Sometimes called the “Song and Soul of the South”, Macon, GA has friendly people, fantastic food, history, and fun things for everyone! The things to do in Macon, GA are endless. You can hike through the ancient Indian mounds or experience the state’s largest collection of African American art. Stroll down wide avenues lined with art galleries, boutiques, and architecture or sample delicious food. As you plan your trip, put a few of these things to do in Macon, GA on your itinerary!
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
This ornate, neo-Gothic Catholic Church was built between 1889 and 1892. It is comparable to many European churches, with its gorgeous stain glass windows and striking architecture. Go inside, watch the sunshine stream through the colorful windows, and listen to the organ with 3,000 pipes. This is a must see when in Macon, GA!
The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum
The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is the country’s largest state sports museum. The museum is located in a state-of-the-art house and has over 3,000 artifacts. Visitors are invited to experience the history of sports in GA through the old style ticket booths to the brick columns in the rotunda.
When you tour this Italian Renaissance villa, you’ll discover the history of the house and city. The house has been elegantly restored while keeping the original style. The tour guides are excellent and knowledgeable of the history of the house, making sure guests leave knowing more about Macon, GA and its culture!
Ocmulgee National Monument
Native Americans first came to Ocmulgee National Monument during the Paleo-Indian period. Different cultures occupied this land for thousands of years before the Mississippian culture arrived in 900. The Mississippian people constructed mounds in honor of their leaders and the mounds still remain today for all to see! With Civil War Sesquicentennial and Ocmulgee Indian Celebration, guests experience some true Native American culture with singing, dancing, and story telling.
If you enjoy Civil War history, the Cannonball House is the place to go! Learn more about Macon’s part in the Civil War on a guided tour of the house. The tour guide walks you through each room of the house and explains when and where the house was hit by a cannon ball. Today, guests can still see traces of where the cannonball hit.
Otis Redding was discovered here and Ma Rainey, Cab Calloway, Little Richard and many others performed in this theater. The theatre was in operation from 1921 to the ’70s and stood silent for 20 years until the City of Macon restored it. It reopened in January 1997, as a state-of-the-art film, performance and meeting venue. Visitors can experience its original magnificence while enjoying a 3-D film. Guest can also enjoy live musicals and theatrical performances in the evening.
This house, that 1842 Inn is located in, was built in 1842 by John Gresham and is a gorgeous example of Greek revival architecture. This Select Registry property features 19 gorgeous rooms that are elegantly decorated with fine English antiques, tapestries and paintings. Guests that stay at 1842 Inn experience the history of Macon, GA while touring and while staying at 1842 Inn.
Photo courtesy James Davidson.