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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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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.

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

It's an adventure for grown-ups and kids alike.

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.

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.

49er Drive-In Theatre
49er Drive-In Theatre Top Attraction!
Drive-In Movie in Valparaiso, IN USA
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Enjoy all the neat-o aspects of a 1950s drive-in merged with modern-day convenience.

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.

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.

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

Open-air market. Foods, jewelry, art, and more.


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Places to stay

Best Places to Stay in Merrillville

Candlewood Suites Merrillville
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From $98 / night.

Extended Stay America Merrillville - Us Rte. 30
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From $85 / night.

Non Smoking Rooms.
Hilton Garden Inn Chesterton
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From $93 / night.

Swimming Pool, Free Internet, Non Smoking Rooms.
Quality Inn Chesterton
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From $80 / night.

Residence Inn Merrillville
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From $140 / night.

Swimming Pool, Free Internet, Non Smoking Rooms, 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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