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Merrillville Tourism and Sightseeing
The greater Merrillville area is home to The Indiana Dunes -- featuring 15 miles of Lake Michigan coastline and 120-foot sand dunes in the Portage and Chesterton areas. Visitors to the dunes often come into Chesterton and Valparaiso for great dining and shopping. And with great hotels and bed & breakfast inns located near the beach and in the quaint towns, Indiana Dunes Country is a great place to enjoy a vacation and then take day trips to Chicago or Amish country.  Skip to Best Places to Stay. Best Time to Visit. View Map.


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Brauer Museum of Art
Brauer Museum of Art Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Merrillville, IN
Museum in Valparaiso, IN USA
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Wander through seven galleries filled with selections from the museum's permanent collection of more than 3,000 paintings, photographs, sculptures and more. The museum owns the largest known collection of works by Junius R. Sloan, a Hudson River School painter who lived and worked in the Midwest, and also owns a fantastic array of world religious art and Midwestern regional art from 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.


Memorial Opera House
Memorial Opera House Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Merrillville, IN
Theatre in Valparaiso, IN USA
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At the Memorial Opera House, the performance begins as soon as you enter. The building's old-school charm(like the stained-glass windows) is married to top-notch modern amenities(like a brand-new sound system).

Taltree Arboretum Railway Garden
Taltree Arboretum Railway Garden Top Attraction!
Botanical Garden in Valparaiso, IN USA
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It's a 2.5-acre model railway garden that engages visitors in the amazing story of America's railroad. The railway lines include: Canyon, Mining, Mountain, Prairie, Steam Passenger, Steel Mills and the South Shore Line.There's even a 1920s-style railroad depot with vintage-style benches, panoramic views of the garden and a gift shop.

West Beach
West Beach Top Attraction!
Recreation in Portage, IN USA
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A bathhouse, a huge swatch of sand and a stationed lifeguard make this beach one of the most popular spots for enjoying Lake Michigan. If you are looking for inland fun, strike out from the beach and hike the Dune Succession Trail- it includes a boardwalk and 250 stairs to a spectacular overlook of the lake. The beach also has covered picnic shelters and grills.

Brown Mansion
Brown Mansion Top Attraction! things to do on a rainy day in Merrillville, IN
Museum in Chesterton, IN USA

A 16-room Victorian mansion, built in 1885 as the home of a wealthy area family, has been restored and now holds a living history of the Indiana Dunes and the surrounding area from the Ice Age to the present.


Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve
Coffee Creek Watershed Preserve Top Attraction!
Concert in Chesterton, IN USA

The landscape of this beautiful 151-acre preserve includes a mix of a restored prairie, creek, wetlands and woodlands, as well as a 5-mile trail system, education programs and a summer concert series

Indiana Dunes State Park
Indiana Dunes State Park Top Attraction!
Scenic in Chesterton, IN USA

Welcome to more than 2,000 acres of beach, marshes, swamps , forests and dunes. Hike to the top of Mount Tom, a sand dune that towers 192 feet above Lake Michigan. Hike diverse and wildlife-rich habitats. You'll also find camping, picnicking, showers, a snack bar, a camp store and in the summer, a gift shop and a swimming beach with lifeguards.

Zao Island
Zao Island Top Attraction!
Golf in Valparaiso, IN USA

It's an adventure for grown-ups and kids alike Two miniature golf course, go-carts, bumper cars, game room, batting cages, a giant slidethere's even an on-site pizzeria if you get hungry or just need a break from the action.

Chesterton's European Market
Chesterton's European Market
Shopping in Chesterton, IN USA

Open-air market. Foods, jewelry, art, and more At this open-air market, you'll find artisan breads and pastries, gourmet foods, fresh produce, jewelry, art, clothing, gifts, on-the-go lunches and more. Enjoy live entertainment.


Goodrich Portage 16 + IMAX
Goodrich Portage 16 + IMAX things to do on a rainy day in Merrillville, IN
Imax Theatre in Portage, IN USA


Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
National Park in Porter, IN USA

National Park Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, authorized by Congress in 1966, is located approximately 50 miles southeast of Chicago, Illinois in the counties of Lake, Porter, and LaPorte in Northwest Indiana.

An Evening With Patti Labelle
An Evening With Patti Labelle things to do on a rainy day in Merrillville, IN
Aug 18, 2017 (Friday) Concert event in Hammond, IN USA

An Evening With Patti Labelle August 18, 2017 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN 8:00PM

Anthony Hamilton at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Anthony Hamilton at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino things to do on a rainy day in Merrillville, IN
Jun 02, 2017 (Friday) Concert event in Hammond, IN USA

Anthony Hamilton June 02, 2017 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN 8:00PM

Dennis DeYoung at Star Plaza Theatre
Dennis DeYoung at Star Plaza Theatre things to do on a rainy day in Merrillville, IN
Feb 17, 2018 (Saturday) Concert event in Merrillville, IN USA

Dennis DeYoung February 17, 2018 at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, IN 8:00PM

Diana Ross at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Diana Ross at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino things to do on a rainy day in Merrillville, IN
Jul 15, 2017 (Saturday) Concert event in Hammond, IN USA

Diana Ross July 15, 2017 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN 8:00PM

Gabriel Iglesias: Fluffy Mania
Gabriel Iglesias: Fluffy Mania things to do on a rainy day in Merrillville, IN
Jul 07, 2017 (Friday) Theater event in Hammond, IN USA

Gabriel Iglesias: Fluffy Mania July 07, 2017 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN 8:00PM

Isley Brothers at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino
Isley Brothers at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino things to do on a rainy day in Merrillville, IN
Aug 04, 2017 (Friday) Concert event in Hammond, IN USA

Isley Brothers August 04, 2017 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN 8:00PM

Killer Queen at Star Plaza Theatre
Killer Queen at Star Plaza Theatre things to do on a rainy day in Merrillville, IN
Jul 14, 2017 (Friday) Concert event in Merrillville, IN USA

Killer Queen July 14, 2017 at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, IN 8:00PM

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
Maze featuring Frankie Beverly things to do on a rainy day in Merrillville, IN
Father's Day Weekend, Jun 16, 2017 (Friday) Concert event in Hammond, IN USA

Maze featuring Frankie Beverly June 16, 2017 at The Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN 8:00PM

Mother's Day Celebration at Star Plaza Theatre
Mother's Day Celebration at Star Plaza Theatre things to do on a rainy day in Merrillville, IN
Memorial Day Weekend, May 12, 2017 (Friday) Concert event in Merrillville, IN USA

Mother's Day Celebration May 12, 2017 at Star Plaza Theatre in Merrillville, IN 8:00PM

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Best Places to Stay in Merrillville


Comfort Inn Schererville
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From $71 / night.


Non Smoking Rooms.
Fairfield Inn & Suites By Marriott Valparaiso
Guest Score:
From $85 / night.


Swimming Pool, Free Internet, Non Smoking Rooms, Restaurant, Free Breakfast.
Holiday Inn Express Portage
Guest Score:
From $85 / night.


Non Smoking Rooms, Free Breakfast.
Residence Inn Merrillville
Guest Score:
From $114 / night.


Swimming Pool, Free Internet, Non Smoking Rooms, Restaurant.
Super 8 Portage
Guest Score:
From $54 / night.


Free Breakfast.

Best Time to Visit Merrillville


The best time to visit Merrillville, Indiana is in the summer and fall. Summer temperatures are mild with averages in the upper 60's and highs in the low 80's. Nights are cool with lows in the upper 50's. Fall temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the mid 50's. Fall nights are cold with lows in the mid 30's.

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Monthly Temperatures in Merrillville


Month Low Avg High
January 13.9 22.2 30.4
February 17.7 26.4 35.1
March 28.0 37.3 46.6
April 37.5 47.6 57.6
May 47.8 58.8 69.8
June 57.5 68.7 79.8
July 63.0 73.5 83.9
August 61.3 71.3 81.3
September 53.5 64.6 75.6
October 42.0 52.9 63.8
November 30.8 39.4 48.0
December 20.4 28.1 35.7

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