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Attractions Around Ann Arbor


Chelsea is approximately 10 miles west of Ann Arbor. Drive west on I-94 and take Exit 159 north into town.

Chelsea Area Historical Society Museum

open 7 days a week, the museum is in the heart of Chelsea's famous clock tower complex in the Gourmet Chocolate Cafe. Exhibits include area memorabilia, model trains, photos, and more.

Chelsea Teddy Bear Factory

400 N. Main Street, Chelsea
(734) 433-5499

At the finest toy museum in the U. S., learn about the history of teddy bears and how they are made. Free public tours are on Saturdays at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm. Retail store is open Monday-Saturday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday noon to 5:00 pm.

Chelsea Milling Company

201 W. North Street, Chelsea
(734) 475-1361

Visit the home of world famous Jiffy Mix baking products and take a tour that includes a slide show, walk through the plant, and product testing. Tours are scheduled between the hours of 9:00 am and 1:30 pm, Monday through Friday, excluding national holidays. A tour lasts about one and a half hours. Reservations required. Children under 6 are not permitted to tour the plant for safety reasons.

Common Grill

112 S. Main Street, Chelsea
(734) 475-0470

Upscale American bistro restaurant offering a full menu and carry out. Within walking distance of all of the Chelsea attractions.

Purple Rose Theatre

137 Park Street, Chelsea
(734) 433-7673

will be presenting Wake by Carey Crim, a World Premiere comedy during the AAPT meeting. The Purple Rose Theatre Company is a leading American theater founded by Jeff Daniels and dedicated to producing the New American Play and creating opportunities for Midwest theatre professionals.


Home of Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti is less than 10 miles east of Ann Arbor on I-94.

Materials Unlimited

2 W. Michigan Avenue, Ypsilanti
(734) 483-6980

Originally a demolition company, Materials Unlimited has evolved into a full service facility, restoring antique furniture, architectural appointments, and lighting for use in new settings. In addition to their web site, Materials Unlimited maintains a 15,000 square foot, brick-and-mortar store in downtown Ypsilanti open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Rolling Hills Water Park

7660 Stony Creek Road, Ypsilanti
(734) 484-9676

features water slides, zero-depth wave pool and leisure pool, lazy river ride, spraygrounds, tot water play, tot sand play, sun deck, and complete concession. Fee for auto entering county park and each person over 3 feet tall entering the water park.

Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Collection and Miller Motors Hudson

100 E. Cross Street, Ypsilanti
(734) 482-5200

Learn about the role Ypsilanti and its pioneers played in the history of the automobile. See vehicles of bygone eras, study signs and records of early area auto dealers, and solve the mystery of the world's most notorious highway map.


From the central campus, take State Street south to I-94. Go east on I-94 to the Southfield Freeway (M-39). Take the Southfield Freeway north to Dearborn to reach the following attractions:

Arab American National Museum

13624 Michigan Ave
Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 582-2266

first museum in the world devoted to Arab American history and culture, it illuminates the shared experiences of immigrants and ethnic groups, paying tribute to the diversity of our nation.

Automotive Hall of Fame

21400 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
(313) 240-4000

features the lives and achievements of over 200 automotive greats chronicled in stories, artifacts, and exhibits. Open 9 am to 5 pm.

Henry Ford Estate (on the University of Michigan-Dearborn campus)

4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128
(313) 593-5590

Built during the First World War, the Fair Lane mansion was the final home of Henry and Clara Ford. Tours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm Closed on Monday.

Middle Eastern bakeries and restaurants

Warren Avenue between Schaefer Road and Wyoming Avenue
A chance to try some delicious Middle Eastern cuisine.

The Henry Ford

20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn
(313) 982-6001

includes the Henry Ford Museum, Greenfield Village, Ford Rouge Factory Tour, and Michigan's largest IMAX theatre. See website for hours at different venues.


From the main campus, you can reach Detroit by taking State Street south to I-94 and follow I-94 east to Detroit. From the north campus, take Plymouth Road east to M-23, go north one exit to M-14, follow M-14 east until it becomes M-96 and continue east until you arrive in Detroit.

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History

315 East Warren Ave., Detroit, MI

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Some photos courtesy Ann Arbor Area CVB and Prof. Jens Zorn