The Best Things To Do In Chelsea, MI

Located just a short distance west of Ann Arbor via Interstate 94 is a charming small town called Chelsea. It is best recognized by its iconic clock tower that graces its downtown. With two posts in a row, I discussed the walking tour that you can take in order to check out the many historic buildings found within Chelsea.

So, if you are interested into doing the walking tour, you may want to read up on the first and second parts of my two-post series on the walking tour. Here in this post, I am going to cover the best when it comes to things to do in Chelsea, MI.

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Chelsea Historical Museum

The Chelsea Historical Museum is located on Jackson Street just south of the railroad tracks in downtown Chelsea. It is housed inside one of the oldest houses built in town. The house was built in 1853 by wagon maker Mial M. Boyd. The small museum explores the rich history of Chelsea.

Each of the rooms at the museum contain a wealth of photos, artifacts and information that deal with key individuals, events, companies, and buildings that shaped Chelsea’s heritage. There are knowledgable hosts who will guide you along as you explore the small museum. The admission to the museum is free for everybody.

Chelsea Milling Company

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Chelsea is recognized for being the home to the Chelsea Milling Company. It is located on the west side of Main Street just north of the railroad tracks. This is where the iconic Jiffy Mix line of baking products are produced before being shipped all over the world. Mabel Holmes introduced the JIFFY brand in 1930 with her biscuit mix.

You will easily recognize the building by its towering silos and the JIFFY lettering. The company offers a free tour of the plant that lasts for one hour. During your tour, you will learn about the history of the company and its JIFFY brand and get to visit the factory floor in order to witness first-hand the process for producing the Jiffy Mix baking mix products.

Also, during your time on the tour, you will be treated to a product sample as well as refreshments. The company’s tour hosts will be guiding you during your time there. Reservations are required for the tour. So, you can visit here to find out how to make a reservation for it.

Purple Rose Theatre

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The Purple Rose Theatre is located on Park Street east of Main Street in downtown Chelsea. The theatre is so called because of its purple hue. It was established in 1991 by acclaimed actor, Jeff Daniels, who is a native of Chelsea. The theatre has an authentic 1930’s theatre decor beautified with features like the marbled glass chandelier in the lobby and the art deco doors and ticket booth.

The theatre contains just 168 seats with each one of them being under twenty feet from the stage. That allows for an intimate and up-close theatre experience. The theatre focuses on plays that feature performers from the Midwest region of the United States. A few of the plays that have previously featured at the theatre include Diva Royale, All My Sons, Welcome to Paradise, and Roadsigns.

Arctic Coliseum Ice Arena

If you love to go skating, especially on ice, the good news is that there is a place in town for you to do that. It is called the Arctic Coliseum Ice Arena. It is located on Coliseum Drive near Interstate 94 in Chelsea. This fun-filled establishment is home to two NHL-sized rinks for you to skate on. Other skating options that are available there include drop in hockey, open ice skating, and figure skating.

Also, if you have never skated before, but want to learn how to do so, there are lessons that you can take with a professional hockey instructor both on and off the ice. In addition to all the skating options, there is also a section for arcades, a pro shop, and an onsite restaurant and bar called Arctic Breakaway.

The Chelsea TreeHouse

If you happen to be in Chelsea with young children in tow, the best place in town for you to go to is called The Chelsea TreeHouse. It is located on South Main Street between downtown and Interstate 94. This establishment has won accolades for being one of the best places for kids in the Detroit as voted by parents via a few publications including Nickelodeon,, and Ann Arbor Family.

It features a large 9,000 square foot indoor playground featuring a huge climbing and playing structure, five slides, a baby and toddler area, swinging bridges, basketball hoops, and a huge tree house. So, there is a lot for the children to do there. It is also an ideal location for hosting birthday parties for them.

The price of admission to the establishment is $10 for kids aged from 1 to 15. It is free for those who are aged under 1 as well as adults who are accompanied by a child. An onsite dining area and store are also available at the establishment.

These places represent the best in things to do in Chelsea, MI. If you would like to take in some of the lovely Michigan scenery, Chelsea is partially surrounded by two state recreational areas. You can learn more about them by going here.

The Hotel

If you are in need of a place to stay overnight at during your time in Chelsea, I have got you covered here. Here is a hotel I would suggest for you.

Baymont by Wyndham Chelsea

This hotel is located on Main Street just north of Interstate 94. It is only a short distance from downtown Chelsea. There is free breakfast available at the hotel. Should you get hungry, a few nearby restaurants include Arctic Breakaway Restaurant & Bar, Thompson’s Pizzeria, and Uptown Coney Island. The hotel includes an indoor heated swimming pool and fitness center.

All of the rooms and suites at the hotel come with WiFi, coffee makers, microwaves, and mini refrigerators. The average rate for a standard room range from $88 to $160. You can visit here to explore your booking options and/or check out some photos.

What are your thoughts? Have you visited Chelsea before? Feel free to leave a comment below.

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