Activities near Muncie to do in a day trip with family

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If you have family visitors come to Muncie, they will undoubtedly want to see your dorm room and have you show them some campus landmarks, but there are plenty of activities in and around Muncie to do with family beyond what campus has to offer.

Minnetrista: Established on the land where the famous Ball brothers lived, this small campus offers a wide variety of art exhibits, gardens and activities for families. A particularly famous attraction at Minnetrista is the Lucius L. Ball House, where famous artist Bob Ross filmed his television show, "The Joy of Painting," for five years.

Barnside Blooms: Located south of campus, Barnside Blooms offers people a picturesque rural haven where they can create their own flower bouquet from a vast field of flowers, plan an event in the Party Barn or purchase some honey made right on the property.

World's largest ball of paint: About a 30-minute drive south of Muncie lives the world's largest ball of paint, housed in a custom-built barn structure on an industrial hook. Each visiting group has the opportunity to pick their paint color and coat the ball themselves, as well as sign the walls surrounding the ball. Call 765-724-4088 to schedule a time to paint or just visit.

Prairie Creek Reservoir: Located just southeast of Muncie, Prairie Creek Reservoir provides a multitude of activities for visitors, including swimming, fishing, hiking and camping. It also hosts horseback riding trails and several community events, such as concerts, festivals and triathlons.

Muncie Children's Museum: A must-visit for families with young children, this museum offers numerous exhibits and activities that will entertain and inform kids. Some specific exhibits include Discovery Park, the Ant Wall and the Veterinarian Office.

Muncie Visitors Bureau: For those who wish to truly discover everything Muncie has to offer, the Muncie Visitors Bureau in downtown Muncie is packed with itineraries and other information that will provide visitors with all the knowledge they could ever need. It also sells souvenirs and T-shirts.

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