Macon vacations will bring you to the Heart of Georgia, the fourth-largest city in the state. Macon has a rich heritage, including historic districts, ancient Native American sites, and landmarks honoring many famous hometown musicians such as Otis Redding and the Allman Brothers Band. With the Ocmulgee River and numerous parks in its midst, Macon is also a delightful place for outdoor exploration.
Ocmulgee National Monument, near downtown, is certainly Macon's oldest attraction—the site reveals the relics of more than 17,000 years of human habitation. Native Americans hunted ice-age mammals at the site, and today's visitors can go inside a century-old earth lodge, visit temples, and see ceremonial mounds. Another popular place in Macon is the Allman Brothers Band Museum, a house used by the band in the 1970s that now features artifacts detailing the history of the famous group. Families might prefer a hotel in Macon close to the Sandy Beach Water Park at Lake Tobo, where you can spend the whole day enjoying numerous water slides and the lazy river. Macon also offers the Georgia Children's Museum downtown. Sports fans should visit the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame, with exhibits covering great moments in Georgia sports. The Museum of Arts and Sciences offers live animal habitats, a nature trail, and planetarium shows.
Book Macon packages around mid-March to catch the 10-day International Cherry Blossom Festival, during which the city's Yoshino cherry trees put on a remarkable display. Macon calls itself the Cherry Blossom Capital of the World, and it celebrates with street parties, parades, and fireworks as the grand finale. The Georgia State Fair comes to Central City Park during the first week of May. In September, Native Americans celebrate their heritage with the three-day Ocmulgee Indian Celebration.
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