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Macon Highlights

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     Good southern food; lots of good restaturants, Cherry Blossom Festival; a few neat museums and historic homes 

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     When driving, watch for those signaless turns. 

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     Worth a visit. Some fun out of the way spots too. 

Macon Things to Do

  • mercer university

    macon is home to mercer university. mercer started as a boy's prep school in penfield georgia in 1833. mercer university is named after the promanent baptist leader jesse mercer. in 1871 mercer university moved to the city of macon. pictured is the walter f. george school of law. this building is a replica of independence hall in philadelphia. the...

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  • judge asa holt house

    the judge asa holt house, also known as the cannonball house was built in 1853 in the greek revival style. the house became famous during the civil war when general george stoneman's troops fired a cannon at it. general stoneman commanded the army of ohio under general w.t. sherman in the seige of atlanta. after the atlanta campaign he moved on to...

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  • Downtown Macon Architecture

    Within a 10 square block area you can observe a wealth of different architectural styles and nicely restored buildings currently used for different purposes; retail, entertainment, museums, restaurants, etc.

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  • Georgia Children's Museum

    This is mainly for younger elementary school aged children. There are many hands-on exhibits, a mock TV Station, Reading Room, Georgia History dioramas, etc. Admission: $3 per person.

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  • Cannonball House

    Built around 1853, this house carries the odd name due to it being hit by a Union-fired cannonball during the Civil War. Behind the house there is a brick kitchen building. There are many Civil War era artifacts displayed.Admission:$6.00 - adults$5.00 - age 62+ and military with ID$2.00 - students (college with ID)Under 6 free.

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  • Tubman African American Museum

    The largest museum of African American items in the State includes African art, Folk art, Fine art, historical items, etc. As of 2009 arrangements are being made to move from its present location to near the other Macon museums along MLK Blvd.

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Macon Restaurants

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    the tic toc room is a new contemporary restaurant in downtown macon. the tic toc room has a sleek modern decor and a cosmopolitian atmosphere. the menu is steak and seafood as well as asian dishes. expensive for macon but the food and presention was excellent. the tic toc room has a nice bar that is known for it's martini menu. a very good place to...

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  • Open on Saturday!!!

    The Rookery was a lovely way to eat lunch on a quiet Saturday afternoon in Spring. Now remember, most everything in Downtown Macon is closed on SATURDAY (not Sunday like you might expect). There must be quite the after-church crowd downtown, because several restaurants we stopped by were closed Saturday, but open Sunday. Rookery was an exception....

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  • Hidden Jewel from Italy

    Macon is the LAST place I would've ever thought to hold such a treasure! Everything you will find here is gourmet Italian and will melt in your mouth. It offers private dining for varying sizes of professional meetings with A/V ready rooms, but is also very warm and intimate, perfect for couples. The staff is very accomodating and professional....

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  • Time marches on

    Restaurant - Bar - Club - Gay BarOriginally opened in 1951, the Tic Toc has been the scene of a lot of history, musical and otherwise. Little Richard washed dishes (and learned much of his outrageous stage behavor) here. One of the first truly integrated places in Macon, it was surrounded by military bases when it first opened and it truly seemed...

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  • The Home of Mama Louise and Mama Hill

    Although this restaurant has moved a few times over the years, The H & H Restaurant has been feeding down-home Southern cooking to the famous, not-yet famous, and normal folk like most of us for nearly 50 years. My interest in this place was first piqued because I read that The Allman Brothers ate there before they were famous and that they still...

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  • A Great Burger

    In downtown Macon is a small restaurant worth finding especially for lunch. They feature fresh homemade hamburgers that are wonderful. We got the burger with onions and mushrooms and they were excellent. Fresh made hamburgers.

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Macon Nightlife

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    by etfromnc Updated Nov 18, 2006

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    If anyone tells you not to miss the music at Riverside Bluez, you are out of luck. It was a great place but went out of business several years ago. Its place has literally been taken by 550 Blues which has been open almost two years. In spite of the name, their stated objective is to bring "the finest blues and rock acts in the country back to Macon." They seem to be well on their way. Among those who have appeared there are Mudcat, Larry Keel, Fatz, Oteil Burbridge, and Moonshine Still. Blueground Undergrass is the featured act for their upcoming New Year's Eve "Bash." (Their term, though I will not argue with them.)

    Happy Hour (They still use that beautiful, not very PC term.) is from 5-7:30 and they close "whenever," but they are only open Tuesday through Saturday.

    Dress Code: I'm not sure that they have one.

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Macon Transportation

  • A little irony with your rock history?

    The people of Macon truly appreciate their musical roots and its performers. As you travel to and around Macon, you will see many things honoring them. There is a street (Penniman Boulevard), among other things named after Little Richard, but I could not help but note the irony that the bridge on I-75 which is only one block from Little Richard's...

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  • A Rock-y Ride

    If you want a tour of Macon's musical history conducted by someone who has truly lived it, find Newton Collier. He started playing the piano at six and sax at 10 and was a member of Otis Redding's original backup band and later played with Sam & Dave for three years, during which time they recorded the classic, "Soul Man." He was shot in the face...

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  • Get your dancing shoes on

    Karla's Shoe Boutique must feel heavenly for those who can never have enough shoes and purses, and don't mind paying for them. Owners Karla Redding Andrews and Zelma Redding also have a musical connection; they are Otis Redding's daughter and widow. And usually, you can find Karla on the premises.Operating hours are Monday - Friday 10 am - 5:30 pm...

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  • Shop till you drop! Really!

    Department Stores: Belk's, Dillard's, JCPenney, Rich's, Parisian, SearsOther Stores: Abercrombie & Fitch, Old Navy, Gap, Eddie Bauer, Ann Taylor, Casual Corner, Victoria's Secret, Payless Shoe Source, The Shoe Dept., Foot Locker, Bath & Body Works, B. Dalton Bookseller, Yankee Candle, Kirkland's, The Bombay Company, and many, many others.Hours of...

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Macon Local Customs

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    by TexasDave Written Apr 22, 2009

    Held annually at the end of March, it is styled "The Pinkest Party On Earth".
    Macon claims to have the most Yoshino cherry trees than any other city, over 300,000 of them. One misconception is that they are all in one area. Rather, they are scattered all over the city, although there are areas with high concentrations of the pinkish-white blooms.

    There are all kinds of activities- concerts, races, shows, parades, home tours, etc- throughout the 10 day time frame of the festival.
    Central City Park hosts something like a County Fair with rides, food vendors, live music, etc.

    There is also a Cherry Blossom Trail. You get a map at the visitor's Center and take about a 1 hour drive around town to see different neighborhoods with concentrations of the blooming trees.

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Macon Warnings and Dangers

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    by babybird Updated Feb 4, 2007

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    Macon is a city where the "have" and "have nots" tend to bump up right against eachother.
    Be careful when touring the historical sections not to stray too far on side streets. There are sections of town where venturing literally ONE BLOCK from the historic homes can put you in a very slummy part of town. Classic examples of this: Rose Hill Cemetery. (Classy and beautiful, but beware of a lot of people who live in the neighborhood two blocks away.) Another prime example is the area immediately past Coleman Hill. A few blocks further and you'll find yourself running the "bum gauntlet" of panhandlers and homeless looking to buy booze.

    Downtown is getting depressing and rough too. On a recent visit, it seemed like everything was spray-painted with that punk gang grafitti favored by the thugs and drug dealers. Although at one time I lived downtown, I doubt I would do it again. It used to be said
    that you shouldn't venture beyond Cherry St. at night. From what I've seen lately, most of the nightlife has left downtown and you may want to be cautious even there. Poplar St. is
    a "no-man's land" unless you really want to see a drive-by shooting up close. (Perhaps TOO CLOSE for comfort.) A few years ago, a controversial club was re-opened there after being closed for nearly a year. The very first night, there was a fatal drive-by shooting.

    Also, certain areas are ripe for muggings and carjackings. Matter of fact, a few are SO
    BAD that police will stop you and question you if you appear to be "out of place." They figure the only reason you would come there is because you are lost or looking to purchase narcotics. Usually it is one of the two.

    To be fair, most of the areas where crime occurs are ones that a tourist
    (and most locals) would want to avoid anyway. Use common sense as you would in any unfamiliar city and you should be fine.

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Macon Tourist Traps

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    Be careful of panhandlers. In this city with music as such a strong part of its heritage, down on their luck musicians may tend to be a nuisance.

    Unique Suggestions: Leave your musical instruments at home, in your hotel, or be prepared to join in the impromptu jam session.

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Macon Off The Beaten Path

  • jarrell plantation

    the jarrell plantation historic site is located about 15 miles north of macon on US 23. this plantation was established in 1847 and was a working plantation until 1974. the jarrell plantation is the best preserved "middle class" pre civil war plantations in the southern u. s. the jarrell plantation has a large collection of original farm buildings...

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  • juliette

    juliette georgia is a tiny town located about 20 miles north of macon. juliette became nationally famous for the 1991 film "fried green tomatoes" in the film juliette was the shooting location for the fictional town of "whistle stop alabama". after the filming was finished the town became and instant tourist attract. juliette's one block main...

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  • Otis Redding grew up here

    In the 1950s, Otis Redding literally cut his teeth at the Vineville Baptist Church where his father was pastor and he sang in the choir. The address is 850 Armory Drive. Otis was doing his "choir-thang" about the same time as James Brown and his band were recording, "Please, Please, Please."There is a Vineville Baptist Church in Macon which is not...

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Macon Favorites

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    by babybird Updated Aug 29, 2004

    Favorite thing: It is amazing how kind and helpful some of the people there are. Most of the locals are proud of the city and will be happy to offer you advice on where to go and what to see. Upon arriving, I found a whole new circle of friends within ten days and most of them I make an effort to keep in touch with to this day.

    You'll hear some very interesting stories if you strike up a conversation with the right people. As far as business is concerned, they tend to be polite but a bit distrusting of out of towners, particularily "yankees," but that is understandable. The city has seen more than its fair share of "fly-by-night carpet -baggers" over the years.

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