Mercer is proud to call Macon its home, and we’re excited for incoming students to call Macon your home, too. From floating down the Ocmulgee River to catching a concert at one of Macon’s historic venues or checking out one of the local restaurants downtown, there’s always something fun to do!
Don’t know where to start? No worries – we’ve created the ultimate Macon bucket list to help!
1. Eat your way through downtown Macon.
Start at The Rookery and don’t leave without a milkshake. Relax on the back patio of Bearfoot Tavern. Grab a burger at Ocmulgee Brewpub. Or enjoy Southern cooking at its finest only a few blocks from campus at The Bear’s Den.
2. Float the Ocmulgee River at Amerson River Park.
3. Take a ride down the slide at Coleman Hill.
4. See a show at one of Macon’s many local theaters.
Watch a Broadway performance at the Grand Opera House. Support local talent at Macon Little Theatre, Douglass Theatre, or Theatre Macon. Or catch a concert at Hargray Capitol Theatre.
5. Explore the history and walking trails at Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park.
6. Cheer on Macon’s baseball team – the Macon Bacon.
Be prepared for endless Bacon puns. Yes – the mascot’s name really is Kevin.
7. Hang out with friends and family at The Society Garden.
8. Check out the Mulberry Street Market in Tattnall Square Park every Wednesday afternoon.
9. Participate in Burger Week.
Trust us – you won’t regret it.
10. Join in on First Friday festivities downtown every month.
11. Shop local.
You can find an array of vintage and modern shops scattered across downtown. They’ve got everything from antique furniture and boutique clothing to vinyl records!
12. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy an outdoor concert at Second Sunday.
13. Check out the talented filmmakers at the Macon Film Festival.
14. Take a walk through the downtown holiday light show in December.
15. Attend Bragg Jam.
Join thousands of friends at Macon’s annual two-day music festival featuring 80+ bands across 20+ locations around the city.
16. Go to a Macon Mayhem game.
Yes, we live in Georgia, but who doesn’t like a good hockey game?
17. Experience Macon’s International Cherry Blossom Festival.
Did you know that Macon is the cherry blossom capital of the world? Each spring, it hosts the pinkest party on earth – the Cherry Blossom Festival.
18. Go for a swim at Lake Tobosofkee.
19. Grab a cup of coffee at Taste and See or Z Beans Coffee, two of our favorite local coffee shops.
20. Brush up on Macon’s music history so you can appreciate legends like Jason Aldean, Otis Redding, and the Allman Brothers Band.
Macon has a rich music history and you’ll see it reflected in everything from statues to street names to local restaurants.
21. Last but definitely not least, take a short drive down the interstate for the Georgia National Fair in October.
See a preview of life in Macon…
For more things to do in Macon, visit Gateway Macon, where you can learn even more about Mercer’s home.