Macon Attractions

Fun, food, music and genuine hospitality are all synonymous with Macon. While they stand as several obvious reasons why you would want to visit this inviting Georgia city, there are even more incentives to spend some quality time here. These include the opportunities to learn about some high flying history, the deeply rooted Native American influence, and some of the area's most influential musical legacies when you visit any of these highly interesting and entertaining attractions in Macon.

Ocmulgee National Monument
It is not often that you get the chance to traverse history back 1,000 years to explore American Indian culture, but that is just what you can do when you visit the Ocmulgee National Monument and Museum. This is a visually dramatic archeological site complete with temple “mounds” that offer a glimpse at how the Native Americans lived and worked. The attraction also features a museum and shop that sells American Indian art and jewelry and other related items.

Address: 1207 Emery Highway, Macon, GA 31217 - MAP
Phone: (478) 752-8257
Web: www.nps.gov

Museum of Aviation
Let your love of military history and aviation take flight when you visit the Museum of Aviation. This attraction is located on the Robbins Air Force Base. You will find more than 89 military aircraft on display that include an F-15 Eagle, P-40 Warhawk, and an SR-71 Blackbird, which holds the distinction of being the fastest plane on earth. Informative movies produced by the Smithsonian are screened hourly. There is also a museum shop and cafe on the site as well.

Address: Hwy 247 & Russell Pkwy, Robins Air Force Base, Warner Robins, GA 31098 - MAP
Phone: (478) 926-6870
Web: www.museumofaviation.org

Douglass Theatre
Revisit the site of some of Macon's most classic performances when you step into the classic beauty of the Douglass Theater. This venue and attraction dates all the way back to the 1920s when it was an African-American movie and vaudeville hall. Later, in the 1960s, such iconic performers as Otis Redding and Ray Charles graced its impressively large stage. Amazingly, the theater is still in operation and takes great pride in maintaining its role in promoting the African-American experience in the areas of music, film and theater.

Address: 355 Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201 - MAP
Phone: (478) 742-2000
Web: www.douglasstheatre.org

Georgia Music Hall of Fame
After all these years, the music still plays at the Georgia Music Hall of Fame. Despite the vintage sounds made by the iconic singers and players, the museum is a surprising and highly entertaining high tech experience. The layout features multiple “cafes” that spotlight various Georgia musicians as well as musical figures who have a significant connection to the area. See an incredible compendium of memorabilia, instruments, stage outfits, and other attractions. One of the most appealing aspects of the setup is the omnipresence of music stations that are equipped with headphones that allow visitors to listen to the actual music that inspired it all.

Address: 200 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Macon, GA 31201 - MAP
Phone: (478) 751-3334
Web: georgiamusicmag.com

Hay House
At Macon's Hay House, a significant and stunning piece of history still stands in a most spectacular way. This incredible 18,000-square-foot antebellum mansion was originally built in 1855 and amazingly survived the War between the States. Its Renaissance Revival style is completed by several notable details that include carved plaster adorned with 24-karat gold leaves and colorful stained glass windows. Tours of this historic attraction are available year round at the top of the hour between 10am and 3pm. Call ahead or check the website for times or to make special arrangements for larger tours.

Address: 934 Georgia Ave, Macon, GA 31201 - MAP
Phone: (478) 742-8155
Web: www.hayhouse.org

Museum of Arts & Sciences
Experience a sensory adventure when you visit Macon's Museum of Arts and Sciences. The facility features three stories of interactive exhibits and attractions that include changing art and science exhibits as well as a planetarium that offers daily star shows and weekend sky observations. There is even a small nature trail near the facility that allows visitors a chance to see the Kingfisher Cabin, which was the former retreat of Macon author Stillwell Edwards.

Address: 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon, GA 31210 - MAP
Phone: (478) 477-3232
Web: www.masmacon.com

Andersonville National Historic Site
History buffs who take a special interest in the Civil War will want to make plans to visit the Andersonville National Historic Site. This is the prison camp that became the deathbed for 13,000 Union soldiers who were prisoners of war and suffered extreme neglect that lead to their deaths. The National Prisoner of War museum is also located here. This historic and dramatic attraction is only one mile north of the city of Andersonville, which itself is in close proximity to Macon.

Address: US Hwy 49 North, Andersonville, GA 31711 - MAP
Phone: (229) 924-0343
Web: www.nps.gov

Tubman African American Museum
Georgia's history is deeply entwined with several pivotal points in African-American history, and that connection is made to great effect at Macon's Tubman African American Museum. Art, history and culture all convene to create a compelling focal point that is underscored by the facility's 14 galleries, a library and a museum that are all dedicated to spotlighting African-American achievements. One of the most noteworthy attractions is a tribute to the museum's namesake, Ms. Tubman who was known as “The Black Moses” as well as one of the leaders of the underground railroad during the Civil War. Among the many fascinating items and exhibits, the museum is home to one of the country's most extensive collections of historical African memorabilia.

Address: 340 Walnut Street, Macon, GA 31201 - MAP
Phone: (478) 743-8544
Web: www.tubmanmuseum.com