Philips Lake is a 55-foot-deep scuba diving quarry filled with artifacts, sponges, and intriguing underwater wildlife. It is located in Muncie, Indiana, under 70 miles from Indianapolis.
The quarry is 11 minutes from IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital and an hour and a half from Indiana International Airport. There is an ALDI within 10 minutes.
As a part of the Phillips Lake Outdoor Center, divers must pay a meager entrance fee. The outdoor center offers multiple options including daily, three-day, annual, and three-month packages.
Leaird’s Underwater Service Store is 10 minutes away and offers scuba lessons at the outdoor center. They also sell and rent scuba equipment.
For an out-of-water experience, eager nature lovers can take the Rainbow Hiking Trail around the outdoor center. Don’t forget to look for the seven rainbow-colored rocks, however! If you find them all (and get a picture with them), the outdoor center will award you with a Rainbow Rock Challenge Sticker!
For a more challenging trek, hikers and bikers can take on the Cardinal Greenway, one of the longest recreational trails in Indiana, which spans 62 miles from Marion to Richmond. The trail was constructed over the remains of old railroads from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Hungry Muncie residents can enjoy the city's glorious dining venues such as Amazing Joe's, a highly rated American restaurant that serves burgers, fish, barbeque, and more. Foodies can also check out Vera Mae’s Bistro for a more formal dining experience.
Downtown Muncie has a thriving bar scene inclusive of many breweries and pubs such as 625 Taphouse, Elm Street Brewing Co., and the Fickle Peach.
Muncie is also home to Minnetrista, a 40-acre museum and cultural center that any art-lover will enjoy! The facility includes exhibits for visitors of all ages and walks of life set right on the White River Greenway.
Whether you’re a devout diver, nature junkie, or art enthusiast, look for homes around Phillips Lake. You just might get to call one your own!