Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce
Where you can come for an hour to stroll the streets and shop the shops. Or come for a day to take in a play, explore the SculptureWalk, and grab a burger. Or even come for a lifetime and be part of this thriving community. However long you stay, we promise that you’ll find Chelsea to be something else.
Chelsea, Michigan is a thriving small city in southeastern Michigan with an abundance of shopping, dining, entertainment, 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 art scene.
Please stop into The Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce office if you are visiting or new to the area, or click here to request a copy of the “Discover Chelsea Visitors Guide.”
Nature and Recreation
The beautiful 25,000-acre Waterloo Recreation Area is literally at Chelsea’s doorstep. You can experience the beauty of Michigan’s unique wilderness, wildlife and geological wonders in this protected area. There 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 Theater which showcases the work of nationally known playwrights, as well as the talents of equity-card actors. Chelsea Center for the Arts welcomes students of all ages to discover and nourish a love of art and music and features a yearly community art project.
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 has all that and more to offer. Historical organizations such as the Chelsea Area Historical Society, Preservation Chelsea, and Chelsea Depot Association are preserving the past to educate generations and guide the future.
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, home of Jiffy Mix, offers tours to visitors as does Chelsea Teddy Bear Company.