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An ever-growing city, Chelsea, AL is a top spot for families to settle down and those just looking to get outdoors for some fun. Boasting “It’s All About Family”, you will feel right at home!

Chelsea, AL

Back in the mid-1800s, the Chelsea area was originally known as Melrose. But in 1908, things changed when the railroad came through. Since there was already another place called Melrose on the route, they decided to give this area a new name – “Chelsea.”

Fast forward to March 1, 1996, and Chelsea officially became a city. At that time, it had less than 1,000 residents, but they were determined to keep that close-knit community feel alive.

Since then, Chelsea has seen impressive growth. Every year, more than two hundred homes pop up, making it one of Alabama’s fastest-growing cities. It’s pretty amazing how it’s flourished!

Family Fun

You won’t believe all the family attractions and activities the City of Chelsea has to offer. 

First up is the Chelsea Community Center. A renovation in 2023 created two gyms for basketball and volleyball and racquetball courts.  A membership is required to use the facilities, but not required to attend a program. The Chelsea Community Center hosts multiple youth sports camps. Families can look forward to the Summer Movies series, too. 

The Melrose Park Splash Pad is the best place to let the kids cool off on hot summer days. Opening day is around the end of April and closing is around late September so there is plenty of time to enjoy this space. 

For the outdoor or hunting enthusiasts, check out Archery Park. It is a designated and safe place to shoot bow and arrow. Targets are placed at different ranges so you can get some practice in before bow season. There is also an area to shoot from raised platforms and a tournament range. Archery Park also offers classes from late February to October.

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Annual Events

What everyone in Chelsea looks forward to the most is the annual ChelseaFest and the Big KaBoom — Chelsea’s epic annual 4th of July celebration! It’s one of the biggest events in the city. From music to food trucks and an amazing fireworks show, it is a day full of fun. This festival happens on the last Saturday before the 4th of July every year.

On the third Saturday in December, the Chelsea Christmas Parade is held. This is an event that is anticipated and enjoyed by all. There are amateur floats, a few professional floats, and an “official” Santa closing out the parade. 

Fire At The Foothills is a BBQ cook-off (and dessert cook-off, too) held in April. This spring fundraiser benefits the Kiwanis Club and Chelsea Fire & Rescue. There is live entertainment, a kids play area, and plenty of BBQ to sample!  

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Get Outdoors

Aside from the parks, there is so much to do outside in Chelsea. One popular outdoor sport is hunting. The state of Alabama is covered in timberlands making it a hunting destination. Hunters are required to get a license and only hunt approved game during the appropriate seasons. Deer and turkey hunting is the most popular in the area.

Oak Mountain State Park is close by with only about a 30 minute drive to the park entrance. There you can hike, bike, camp, swim, and even ride horses. The park also has an 18-hole golf course for those interested in hitting the green. There is so much more, you might just have to discover for yourself!

Food & Drink

You know it must be good if the locals love it. Cat-n-Bird Winery offers outdoor seating and live Music. It is a great place to grab a seat and a glass. The wine is delicious, too!

Station 31 Kitchen is another place that is loved. The menu consists of American food and the burgers are delicious. This casual eatery is perfect for a family meal or a lunch spot.

Good Ole Boys BBQ is a barbeque joint located in the heart of Chelsea, AL. Serving up the best pulled pork for miles, visitors might be surprised because it’s located inside the Marathon gas station. If you are passing through Chelsea, or you just want a quick bite to eat, Good Ole Boy’s BBQ is the place to go.

Another great spot to try out is Joseph’s Table. This Mediterranean bistro and bar was Pita Hut. Same owner, different name, different menu, same delicious taste. The restaurant offers a family-oriented and simplistic atmosphere with five-star service.

Check Out Chelsea, AL

If you’re looking for a place that’s constantly evolving and full of opportunities, Chelsea is the spot for you. Take a drive down Double Oak Mountain, and as soon as you arrive, you’ll feel that refreshing breath of fresh air. The City of Chelsea is waiting to welcome you with open arms. 

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