Muncie is a vibrant city rich in history, culture and small-town charm. Whether you’re café-hopping in the historic downtown district, strolling around the famous Ball State University campus or exploring local parks and recreation sites, Muncie offers an authentic taste of life in the Midwest.
Things to do in Muncie
Discover 16 hectares of beautiful gardens, outdoor art installations and Gilded Age architecture at Minnetrista Museum & Gardens. The sprawling campus is set on the banks of the White River and features an engaging museum with exhibits on the people, places and events that have shaped the region over the centuries. Stroll around the grounds to discover themed gardens filled with roses, perennials and culinary herbs.
Fish, boat and birdwatch at the Prairie Creek Reservoir. A beloved local recreation site, the reservoir is an ideal spot for a picnic. Multi-use trails loop around the reservoir and cater to hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders.
Stroll around the Walnut Street Historic District and admire beautiful Beaux-Arts, Italianate, Colonial Revival and Victorian buildings. Many are reimagined as quaint coffee shops and trendy boutiques. Main Street is another bustling thoroughfare lined with cafes, galleries and artisan shops. Built in the 19th century, the Muncie Civic Theatre is a local landmark and hosts plays, musicals and concerts in an elegant setting.
Muncie's culinary scene reflects its Midwestern roots. Start your day with buttery biscuits smothered in sausage gravy, served with eggs, cheese, fries and crumbled bacon. Indiana specialties like deep-fried pork tenderloin sandwiches and sugar cream pie are guaranteed to fill you up.
Getting around Muncie
Downtown Muncie is pedestrian-friendly and easy to explore on foot. The city is in Delaware County, a one-hour drive from Indianapolis and two hours by bus. Rental cars offer the freedom to visit surrounding sights and attractions at your own pace. Indianapolis International Airport is a one-hour drive away.