Stay close to Deep River Waterpark and other things to do in Merrillville

With easy access to Lake Michigan's beaches, downtown Chicago landmarks, and a host of four-year universities, the Country Inn & Suites in Merrillville is ideally positioned for trips to the central Midwest. Things to do in Merrillville include hiking the trails at Gabis Arboretum or sampling the sweet treats at Albanese Candy Factory, both within four miles of the hotel. Close enough to walk to, Southlake Mall has 160 stores, including Macy’s and H&M, plus a selection of restaurants and quick-service eateries for take-out. For art lovers, the 19th- and 20th-century masterworks at the Brauer Museum of Art are a must-see, and for family fun, cool off at Deep River Waterpark in the summer and skate on the ice rink in the winter.

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Albanese Candy Factory and Outlet Store

2.72 mi / 4.38 km from the hotel
Albanese is a U.S.-based confectionery 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.

Indiana Wesleyan University

108.61 mi / 174.8 km from the hotel
The largest private university in Indiana, IWU’s 300-acre campus houses the Phillippe Performing Arts Center, a 1,200-seat cultural center and concert venue renowned for its architectural design.

Brauer Museum of Art

14.62 mi / 23.53 km from the hotel
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.

Deep River Waterpark

4.88 mi / 7.85 km from the hotel
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.

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest

9.07 mi / 14.6 km from the hotel
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 300-acre outdoor facility.

Indiana Ballet Theatre

0.71 mi / 1.15 km from the hotel
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.