Top 10 Things to do in Muncie, United States

February 2, 2018 Cedrick Jardin

Muncie's long and storied past can be explored in its many museums and monuments, from the Appeal to the Great Spirit monument to the Vietnam Veteran Valor Monument. The Ball State University campus is home to numerous attractions, including art galleries, museums, a planetarium, theaters and the tranquil Christy Woods. Tee off on one of the city's many golf courses or take the kids to the Muncie Children's Museum. Hike or bike the rails-to-trails Cardinal Greenway or the White River Greenway.
Restaurants in Muncie

1. Cardinal Greenway

700 E Wysor St, Muncie, IN 47305-1916 +1 765-287-0399
Excellent
67%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 89 reviews

Cardinal Greenway

Reviewed By Jim W - Summit, New Jersey

You can go from Muncie to Richmond or north to Gaston. Then you have to pick it up again in Jonesboro,
where you can continue north to Marion and now on via the "Sweetser Switch" to Converse. Trail is very well
maintained by local riders. Some nice rest areas along the way. Recommended.

2. Minnetrista

1200 N Minnetrista Pkwy, Muncie, IN 47303-2925 +1 800-428-5887
Excellent
57%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 74 reviews

Minnetrista

Minnetrista is a museum and cultural center that serves the people of East Central Indiana. Minnetrista offers exhibits and programs for children, families, adults, scouts, teachers and students that focus on nature, history, gardens, and art.Minnetrista's forty-acre campus includes beautiful gardens, a modern museum facility, an historic home, Nature Area, numerous sculptures, and a portion of the White River Greenway.

Reviewed By Katherine W - Muncie, Indiana

Minnetrista is a beautiful place for people to gather. I personally love the Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings. Everyone is there, smiling and enjoying each other's company. The grounds are covered in beautiful gardens, which makes it a lovely place for a wedding or just...MoreThanks for the review Katherine! We're happy to hear your visit at the Farmers Market was positive. We loved hearing your feedback and hope to continue providing a lovely place for you to visit.

3. Tonne Winery

101 W Royerton Rd, Muncie, IN 47303-9382 +1 765-896-9821
Excellent
70%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 30 reviews

Tonne Winery

Reviewed By ScenicSights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Stopped here after a visit to Ball State. The kids said they were asked to leave the bar (which we understand) in a not quite kind manner. So they were a little upset by that. I wasn't by them when it happened so not sure how it all went down. Nice place. Clean. Pleasant. Patient friendly staff. The sampling was nice and we bought some wine. Certainly worth a stop if you have time.

4. Muncie Children's Museum

515 S High St, Muncie, IN 47305-2376 +1 765-286-1660
Excellent
51%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 68 reviews

Muncie Children's Museum

Reviewed By jeremywestafer - Fort Wayne, Indiana

We stopped here while on vacation and it just happened to be a free admission day due to a kids health day. There were health related tables everywhere and they were all handing out free kiddy knick knacks. It was super busy but the place is big enough that you don't feel too squished in there. The normal admission I think is just $5. A few broken computer stations but overall it was a lot of fun. I saw a picture on here of an outdoor play area but we were just inside since it was chilly out. Worth a trip here if you're in the area with a small kid or two.

5. David Owsley Museum of Art

2021 W Riverside Ave, Fine Arts Building, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306-0001 +1 765-285-5242
Excellent
62%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

David Owsley Museum of Art

Reviewed By OpenSky - Chicagoland

If you are visiting Ball State, it is worth your time to stop in and visit this museum. We really enjoyed it!Thank you! Please come back and visit again soon. Our special exhibitions change every semester during the academic year, so there's always something new to see.

6. National Model Aviation Museum

5161 E Memorial Dr, Muncie, IN 47302-9050 +1 800-435-9262
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 27 reviews

National Model Aviation Museum

Reviewed By RussellJW - Falls Church, VA

Most impressive museum dedicated to preserving model airplanes in order to inspire a love and passion for aviation. The museum has 100s of model airplanes hanging from the ceiling and in displays from the 20s and 30s up to the present. They have a preservation area where they are rebuilding old models. There is an archive where you can do your own research. There are interactive models like the Wright Brothers Airplane, where you can see and feel and smell how primitive that first flying machine was and how far we have come. There is a very informative video about model airplane building and flying. I had donated a number of my father’s 1930s and 1940s memorabilia and model airplanes to the museum a few years ago and as I planned a cross country trip I knew I had to stop in Muncie and see this museum. Glad I did. This is a national treasure and serves as an inspiration to others who have that passion to fly higher.

7. Muncie Civic Theatre

216 E Main St, Muncie, IN 47305-2820 +1 765-288-7529
Excellent
55%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 20 reviews

Muncie Civic Theatre

Reviewed By sharonjxn2 - Muncie, Indiana

Muncie Civic Theatre is a downtown landmark. It isn't a fancy venue. You can expect a small theatre with balcony, showing signs of its age, but with productions of excellent quality.

Last night we went to see Cabaret. The cast included experienced Civic performers, as well as young talent from the theater department at Ball State University. This is typical of other Civic performances I have attended.

As a hearing-impaired person, I appreciate the fact that new speakers have been installed that allow me to catch all the dialogue. The music between acts was a too loud for conversation, but we were in the front row, directly in front of the speakers.

The staff are all very friendly and welcoming. Student discounts are available.

8. Artist Within

313 S Walnut St, Muncie, IN 47305-2457 +1 765-289-7895
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Artist Within

Reviewed By maggiec614 - Endicott, New York

The Artist Within in, hands down, my favorite place to go and spend some time with friends in Muncie.

They are a family friendly Paint-Your-Own-Pottery studio in downtown Muncie. I really enjoy doing the PYOP with friends - or my boyfriend - whenever I can. You select the item you wish to paint, pick your colors, and get started. They have a number of tools to help with painting, including stencils, various brushes, sponges, dot-tools, etc. The staff is really good about helping with ideas or color selection, but that's also why I like going with friends - we can encourage each other's creativity.

You pay only for the item(s) you paint. (I've done items ranging from $15-30, but there are some that are more/less depending on what you choose to do.) There are no hidden studio fees or charges for the number of colors you use or whatever. It's really exceedingly reasonable. I've made mugs and plates as gifts, a tile-key holder for myself, and a few other items.

I really enjoy the space and the willingness of the staff to assist you where needed.

I've seen everyone from children with parents to old couples to solo-artists to big girls-night-out groups here, and they all seem to love it.

So if you're looking for something a bit different to do in Muncie, give them a try! My only advice: allot PLENTY of time here. You have to do multiple coats of paint for the color to come through, so it can take a bit of time. I would say about 3 hours or so to select and paint a piece.

A little more information about the business itself:
They also have an art gallery and on the first Thursday of every month, they have an opening reception and change their featured artist for that month.
Other regular events include BYOB Nights (the last Friday of each month) and Kid's Nights (the second Friday of each month). You can rent their space for private events, such as birthday parties and fundraisers. They also have week long clay camps for children & teens during the summer and evening drawing, painting, and pottery classes at night for anyone 13+ during the rest of the year.

9. Prairie Creek Reservoir and Campground

Burlington Road, Muncie, IN 47302 +1 765-747-4776
Excellent
24%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
15%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 33 reviews

Prairie Creek Reservoir and Campground

Reviewed By jarIndiana - Muncie, Indiana

Since last summer, we have noticed more and more wildlife on the roadways that surround this reservoir. Turkeys, Turkey vultures, foxes, coyotes, blue herons, and a huge male deer to name a few. We animal watch 3-6 times a month and its a great place close the Muncie area for viewing wildlife! There are some major things lacking that would really improve this reservoir.
1.) The campground needs a total overhaul! Its layout leaves less than 5 feet of space between some campsites? REAL camping allows you to get away from your neighbors, to have some privacy, and to enjoy some peace.
2.) ALL campsite locations should have a LIMITED number of days allowed for camping on any one site. As it stands right now, campground rules allow A CHOICE FEW to take up permanent residency on a chosen site year after year after year.
3.) Its WAY PAST TIME to renovate at least a small portion of the uninhabited west side of the park for bank fishing access for the average joe and to construct a brand new (and modern) camping area on THAT SIDE! A NICE LONG FISHING DECK makes perfect sense.
4.) Build and lease space for an on site restaurant of some type within the park. Muncie seems to be great at constructing shell buildings that sit empty for years...so why not build something that will be used and is actually needed?
5.) ALLOW the county police jurisdiction at the reservoir! Get the politics out of it and use the proper resources before you get sued. I NEVER noticed any Muncie firemen out there when those campers burned down? WHY???

ENJOY this park, and keep the politics out if it....and please improve it Muncie!
J.

10. Tuhey Park

Corner of White River and Wheeling, Muncie, IN 47303 +1 765-747-4858
Excellent
45%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 9 reviews

Tuhey Park

Reviewed By JpDrumr - Muncie, Indiana

I recently moved to Muncie, & as I navigate about the city, I have come to cherish the drive along & through this 2.6 mile parkway. The seasons changes a nowhere more dramatic than on the river. The foliage, animals, & water reflect the season & weather. One can stop for children's toys, rest on the hillsides, hike the paths, or bike them, or just take time to view the White River as it "Rolls Along." This is definitely a "Crown Jewell" of Muncie & NE Indiana.

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