11 Ways to Enjoy a Staycation this Memorial Day Weekend in Downtown Macon

When's the last time you enjoyed a STAYcation? No long car rides, no overpriced hotel stays, and no returning from a trip with the need to take another vacation to recover. Besides, the beach is overrated. SAND. EVERYWHERE. Lucky for you, Downtown Macon has plenty of things going on this weekend to keep you busy and stress free. Here are 11 reasons to stick around this weekend Memorial Day Weekend...

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Theatre Macon is kicking off a new season with Waiting in the Wings, by Noel Coward.

2- MUSEUM HOP  Friday & Saturday

Downtown Macon is home to a variety of museums. Experience African American art, culture, and history at the Tubman Museum. For the sports fanatics, there is the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame - the country's largest sports museum at 43,000 square feet! Maybe you'd rather take a step back in time? You can visit one of three house museums, the Cannonball House, Hay House, and Sidney Lanier Cottage.

3- TRAVEL DOWN CHERRY STREET  Friday & Saturday

Grab your Passport to Cherry and collect stamps from Cherry Street merchants (between 2nd & 3rd Streets) to be entered into a raffle for a chance to win gift cards and prizes. Start your trip with Main Street Macon at Travis Jean Emporium to pick up your passport. FREE!

Aced Records and the Thirsty Turtle have teams up again to bring you the Hyper White Rave Night. Wear your best white outfit and enjoy EDM and house music all night long.

Pack a picnic and pick a park! You have several parks to choose from: Washington Park, Rosa Parks Square, Tattnall Square Park, and several others. Some are even located along the Ocmulgee River. Whether you're seeking romance, family time, or solace, Downtown Macon has beautiful parks to offer you the perfect place to take in nature's beauty.

If you've never gone on a Rock Candy Tour, what are you waiting for?! This two-hour walking tour begins and ends at H&H, allowing guests to be treated to a southern fried chicken biscuit! COST: $20

Kick-off the summer right at the Big Kahuna Bar Crawl! Don your favorite Hawaiian shirts and skirts and enjoy drink specials from participating bars and discounted rates at Redemption Tattoo Parlour. 

Located on Poplar and Second Street, shop with over 70 vendors selling handmade and homegrown goods at the Memorial Open Air Market. Take in some tunes from Macon's own DJ B3 while kids are treated to face painting among other activities. FREE!

Downtown alleys will be transformed into book nooks encouraging summer reading for kids. Grab a free book, sign-up for a library card, and listen to one of your favorite stories. FREE!

10- PADDLE DOWN THE RIVER Saturday & Sunday

Discover the Ocmulgee River with Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions. Rent a kayak or canoe and enjoy the great outdoors. Spoiler alert!! There may be lemonade and cookies waiting for you at the end!

One brewery and two brewpubs call Downtown Macon home. Your choices include Macon Beer Company, Ocmulgee Brewpub, and Piedmont Brewery and Kitchen. Each spot has a variety of house made beers so you may want to try them all!