Discover historic gems and other things to do near Mercer University

Just north of downtown Macon on I-75, the Country Inn & Suites makes a great launching pad for exploring things to do in central Georgia, such as attending the springtime Cherry Blossom Festival at Carolyn Crayton Park. Visit historical sites like Rose Hill Cemetery and The Cannonball House, and don’t miss a trip to the fascinating Tubman Museum to learn more about one of America’s most influential abolitionists. Guests who want to pick up a new outfit or hunt for a bargain can browse Macon Mall, and families can enjoy tubing or kayaking down the Ocmulgee River at Amerson River Park. After a tour of Mercer University or Wesleyan College, you can recharge with a nap in your room or suite before heading back for a production at The Grand Opera House.

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Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

6.13 mi / 9.86 km from the hotel
Spanning 43,000 square feet, this hall of fame is America’s largest state-specific sports museum. Browse more than 3,000 artifacts celebrating preparatory college, professional, and amateur athletics in Georgia.

Hay House

5.5 mi / 8.85 km from the hotel
Known as the “Palace of the South” when it was completed in 1859, this Italian Renaissance Revival-style home is open for tours and events. Learn about the owners of this National Historic Landmark and see its beautiful architecture in person.

Lake Tobesofkee

7.5 mi / 12.07 km from the hotel
Soak up some Georgia sunshine at Lake Tobesofkee, where you can spend a relaxing afternoon boating, fishing, picnicking, and swimming.

Rose Hill Cemetery

5.08 mi / 8.17 km from the hotel
Pay your respects to several famous Georgia residents buried here, including Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, founding members of the Allman Brothers.

The Cannonball House

5.57 mi / 8.96 km from the hotel
Built in 1853 and still bearing scars from Civil War battles, this Greek Revival house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Grand Opera House

5.76 mi / 9.27 km from the hotel
Mercer University’s performing arts venue hosts touring Broadway productions along with locally produced operas and plays.

Tubman Museum

6.15 mi / 9.9 km from the hotel
Visit this informative museum to learn about one of the central figures of the Civil War-era abolitionist movement—Harriet Tubman. Trace her steps as she courageously guided escaped slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

Ocmulgee Mounds National Historical Park

6.5 mi / 10.47 km from the hotel
Featuring evidence of thousands of years of continuous human habitation, this park is a can’t-miss attraction for history lovers. See the massive earthworks, tour the museum, or check the calendar for events throughout the year.

Macon Centreplex

5.9 mi / 9.5 km from the hotel
Composed of the Macon City Auditorium and Macon Coliseum, this entertainment complex has something for everyone. Take in a concert by acts like ZZ Top, attend a trade show, or see the Macon Mayhem hockey team battle their opponents on the ice.

Amerson River Park

2.86 mi / 4.6 km from the hotel
At this 180-acre park, you can hike seven miles of trails and kayak or tube on the Ocmulgee River. Afterward, picnic in one of the pavilions and let the kids loose at the state-of-the-art playground built for children of all physical abilities.

Macon Tennis Association

1.32 mi / 2.12 km from the hotel
Cheer on your favorite player at one of several national tennis competitions hosted here throughout the year. Programs for every skill level are available.

The Shoppes at River Crossing

2.23 mi / 3.59 km from the hotel
For some retail therapy, head to popular shops like Belk, Dillard’s, and Barnes & Noble. Afterward, snack on the Bang Bang Shrimp at Bonefish Grill or grab a treat at Great American Cookies.