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The hustle of Atlanta can get crazy, and with my day to day busy schedule, it’s often hard to get away from it all. That’s why I like to take day trips to places within driving distance. It gives me the chance to explore, recharge and feel like I’m stepping away from the craziness and unwinding. With Macon, GA being so close to the city, it’s the perfect place to do just this. Whether on a moment’s notice or planned, here are some great things to do in Macon so you can recharge from the grind of city life.
Things to do in Macon, Georgia
Get to a festival for some seasonal feels: There is no shortage of festivals in Macon. And, there’s one for every season. With Atlanta coming up with a population of 500k, you can escape the pack and enjoy festivals without the massive crowds or traffic. I love that! Here are some festivals to check out:
The Ocmulgee Indian Celebration (September 16-17, 2017) is one of the largest gatherings of Native Americans in the southeast with more than 200 craftsmen, dancers, storytellers, & more.
The Central Georgia Greek Festival (October 13 – 15, 2017) has live music, dancing, food, & tours of the restored Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church.
The Macon Octoberfest (October 21) has some of Georgia’s finest craft brewed alcohol, bands with a Southern twist, and Bavarian style food all in one of the most beautiful historic parks in Georgia.
Macon’s International Cherry Blossom Festival (March 16- 25, 2018) brings the beauty of more than 300,000 Yoshino cherry trees in full bloom while celebrating with events, concerts, exhibits, & more.
Go back in time at one of Macon’s awesome museums. I would never have guessed that there are so many museums in Macon! Whether you’re looking for Civil War history, African American Art, science or sports, there’s something for everyone. There’s even an Allman Brothers museum with the largest collection of ABB memorabilia in the world! Check out the Tubman Museum, the Museum of Arts and Sciences, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, the Hay House (especially at Christmas), and the Cannonball House.
Check out the Ocmulgee National Monument, this prehistoric American Indian site dates back to over 17,000 years. It’s home to over 2,000 artifacts. Its hiking trails and picnic tables offer a great way to spend an afternoon with your family.
Get your foodie on American Style. I love the laid back food environments in Macon. Especially for those trips on a whim. The last thing I want to do when going A.W.O.L. from the city is to spend tons of money of my meals. With places like H&H Soul Food (known as the most iconic restaurant in Georgia), Nu-Way Weiners (one of America’s oldest hot dog stands known for their famous hot dogs topped with the secret chili recipe), and The Rookery (famous for its burgers and milkshakes), you can skip town and not worry about the pocket so much. This makes going to Macon a super easy choice for families.
Is it Water You’re Looking for? After moving to Atlanta from Florida’s Gulf Coast, the only thing I miss is the water. And while Macon doesn’t have Emerald beaches with sand like sugar, it has quite a lot of water (something there’s not much of in the city). Check out Amerson River Park (has a playground), Lake Tobesofkee and Sandy Beach Water Park.
Parks, parks and more parks. Trade in the high rises for tall trees and trails. Macon has loads of parks and trails for your wandering feet. Dogs and kids love getting out and enjoying nature too, so this is a no brainer for the whole family. And free! Check out Macon Dog Park, Coleman Hill Park, and Central City Park.
No matter what your reason is for escaping the city you’re going to find loads of things to do in Macon, Georgia. Whether it’s something new or something you’re revisiting, Macon is full of adventure, great food, awesome family festivals and plenty of moments ready for the taking. For more information on planning your day in Macon, check out www.maconga.org.
Looking for other great escapes from Atlanta? Check out my suggested road trips from Atlanta.
Are you ready to escape the city? Tell me your favorite things to do outside of Atlanta in the comments below!