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Most Exciting Things to Do in Madison, GA


An adventure in Madison, Georgia in a stress-free and quick weekend getaway.  

Madison is a small town in Northwest Georgia surrounded by beautiful scenery and has plenty of attractions to offer. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or have been there, Madison has something for everyone.

Here are the most exciting activities to do in Madison. You’ll want it to make a priority to visit the James Madison Inn, going to movies sites in the tourist district, eating out to cool restaurants, and more.

1.The James Madison Inn, Madison, GA

Spacious rooms at The James Madison Inn

If you’re seeking a timeless and luxury stay in a boutique hotel in Madison, book your stay at The James Madison Inn. A suite has a comfortable bed, beautiful interior, and vintage furnishings. Each of the spacious rooms come with a cozy and beautiful porch.This boutique hotel is near Washington Street along the historical sites in Madison.

James Madison Inn – with a nightly wine reception

2. Morgan County African-American Museum in Madison, GA

Then, have a view of Town Park at the heart of Madison. With the huge lawn and picnic areas, it’s a perfect place to unwind anytime of the day, not to mention free WI-FI.

3. Hard Labor Creek State Park in Madison, GA

Take a detour to famous movie and TV locations in Madison, Morgan County through a cycling route. One of these movie locations is Hard Labor Creek State Park.

The park is just 15 minutes northwest of Madison. Cyclists can enjoy the Madison-Morgan Meander even anyone with a carefree car ride. On the other hand, walkers and joggers can see the sight in a wonderful walk trail at Round Bowl Spring Park. 

Take a side trip on Hard Labor Creek State Park’s Lake Rutledge, a popular spot during summer.  Some well-known movie locations include Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, Morgan County Courthouse, Oak House, and Bonar Hall. 

4. Check out some of the popular TV shows and movies filmed here

Popular movies and TV series shot here are Goosebumps, Vampire Diaries, and American Made by Tom Cruise. Check out some of the places these have been filmed while you are in Madison.

5. Hart and Crown Tavern in Madison

Hart and Crown Tavern – English style pub in Madison

One of the newest restaurants to elevate the dining scene in Madison is the Hart and Crown Tavern. Stepping inside, you will feel like you stepped into a restaurant across the pond, not one just a couple hours from Atlanta. Dark wood and brick make you feel super cozy.

Salads and burgers are available, but our favorite was the salmon with sweet potatoes. Get two desserts: bread pudding and Lemon Posset.

Dessert at Hart and Crown in Madison, GA

6. Love horses? Go riding at Southern Cross Guest Ranch

When it comes to dude ranches, the east coast doesn’t have too many. But luckily if you are near Georgia, you can have a stay at the Southern Cross Guest Ranch. The unique spot offers a resort style stay complete with buffet meals and a pool for relaxing. The ranch life doesn’t mean roughing it.

Many family reunions take place at this bed-and-breakfast as it makes perfect sense with the numerous rooms and lots of activities like swimming, hiking, biking and other relaxing activities.

Southern Cross Guest Ranch in Madison, GA

7. Treat yourself to a sauna at ZEN Relaxing Wellness Center

Relatively new to Madison, is ZEN Relaxing Wellness Center. The unique space is located just blocks from the center of town and directly across the street from the James Madison Inn. For couples, book an afternoon session of their infared sauna. Saunas are located INSIDE their own private rooms for changing. An hour is plenty of time to feel zen-like. There’s a two-person and a four-person sauna. The four is especially roomy.

ZEN Wellness Spa in Madison, GA

If you really want to experience everything, book a session in the sensory depravation tank and / or some time in their salt room. Salt rooms are known for helping with respiratory problems.

8. Go boating and fishing in Lake Oconee in Madison

9. Madison Chophouse Grille

There’s no place you can get great dining experiences than Madison Chophouse Grille at the center of Madison, Morgan County. Chophouse is well-known for its tasteful steaks, chicken, and seafood. The burgers and fries are also superb. The fire-grilled burgers are lightly seasoned and cooked on the open fire for a juicy texture and delicious taste.

10. Mad Taco Madison, GA

Craving Mexican food in Madison? Mad Taco is the place to go. Mad Taco is a breath of fresh air in a Southern Mexican spot. It’s a hidden gem right at the heart of the historic district of Madison, GA.

11. Taste Italian Authentic Cuisine in AMICI Madison, GA

Check out AMICI Italian restaurant – celebrating over 30 years. AMICI is one of well-known Italian restaurants and cafés in Morgan County. They hot pizzas and spicy chicken wings.Can get enough of AMICI Madison? Burgers, pasta, and cold beer are also hot picks. 

12. Fall in Love with Ricardo’s Kouzzina Seafood Restaurant, Madison GA

Located at the center of a historic district, Ricardo’s Kouzzina is famous for its tasteful seafood dishes. Take advantage of their vintage Instagramable interiors 

13. Madison Markets – what unique furnishings

Located in a renovated group of turn-of- the-century cotton warehouses, where
you’ll find 75 dealers under one roof, offering one-of-a-kind architectural pieces,
rugs, and a variety of upscale American and European antiques.

Madison has a lot of fun events all-year round. In springtime, come by to Town Park for Madison Fest and taste delicious park food, craft, music, games, and more. Love fresh produce? Come on over to Fairview Market Annual Spring Festival for local fruits and vegetables, artisan produce, and live music.

If you’re looking for a little bit of a southern vibe in your life, Madison GA is the place to be. 

About the author

Malika Bowling

Malika is the author of several books including Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More! and the founder of Roamilicious. She is also a Digital Marketing and Social Media Consultant. Follow us @Roamilicious on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for the content not shared on the blog. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter (subscribe box below) and never miss a contest, giveaway or the latest must visit restaurant!