Springtime in Milledgeville, Georgia is a breath of fresh air, quite literally! As the flowers bloom and the temperatures rise, this charming town nestled near Lake Sinclair offers the perfect escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. Whether you're seeking a rejuvenating solo retreat or a family-friendly adventure, Milledgeville has something special in store for everyone.

Local Yolkal sidewalk dining

Explore Downtown Delights

Milledgeville offers a delightful array of outdoor dining experiences, perfect for soaking up the sunshine and enjoying delicious meals. From charming sidewalk cafes to scenic patio setups, there's something for every palate and occasion. Whether you're craving Southern comfort food at Buffington's, international cuisine at Bollywood Tacos, or freshly brewed coffee at Blackbird Coffee, Milledgeville's outdoor dining scene provides a welcoming ambiance for locals and visitors alike.

Spring is an excellent time to watch the sunset over Lake Sinclair at Aubri Lanes. They offer outdoor seating that only adds to the ambiance of their pristine fine-dining experience. It is a perfect place to enjoy a dinner with the ones you love. 

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Awe at Architecture 

Immerse yourself in the rich history of Milledgeville with a journey through its historic streets. Wander through the meticulously preserved 10-block historic district, where Federal-style architecture stands as a testament to the city's past. Embark on the self-guided Historic Walking Tour, passing by over 40 structures adorned with Greek Revival, Victorian, and Classic Revival styles. 

Prefer to ride? Plan your trip around a Historic Trolley Tour, on Friday and Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Learn about our rich assortment of historic houses, churches, and the fascinating time Milledgeville was founded to be the new Capital of Georgia with a fully narrated tour of Milledgeville’s historic district.

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Take a Tour

Amidst the grandeur of Antebellum homes, Milledgeville offers a treasure trove of cultural experiences. Explore the magnificent Georgia's Old Governor's Mansion, a prime example of High Greek Revival architecture. Tours of the Mansion include stories from within the expertly-restored walls from tales of child shenanigans to grand parties. Another fascinating tour with content spanning over one hundred years, the Central State Hospital Campus Trolley Tour offers a behind-the-scenes look at what was once one of the largest mental institutions in the United States. 

Visiting on April 20th? Plan to experience live music on the lawn of the Mansion with a picnic pops concert, featuring various ensembles from the Georgia College Music Department's vocal and instrumental programs.  

John Marlor Arts Center

Embrace Cultural Arts

Experience the vibrant art scene of Milledgeville come alive in spring as you explore rotating exhibits coordinated by Allied Arts at the Marlor House as well as student and visiting exhibits in the galleries at Georgia College. Amidst blooming flowers and rejuvenated landscapes, immerse yourself in a diverse range of artwork and cultural displays at Allied Arts exhibits, housed in the historic Marlor House. Meanwhile, at Georgia College's galleries, discover dynamic exhibitions featuring emerging and established artists, adding an extra layer of color and creativity to the springtime atmosphere of Milledgeville.

Visiting in early March? Allied Arts is partnering with Lockerly Arboretum for a Plein Air Art Event on Saturday, March 16th where artists from the region will be setting up within the Arboretum property and live painting. This event will conclude with awards, and the works will be on display at the Marlor House following the event. 

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Learn About a Local Literary Legend

Andalusia Farm, the historic property of Southern Gothic author Flannery O'Connor, welcomes the public for tours six days a week. Tours commence at the Andalusia Interpretive Center, showcasing artifacts and content not only from the O'Connors' era on the property but also from all previous residents of the farm throughout its various historical phases. The restored historic farmhouse, where Flannery and her family resided, reflects the time when the O'Connors operated their dairy farm from the premises, and where Flannery spent her time writing and caring for her infamous peacocks. Today, visitors can encounter two peacocks who reside at Andalusia.

If you are visiting in late March, Andalusia celebrates Flannery O'Connor's birthday by offering special events, even cutting a birthday cake, and providing free tours of her home in her honor. Those visiting during her birthday may also participate in the tradition of placing pennies on her headstone, located near the gates of Memory Hill Cemetery in downtown Milledgeville. 

Lockerly Arboretum's Rose Hill in spring

Savor the Buds and Blooms

In Milledgeville, spring is synonymous with blooming flowers and outdoor adventures. Explore the expansive grounds of Lockerly Arboretum, home to a diverse array of plants. Take a stroll along the scenic 1-mile nature trail, which provides views of Rose Hill, an exquisite Greek Revival-style residence dating back to 1852. There are restrooms on the trail and much of it is shaded during the day, making it an excellent space for kids of all ages to stretch their legs and get some sunshine.

Special to the Spring season, Lockerly boasts numerous specially cultivated azalea varieties that adorn the trails, blooming from mid-March to early April. 

Lake Sinclair boat sunset

Cruise the Lake

With the bright sunny spring weather, you will find watercraft of all shapes and sizes on the lake for you to enjoy during your weekend getaway. The warmth of the sun on your skin will have you ready for a refreshing jump into the water, and we guarantee the kids are always ready to plunge in. If you don't have a boat, no problem, many area marinas rent them for half or full days. 

Renting a home on the lake and want to enjoy a boat while at the property? No problem! Local marinas can deliver your watercraft to your vacation rental for your stay. No need to worry about packing all your gear and traveling to a boat ramp, just dock your rental boat at your vacation home. 

Bartram Forest Hiker

Hike Local Loops

Hiking enthusiasts in Milledgeville, Georgia, have plenty of scenic trails to explore, including the Oconee River Greenway and Bartram Forest. The Oconee River Greenway offers picturesque paths along the riverbank, perfect for leisurely strolls or invigorating hikes amid nature's beauty. Meanwhile, Bartram Forest provides more challenging terrain and diverse landscapes, attracting adventurers seeking more rugged trails among ponds, meadows, forests, and more. 

Looking to get on two wheels? Both Bartram Forest and the Oconee River Greenway are excellent locations for biking. The Greenway has a series of paved trails, perfect for every skill level, while Bartram is more for a moderately experienced rider. 

Comfort Farms Farmers Market

Shop Locally Sourced Goods

In Milledgeville, spring brings bustling farmers markets like Comfort Farms, where guests can delight in locally grown seasonal vegetables and freshly butchered meats on select Saturday mornings. Huffs Market offers a diverse selection of goods, including craft beers, hand-poured candles, and artisanal treats, along with tempting breakfast and lunch options available throughout the week. At the downtown pavilion, Milly Market provides a charming setting for local farmers and artisans to showcase their goods on select Fridays or Saturdays during the spring and summer months, adding to the city's vibrant atmosphere and providing opportunities for the community to support local producers.

If you are visiting the weekend of March 9th, Huff's Market will be hosting the Spring Magnolia Rae Market Day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This event will feature local artisans, makers, live music, and fresh food. It is a great opportunity to check out Huff's Market as well as local vendors all in one place. 

Disc Golf at Walter B Williams

Discover Disc Golf

Experience fun for the whole family with disc golf at Walter B. Williams Park, boasting a modern and unique 18-hole course. Convenient access and ample parking make it easy for everyone to enjoy this exciting activity. Whether you're a seasoned player or trying it out for the first time, the course offers a fantastic opportunity for outdoor recreation and quality time together.

Need discs? Oconee Outfitters in downtown Milledgeville offers a selection of discs you can purchase to use at the course. 

fishing on lake sinclair

Catch a Fish at Lake Sinclair 

Lake Sinclair stands as a haven for anglers, boasting some of the finest fishing opportunities in the state. Whether you're in pursuit of largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, or catfish, the pristine waters of Lake Sinclair promise an exhilarating fishing experience. Cast your line from the bank, reel in your catch from a public pier, or set out onto the open water aboard a boat - the options are endless. Feel the rush of excitement as you reel in a big one, surrounded by the serene beauty of Lake Sinclair's picturesque shores. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a novice enthusiast, Lake Sinclair offers the perfect setting for an unforgettable fishing adventure.

If you’re around on the morning of May 18th there is a kid's fishing event at Lockerly Arboretum where the pond has been stocked with over 1,000 catfish waiting for your kiddos to catch them!

Kayaking the Oconee River Greenway

Paddle the Oconee River

For those seeking a more tranquil water experience, kayaking and paddleboarding along the Oconee River Greenway offer a serene escape. Drift along the blooming banks of the river, embracing the peaceful beauty of nature at its finest. Bring your own water equipment or rent kayaks from Mac's Yaks or Oconee Outfitters who can help you and your crew get on the river safely. 

As spring breathes new life into our charming city, we invite you to escape to Milledgeville for a weekend filled with exploration and relaxation. Whether immersing yourself in history, embracing nature's beauty, or simply enjoying the warmth of the sun, Milledgeville offers the perfect retreat for all. Come and experience the magic of spring - we can't wait to welcome you!