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A Day in Macon

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If you call yourself a perspicacious planner, and you believe that your mind always remains full of ideas as to how to spend your 24 hours in a day in a managed and planned way, then we believe you will be seeking minimal assistance in planning your next trip to Macon. But, at times planning also goes wrong for the first timers in a city. One has to bite the bullet while chalking out a vacation without knowing the ins and outs of a place. You are seeking a break from your busy and hectic schedule; thus, you might not want to indulge into brainstorming and putting so much pressure on your mind. We do not doubt your capabilities, but it would be great to follow our 24-hour itinerary as this is your first time in Macon, and first time is always special for everyone. To ensure a hassle-free and memorable trip, take guidance from below-shared itinerary and make your one day in the city lasting till eternity. Have a gala time here!

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8:00 am: Mornings are serene in Macon
Do you want to head start your day in a quiet and serene place? Then, you could make Claystone Park your first destination in the city. The park is so alluring to eyes that it invites you from a distance to come and explore it. The peace it brings is ample to wake you up and banish your morning blues. Serenity comes from its greenery and cleanliness sprawling all around the park. Claystone Park also brings a lot of things to do to satiate your entertainment needs apart from tranquility. It is dotted with picnic pavilions where you can hop with your group and enjoy the morning cook-outs. The park is also marked with playgrounds for children. catch the magnificent view of beach and lake from its enclosed pavilion. This pavilion is also made available on rent for parties, business meetings, and many other private events. Thus, fun has already started at Claystone Park, and it is going to be doubled as soon as you proceed ahead. 
Address: 6600 Moseley Dixon Road, Macon, Georgia 31220, United States
Phone: 1 478.474.8770
Website: www.laketobo.maconbibb.us/parks-and-beaches

9:30 am: Odour is ample to drive you crazy
After a time full of peace, its time to munch on delectable breakfast. Does your soul always wander for scrumptious soul food? Do you not want to settle for anything less than the best? Then, you must follow our footsteps to H & H Restaurant. This name is quite popular amongst Macon's locals as well as travelers coming to this place. If people call you an avid foodie, then you must not miss out on H & H Restaurant. Without visiting this luscious place, your culinary journey would be considered incomplete. If you are bored of home-cooked food, then H & H Restaurant can bring a newness to your life. The menu can be static, but the creativity it delivers is ample to revive its menu and surprise its diners at their every visit. If nothing has lured you much, then be ready to drool like never before. The delicacies of H & H Restaurant are ready to make you fall in love with them. The menu is wide enough to excite your taste buds and satiate them like never before.
Address: 807 Forsyth Street, Macon, Georgia 31201, United States
Phone: 1 478.621.7044
Operation Hours: Tuesday-Saturday (7:00 am-3:00 pm); Sunday (10:00 am-2:30 pm); remains closed on Mondays
Distance and time from Claystone Park: 9.5 miles or 16 minutes drive

11:00 am: Does wildlife attract you?
After a mouth-drooling breakfast, let's make a move to Ocmulgee National Monument. Famed as prehistoric American Indian site, Ocmulgee National Monument boasts of its history timeline of approx. 17,000 years. American Indians are claimed to be the first inhabitants arrived the site during Paleo-Indian period. Ocmulgee National Monument is said to be an ancestral homeland belonging to Muscogee Nation. Situated along the Ocmulgee River, Ocmulgee National Monument commences from South Carolina and sprawls all across Georgia stretching access to Alabama. Ocmulgee National Monument is a true and unparalleled epitome of environmental diversity boasting of various natural resources and myriads of habitats for different species of wildlife and plants. You can also catch a beautiful glimpse of endangered species here. Sprawling across 702-acre of land, Ocmulgee National Monument is a true delight to immerse into breathtaking views of wetlands along Walnut Creek, forests, and upland fields where you will remain in the awe of mesmerizing species of reptiles, plants, birds, and animals.

Address: Macon, Georgia 31217, United States
Phone: 1 478.752.8257
Website: www.nps.gov/ocmu/index.htm
Operation Hours: Opens daily (9:00 am-5:00 pm)
Distance and time from H & H Restaurant: 3.6 miles or 7 minutes drive

12:30 pm: Sidney Lanier Cottage-a historical milestone
It's time to swing by Sidney Lanier Cottage. Sidney Lanier is not a new name to Maconites and all those who possess a great passion of music and poetry. For many, he was an unparalleled poet of his time. No one could beat his level. “Song of the Chattahoochee” and “The Marshes of Glynn” are the best of the gifts from him to this world. For many, no one could ever surpass him whenever it came to music. In the world of music, he was second to none. Last but not the least, he was acknowledged worldwide for his altruistic services as a soldier. To commemorate his contributions and memories, his birthplace was preserved and restored in Gothic-Revival style in 1880. This commendable job was taken and performed well by the Historic Macon Foundation. In 1972, it also found a place on the list of the National Register of Historic Places. To get well acquainted with his life and works, take a stroll throughout his cottage and catch the glimpse of his artifacts including his books and instruments. Besides the artifacts, you can also catch the sight of its landscaped garden, a Magnolia-shaded front yard, a patio, a whopping front porch & eight rocking chairs, a kitchen boasting of ten-burner stove and two-oven, glasses and stemware, hot spot providing access to free WiFi, tables & chairs, furnishings, and linens.

Address: 935 High Street, Macon, Georgia 31201, United States
Phone: 1 478.743.3851
Website: www.historicmacon.org/sidney-lanier-cottage
Operation Hours: Monday-Saturday (10:00 am-4:00 pm); remains closed on Sundays
Distance and time from Ocmulgee National Monument: 7.7 miles or 12 minutes drive

2:00 pm: Lunch at Rookery
We know that its very astonishing outside, but don't forget to have your lunch. We see Rookery on our way and the place is said to be just delicious. If we go by its accolades, then we can claim that no place in town other than Rookery can satiate your temptation for burgers. Rookery has been enjoying the title of 'best burgers in the town' since years and maintaining its reputation unprecedentedly. In 2014, Rookery was also voted as 'Guide to the South’s best Burgers'. Now you know where to stop by when burger is calling you. The best part about its burgers is not only its taste but also its diversity. You will indeed fall for its diversity and creativity. With every bite to its burgers, you will experience a new taste. The flavors it serves you with are hard to find anywhere else in the town. Thus, you can never get bored of swinging by here again and again. By and large, diversity and innovation are the two vital driving forces of this unparalleled restaurant. Don't forget to try its craft beers. A sip to these tantalizing beers can accentuate your dining experience here. Munch on your burger, sip your frosty beer, and immerse into the best of culinary time at Rookery.

Address: 543 Cherry Street, Macon, Georgia 31201, United States
Phone: 1 478.746.8658
Website: www.rookerymacon.com
Operation Hours: Sunday-Thursday (11:00 am-10:00 pm); Friday and Saturday (11:00 am-10:30 pm)
Distance and time from Sidney Lanier Cottage: 0.6 mile or 11 minutes drive

3:30 pm: Let's get acquainted with Harriet Tubman
An unprecedented time is awaiting you at Tubman Museum. If art and history is what that interests you the most, then you belong to Tubman Museum. It is an unparalleled hub of art and history where you get amazed every bit of time. It has been entertaining and educating people since 1981. Thus, visiting Tubman Museum could be an edutainment experience. The museum got its name after Harriet Tubman who was fondly called 'Black Moses'. His contributions created a clear and clean path for his followers inspiring and compelling them to break all the chains of slavery and fight for freedom until they achieve it altogether. Hence, by and large, he was a visionary. By the course of time, the museum attained the status of the most prominent institution revered as a cultural as well as educational resource nestling in the southeast region. Thus, to get acquainted with the insights of the history, art and culture of African Americans, you ought to visit Tubman Museum at least once in your lifetime. It could be a life-changing experience.

Address: 310 Cherry Street, Macon, Georgia 31201, United States
Phone: 1 478.743.8544
Website: www.tubmanmuseum.com
Operation Hours: Tuesday-Saturday (9:00 am-5:00 pm); remains closed on Sunday and Monday
Distance and time from Rookery: 0.2 mile or 5 minutes drive

5:00 pm: Music buffs ought to visit here
It's time for a nostalgic trip to The Allman Brothers Band Museum. To preserve the memories of Allman Brothers Band, The Big House located at Vineville Avenue was creatively transformed into a museum. The foundation of The Allman Brothers Band Museum was laid in order to preserve the legacy of music that the Allman Brothers Band always wanted to pass on to its community and posterity. With the establishment of The Allman Brothers Band Museum, it was made evident how the Big House Foundation is unprecedentedly preserving the memorabilia of the Allman Brothers Band. Your eye balls will roll in different directions as every corner of the museum is so picturesque and breathtaking. The museum is dotted with The Parlor, The Filmore East Room, The Old Dining Room, The Living Room, Duane Allman’s Bedroom, Brittany Oakley’s Bedroom, The “Casbah” /Music Room, The Roadie Room, The Kitchen, The Walk-In Closet, and Candace Oakley & Gregg Allman Room. All these sections are the testaments of the Allman Brothers Band and its creations.

Address: 2321 Vineville Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31204, United States
Phone: 1 478.741.5551
Website: www.thebighousemuseum.com
Operation Hours: Thursday-Sunday (11:00 am-6:00 pm); remains closed from Monday to Wednesday
Distance and time from Tubman Museum: 2.2 miles or 8 minutes drive

6:30 pm: Fort Benjamin Hawkins stands majestic
Pay a visit to historic beauty of the city, i.e., Fort Benjamin Hawkins. In 1806, President Thomas Jefferson and Col. Benjamin Hawkins together laid the stones of Fort Benjamin Hawkins. Benjamin Hawkins was honored by giving the fort a name after his name. It was established as an official U.S. Army Fort as well as an Indian Factory to prompt the meeting, interacting, and trading with Native Americans. Thus, the fort was seen as a site possessing military, political and economic importance. In the history of Macon, the fort is revered as an icon. Its archeological site has been placed on the list of the National Register of Historic Places. Approx. 40,000 artifacts had been recovered during the fort era indicative of the lives of different people belonging to different species. In 1993, the Fort Benjamin Hawkins was also included in Fort Hill Historic District. In 2002, the fort was also featured in Georgia's Archaeology Month program.

Address: Emery Highway, Macon, Georgia 31217, United States
Phone: 1 478.742.3003
Website: www.forthawkins.com
Distance and time from The Allman Brothers Band Museum: 4.4 miles or 8 minutes drive

8:00 pm: Ready to dine?
You must be famishing after a heady sight-seeing. Let's swing by Ingleside Village Pizza and take the joy of luscious food. If pizza is what you always think about, then you ought to visit Ingleside Village Pizza. The place is said to be a pleasure-driven place for pizza aficionados. The taste, flavors and distinctiveness you get here are the major reason behind the long-standing queues outside Ingleside Village Pizza. It may leave you restless waiting in stand-still queues, but if you can't settle for a substandard pizza, then you must not look beyond Ingleside Village Pizza. A wait can bring satisfaction for lifetime. If pizza is your first love, then Ingleside Village Pizza is ready to become your second love. It may make your special-one envious of you sharing a chunk of your love with Ingleside Village Pizza. Use of freshest ingredients is what keeping its pizzas ahead of anything in the town. This is not it. Your pizza tasting is best complimented by its gamut of imported frosty beers. The selection is quite wide to gratify a wide cluster of beer aficionados.
Address: 2395 Ingleside Avenue, Macon, Georgia 31204, United States
Phone: 1 478.750.8488
Website: www.inglesidevillagepizza.com
Operation Hours: Tuesday-Thursday (11:00 am-9:00 pm); Friday (11:00 am-10:00 pm); Saturday (12:00 pm-10:00 pm); Sunday (5:00-9:00 pm); remains closed on Mondays
Distance and time from Fort Benjamin Hawkins: 3.7 miles or 8 minutes drive

9:30 pm: Go heavy on night-fun
If Southern Rock is what that keeps you going during post-dark hours, then Grant's Lounge is a place meant for you. February 16, 1971, is the lucky date when the city witnessed the establishment of Grant's Lounge. The fun quotient of the city raised with its foundation. And, the end result is quite beautiful. Its establishment contributed a lot making Macon an unparalleled hub for night creatures. Hence, when it comes to post-dark thrill, Grant's Lounge always wins the discussion. A passionate Southern music lover can go gaga over the auditory experience at Grant's Lounge. It's truly impeccable and unbeatable to be here. Grant's Lounge seems to be another virtual world inside this real world keeping you detached from external chaos. Its comfortable here, relaxing here, and welcoming here. You can easily witness a whopping herd moving at fast pace towards Grant's Lounge. No one can afford to miss out on the fun happening here. And, we believe you can't either. Then, what are you waiting for?
Address: 576 Poplar Street, Macon, Georgia 31201, United States
Phone: 1 478.746.9191
Website: www.grantslounge.com
Operation Hours: Tuesday-Sunday (5:00 pm-2:00 am); remains closed on Mondays
Distance and time from Ingleside Village Pizza: 2.8 miles or 7 minutes drive

11:00 pm: Tame the clock at The Mill Macon
No matter how dark it gets outside, there is one place in the town that always remains dazzled with lights, and that is, The Mill Macon. Whether its a pedestrian or someone with a car or bike, the destination is one for all, and i.e., The Mill Macon. Night creatures call it a place that fulfills all their entertainment and recreational needs. Lose yourself into comfort as the couches here will make you relax like never before. You can call it a perfect setting to chit-chat with your friends and burst into laughter. Its fully-stocked bar is a delight for avid drinkers. They can take the joy of plenitude of tantalizing flavored drinks representing various regions all around the world. Once your energy bars are back in the wake of frosty beverages, you can try your hand on pool table. If you don't want to miss out on your favorite sports, then don't forget to catch its glimpse on its whopping televisions. Its flashy dance floors are the center of attraction catching eye-balls from a distance. The heart-thumping beats played by renowned DJs will make you leave your spot right away and rush towards dance floors.
Address: 425 Cherry Street, Macon, Georgia 31201, United States
Phone: 1 478.621.7444
Website: www.facebook.com/themillmacon/about
Operation Hours: Thursday-Saturday (5:09 pm-2:00 am); remains closed from Sunday-Wednesday
Distance and time from Grant's Lounge: 0.3 mile or 6 minutes drive

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