Top Things to Do in Macon, Georgia
Living in the southeast has its benefits especially when you want to travel. With so many places within driving distance from Atlanta, you can experience almost anything you want to. One of our favorite places to get away to is Macon, Georgia. Located in the heart of Middle Georgia, Macon is unique in that it offers tourists a WIDE variety of family-friendly things to do and places to visit. Like so many southern historic cities, Macon has undergone its own rebirth and has become more than just a tourist location. Macon is a city that attracts everyone from millennials to families. As someone that has lived in Georgia my entire life, Macon is one of those places you can return to over and over and get a different experience each time. Family-friendly and jammed packed full of great things to do, you need to add Macon to your list of destinations and we’ve got 3 reasons why!
Macon Burger Week
Imagine an entire week dedicated to artisan-crafted burgers, all for just $10. That’s what Macon Burger Week is! Hosted by the Georgia Beef Board, Macon Burger Week was the first week in November, and fifteen restaurants participated. Everything from desserts to calzones was offered this year. With a passport in hand, we set out to explore the city the best way we knew how, through its food!
Macon Beer Company
Brewing beer since prohibition, we knew we would be in for a treat when we saw people lined up BEFORE Macon Beer Company opened! Seriously, there had to have been about ten different tables seated upon opening their doors. Burger fanatics were lined up to get their hands on this year’s contender, High on the Hog. Two seasoned and flat-topped cooked beef patties topped with white and yellow American cheddar, beer braised onions, crispy pork belly, Applewood smoked bacon, hot pepper bacon jam, shredded lettuce, dill pickle slices, and a house-made burger sauce on an everything bagel bun. Sounds delicious, right? Well, it was certainly that!
The Macon Beer Company boasts a delicious menu of appetizers, wings, sandwiches, burgers, and so much more. On Sundays, they offer brunch. With items like the Mo Berry French Toast Sticks, Reese’s Pie Pancakes, and the Fish and Grits and all that, it’s no wonder that folks line up before opening, ready to eat!
At the heart of Macon’s economic and ecological systems is the Ocmulgee River. Throughout the city, you will find this name associated with not just the river and mounds, but also with the Ocmulgee Brewpub. This year they concocted the Bourbon Glazed Burger. A house-ground beef topped with a sweet bourbon glaze, smoked gouda cheese, creamy feta crumbles, crispy bacon, fresh arugula, and beer-braised onions on a toasted brioche bun. It brought the perfect amount of sweet and savory.
Their menu features a variety of artisan-crafted burgers that burger connoisseurs will want to add to their list including a vegan option! While their food is absolutely delicious and well worth the visit, the overall ambiance is something you don’t want to miss either. With large family-style tables in an open setting, you feel as if you are a local gathering with family and friends.
Every town has that pizza place! The one that stays packed and busy because it’s that good! Fatty’s Pizza is that place in Macon! This year they put a unique spin on Macon Burger Week with Fatty’s Taco-zone. A yummy calzone filled with beef, green peppers, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, ricotta, feta and mozzarella cheeses and pepper sauce all wrapped up in a jalapeno dough. It was a nice twist to the burger week menus. After all, no one said that a burger has to be between two buns!
Felicia’s Cake Factory
Felicia’s Cake Factory brought their sweet burger to the burger game. A moist vanilla and chocolate cupcake sliced in half and topped with buttercream icing resembling a burger, lettuce, catchup, and mustard was a sweet addition to the passport. They even added sesame seeds (aka white sprinkles) as a finishing touch. Not to mention, their French fries (sugar cookies) served with catchup (red frosting) was absolutely precious! It was ALMOST too cute to eat!
International Cherry Blossom Festival
If you have never visited Macon in the Spring, you are missing out one of the pinkest parties around. Macon is lined with beautiful Yoshino cherry trees. This is why Macon hosts the International Cherry Blossom Festival each March. A 10-day festival to celebrate these glorious blooms. With a parade, crafts, activities, amusement rides and delicious food, you’ll want to add this to your Spring to-do list.
Be sure to bring your walking shoes with you. The Cherry Blossom Trail is one of the best ways to get to enjoy Macon like a local. Beginning at the Visitor’s Center, you’ll get the chance to catch a glimpse into the architectural beauty of historic Macon. This includes the home of Carolyn Crayton, the founder of the International Cherry Blossom Festival. Thanks to her vision of thousands of trees being planted, you will experience breathtaking views of these beautiful trees.
Main Street Christmas
Downtown Macon transforms into a merry wonderland with more than 500,000 Christmas lights strung across four blocks of the city’s Main Street. Free shows are open to the public nightly through January 2, with performances beginning at the top of each hour from 6 to 10 p.m. After the light show, visitors can stroll through historic Downtown Macon to experience the city’s thriving culinary and retail district. Other seasonal activities include carriage rides, selfies with Santa and live reindeer, and more. It’s a quaint place to connect with loved ones and experience the joy of the holidays. Add Main Street Christmas to your holiday itinerary.
If you’re traveling down Interstate 75 or 16, do yourself a favor and take a detour to this charming city where you’ll be welcomed like family. Plan your trip here.