Macon

| August 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

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Known for its central location as the “Heart of Georgia”, Macon is an affordable meeting destination that caters to your meeting needs. Located 80 miles south of Atlanta, Macon offers traditional meeting facilities and distinctive off-site venues for meetings of any size. Choose any one of the many meeting locations offered in Macon, or mix and match your meeting spaces to fit to your needs.

Macon, known as “Where Soul Lives,” has been the home to many legendary musical artists. Otis Redding, Little Richard, the Allman Brothers Band, Chuck Leavell, and Jason Aldean are just a few musicians whose musical careers took off in Macon. The road still goes on forever at The Big House, The Allman Brothers Band’s former home turned into a museum, which houses the largest collection of The Allman Brothers Band memorabilia in the world. If the mood to enjoy nature hits you, visit with the King of Soul, Otis Redding, at his life-size statue in Gateway Park (Ocmulgee Heritage Trail). While there feel free to hum, whistle, or sing along to “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” as his music is playing on speakers close to the statue.

Steeped in history and culture, Macon is a mecca for history buffs. Walk down College Street to bask in the architectural beauty of fifty-six of Macon’s most beautiful and distinctive historic homes.  The Johnston-Felton-Hay House, a National Historic Landmark that is lovingly dubbed the “Palace of the South,” was completed in 1859 and is open for tours. Atop of this Italian Renaissance Revival mansion is a stunning two-story, 80-foot cupola that adds to the grandeur and flair found throughout the house.

Macon is the home of a host of museums. Located in the heart of downtown Macon, the Tubman African American Museum takes visitors on a trip through history in the Southeast’s largest facility devoted solely to African American art, history, and culture. Harriet Tubman, conductor of the Underground Railroad, is explored through museum exhibits. Artwork from African American artists and exhibits on inventors hailing from Georgia can also be seen including Lonnie Johnson, the creator of the “Super Soaker.” The museum also chronicles the amazing survival story of William and Ellen Craft, two runaway slaves who daringly escaped to freedom.

Take a walk among Georgia’s sports greats such as Jackie Robinson, Nancy Lopez, Evander Holyfield, John Smoltz and others at the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (GSHF), the largest state sports hall in America. The 43,000 square-foot museum houses over 3,000 artifacts, 14,000 square-feet of exhibits and interactive attractions as well as a review the lives & feats of the 400+ GSHF inductees.

Macon’s Museum of Arts and Sciences is a perfect attraction for all ages. Here you can meet Ziggy, the 40-million-year-old whale fossil found near Macon or explore the museum’s Mini-Zoo, which is centered on a replica of a Banyan Tree. The Science on a Sphere (SOS) installation provided by a partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an educational tool to help illustrate Earth’s system science in an immersive format. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, ocean temperature, and other arts-infused science (STE+aM) programming will be shown on SOS. Have an out of this world experience inside the Planetarium & Observatory by taking a look into outer space or just awe at the vastness of the universe.

Outdoors enthusiasts will love the Ocmulgee National Monument, which explores 17,000 years of Native American heritage. See inside North America’s only reconstructed earth lodge whose floor is original, completely intact and is carbon dated back to 1016 CE. The monument also features ancient temple mounds, a colonial British trading post, and Civil War Battlefields.

Macon offers a variety of festivals running throughout the year. The largest festival is the International Cherry Blossom Festival held in late March – early April. This 10-day festival celebrates the 300,000+ Yoshino cherry trees that make Macon the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World. Enjoy live concerts, guided tours, a fair, vendors, and numerous activities.

In mid-April, the 9-day Macon Arts Alliance’s Fired Works Regional Ceramics Exhibition and Sale takes place. As the largest annual ceramics show in Georgia, this festival features 6,000 pieces of pottery designed by 65 artisans. Also in April, the Tubman Pan African Festival is a weekend filled with dancing, food, music, art and the spoken word that explores the cultures created from the African Diaspora.

In July, it’s time for two festivals that are held back to back: the Macon Film Festival and the Bragg Jam Music & Arts Festival. The Macon Film Festival celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education, and economic development. Check out film screenings at various downtown Macon locations including the historic Cox Capital & Douglass Theatres. Bragg Jam Concert Crawl happens on the last Saturday in July. 80+ bands take on multiple stages in this rock, blues and soul-infused night.

Macon has dining options that are sure to please any palette. Whether the mood strikes for burger and a craft beer, BBQ, or upscale fine dining, Macon has you covered. You can easily find an array of cuisines from Macon’s tastiest eateries featured in our “Soul Food Stop” program.

Are you ready to have your meeting in Macon? Macon’s variety of large scale and more intimate meeting venues include:

  • Macon Centreplex: Edgar H. Wilson Convention Center, Macon Coliseum and the historic City Auditorium
  • Professional Services Conference Center at Middle Georgia State University
  • Anderson Conference Center
  • Macon Marriott City Center Hotel
  • Macon’s Museums – Tubman, Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, Museum of Arts and Sciences
  • Macon’s historic buildings such as Armory Ballroom, Emerson Ballroom, Hay House, Neel House, and Grand Opera House.

Let the Macon CVB staff help make your meeting a success. Contact us to help you find facilities, accommodations, and create custom tour itineraries for your meeting. A short drive from Atlanta, Macon offers an economical experience with all the comforts of the South. You’ll find out why Macon is “Where Soul Lives”.

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