Macon is the center of a metropolitan area that contains around 400,000 people and encompasses the nearby city of Warner Robins. The downtown area of Macon has antebellum homes, cathedrals, and other historic buildings that were built in the past by Macon's elite, including the Woodruff House, the Hay House, and the Cannonball House.
Macon is one of several cities to hold a cherry blossom celebration in springtime, although Macon stands out because it has a particularly large number of trees throughout the city. With over 275,000 Yoshino cherry trees, Macon is known as the "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World."
From the north: Drive south on I-75. To reach the main downtown area of Macon, take exit 164, turn left at the end of the exit ramp, then drive along Forsyth St. a short distance into the main downtown area.
From the south: Drive north on I-75. To reach the main downtown area of Macon, take exit exit 164, turn right at the end of the exit ramp, then drive along Forsyth St. a short distance into the main downtown area.
From the east: Drive west on I-16. To reach the main downtown area of Macon, take exit 1B, turn right at the end of the exit ramp, then drive along the 2nd St. bridge over the Ocmulgee River into the main downtown area.
From the west: There are no interstates that travel directly into Macon from the west. However, there are many state highways that you can use. The best route will depend on where you're traveling from; consult a road atlas.
- Greyhound, 65 Spring St, ☎ +1 478 743-5411. Greyhound, America's largest bus carrier, can connect you to many other major cities in the southern United States region. Unfortunately, though, they do not offer service to the smaller cities and towns near Macon, including Warner Robins.
Currently, there are no commuter trains that travel directly to Macon. However, Atlanta's Amtrak station offers bus service to and from Macon.
Silver Airways makes daily trips between Macon's Middle Georgia Regional Airport (1000 Terminal Dr., ☎ +1 478 751-3760, IATA: MCN), Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (IATA: ATL), and Orlando's Orlando International Airport (IATA: MCO). The Middle Georgia Regional Airport has several car rental service stations; see below in the "Get around" section for more information.
Many visitors choose to fly into Atlanta's much larger Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport 80 miles North and then drive or take shuttle service from Atlanta to Macon. The most popular shuttle service is Groome Transportation, 4540 Sheraton Dr, ☎ +1 478 471-1616, e-mail: email@example.com. $36 one-way or $72 roundtrip.
Maps and schedules
The downtown area is reasonably compact, and most travelers can probably explore this area on foot. However, traveling to other sites outside the downtown area will require an automobile.
The Macon Transit Authority (☎ +1 478 803-2505, 5:00-22:00 M thru Sat) operates a bus service throughout the city. The routes map will show you which bus route to take, and the bus schedule will explain when to arrive at the bus stop. In general, a bus arrives at each stop every 30-40 minutes. You must pay the bus fare when you board the bus; the regular fare is $1. If you will be transferring to a second bus route in order to reach your final destination, notify the bus driver when you pay your $1 fare; each transfer costs $0.25. When the bus is within one or two blocks of your destination, pull the yellow cord inside the bus to signal to the driver that you want to stop.
Touring Macon by car is perhaps the best way to see the city, especially if you plan to visit sites far from the main downtown area, such as the Ocmulgee Indian Mounds or the Museum of Arts and Sciences.
There are several car rental services in Macon:
- Alamo Rent a Car, 1000 Terminal Ave, ☎ +1 478 788-5385, fax: +1 478 788-8044. 8:00-22:00 M thru F, 10:00-18:00 Sat, 10:00-22:00 Sun.
- Avis Rent a Car, 1000 Terminal Dr, ☎ +1 478 788-3840. 8:00-22:00 M thru F, 9:00-18:00 Sat, 10:30-22:00 Sun.
- Budget Rent-A-Car, 1000 Terminal Dr, ☎ +1 478 784-7130. 8:00-22:00 M thru F, 9:00-18:00 Sat, 10:30-22:00 Sun.
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 2840 Pio Nono Ave, ☎ +1 478 784-8633. 7:30-18:00 M thru F, 9:00-12:00 Sat, closed Sun.
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car, 2135 Riverside Dr, ☎ +1 478 746-9422. 7:30-18:00 M thru F, 9:00-12:00 Sat, closed Sun.
- Hertz Rent a Car, 2178 Flightline Avenue, ☎ +1 478 788-3600. 8:00-21:00 M Tu Fr, 8:00-19:00 W, 8:00-20:30 Th, 9:00-17:00 Sat, 10:00-21:00 Sun.
- Hertz Rent a Car, 1000 Terminal Dr, ☎ +1 478 788-3600. 8:00-21:00 M Tu Fr, 8:00-19:00 W, 8:00-20:30 Th, 9:00-17:00 Sat, 10:00-21:00 Sun.
- Heritage Trail along the Ocmulgee River. There is a statue there commemorating Otis Redding who was born and raised in Macon
- Ocmulgee Indian Mounds, 1207 Emery Highway, ☎ +1 478-752-8257. Open daily, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Christmas (Dec 25) and New Years Day (Jan 1). Free.
- The Hay House, 934 Georgia Ave, ☎ +1 478-742-8155. Open Mondays-Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.. Adults $11.00 Seniors (Ages 65+) $10.00 Students (ages 6-college with ID) $7 Under age 6 Free.
- Rose Hill Cemetery. Historic cemetery, final resting place of Allman Brothers Band members Duane Allman and Berry Oakley
- Vineville Avenue. Dozens of historic houses and churches
- The Museum of Arts and Sciences, 4182 Forsyth Road, ☎ +1 478-477-3232, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Tuesday - Saturday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sunday Closed Mondays. Adults $10.00 Seniors (62 and over with ID) $8.00 Children (ages 3 to 17) $5.00 Children (under 3) Free.
- Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, 301 Cherry Street, ☎ +1 478-752-1585. Tuesday - Saturday from 9:00am - 5:00pm Closed Sunday Monday open for group reservations only. Adults (17 & Over) $8.00 Seniors, College, & Military with ID $6.00 Children (16 & Under) $3.50.
- Tubman African-American Museum, 310 Cherry Street, ☎ +1 478-743-8544. Tuesday – Saturday 9:00am – 5:00pm. Adults $10.00 Children/Teens (age 3-17) $6.00.
- The Big House (The Allman Brothers Band Museum), 2321 Vineville Ave, ☎ +1 478-741-5551. Thursday - Sunday 11:00am - 6:00pm. Adult (ages 10-64) $10.00 Senior (ages 65+) $8.00 Child (ages 3-10) $4.00.
There are special events that are held at specific times:
- Cherry Blossom Festival. Every year from late March to mid-April, mostly in the downtown area and Central City Park but some events are held in other areas of the city. Parades, carnivals, crafts market, local art exhibitions, concerts, and other special events.
- Georgia State Fair. Every year in late September in Central City Park.
- First Friday. The first Friday night of every month in the downtown area. Festival-like atmosphere with music and streetside shops. Downtown bars sell beer at cheap prices.
- Macon Music baseball games. Mid-May to mid-August in Central City Park at Luther Williams Field, which is the second oldest minor league baseball stadium in the United States. Macon Music team has now folded, but check for any new team that may decide to call Macon home.
- Macon Grand Opera, Mulberry St. See a show in this historic venue. $20 +.
- Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, ☎ +1 478-742-2000, e-mail: email@example.com.
- Cox Capitol Theatre, 382 Second Street, ☎ +1 478-257-6391.
- Macon Mall, 3661 Eisenhower Parkway, ☎ +1 478 477-8840. 10:00-21:00 M thru Sat, 12:00-18:00 Sun, hours extended for Christmas season. Large indoor mall. Has become increasingly less popular due to crime, violence, gang-related activity, and the recent opening of the Shoppes at River Crossing . Still a good place to shop, however.
- Shoppes at River Crossing, 5080 Riverside Dr, ☎ +1 478 254-2940. 10:00-21:00 M thru Sat, 12:00-18:00 Sun, differs for holidays. Open-air shopping center. Recently built. Includes Belk's, Dillard's, a large Barnes & Noble, and other stores.
- Eisenhower Crossing, Presidential Parkway. Open-air shopping center with many well-known businesses in a concentrated area. Includes Target, Best Buy, Old Navy, Office Depot, Ross, GNC, Dick's Sporting Goods, Home Depot, and various others.
Other noteworthy places to shop
- Academy Sports & Outdoors, 1689 Eisenhower Pkwy, ☎ +1 478 785-2300. 9:00-21:00 M thru Sat, 10:00-19:00 Sun. Sells outdoors products. Similar to Bass Pro Shops but cheaper and less decorative.
- Bass Pro Shops, 5000 Bass Pro Blvd, ☎ +1 478 757-7600. 9:00-22:00 M thru Sat, 10:00-19:00 Sun. Sells outdoors products for fishing, hunting, etc. Recently built. Somewhat expensive.
- Nu-Way Weiners. Nationally recognized as making one of the best hot dogs in the United States, second longest continually-operating hot dog stand in the U.S. (since 1916).
- Fincher's BBQ, 3947 Houston Ave, ☎ +1 478 788-1900. Old style drive-in BBQ that actually went on a NASA shuttle mission. In Macon since 1935, this is a must-try.
- Backburner. a nicer small French restaurant close to Ingleside Village - this is probably one of the most under-stated restaurants in Macon.
- Tic Toc Room.
- Natalia's. Probably the most expensive restaurant in the city; do not be fooled by the shabby exterior of the restaurant - the food makes up for what the location lacks.
- Margaritas at Mercer Village (Margaritas Mexican Grill), 1602 Montpelier Ave. #106, ☎ +1 478-254-7707. 11-9. 32 draught beers. Great Mexican food, Located on the Mercer University campus $.
- The Hummingbird Stage and Taproom, 430 Cherry St, ☎ +1 478 741-9130. Friendly bar and stage in downtown Macon. Hosts live music several nights of the week.
- The Rookery, 543 Cherry St, ☎ +1 478 746-8658. Restaurant by day, bar by night. This is a frequent drinking spot for many of the local college undergraduates.
- Tic Toc Room, 408 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, ☎ +1 478 744-0123. Upscale dining and bar in downtown Macon.
- Acapulco, 523 Cherry St, Macon, Ga, 31201, ☎ +1 478 738-0028.
- Club Envy.
- The Oasis.
- 1842 Inn, 353 College St, ☎ +1 478-741-1842, toll-free: +1-877-452-6599.
- Ramada Plaza, 108 First St, ☎ +1 478-746-1461.
- Hilton Garden Inn, 1220 Stadium Dr, ☎ +1 478-741-5527. Next to Mercer Univ.
- Macon Carriage House , 800 Orange Terrace, 404-474-1233.
- Riverview Hotel , 205 Broadway, 478-755-9985.
- Numerous chain hotels at Arkwright Rd Exit off I-75, and Eisenhower Pkwy Exit off I-475.
- Residence Inn Macon , 3900 Sheraton Dr, ☎ +1 478-475-4280.
- Wingate by Wyndham Macon, 100 Northcrest Blvd, ☎ +1 478 476-8100.
- Homewood Suites by Hilton, 1514 Bass Road (Exit 172 on I-75), ☎ +1 478-477-9776. Check-in: gtd by 4pm, check-out: 12pm. Homewood Suites by Hilton Macon North provides spacious family accommodations for the weekend traveler with complimentary full hot breakfast, free wi-fi, and free movie rental. A dinner reception is provided for our guests staying Monday - Thursday evenings. $109-$159.
- Denmark (Honorary), 130 N Crest Blvd Ste B, ☎ +1 478 477-8145, fax: +1 478 477-7823, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Savannah -- 166 mi E.
- Warner Robins -- 18 mi S. Home to Robins Air Force Base and the Museum of Aviation . Free Admission.
- Milledgeville -- 31 mi NE. Georgia's state capital until 1868.
- Fort Valley/Byron -- 26 mi S. Pick your own peaches at one of Peach County's numerous peach orchards.
- Lake Tobesofkee -- 10 mi W. Macon's closest outdoor recreation area.
- Perry -- 29 mi S. Home to the Georgia National Fair each October.
- Andersonville -- app. 30 mi S. Historic Civil War prison.
|Routes through Macon|
|Atlanta ← Hapeville ←||N S||→ Warner Robins → Valdosta|
|Asheville ← Atlanta ←||N S||→ Waycross → Jacksonville|
|Atlanta ← Griffin ←||N S||→ Warner Robins → Lake City|
|Columbus ← Roberta ←||W E||→ Savannah → Tybee Island|
|Knoxville ← Athens ←||N S||→ Warner Robins → Chiefland|