Exploring Muncie


Although known for Ball State University and Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie has a surprising number of “hidden treasures” we encourage you to explore during your visit.

The Muncie community has worked hard to preserve and restore both the natural surroundings and its unique historical heritage.

If you are making a return visit after an absence of even a few years you will find new places to see, things to do in Muncie, and an ever-changing calendar of events to attend.



A good starting place for your Muncie visit is a trip to the Minnetrista Center.  Also known as the Gathering Place, Minnetrista sits on the grounds of an original Ball family mansion.  It is a place to learn more about the family of the Ball canning jar fame whose philanthropy helped establish Ball State University and Ball Memorial Hospital.



Minnetrista stores and exhibits historical artifacts that help tell the story of the settlement and development of East Central Indiana. It is a venue for a number of travelling educational exhibits and hosts an annual juried art show.  The gardens and grounds are used by the community for musical concerts such as the annual Fourth of July fireworks celebration, the holiday Luminaria Walk and the springtime celebration of Sprites and Fairies.  There’s also a farmers market at Minnetrista





Downtown Muncie is now a destination. Downtown merchants have worked very diligently to revitalize the central core of the city. Specialty shops, restaurants, galleries and pubs are now thriving downtown. The first Thursday of each month downtown art galleries open their doors to showcase opening exhibits and many other downtown businesses have special offerings on these special nights.


 Muncie Downtown invites revelers to Muncie Gras in late winter and the Barbeque Fest in the  summer.


visit Garfield the cat at McDowell Bed and Breakfast Muncie Indiana


Garfield the Cat shows up often around Muncie. He has adopted our city, and we have adopted him. Garfield’s creator, Jim Davis has both his art studio and his international franchising interests under one roof just outside of town. Learn more about Garfield and Jim at Garfield.com.  







Appeal to the Great Spirit Muncie Indiana public domain McDowell Nearing House B&B The Passing of the Buffalo Muncie, Indiana

Muncie is also the home of two of Sculptor Cyrus Dallin’s finest bronze statues. Appeal to the Great Spirit has welcomed visitors to Muncie since the early 1900’s. It was a gift to the city of Muncie by the Ball family.  Its twin is found on the lawn of the Boston Museum of art.  


A second bronze, The Passing of the Buffalo has recently been repositioned downtown on Walnut Street after spending several years in the lobby of the Minnetrista Cultural Center.



If you are adventurous we recommend the Cardinal Greenway.  The longest rail-trail in Indiana, The Cardinal Greenway is a 12-foot wide asphalt surface with a crushed limestone shoulder on each side. There are trailheads and rest areas along the trail. 


The old Muncie B and O depot serves as a visitors center, gift shop and bicycle check out point (they’re free on a first come, first served basis), during the summer months. A horse trail runs alongside the trail to the south of town around Prairie Creek Reservoir.

public domain Cardinal greenway depot McDowell Nearing House B&B Muncie Indiana



Bicyclists at McDowell-Nearing House B&B Muncie Indiana


We enjoy hosting bicyclists who use McDowell-Nearing House as a stopover while exploring the trail.  Ask us and we’ll provide a map of a good way to bike from the trail to the B&B through Ball State campus. 


Prairie Creek Reservoir, just south of town, is a 1,252 acre stream-fed lake which is well stocked with a variety of game fish.  Activities available include pontoon and sail boating, fishing, swimming, and picnicking. It is also the starting point for the annual Muncie Half Ironman triathlon.




Academy of Model Aeronautics Muncie AccommodationsThe Academy of Model Aeronautics is the world's headquarters for model aviation. The National Model Aviation Museum, open year-round, houses the largest collection of model aircraft in the United States.


Admission to the museum is very affordable and the collection is amazing. Discover how aeromodeling helped change the world of aviation and examine the astonishing craftsmanship and artistry of its masters while visiting Muncie.  National competitions are scheduled throughout the summer.





Tonne Winery Muncie Indiana McDowell Nearing House B&BMuncie now has a Winery!  Visit Tonne Winery which offers wine tasting seven days a week and sample their double gold medal semi-dry traminette, made from Indiana’s signature grape.