A Weekend Exploring Macon, Georgia


Ready to explore Macon, Georgia? From music and art to historic homes, there’s something for everyone in this vibrant city. And what better time to learn about its fascinating history than during the autumn season when the past comes alive? Let me take you on a weekend adventure through Macon!


Kick things off at the Macon Visitor Center, where you can immerse yourself in the city’s rich heritage. Check out fascinating exhibits and a historical timeline, shop for unique souvenirs, and don’t miss the informative video that will get you up to speed on all things Macon.

It’s the perfect launchpad for your exploration of this exciting destination.

This trip was hosted by Visit Macon. All opinions and reviews are 100% unbiased.

Day 1: Tubman Museum, Macabre Public Walking Tour, & Meals

Looking for the best burger in town? The Rookery was voted Macon’s Best Burger spot. Their classic Rookery Burger is a must-try. Pair it with their double-fried fries, milkshakes, or one of their many craft beers.


For a cultural experience, head over to the Tubman Museum, named after the iconic Harriet Tubman. This museum boasts an impressive collection of African American art, history, and culture, with a particular emphasis on Macon’s own African American history.


If you’re a fan of the Allman Brothers Band, don’t miss The Big House Museum. This was the actual home of the band and their families from 1970 to 1973! Check out the largest collection of Allman Brothers Band memorabilia during a self-guided tour.


For dinner, I ate at Ocmulgee Brewpub, also known for burgers. This time, though, I opted for a club sandwich and mound of fries.

During your stay in Macon, indulge in a convenient and comfortable stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Macon/Mercer University. This hotel, located right on the Mercer University campus, provides free breakfast and is just the right distance from Downtown Macon.

If you’re feeling brave, take the Macon Macabre Public Walking Tour by Rock Candy Tours. Learn about the city’s gruesome history, with plenty of ghost stories, murder tales, and other gory secrets.


Day 2: Soul Food, Cannonball House, & Iconic Hay House

Start day two of your Macon adventures with a delicious brunch at H&H Soul Food, a Macon institution. Founded by Inez Hill and Louise Hudson, these women had a close relationship with the Allman Brothers, and “Mama” Louise even went on the road with the band. This iconic restaurant serves up delicious soul food and is a must-visit spot in Georgia.


Take a step back in time and visit the Cannonball House, a townhouse dating back to 1853. Named for the cannonball damage it sustained during the Civil War, this historic house also houses furniture from the Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu sororities, which were founded at Wesleyan College just across town.


No trip to Macon is complete without a tour of the Hay House, also known as the Palace of the South. This seven-story Italian Renaissance home was built in just four years between 1855 and 1859. It is considered one of Georgia’s most distinguished homes.


Opt for the Top of the House Tour during cooler seasons to get 360˚ views of Macon from the top of the cupola.

End your day with dinner at Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen, Middle Georgia’s finest brewpub. Indulge in delicious food and enjoy classic arcade games in the downstairs area.

A Fun Macon, Georgia Seasonal Event

Looking for a spooky and historical activity? Look no further than the annual Spirits in October event at Macon’s Riverside Cemetery and Conservancy! This unique tour highlights the final resting places of some of Macon’s most influential figures, bringing their spirits to life right before your eyes.

Plus, with a theme like Requiem of Rock and appearances from music legends like Duane Allman and Bob Ray Barnette, this tour is not to be missed. This is just one example of the many exciting things Macon, Georgia has to offer, so plan your visit today to experience it all.


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