Chelsea, Michigan is wholesome, a tight knit community comfortable in its cornbread-caked skin. And though it is home to two international stars — “JIFFY” Mix and Jeff Daniels—it remains a town that Frank Capra would be proud of: Homey, sweet and welcoming to newcomers and old friends alike.
Below is a list of Chelsea attractions that consider all tastes and seasons.
1. Chelsea Milling Company
201 W. North Street
Guests can take a tour through the “JIFFY” Mix packaging plant, makers of the world-famous line of baking products.
2. The Common Grill
112 S. Main Street
The Common Grill exemplifies Midwestern taste with a menu of diverse local ingredients.
3. Purple Rose Theatre Company
137 Park Street
Founded by actor and playwright Jeff Daniels, the Purple Rose Theatre Company is a theatre dedicated to featuring Midwestern actors, writers and directors.
4. Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory
400 N. Main Street
Learn how teddy bears are made at this factory and museum.
5. Art galleries
Visit the River Gallery, a fine art gallery committed to showcasing regional and national talent, and the Chelsea Center for the Arts, a community arts center offering visual arts classes and workshops, private lessons and group music instruction, gallery exhibitions and community outreach projects.
6. Waterloo Recreation Area
16345 McClure Road
Waterloo Recreation Area is the largest park in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Located just west of Chelsea, it offers campgrounds, nature trails, swimming beaches, rustic cabins and fishing.
7. Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center
17030 Bush Road
The Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center introduces visitors to the geology and natural habitats that are found within Waterloo Recreation Area.
8. Timber Town
North of downtown Chelsea, just off of Sibley Road
Timber Town is a 12,000 square foot wooden play structure that features a wooden climbing structure, swings, bridges, towers, slides, sandboxes and a climbing wall.
9. Reddeman Farms Golf Club
555 S. Dancer Road
The Club’s rolling fairways and greens offer great views and exciting challenges for all levels of golfers.
10. Chelsea Farmers’ Market
Downtown Chelsea on Park Street
The Chelsea Farmer’s Market is held from 8 a.m. until noon from May through October. Located in downtown Chelsea, the market offers organic produce, handmade crafts, cut flowers, eggs, meat, baked goods, jams and honey, annuals and perennials and specialty items.