Let’s Get To KNow


A Newcomer’s guide to our fair city.

welcome to muncie
A brief introduction, overview and history of our wonderful city.


Things to eat
Where to grab a bit when you’re feeling the need.


Things to do
A look at the exciting entertainment opportunties in Muncie.


Go and Play
Places to have fun, exercise and break a sweat.


Go and Learn
A look at our rich educational heritage.


Give Back
Organizations making a difference in the community.


Live Life
A recap of why we love Muncie, and think you will too.


Welcome to muncie

city, Muncie. Since its founding in 1865, a plethora of celebrities such as David Letterman, Stedman Graham, Joyce DeWitt and others have called Muncie home. Recently recognized as one of Money Magazine’s Up and Coming Cities Under 250,000, Muncie is home to three universities, five museums and over 750 acres of park land. The city is also rich in architecture as well as outdoor art.


miles northeast of Indianapolis lies Indiana’s 8th largest

In the following pages, you’ll see why Muncie is the perfect place for you and your family to call home.

• • • • Muncie is home to the largest model aircraft in the country. Muncie is frequently mentioned in pop culture: we’ve been name dropped in several songs, TV sitcoms, movies and books. Muncie was home to one of the original 11 National Football League teams. The Muncie Flyers played from 1905 - 1925, but played in the league from 1920 - 1924. Muncie was the main focus of the world-famous Middletown Studies.


Things to eat in muncie

you are downtown, uptown or on the Ball State campus delicious food is just around the corner.


your stomach is growling, Muncie is a good place to be. Whether

On campus, Ball State offers 11 dining facilities. Each location offers convenient, healthy and professionally prepared food. Dining choices include: Deli World, Calinente and the Retreat and national franchises like Taco Bell, Starbucks, Chick-fil-A, Sbarro, Quiznos and Jamba Juice.

Off Campus you’ll find locally owned restaurants and some of your favorite franchises. With these diverse food styles ranging from Italian to Indian, Muncie’s restaurant choices will fulfill any hunger pang and keep the pickiest eaters satisfied.

See Our Recomendations

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Recommended Dining
Vera Mae’s Bistro
Vera Mae’s is an affordable Bistro that satisfies any occasion deliciously. Their professional culinary team and extensive fine wine and beer list give Vera Mae’s a five-star-reputation and has made the bistro a local favorite. Throughout the year, customers dine on the seasonal patio, keep warm by the fireplace in the dining room or enjoying a private romantic dinner in the cozy wine cellar.

Serves: Lunch, Dinner and drinks Food types: American (New & Traditional), Cajun/Creole,
French, Italian, Sandwiches, Seafood & Vegetarian

Price Range: $10 - $30

Sitara Indian Cuisine
Sitara illustrates the diverse qualities in Muncie by bringing all types of Indian style dishes to the table. Their large menu harvests an array of choices providing numerous Gluten-free and vegan meals.

Serves: Lunch and Dinner Food types: Indian Price Range: $10 - $15

Amazing Joe’s Grill
Amazing Joes lives up to it’s name and is not your typical steakhouse. Serving the finest steaks, fish and chicken. The restaurant locally owned, the food is made with love and the service is like eating with neighbors.

Serves: Lunch and Dinner Food types: Italian, Sandwiches, Amerian (Traditional) Price Range: $11 - $25


Things to do in muncie

Ball State Campus or wandering around downtown Muncie, there is inevitably something to do.


are a small city with big entertainment. Whether you are on

Ball State’s campus houses Worthen Arena, Ball State Art Museum, Emens auditorium, Sursa Hall and Pruis Hall. Ball State University captivates sports fans, theater enthusiast, music lovers, comedy junkies and many more.

Entertainment continues past Ball State campus. Along with two movie theaters and shopping, Muncie has entertainment unique to the city; these include Muncie Civic Theater, Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Minnetrista and Muncie Children’s Museum. Minnetrista’s campus spans 40 acres and includes a modern museum, historic homes, beautiful landscapes and a portion of the White River Greenway. Minnetrista also serves as a venue for concerts and community events. “I love the town and activities, culture and sports, etc. Minnetrista concerts. Also, I love the activities that promote local artists.” -Carolann Mikesell, Ball State University Alumna 50 year Muncie resident


Go and play in muncie

active both on and off Ball State’s campus.


are plenty of opportunities to get out and do something

On campus, there is the Student Recreation and Wellness Facility. This brand new facility opened in 2010 and is open to the use of students, faculty, alumni and their families. “The Rec” features a state-of-the-art workout facility, a 5-court basketball area, racketball courts, an indoor track, a climbing wall and an indoor turf. There are also many multi-purpose rooms available as well as Outdoor Pursuits, an equipment rental center that also plans adventure trips. Intramural and Club Sports are also available. Intramurals include basketball, flag football, soccer, slowpitch softball, volleyball and much more.

Off campus, there are plenty of parks, trails and pools to get your family moving. The Cardinal Greenway is a trail that winds through Muncie and is open to the public. There are many pools, both public and private, throughout the city. During the summer, many people take a trip just outside of town to the White River Reservoir, where one can find docks, a beach and plenty of fun activities.


Go and learn in muncie

school system committed to providing its students with intellectuallystimulating curriculum from early education all the way to graduatelevel studies. There are seven school corporations located within the county, including public, private and parochial schools, all of which offer start up dates, orientation programs, and registration days for new students. At the post-secondary educational level, Delaware County is proud to support a wealth of schools dedicated to higher education. Among the most esteemed institutes is Ball State University, which has been named one of the best universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review for five years.


County is fortunate to possess an exceptional

Overall, Delaware County schools are recognized for their quality instruction and favorable student/teacher ratios. As the community continues to build on their superb reputation, they pave the way for an impressive and exciting future in educational standards.

“My family and I love all of the benefits of living near a college campus.” -Joan Mckeel, Ball State University Alumna 45 year Muncie resident


Ball State University

State University. “The vibrant campus is home to thousands of undergraduate and graduate students from across the country and abroad” (Ball State University, Facts 2012-2013). With over 150 undergraduate, 80 masters, 20 doctoral and 14 specialist programs, Ball State University is a leader among post-secondary educational institutions. Especially unique to the university are its immersive learning programs, which offer students the opportunity to produce tangible results relevant to the real-world.


the heart of Muncie, Ind., is the nationally acclaimed Ball

In addition to its spectacular commitment to quality, innovation and collaboration, “the Ball State Cardinals compete at the NCAA’s highest level (Division 1) in men’s and women’s sports. Most of the programs are part of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Ball State also has about 380 student organizations.”

“BSU and its impact on the community is what I love most about living in Muncie. There are so many events on campus that are open to the public. Wonderful cultural opportunities and good safe environment, too.” -Judy Merritt, Director of Bursar and Loan Administration, Ball State University 16 year Muncie resident


Give back in muncie

profit organizations in Delaware County, each one with a special cause. These organizations are local, national and international and some are well-known around the world. Some key organizations include:


are a community that cares. There are hundreds of non-

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Muncie Mission Habitat for Humanity Big Brother/Big Sister ARF

The Chamber of Commerce also works to promote philanthropy and volunteerism throughout the county. They have set up a Pride campaign that showcases unsung volunteers from the area by telling their stories. This campaign, called “Muncie Gives Muncie Lives” looks to instill pride in the citizens of Muncie and encourages these citizens to make Muncie a better place. “I love the slower pace of life with little traffic and friendly people. Muncie is big enough to enjoy many big stores and small enough to have many small business that are wonderful.” -Jane Duckworth, PhD, Professor Emerita-Counseling Psychology, Ball State University 42 year Muncie resident


Live life in muncie
“I love the sense of community in Muncie.” -Leah Chandler, Membership Services Coordinator at Indiana Public Radio 20 year Muncie resident

our volunteers, Muncie is a community in the truest sense. For those seeking a quieter small town experience, Muncie offers the very best of the Midwest: hospitality, comfort, and familitarity. However, there’s plenty here for the urbanite as well with our rich artistic culture and vast educational pursuits. Whether you’re seeking the intellectural community of Ball State University or the down home crowd at the local farmers market, there’s a place for you here. Our hope is that that you’ve gotten to know our city a bit better, and of course, we certainly hope you stick around.


the great eats of our restaurants to the great hearts of

After all, that’s the great thing about a place like Muncie:

It’s the kind of place that you don’t just visit.

It’s the kind of place where you live your life.