Best Ice Cream in New England
July may be National Ice Cream month, but we like to celebrate all season long with a cone or cup of one of the most famous desserts in the world. Whether you prefer vanilla or chocolate, hard or soft serve, jimmies or sprinkles, these ice cream places in Massachusetts are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Best Ice Cream in Amesbury
Hodgie’s Ice Cream
71 Haverhill Road, Amesbury
Since 1984, Hodgie’s has been serving more than 40 flavors of award-winning ice cream, sherbet, soft serve and frozen yogurt. It also serves burgers, hot dogs and other snack foods at its Amesbury location.
Best Ice Cream in Attleboro
Bliss Bros. Dairy
711 Park St., Attleboro
Take a trip to the 1920s with the Bliss Brothers! The old-time ice cream and restaurant whisks you back in time in a fun diner setting with an extensive menu.
Best Ice Cream in Bridgewater
600 Pleasant St., Bridgewater
A family-owned farm, Hanson specializes in all kinds of farm goods, including fresh corn, eggs, milk and honey. Its ice cream stand also offers the famous Monster Cookie Sundae. Be sure to try it!
Best Ice Cream in Cambridge
1255 Cambridge St., Cambridge
With positive reviews from The Boston Globe, Boston Magazine, Boston Herald and more, Christina’s is an appealing spot for culinary foodies. Located in Boston’s Inman Square, it has more than 50 homemade flavors of ice cream and sorbet, including seasonal and special flavors.
Best Ice Cream in Centerville
360 South Main St., Centerville
With a plethora of awards and accolades, Four Seas is a must-visit on your next Cape Cod trip. In business since 1934, it’s open year-round and offers ice cream, sandwiches and snack foods.
Best Ice Cream in Danvers
Cherry Farm Creamery
210 Conant St., Danvers
Cherry Farm has been family owned and operated since 1976, and it’s open year-round. Stop in for ice cream, soft serve, frozen yogurt, sorbet or select an ice cream cake. Cherry Farm also hosts birthday parties and other events.
Best Ice Cream in Dorchester
The Ice Creamsmith
2295 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester (Lower Mills)
Taking a day trip to Boston? While you’re there, check out this Dorchester staple. The Ice Creamsmith has a regular line-up of flavors plus monthly special flavors. They also serve specialty beverages, sundaes, ice cream cakes and cupcakes.
Best Ice Cream in Dracut
204 New Boston Road, Dracut
This 100-year-old dairy farm with a home base in Dracut has been keeping busy since opening its doors in 1901. Shaw Farm’s products can also be found in supermarkets across New England. The farm store offers ice cream, yogurt, milk and meat, and hosts birthday parties and events.
Best Ice Cream in Duxbury
Farfar’s Danish Ice Cream Shop
272 St. George St., Duxbury
Named after Walter Simonsen, who was known as “Farfar” (“father’s father” in Danish) and is one of the creators of frozen yogurt, Farfar’s flavors are directly inspired by the man who inspired his community of Duxbury with his ice cream creations. Farfar’s makes all of its ice cream on site.
Best Ice Cream in Essex
DownRiver Ice Cream
241 John Wise Ave., Essex
DownRiver Ice Cream is quickly becoming a local sensation and it’s not hard to see why! With homemade ice cream in a picturesque setting, DownRiver might just win you over. With plenty of flavors to choose from, it’s well worth a visit.
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Best Ice Cream in Hadley
Flayvors of Cook Farm
129 S. Maple St., Hadley
A trip to Cook Farm will lead you to some great-tasting homemade ice cream and dairy products. Flayvors of Cook Farm opened in 1998 as a fun way to support the vitality of the farm, and has since earned quite a following for its products. Stop by for a sandwich and then choose from more than 20 flavors of ice cream.
Best Ice Cream in Mattapoisett
98 County Road (Route 6), Mattapoisett
Looking for a taste of New England? Oxford Creamery has it! Selections include ice cream, fish and chips, burgers, hot dogs and just about any kind of seafood you crave.
Best Ice Cream in Medway
100 Main St., Medway
T.C. Scoops offers a wide variety of ice cream, including hard ice cream, sorbet, Italian ice, sherbet, frozen yogurt and no-sugar-added ice cream. In addition to all this are sundaes, ice cream cakes, frappes, smoothies and chocolate-dipped bananas.
Best Ice Cream in Middleton
Richardson’s Ice Cream
156 South Main St., Middleton
With humble dairy farm beginnings, Richardson’s continues to serve its loyal New England customers fresh homemade ice cream. You’ll have a hard time making up your mind which of the more than 20 flavors to pick! If you can’t visit the Middleton location, there’s a kiosk at Jordan’s Furniture in Reading.
Best Ice Cream in Millis
Black Cow Ice Cream
1397 Main St., Millis
Featured as a “hidden jewel” by the Phantom Gourmet, Black Cow lives up to its reputation, offering more than 200 flavors of homemade ice cream. Have you ever wanted to try apple pie or red velvet ice cream? Check out Black Cow.
Best Ice Cream in Natick
Park Street Ice Cream Shoppe
14 Park St., Natick
Conveniently located at Natick’s town common, Park Street is the place to go if you’re looking for more than ice cream. This shop and cafe offers sandwiches, snack foods and coffee drinks as well as ice cream.
Best Ice Cream in Newton
J.P. Licks- Newton Centre
46 Langley Road, Newton
J.P. Licks has been steadily rising in popularity over the years with multiple locations in Boston and surrounding areas. J.P. Licks has won the hearts of many die-hard ice cream fans. Offering unique flavors, as well as soft serve, ice cream cakes and a variety of drinks, J.P. Licks makes sure you won’t leave unimpressed.
Best Ice Cream in North Andover
1025 Osgood St., North Andover
Known for creamy, delicious ice cream, Mad Maggie’s takes it up a notch by offering unique and unusual flavors, such as Pumpkin Gingersnap and Kahlua Fudge Oreo. Gelato, ice cream cakes and wedding cake creations are other offerings.
Best Ice Cream in Stoughton
354 Washington St., Stoughton
Daddy’s Dairy has 200 flavors of soft serve and 80 flavors of ice cream. (No, that’s not a typo!) And with more than 60 different topping choices, you’re guaranteed to never have the same combination!
Best Ice Cream in Tewksbury
Mac’s Dairy Farm
1863 Main St., Tewksbury
Serving Richardson’s ice cream, Mac’s Dairy Farm is a no-hassle, quick and easy way to get your sweet fix during the summer months. With generous portions, you’re sure to leave feeling full and satisfied.
Best Ice Cream in Tyngsboro
Sullivan Farms Home Made Ice Cream
176 Middlesex Road, Tyngsboro
Sullivan Farms makes all their own ice cream right on site and has been voted as having one of the best frappes in New England! On top of more than 30 flavors, they also have seasonal flavors at different times of the year.
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Best Ice Cream in Waltham
Lizzy’s Ice Cream
367 Moody St., Waltham
Lizzy’s is known around the Boston area for its famous Sundae Parties! Whether you want Lizzy’s to bring everything and take care of everything for you or you want to do it yourself, any kind of request can be accommodated. You can have your party in-store or grab a to-go container that’s full of sundae materials for five people.
Best Ice Cream in Westborough
Uhlman’s Ice Cream
234 E. Main St., Westborough
This seasonal ice cream stand will surely “wow” you and your family! Family owned and operated, it’s been open since 1967 and offers more than 60 ice cream flavors. Uhlman’s has soft serve, sherbet, yogurts and a wide variety of beverages, including lime rickeys and floats.
Best Ice Cream in West Boxford
Benson’s Homemade Ice Cream
181 Washington St., West Boxford
Open seven days a week in the summer, Benson’s Ice Cream is a no-frills stand with a simple yet delicious experience for those who just want a cup or a cone of homemade ice cream, sherbet or frozen yogurt.
Best Ice Cream in Westford
400 Littleton Road, Westford
If you’re looking to turn an ice cream trip into a day-long excursion, try Kimball Farm! Besides offering more than 50 flavors of ice cream, this establishment has mini-golf, go-karts, bumper boats and more! With multiple locations across Massachusetts and New Hampshire, Kimball makes sure your family won’t be disappointed.
Best Ice Cream in Weston
331 North Ave, Weston
If you think seafood and ice cream is a great combination, try Dairy Joy, which proudly serves ice cream, fresh seafood, burgers and snacks at its Weston location. It’s open seven days a week.
Best Ice Cream in Westwood
1652 High St., Westwood
The lines at Bubbling Brook may get long, but the ice cream is worth the wait. Offering both hard and soft serve, Bubbling Brook is one of the most popular ice cream spots in the Westwood area. Be wise of the time – the Brook closes at 9:30 p.m.
Best Ice Cream in Whitman
60 Bedford St., Whitman
Offering homemade ice cream and unique sundaes, Peaceful Meadows is open year-round and caters to all kinds of people. If you don’t want to eat your sundae there, Peaceful Meadows sells “sundae paks,” sending you home with everything you need to make your own creative sundae.
Mabel Sterritt is a Boston Parents Paper intern.