Staycation~ Enjoying Muncie, Indiana for Free or Frugal

Let's face it, sometimes we need a vacation but there are just not funds in the family budget for the vacation of your dreams.

Enter the Staycation.


Enjoying Muncie Indiana for Free or Frugal

There are always lots of fun things you can find to do right in your own city! Many are free, others are very inexpensive. In fact, my family will be finding free and frugal staycation activities in our city this summer.

If you don’t live in Muncie, come back tomorrow for a list of staycation ideas for over 90 cities! 


Enjoying Muncie, Indiana for Free or Frugal


Minnetrista Cultural Center

Minnetrista is one of our favorite places to visit. The cultural center has lots of fun exhibits, and they have free activities that happen on the grounds during thee summer. You can visit for Symphony on the Green with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra, Shakespeare on the Lawn, The Garden Fair, and the Living Lightly Fair to name a few. They also offer lots of special programs and classes throughout the year. Our children love walking through the grounds on cool evenings and stopping to watch the goldfish, turtles, and frogs in the small ponds!

Minnetrista Orchard ShopThe Farmers Market happens twice a week during the summer on the Minnetrista grounds. Every Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning you can find a wealth of locally grown veggies, garden plants, flowers, local honey, and many other local goodies. My favorite is the chai latte from Compulsion Coffee! {Yum!} The Farmers Market is right outside of The Orchard Shop, which is also a fabulous source of local, handmade items.


Compulsion Coffee


Oakhurst Gardens

Just adjacent to the cultural center, Oakhurst Gardens is a wonderful bit of nature in the city. We love walking through their gardens on the shady paths. Our favorite is the giant weeping willow tree. This summer we will also be visiting their Children's Garden. A favorite of our nature-loving children is Casey's Clubhouse, where they can meet all sorts of wildlife and learn more about them.


The Cardinal Greenway

The walking and biking trail is always a fun way to spend some time together as a family! We have found all sorts of wildflowers along the trail, along with snakes and toads. I recently learned that you can rent bikes {for free} from some of the trail heads for a nice bike ride on the trail without hauling your bikes there.


Tuhey Pool

Tuhey is one of the larger and nicer pools in Muncie. They have a walk-in baby pool along with the larger pool with fun water slides.


Prairie Creek Reservoir and Campground

If you are craving the beach, Prairie Creek is the closest thing to the ocean that you will find here in Muncie. The beach area provides some sand and surf. You can boat on the reservoir. There are plenty of places to walk, as well as some playgrounds for the children to play.


National Model Aviation Museum

Image courtesy National Model Aviation Museum website
The National Model Aviation Museum is one of those places we have really wanted to visit but have somehow never made it. This summer we intend to check it out! Not only does it look extremely interesting, you can take a guided tour!






Muncie Public Library

Mucie Public Library has a wonderful summer reading program with lots of fun programming. We have been to small theater productions and wild animal presentations as part of the summer reading program. It's one of our children's favorite activities during the summertime!


Ball State Planetarium

The Ball State Planetarium has lots of shows throughout the year, and they are always free. The shows are always very well done, and they are always willing to answer all of the myriad questions everyone asks. On clear nights, they often invite guests up to the roof to look at the skies through the telescopes. It's a small planetarium so be sure to get there early to grab your seat. You won't be disappointed.


Self-Guide Walking Tours of Muncie

You can visit the Muncie Visitors Bureau to pick up a booklet for three different tours. I have lived here a long time and never knew about these until recently. I think we may try them out on a cool day.


Just Outside of Muncie


Carolee's Herb Farm

Carolees Herb Farm- Moonlight Garden early SeptWe love visiting Carolee's! Our favorite event would have to be lavendar Daze. They have tons of events and classes. You can also buy locally grown flowers and herbs along with items from the gift shop.





Wilbur Wright Birthplace and Museum

I remember visiting the Wilbur Wright Birthplace when I was in grade school. Somehow I have never taken my children there. We will be studying the Wright Brothers again soon, and when we do I think we'll make the short drive to the Birthplace and Museum.


Jacob's Family Orchard

We love visiting Jacob's Family Orchard in the fall! They have lots of varieties of apples, pumpkins, various fruit butters, apple cider slushies, and the best apple cinnamon donuts. You can even watch as they make your donuts!

In the fall, they have a corn maze and wagon rides. You can set up field trips for a group and tour the farm. You may even get to watch them press cider!


Mounds State Park

Mounds State Park is also on our go-to list for the summer. Hiking trails, programs, and Native American mounds… What's not to like?


Summit Lake State Park

Summit Lake is one of my dad's favorite places to go to watch wildlife. It's quiet. It's beautiful. It's a definte staycation spot for days when you want to be out of town and one with nature.


Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company

Kokomo Opalescent Glass Company was recommended to me by a friend recently. I had no dea this place existed, but you can bet we are visiting this summer! It looks amazing. Indiana's oldest art glass company… I'm sold!


Remember to come back tomorrow for a list of staycation ideas for over 95 cities! 



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  4. You forgot to mention Christy Woods and the Ball State Art Museum, both of which are on Ball State’s campus and are free.

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