International Cherry Blossom Festival, transforming Macon into the “Pinkest Party on Earth” with its breathtaking cherry blossom display, pancake breakfast, and a range of events catering to all ages for 40 years. Even the water fountains turn pink for this fun-filled event!

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The Burke Mansion

To top it off, stay at The Burke Mansion, embodying the old-world charm of Macon’s treasured B&Bs. Enjoy impeccable service and a taste of genuine Southern hospitality in this beautifully maintained historic residence. Every little detail exceeded my expectations.

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The complimentary breakfast alone, on Wedgwood China, was reason enough to stay, let alone the late-night sweets, free parking, and enormous, well-appointed house. 

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Macon: The Gem You’ve Been Looking For

Macon is a quintessential Southern gem with its rich heritage, unique cultural experiences, and delectable dining options. Enjoy exploring this destination that surprises and delights at every turn, a city steeped in history and pulsating with the melodies of time.

We were hosted by the Macon CVB and were also special guests of the Cherry Blossom Festival Committee for this trip. As with all posts on this site, all opinions and conclusions are 100% my own and unbiased.

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Anita Hendrieka

Thursday 8th of June 2017

Oh, love how there's a cherry blossom festival! To be honest, I had never heard of this place before this post so it's great to learn about a new destination through this post!

MelodyPittman

Friday 9th of June 2017

Nice! Love sharing new places for travel options. ;)

Nancy

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

It looks like you had a an excellent time exploring Macon. I love that they celebrate the cherry blossoms is such a big way! It really does like Macon, Georgia has something for everyone. Thanks for the tips.

MelodyPittman

Friday 9th of June 2017

It was very cool. Not sure if I mentioned it or not but you know the pink is real when the road is painted pink in between the yellow double lines! ;)

Jenna

Tuesday 6th of June 2017

Love Cherry Blossoms! Looks like a fun trip and all of the food looks amazing! The Rock Candy Tours sound like fun too. I had never heard of Macon before so it's great to learn more about it!

MelodyPittman

Friday 9th of June 2017

Glad to introduce you to a new place. Especially a Southern one. ;)

Vicky and Buddy

Monday 5th of June 2017

Wow, I didn't realize that Macon had a cherry blossom festival! Looks like there's actually a lot to do there and a lot of great restaurants.

Ryazan

Sunday 4th of June 2017

Great stuff! Seems like you really had a fab time in Georgia. Oh goodness, the food in this article makes me hungry. Thanks for sharing this awesome guide. :-)

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