If you’re a retiree looking for a fun day or weekend getaway in central Indiana, a quick 30 minutes from The Lodge at Summers Pointe in Winchester, Muncie might be the place for you. From biking on the greenway and visiting art museums to checking out local vinyl record stores and enjoying delicious bites, there’s so much to do on a short trip to the area.
Baby Boomers — those born between 1946 and 1964 — are making up a significant percentage of retirees. Much like Muncie, known as “Magic City” and the most scientifically-studied city in America, they’re a unique set of individuals looking to be more active and satisfied in their golden years.
Not only are they living longer, but better and healthier lives. Men who will turn 65 in 2030 will likely live six years longer than men of the same age did in 1970, per the Urban Institute analysis of Social Security Administration data. According to the Urban Institute analysis of the University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study data, those 80 and older reporting fair or poor health decreased from 43 percent in 1998 to 34 percent in 2012.
That means today’s retirees are less Grumpy Old Men and more Grace and Frankie: spry, stylish and ready for adventure.
Many of these Baby Boomers are also working longer, often having part-time jobs to save more for and during their retirement years. They’re looking to spend their lifelong, hard-earned dollars on activities for themselves and their family and friends. Whether they need additional assistance or can manage their day-to-day tasks without much help at all, they crave new experiences in different places.
A day or weekend spent vacationing in Muncie can be a nostalgic experience for retirees. History buffs may remember how sociologist husband and wife team Robert and Helen Lynn came here in the 1920s to do an in-depth study of cultural norms and values. They dubbed the city Middletown to conceal its identity and since it reflected cultural change in America overall. Their work became the basis for how the world saw the U.S. in the 20th century. The recorded daily habits of average citizens established the city as the marker for American social trends.
According to the last census, approximately 70 thousand people live in Muncie. The city was once an industrial town. Currently, it’s in a time of transition, which is bringing opportunities for growth. Since the population is a little larger, people tend to retire outside of Muncie in smaller, more rural communities such as Winchester, and venture into the city for day or weekend trips.
If you’re planning on taking a day-cation or weekend trip to Muncie, there’s no need to look up a travel itinerary on Google! We’ve already got you covered with a quick list of things to do in the area for retirees:
Brunch at The Downtown Farm Stand. Being health-conscious doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste. This stand purchases whole, organic foods from over 40 sustainable producers and receives a variety of food from local farms. They were a self-professed “ingredients store” until they opened the deli restaurant in 2009.
What you should order: The gourmet Italian Balsamic Chicken Breast Sandwich, a hummus plate with warm grilled bread, or an over easy egg with ham on toasted house bread.
The Downtown Farm Stand. 125 E. Main Street, Muncie, IN 47304. 765-288-3775. Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Parking available on Main Street and Mulberry Street.
An Afternoon in Village Green Records. Your old 8-track may be long gone, but vinyl is forever — and eternally hip. The Baby Boomer generation came of age during a time when Elvis was scandalous for swinging his pelvis on The Ed Sullivan Show. Boomers were at the beginning of rock and roll and the careers of Aretha Franklin, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Introduce your children or grandchildren to the music that defined a generation — and your life.
Village Green Records. 519 N. Martin Street, Muncie, IN 47303. 847-346-2199.
A Midday Snack. Who wants a granola bar when you can dig into some delicious nachos? At Casa del Sol, treat yourself to a cheese and chip creation known as the Casa Nachos Fajitas: fresh made tortilla chips with steak, chicken, shrimp, grilled onions, bell peppers, tomatoes and finished with cheese dip. Share a Monster Margarita with your friends, choosing from classic lime, strawberry, banana, peach, raspberry or mango blended and served in a chilled glass.
Casa del Sol. 206 S. Walnut St., Muncie, IN 47305. 765-216-7801.
David Owsley Museum of Art. Known to locals as one of Indiana’s best keep secrets, this art museum (located in the Fine Arts Building at Ball State University) is a must-see on your trip. During your visit, you’ll be able to enjoy an expansive collection of galleries and exhibits that hold hundreds of pieces of art from Europe, Africa, Asia, The Pacific Islands and the Americas.
David Owsley Museum of Art. 2021 W. Riverside Ave., Muncie, IN 47306.
Muncie Civic Theatre. When you drive through downtown Muncie, you’ll be hard-pressed to miss the marquee for the Muncie Civic Theatre – a full season community performing arts theatre. If there happens to be a local performance showing, which there typically is depending on the season, be sure to stop by and see one of their main stage or studio series shows.
Muncie Civic Theatre. 216 E. Main St., Muncie, IN 47305. 765-288-7529 Ext. 2.
Prairie Creek Reservoir Park. Located about five miles southeast from Muncie, south of the White River, this park and reservoir consists of 1,275 acres of water and 750 land acres. Take a walk while the sun sets, watching boats along the shoreline. This is the perfect place to play with the grandkids or hold hands with your sweetheart.
Muncie also has biking, hiking and commuting trails. You can take one of Muncie’s bike friendly routes or explore the Cardinal Greenways, 62 miles of multi-use trail through East Central Indiana from Marion through Muncie to Richmond.
Prairie Creek Reservoir. 300 North High Street. Muncie, IN. 47305. 765-747-4776.
Amazing Joe’s Grill. Cap off your day-cation or weekend trip with more local eats, where the long-standing philosophy is “Whatever your question, the answer is YES!” Say yes to steak and chops or say yes to keeping it light with one of their many salads: Italian, Grilled, Chicken Tender, Blackened, House or Caesar.
Amazing Joe’s Grill. 909 North Wheeling Ave., Muncie, IN 47303. 765-288-9470.
If you’re looking to retire within a quaint assisted living community less than an hour away from Muncie, The Lodge at Summers Pointe may be the perfect option for you. Enjoy the peaceful benefits of small town living just outside of Muncie, while receiving the extra help you need from our caring, supportive staff. For more information about our Muncie assisted living community or to schedule a tour, contact us today.