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12 Things to do in Chelsea – Explore Waterloo Recreation Area

Each week, for 12 weeks, we will write about something fun to do in Chelsea, Michigan.  Located just 15 minutes west of Ann Arbor, Chelsea has a vibrant downtown, with a mix of retail, galleries and restaurants.

1.   See a Live Performance at the Purple Rose Theatre Company
2.   Visit the Chelsea Center for the Arts
3.   Spend a Day Playing at the Chelsea TreeHouse
4.   Take a Tour of the Chelsea Teddy Bear Company
5.   Dine at The Common Grill
6.   Tour the Jiffy Mix Factory

#7. Explore Waterloo Recreation Area

With over 20,000 acres, Waterloo Recreation Area is the largest park in the lower peninsula.


Waterloo Recreation Area features two modern campgrounds, a rustic campground, an equestrian campground, a swimming beach, several picnic sites, 11 excellent fishing lakes, 8 boat launches, 12 miles of nature trails, 47 miles of hiking trails, 3 rustic cabins, and numerous equestrian trails.

The Waterloo Recreation Area is also home to the Gerald E. Eddy Discovery Center. The Discovery Center introduces visitors to the fascinating world of geology as well as the diverse natural habitats that are found within Waterloo’s 20,000 acres.


For more information or a map, visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resource’s website.


What is your favorite thing to do at Waterloo Recreation Area?


Photo Credits: Michigan Department of Natural Resources


Megan Crosbie

Megan Crosbie

As Marketing Coordinator for the Charles Reinhart Company, Megan Crosbie is primarily responsible for their online presence, including the social media strategy, website and blog.

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