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Classic houses, ghost tours: Other fun things to do in Macon during Cherry Blossom Festival

Riverside Cemetery Spirit Stroll in 3 minutes

Take a hyper-lapsed tour of the Cherry Blossom Festival's Spring Spirit Stroll at Riverside Cemetery in Macon.
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Take a hyper-lapsed tour of the Cherry Blossom Festival's Spring Spirit Stroll at Riverside Cemetery in Macon.

Spring Spirits Stroll

This Riverside Cemetery, 1301 Riverside Drive, tour is where Macon’s history comes alive with actors portraying some of Macon’s most infamous at their graveside. Golf cart tours are available at 6 p.m. for those with mobility challenges.

$15. Tickets can be purchased at www.riversidecemetery.com. 6-8 p.m. March 21-24 and March 28-31.

Tour of St. Joseph Catholic Church

Visit a beautiful Romanesque Neo-Gothic style church that was dedicated in 1903. Carrara marble altars and statues, as well as windows crafted by Bavarian artists, adorn this historical structure. 830 Poplar St., Macon.

Free. Noon-4 p.m. March 22 and 25-30; 9:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. March 24.

Free Birds & Night Owls Music History Walking Tour

Rock Candy Tours takes you on a 1.5-hour public “easy walking” tour that focuses on the downtown commercial district. The tour starts at the Rookery (543 Cherry St.) and ends at Grant’s Lounge (576 Poplar St.) just a block away.

$15, reservations can be made at www.rockcandytours.com or by emailing rockcandytours@gmail.com. 1-2:30 p.m. March 25-29.

Cannonball House Tours and Demonstration

The Cannonball House, 856 Mulberry St., built in 1853 as a planter’s townhouse, was was named for damage sustained during the Civil War. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an example of authentic Greek Revival architecture containing fine period furnishings. The house is also the repository for the Founders’ parlors of the Adelphean and Philomathean societies, re-created from Wesleyan College, where they began in 1851 and 1852. For more information, visit www.cannonballhouse.org or call 478-745-5982.

$8, $6 ages 65 and older and military with ID, $4 students, free children 4 and younger. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

Hay House Daily Guided Tours

One of Georgia’s most historic homes and distinguished structures, the Johnston-Felton-Hay House in Macon, 934 Georgia Ave., was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974. Construction began in 1855 and continued into 1859. The House was built in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, a marked contrast to the Greek Revival architecture of the Antebellum period. For more information, please call 478-742-8155.

$11, $10 ages 65 and older and military with ID, $7 college students with ID, free children 6 and younger. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame

The facility and organization makes a difference in the lives of our youth and honors the struggle, perseverance, and achievement of our state’s best teams, athletes and coaches. Join in honoring the spirit of past generations while encouraging and supporting today’s competitors. For more information, please visit georgiasportshalloffame.com or call 478-752-1585.

$8, $6 ages 65 and older, military with ID college students with ID and $3.50 children 16 and younger. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

Museum of Arts and Sciences

: 1:00 pm-5:00 pm 4182 Forsyth Road, Macon, Ga. 31210 Members & Children 2 & Under FREE! $10.00 Adults $5.00 Children 3-17 $8.00 Senior Citizens & Military with ID $7.00 Students with ID. This community museum, 4182 Forsyth Road, includes four galleries with frequently changing exhibitions, the Discovery House with hands-on activities, live animal habitats, the Mark Smith Planetarium, an observatory, nature trail, garden, store, auditorium and classrooms. For more information visit www.masmacon.org.

$10, $8 seniors and military with ID, $7 students with ID, $5 children 3-17. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Tubman Museum

Downtown Macon is home to the largest museum, 310 Cherry St., in the nation dedicated to educating people about the art, history and culture of African Americans. For more information, visit www.tubmanmuseum.com.

$10, $8 each for groups of $15 or more, $6 children 3-17. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

The Big House Museum

This is the house, 2321 Vineville Ave., where members of the Allman Brothers Band, their roadies, friends and families lived until 1973. It was the focal point of gathering in those early years when the magic that is the Allman Brothers Band was just taking shape, and today it’s the place where the dreams, music, and legacy created so long ago by the band will live on. For more information visit www.thebighousemuseum.com.

$15, $13 seniors, military with ID, students with ID and $10 children. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday

MUSEUM OF AVIATION

Robins Air Force Base is home to the second largest museum in the United States Air Force and the fourth most visited museum in the Department of Defense. The museum, 1942 Heritage Blvd., honors our veterans and their families and reminds our airmen of their legendary heritage. For more information, visit www.museumofaviation.org.

Free admission. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

OCMULGEE LANTERN LIGHT TOURS

Grab a lantern and stroll along the luminary-lined path from the Ocmulgee National Monument Visitor Center, 1207 Emery Hwy., to the Great Temple Mound. Step back in time to meet characters with ties to Ocmulgee’s history and the people who once lived here. Join interpretive talks at the bridge, Earth Lodge and Trading Post sites and see downtown Macon illuminated at night from the top of the Great Temple Mound. End the tour by visiting the unique exhibits and artifacts inside the Visitor Center. For more information, call 478-752-8257.

$6, $1 ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and younger. 7:30-9 p.m. March 22-24 and 29-31, tours every 10 minutes.

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