Stay with Us to See Merrillville’s Best Attractions
With easy access to Lake Michigan’s beaches, downtown Chicago’s landmarks and a variety of area universities, our Merrillville hotel is ideal for vacations to the central Midwest. Hike the trails at Taltree Arboretum & Gardens or sample the treats at the Albanese Candy Factory, both within four miles of the Country Inn & Suites. Shoppers love how close our accommodations are to Southlake Mall, and arts aficionados don’t want to miss the contemporary works at the Brauer Museum of Art. Looking to beat the heat? Take a family trip to Deep River Waterpark.
Arts and Culture
- Brauer Museum of Art (15.8 miles)
Filled with the creations of 19th- and 20th-century artists like Ed Paschke, Georgia O'Keeffe, Dale Chihuly and Ansel Adams, this museum at Valparaiso University is great for family outings.
Phone: +1 (219) 464-5365
- Indiana Ballet Theatre (1.2 miles)
If you appreciate the classics, don’t miss a show by Indiana Ballet Theatre, a 36-year-old dance company that’s dedicated to full-length historical productions.
Phone: +1 (219) 755-4444
- Star Plaza Theatre (1.6 miles)
Catch a live performance at the Star Plaza Theatre, widely known for its 3,400-seat auditorium where there truly isn’t a bad seat in the house.
Phone: +1 (219) 769-6311
Outdoors and Recreation
- Deep River Waterpark (5.2 miles)
Chill in the laid-back BAYOU River Ride, zip down one of the tube slides or engage in water wars during the summer. The park converts to an ice skating rink in the winter.
Phone: +1 (219) 947-7850
- Taltree Arboretum & Gardens (8.7 miles)
Hike along the four-mile trail, go bird-watching, marvel at what’s blooming in the Railway Garden or simply enjoy a family picnic at this expansive outdoor facility.
Phone: +1 (219) 462-0025
- Turkey Creek Golf Club (4 miles)
Throw your clubs in the trunk and head over to Turkey Creek, where you can play an 18-hole game on a classic course with hilly, tree-lined fairways.
Phone: +1 (219) 980-5170
- Albanese Candy Factory Outlet (3 miles)
Albanese is a U.S.-based confectionary that focuses on flavor and texture but “never takes itself too seriously.” Take a behind-the-scenes tour to see how the sweets are made, and then stock up on chocolate-covered Michigan cherries to munch while you’re on the road.
Phone: +1 (219) 947-3070
- Southlake Mall (1 mile)
Find great deals at stores like Macy’s, JCPenney and H&M. You can have dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings or another great restaurant before seeing the latest blockbuster at the AMC theater.
Phone: +1 (219) 738-2260
Nearby Colleges and Universities