Summer is right around the corner. Temperatures are rising, beach vacations are being planned, and, if you ask us, that means one thing — ice cream season is beginning. And while this tasty treat is delicious 365 days a year, there’s something supremely satisfying about digging into a frosty cone on a hot day.
But ask any ice cream aficionado, and they’ll tell you that not all frozen treats are created equal. So to keep your sweet tooth satisfied, we’ve rounded up the best ice cream spots by state. Whether you’re just passing through, or live nearby, these are destinations worth stopping by whenever you’re in town. Find the top picks, according to Yelp ratings, just ahead.
While Cookie Fix is technically a cookie spot, they do one thing incredibly well — ice cream sandwiches. Mix and match your favorite cookie and ice cream flavor for your ultimate confection.
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Folks go crazy over Wild Scoop’s Baked Alaska — ice cream with a scorched marshmallow on top. Yum!
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This little spot has unique flavors aplenty, like snickerdoodle with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and bright blue Cookie Monster ice cream.
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Yelp users love Loblolly Creamery for its natural, handmade ice cream and milkshakes. Try the sampler, which allows you to test eight different flavors, if you can’t choose just one.
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Although Salt & Straw has a few locations around California, its Abbot Kinney location in Los Angeles almost always has a line wrapped around the block. That’s commitment to confection!
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If you’re not a fan of a typical cake or waffle cone, try one of Sweet Cow’s pretzel cones. It adds a salty surprise to your typical sweet treat.
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Timothy’s Ice Cream has been around for 20 years. For a classic cone, opt for the Dutch Chocolate.
The ice cream sold at Dairy Creamery Market is actually made from the cows that roam on the farm of the University of Delaware’s Campus!
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Creative flavors and homemade cones make the Greenery Creamery a must-visit when you’re in Orlando.
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Two words: Ricotta gelato. Yeah, we know. Make sure to stop by Voga Italian Gelato for unique treats.
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Uncle Clay’s House Of Pure Aloha offers up ice cream and shaved ice, which you can mix and match for a frosty and unique treat.
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The main draw of The STIL seems to be the boozy ice cream the staff whips up. But for those on the wagon, there are non-alcoholic options, too.
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Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams gets major props in Chicago, where people love their salted peanut butter ice cream with chocolate flakes.
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Turkish coffee, blue vanilla, and strawberry cheesecake are just a few flavors that folks go crazy for at Sundae’s Ice Cream & Coffee.
We don’t know about you, but red velvet Oreo ice cream sounds like heaven on earth to us. Thank you Black Cat Ice Cream!
While the ice cream at Churn & Burn is a classic, folks love the sorbet for its fresh, light flavors. Give it a go!
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Steel City Pops’ all-natural, gluten-free ice pops are gourmet and delicious.
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Can you say macaron ice cream sandwiches? Instagram gold!
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Ice cream shops are all over Portland, but customers love The Gelato Fiasco for its unique flavors, like nutterfluffer, which is a peanut butter marshmallow confection.
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Don’t let the name Waffle confuse you — this isn’t a breakfast joint! These waffle ice cream creations were made for epic Instagram photos.
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Folks drive from all over to taste these delicious, classic cones at the Ice Cream Barn.
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Calder Bros. Dairy is on a functioning dairy farm, so you can meet the cows whose milk created your treat.
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The ice cream flavors at Milkjam Creamery are named after influential women, which we obviously love.
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Love an ice cream pop? The unique flavors at Deep South Pops will make your head spin.
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Bold, unique flavors, like horchata and chile cream, make Betty Rae’s Ice Cream a go-to whenever you’re in Kansas City.
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Big Dipper Ice Cream celebrates Taco Tuesday, where you can get one of its famous sundaes in a homemade waffle taco. Yum!
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Unique flavors, like saffron and roasted white chocolate, make Coneflower Creamery a top spot in Nebraska.
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Not only are the flavors at Gelato di Milano delicious and creamy, but they’re simply stunning to look at, too.
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The Inside Scoop does the classic cone like no other.
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Cliff’s Homemade Ice Cream is perfect for soft serve lovers who like to pile confections high on their cones.