Chelsea is a small but thriving city just 15 miles west of Ann Arbor with an abundance of shopping, dining, entertainment, outdoor recreation and local activities. Over the years, Chelsea has evolved into a diverse community, embracing its agricultural heritage, maintaining an active manufacturing base and cultivating a vibrant arts scene.
Part of The Big 400, Chelsea is the gateway to Michigan's largest park in the Lower Peninsula — the beautiful 20,000-acre Waterloo Recreation Area. Here visitors can experience the beauty of Michigan’s unique wilderness, wildlife and geological wonders in this protected area. Nature enthusiasts can hike, ski, or bike miles of trails, spend a sunny afternoon fishing on one of many lakes, or experience the spectacle of the migrating sandhill cranes. Golfers can choose from more than 20 lush golf courses, all within a 20-minute drive. Families can enjoy a picnic and playgrounds and Timbertown, Pierce Park or Veteran’s Park.
Arts and Culture
A commitment to the arts is an essential part of Chelsea’s vitality. Actor Jeff Daniels, an inaugural inductee in the Michigan Walk of Fame, is a founder of The Purple Rose Theatre which showcases the work of nationally known playwrights, as well as the talents of equity-card actors. VEO Art Studio offers art classes for all ages including figure sculpture, drawing, painting, mixed media sewing, beading, creative studio process, and creative expression through meditation. Chelsea’s unique art galleries and boutique stores allow for high-end art browsing and buying.
History and Architecture
The unique and lovely architecture that defines Chelsea is a treasure to be experienced. Streets, buildings, parks and businesses serve as reminders of Chelsea’s long history. Recently honored as a National Register of Historic Places designation, the downtown area abounds with history wherever you turn. Whether you are looking to stroll quaint Victorian neighborhoods, view historical Main Street architecture at its best, or delve deeper into the history of small-town America, Chelsea is all that and more.
Business and Shopping
Chelsea’s thriving shopping district offers both residents and visitors alike the pleasant ambiance of tree-lined streets and cheerful storefronts. Shoppers can stroll down historic Main Street, the home of specialty shops, gift boutiques, markets, restaurants and cafes. Chelsea Milling Company, home of JIFFY Mix, offers free tours to visitors by reservation.