Located just a couple hours south of Atlanta, the city of Macon is known for its music, art, and historic homes. This Middle Georgia city is a great place for a weekend trip. Find out the best things to do, where to stay, and where to eat with 2 days in Macon, Georgia.
Looking for a great weekend getaway? From its vibrant art galleries and incredible culinary scene to its rich history and outdoor activities, Macon has plenty to do.
Plan the perfect weekend in Macon using my 2-day itinerary below!
2 Days in Macon, Georgia: Top Things To Do
Fill your days in Macon with historic house tours, cultural museums, and a dark history tour that shows you Macon after dark. These are the best things to do during a weekend in Macon!
Visit the Johnston–Felton–Hay House
The Johnston–Felton–Hay House, commonly just called the Hay House, is a stunning 7-story Italian Renaissance Revival home with more than 16,000 square feet and 24 rooms.
Since the home has had three different families living in it (first the Johnstons, then the Feltons, and finally the Hays), the rooms have changed functions over the years. You’ll get a glimpse of the style of each family based on what era each room is styled after.
This is such a beautiful home, and it gives a great look at Macon throughout the years. I love how they picked different rooms to represent the different families and time periods. It’s such a unique way to show the fashions of the times.
Guided 1-hour tours start on the hour Wednesday through Sunday at 10 a.m. and the last tour begins at 3 p.m. (with no 12 p.m. tours on Wednesday or Thursdays).
Admission costs $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and military, $12 for students, and free for children under 5. For $5 extra, you can climb to the top of the house to the cupola for great views of Macon.
Parking for the Hay House is up the brick-lined driveway, at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Spring Street, and to the back of the house, which is also where you will enter for the tour. It’s a small parking lot, so you may also be able to find free parking on Georgia Avenue or Spring Street.
Tour the Cannonball House
The historic 1853 Cannonball House is named for the cannonball damage it sustained during the Civil War.
A tour of the home offers a great glimpse into antebellum life and the reconstruction era in Macon.
The home also houses the founders’ furniture for the two oldest sororities in the world, Adelphean and Philomathean, recreated from Wesleyan College.
Guided 45-minute tours are offered Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. with the last tour beginning at 3:30 p.m.
Admission costs $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and military, $5 for students, and free for children under 4.
Parking for the Cannonball House is available behind the house on Mulberry Lane, which can be accessed by either Spring Street or New Street
Discover the Tubman African American Museum
The Tubman African American Museum displays exhibits on African American art, history, and culture.
Some people may be confused by the name; it is not a museum of Harriet Tubman but rather named in her honor.
The museum has a focus on Macon’s rich African American history, local artists, and Macon’s music history. This is the largest museum in the Southeast dedicated to displaying African American art, history, and culture.
You can take a self-guided tour of the museum on Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission costs $10 for adults; $9 for seniors, military, college students, AAA, AARP, and educators; $6 for kids aged 3-17; and free for children under 3.
Free 2-hour parking is available in front of the Tubman Museum on Cherry Street.
Visit the Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House
The Allman Brothers Band and their families lived in this house on Vineville Avenue from 1970 to 1973.
In 2009, the house was turned into The Allman Brothers Band Museum at The Big House, displaying the largest collection of Allman Brothers Band memorabilia in the world.
Along with instruments, clothing, tour posters, and art, the museum has also recreated Duane Allman and Brittany Oakley’s bedrooms.
You can take a self-guided tour Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (gate closes at 5:15 p.m.) and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (gate closes at 3:30 p.m.).
Admission costs $20 for adults; $15 for seniors, military, and students; $10 for children ages 10 and under.
You can access free parking for The Allman Brothers Band Museum through a driveway with big iron gates just past the house. This is a small lot, but there is an additional lot out the back of this lot and to the left.
Take a Rock Candy Tour
Rock Candy Tours offers both public and private walking tours and van tours throughout the city.
You can take a music history tour, a food tour, a brewery tour, or a macabre tour to learn more about different aspects of Macon’s history.
I took a macabre tour that explored the city streets at night telling about Macon’s dark history. I’ll tell you more about it below!
Things To Do During Fall in Macon, Georgia
Since I visited Macon just before Halloween, I made sure to add some festive activities to my itinerary. Check out a couple spooky activities to do on a fall weekend in Macon:
Macon Macabre Public Walking Tour
The Macon Macabre Public Walking Tour by Rock Candy Tours happens once a month on Friday nights, but they offer more tours during the Halloween season.
This is a 1.5 hour walking tour through Downtown Macon that tells the history of the city through its darkest stories of murder and mayhem. You’ll explore the downtown Macon commercial and nightlife district.
Tickets cost $20 per person. They don’t recommend this tour for children due to its gruesome nature. And thanks to Macon’s open container ordinance, on Friday nights you can carry alcohol in approved cups from one of downtown’s restaurants or clubs. Parking in Downtown Macon is free after 8 p.m.
Spirits in October
Spirits in October is an annual event at the Historic Riverside Cemetery that shares the stories of some of Macon’s fascinating former residents that helped shaped its history.
For two weekends in October, you can take a stroll through the cemetery, listening to the stories of Macon’s most influential residents. Costumed actors bring the characters alive right at their graves.
It’s not a scary ghost tour, but rather a fun and family-friendly way to learn about Macon’s history.
Tickets cost $20 per person. The tour lasts about an hour. Free parking is available on Madison Street.
Where to Eat in Macon
Macon has a great food scene, especially if you’re into craft beers and burgers. Check out some of the top places to eat in Macon:
The Rookery in Downtown Macon was voted Best Burger in town and featured in Garden and Gun’s “Guide to the South’s Best Burgers 2014″. Their menu also includes milkshakes, hand-cut fries, and extensive list of craft beers.
This was my favorite place to eat in Macon. Whenever Kevin and I drive through Macon, we stop here for lunch or dinner.
Parking: Parking in Downtown Macon is metered with a 3 hour limit from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you can’t find parking on Cherry Street, try 2nd or 3rd Street.
Ocmulgee Brewpub makes their own craft beer that pairs perfectly with their gourmet burgers and huge helping of hand-cut fries.
Parking: Parking in Downtown Macon is metered with a 3 hour limit from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you can’t find parking on 2nd Street, try Poplar Street.
Piedmont Brewery & Kitchen
Piedmont Brewery has handcrafted beer, modern smokehouse deliciousness, and a family-friendly arcade downstairs with old-school video games and arcade games.
Parking: Parking in Downtown Macon is metered with a 3 hour limit from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you can’t find parking on 3rd Street, try Cherry or Poplar Street.
H&H Soul Food Restaurant
Founders of H&H Restaurant, Inez Hill and Louise Hudson, were close friends with the Allman Brothers Band. This iconic restaurant serves up delicious Southern soul food for breakfast and lunch.
Parking: You can park in the small parking lot next to the restaurant, if you can find a space. If not, you can park in the free 2 hour street parking along Forsyth Street and New Street.
Where to Stay for 2 Days in Macon, Georgia
I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Macon / Mercer University during my 2 day trip to Macon, Georgia. This hotel has free parking, free Wi-Fi, and it’s just a few minutes drive from Downtown Macon.
Map Out Your Weekend in Macon
Ready to spend a weekend discovering Macon, Georgia? Use the map below to help plan your 2-day getaway in Macon!
I hope you found this 2 day itinerary helpful, and that you enjoy your weekend exploring Macon, Georgia!
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