Macon, Georgia sits in the center part of the state which is approximately an hour south of Atlanta, right off Interstate-75.
As a traveler or tourist, the city of Macon is a perfect stop if someone is preparing to go to Florida or need a stop-off point just before going through Atlanta’s congested traffic.
Macon is a city of close to 100,000 people and you would be surprised to see the number of tourist attractions that are available in one of Georgia’s largest cities outside of Atlanta.
The following are my Top 5 tourist attractions in Macon:
1. Hay House Museum – When I was growing up in Macon, I recall my school scheduling annual field trips to the Macon Hay House. However, the name has changed over the years to the Johnston-Felton-Hay House. The Hay House is a mansion which was built during the pre-Civil War period by a Macon resident named William Butler Johnston. The architecture of this mansion gave this mansion the distinction of being called a palace. This historic structure is located near Mercer University’s School of Law.
In 2000, the Hay House was designated as one of the nation’s historic treasures by the White House Millennium Council. So it has been restored and it has helped to make this local historic site an even bigger tourist attraction. Usually, the Hay House attracts about 20,000 people annually.
2. Ocmulgee National Monument is located near the Ocmulgee River in Macon. Additionally, it is the location of different cultures of indigenous peoples (Native Americans) who once settled in this area. The monument park was recognized by the federal government in the mid-1960 as a place to be protected and preserved. Every year in mid-September, the city of Macon and the Ocmulgee National Monument hold an annual festival.
Descendents from Native American tribes provide an insight to their culture with traditional dances, storytelling, music and other demonstrations. Ocmulgee National Monument has a Visitor’s Center and welcomes visitors all year long.
3.Georgia Music Hall of Fame is another attraction that has been the state’s official hub for music. Macon has a history of famous musicians such as Otis Redding and Little Richard. This building was built in the 1990’s and provides visitors a full experience that involves interactive learning for children and beautiful exhibits. Georgia’s former governor Zell Miller was in office when the concept of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame was first mentioned. So it is fitting to have a building named after him. It designated for Georgia Music Studies and it provides a wealth of information that includes a library with archives and activities.
4. The Tubman Museum is one of Georgia’s African-American museums and one on the largest in the Southeast. The museum attempts to educate and explore the cultures and traditions of African Americans. The museum is for the whole community and for folks of different ages and cultural backgrounds.
5. Museum of Arts and Sciences is Macon’s oldest museum that has been in existence for a generation. It is one of the most enduring, artistic landmarks in Central Georgia. It is a very popular spot for schools introducing different exhibits to kids and their parents.