I would love to say that the most beautiful time to visit Madison, Georgia, is in the Spring. But then Summer, Fall, and Winter come along to remind me that every season here has something special to offer both residents and tourists. Still, Spring holds a special place in my heart. Here are 10 things to do when you visit Madison this Spring:
#1 Stay in a B&B
While there are regular hotel and motel chains available, you'll want to visit Madison in style by staying in a local B&B. Madison offers plenty of choices. Relax in a scenic location with a delicious start to each day. You can check out my top recommendations here.
#2 Take a Walk
While you can easily take a long drive to absorb the beauty of Morgan County, Madison is best seen on foot. Take a walk through the historic area to enjoy gardens in bloom and beautiful architecture. The charming downtown area is not to be missed, and be sure to stop by Town Park to enjoy free WiFi and a perfect spot to relax, picnic, or play. There's even a free walking tour available for both Android and iOS.
#3 Eat Outside
With the perfect Spring weather bringing in warm but mild temperatures, have your lunch (or dinner) outside. Many local restaurants offer outdoor dining--perfect for social distancing while soaking in a little sun and fresh air. Here are the restaurants I'd recommend.
#4 Visit a Park
While Town Park is conveniently placed in the historic district, Madison offers many park areas. Hill Park has a playground and large outdoor space perfect for picnicking. Bill Wood Park is easily my favorite. There's a cross-country trail perfect for a short hike (one mile), a dog park charmingly known as the Bark Park, baseball fields, batting cages, soccer fields, a playground, a frisbee golf course, and so much more! Enjoy a day out at the park perfect for the whole family.
#5 Drive to the Lake
Hard Labor Creek State Park is a short drive from Madison in nearby Rutledge. There are many attractions you can take advantage of, but I recommend a visit to the lake. Whether you prefer to rent a kayak or fish on the dock, you'll be glad you took time to soak in nature at this beautiful destination.
#6 Tour Historic Homes
A visit to Madison wouldn't be complete without visiting the historic homes that offer tours. The city offers more extensive home and garden tours in May and again in December most years--with the pandemic being the obvious exception. However, Heritage Hall, Rogers House, and Rose Cottage are available for docent-led tours year-round. This is also a perfect rainy day activity should you find yourself visiting on a day with less than clear weather.
#7 Enjoy Arts & Culture
The beauty of Madison is that it's a tiny town with tons of culture. For a full guide, check out this list of cultural destinations in Madison. Pick up local art, grab a book by a local author, and enjoy the many museums and galleries clustered into this scenic spot. You may even find yourself inspired to create!
#8 Try a Sweet Treat
Every town needs a chocolate shop, and Madison is lucky enough to have Antique Sweets. Stop in for their specialty bulldog bites, pick up some homemade ice cream, or enjoy any of their wonderful handmade chocolate selections. Their chocolate makes the perfect gift--for yourself or someone special. You can even grab a postcard to commemorate your trip while you're there.
#9 Shop 'Til You Drop
Madison's downtown area has plenty to offer visitors. There are home decor shops, a handmade candle company, an art gallery with local art and literature, local markets, antique stores galore, flower shops, and a local coffee shop to keep you going when your energy flags. While the town is small, there's plenty of shopping to do.
#10 Tour Historic Markers
There are 69 historic markers in Madison, Georgia. This site offers a complete list. Tour the county and learn about its rich history by taking time to stop at each marker. Read the posted information, take a selfie, and don't forget to tag the town on social media to share your adventure!
Spring is the perfect time to visit. Enjoy the weather, explore the town, and then come back to visit us again.