5 Things to do in Macon GA
Macon’s flavor and song make it an ideal Georgia road trip. Short on time? Follow these things to do to maximize a visit.
Macon, Georgia requires at least an overnight visit to fully explore and appreciate the Song and Soul of the South. Travelers driving along Interstate 75 with a few hours to spare or Atlantans looking for a road trip can get a good taste of the area with a bit of planning. It’s worth the trip:
Macon & Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau Downtown Visitor Center: Fitting into Macon’s musical theme, the outside of the visitor center looks like a piano with black and white keys running along the width of the building. Inside, the center is highly organized with informative and fun displays. Information specialists are on hand to answer questions and guide travelers into making the most of their visit to Macon. Stopping here is essential and should be the first stop before exploring the rest of Macon.
Georgia Music Hall of Fame: It’s befitting the Hall of Fame is located in Macon. Otis Redding and Little Richard grew up in the town and James Brown, the Allman Brothers Band and Marshall Tucker Band recorded their rocking music in the city. Georgia’s melodic history is on full display with instruments, costumes and other mementos from the Peach State’s hall of fame inductees, including Ray Charles, R.E.M. and Indigo Girls. The Hall of Fame is a celebration of all things musical in Georgia, including rock ‘n’ roll, country, gospel, classical, jazz and rhythm & blues. Kids can express their musical talents in the Billy Watson Music Factory, full of instruments like a drum set and cordless harp. Singers can record a tune in a mini recording studio and aspiring pianists can write their own tune.
Tubman African American Museum: Dangling from a tree branch is a metal watering can and next to it a sign reads “Misti stops here.” According to the Tubman African American Museum, “Misti” was Harriett Tubman’s nickname. Named after America’s “Black Moses” (Tubman, for leading slaves to freedom during the Civil War) the museum’s mission is to educate visitors about African American heritage.
The Tubman African American Museum packs a lot of punch in a relatively small space. Touted as the South’s largest museum devoted to African American culture, visitors are drawn into the opening gallery’s oversized mural and captivated with fine and folk art collections, gathering of inventions by African Americans (such as ice cream) and historical journey of prominent African Americans throughout history.
Rose Hill Cemetery: It’s really not that creepy visiting a cemetery during the day, especially this one. Sections overlook the Ocmulgee River while some headstones are artistic masterpieces. Weathered headstones in the Rose Hill Cemetery, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, date back to the 1800s. Along with six hundred Confederate Soldiers, Duane Allman and Berry Oakley of the Allman Brothers Band are buried in the cemetery, too.
Enjoy a Southern-Style Lunch: Visiting anywhere in the Southeastern United States it’s about food and Macon doesn’t lack in this area. There are handfuls of good ole’ Southern cooking eateries to try but don’t miss Jeneane’s Café at 524 Mulberry in the heart of downtown. Macon locals dine here so travelers know it has to be good. Food is ordered cafeteria-style and comes out hot, fresh and tasty. Waitresses look like anyone’s sweet Aunt Betty, dress casually like they’re ready for a night of bingo and treat every visitor like a guest in their home.
Geography: Macon is located 90 minutes south of Atlanta at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and Interstate 16.