Nicknamed “The Heart of Georgia”, Macon is a picturesque city along the banks of the Ocmulgee River. It’s home to excellent museums celebrating its Native American and African American heritage, as well as the former home of 1970s rock group, the Allman Brothers Band.
Things to do in Macon
Discover the region’s Native American history at the Ocmulgee National Monument, which features mounds and trenches built prior to 1,000 AD by the South Appalachian Mississippian people. The site is believed to have been inhabited for around 17,000 years, with many of its ancient artefacts now displayed in the on-site museum.
Visit the Tubman Museum, which is dedicated to the preservation of African American art, history and culture. Travel from Africa to America along the immense mural and dive into the minds of prominent African Americans in the Inventors Gallery.
Stroll along the Heritage Trail, which follows the Ocmulgee River from Central City Park to Jackson Springs Park. Admire the art installations that dot the route and the statue of singer Otis Redding who was born in Macon, then relax with a picnic under the big shady trees.
Fans of the Allman Brothers Band should visit the Big House where the band members and their families lived from 1970 to 1973. It boasts the world's largest collection of Allman Brothers Band memorabilia, with many of its rooms recreated to look just as they did in the 70s.
Getting around Macon
Middle Georgia Regional Airport is a 20-minute drive from Macon and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is just over one hour away. Buses travel throughout Macon, but most of the downtown sights are accessible on foot.