I was talking to someone who had a friend visiting from out of town. The person was visiting from a bigger city and it made me realize that while Macon, Georgia is growing as a city, we are NOT trying to compete with Chicago or New York. We can’t offer giant museums, although our museums are great. We can’t offer a million places to eat, though what we have to offer is delicious. What we can offer is good food, a laid back environment (where you can sit out, enjoy your drinks, and unwind), and a lot of history.
What to Do When Visiting Macon: Part 2
11. The Ocmulgee River - The Ocmulgee offers lots of floating, feet dangling, and contemplation opportunities. And with warm- make that hot - weather for 8 out of 12 months, the citizens and visitors of Macon, Georgia have plenty of chances to take advantage of the river.
12. Bars & Entertainment - Whether you choose your favorite downtown bar, crosstown bar, or music venue, you will have plenty of chances for drink specials (Macon’s prices are much less than some of those big cities we can’t emulate), great music, and maybe even the chance to meet a local celebrity!
13. DJ Shawty Slim - We have plenty of local celebrities that are known across the world… Chuck Leavell and Robert McDuffie just to name a few. However, we happen to be a city where the local celebrities come out to play as well. From jazz and blue greats to hip hop artists, you never know who you’ll run into when you have a drink at the Hummingbird Stage & Taproom or Grant’s Lounge, including the official DJ for Grammy nominated artist B.O.B, DJ Shawty Slim.
14. Second Sunday at Washington Park - Of all the events that have begun uniting a city, the Second Sunday events, sponsored by College Hill Corridor, has brought people from all areas of town to enjoy music, food, and drinks in the park with family, friends, and pets.
15. Grant’s Lounge - You have to see The Wall, which shows the amazing history of music that has played within their walls. If you’re here on the right weekend, you’ll hear some amazing music as well.
16. The Museum of Arts & Sciences - We have a great museum with interesting collections, traveling exhibits, and original exhibits featuring the talents of locals. While it might not compare to MoMA or the Museum of Contemporary Art or Field Museum in Chicago in breadth, we also have the Mark Smith Planetarium. With the addition of the new lens, one of only three in the Americas, it projects images, photographs, visualizations of space, and more onto the third largest dome in the entire state (the largest in Central Georgia within 100 miles), and creates a virtual reality of space and other astronomy related programs for the thousands that visit every year.
17. Ocmulgee Indian Mounds - The Indian Mounds has the oldest living history record of anywhere in the United States and is one of Macon’s largest attraction. A visit would be remiss without taking your guest to the Indian Mounds.
18. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church - This Church is only one of many historical places in town that can be visited. The majesty and beauty of St. Joseph’s, the history and elegance of the Hay House, and other places like the Sidney Lanier Cottage. There is history in so many buildings. Taking a walk through downtown Macon can offer views like these.
19. Parks & Recreation - There are a lot of parks available for picnics, for reading, for relaxing… because if you’re visiting Macon, you’re here to see friends or family and you’re here to relax. Take advantage of those quiet times in some of our most beautiful open spaces.
20. The Allman Brothers Museum at The Big House - Here we are again with that musical legacy. We have a lot to be proud of and we have museums to show it. Plus, The Big House is beautiful, the back yard is phenomenal, and if you’re lucky, you’ll visit at a time when a band is playing.
Surprisingly, we’re not done! There’s much more to do when you visit Macon, Georgia.