As if you needed another reason to escape the rising temperatures AND  treat your taste buds this July, it’s National Ice Cream Month! Officially designated in 1984 by President Ronald Reagan (so yes, this is a real thing), Ice Cream Month celebrates the cold and creamy. It couldn’t get any more perfect, now could it?

Whether you prefer classic chocolate cones or Sea Salt Caramel Latte Sundaes, we’ve pinned down the perfect spots to cool off and eat your heart out. Here’s the scoop on seven of the finest cold spots in the country!

1.) Ample Hills Creamery
Brooklyn, New York

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Oliver Hoffmann/Shutterstock

With three separate locations in Brooklyn, Ample Hills Creamery is where locals go for some of the best dairy delights in the borough. Boasting fun flavors like Salted Crack Caramel, Ooey Gooey Butter Cake, and Peppermint Pattie, this hip Brooklyn creamery caters to the kid in all of us. Got a pack of little ones? Give ‘em a break from Breyers and treat them to Ample Hills’ ethically-sourced, handcrafted ice cream.

Summer Tip: Head over to the Brooklyn Bridge Park location, where you can stroll along the waterfront with your cone.

2.) Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

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DUSAN ZIDAR/Shutterstock

To locals, Annabelle’s Natural Ice Cream is nothing short of a New England gem. Situated beside the stunning Portsmouth waterfront, the cozy shop prides itself on using only the richest, creamiest natural ingredients. Ice cream fanatics across New England flock to the creamery to experience a bevy of flavors, including Annabelle’s signature item, Mint Summer Night’s Dream, a luscious, mint chocolate ice cream laden with dark and white chocolate chunks. Other tempting delights in the 30-flavor lineup include Cashew Caramel Cluster and Swiss Chocolate Avalanche. Are your taste buds tingling in delight yet?

Summer Tip: The ice cream will cool you down, but Portsmouth’s Prescott Park will take your breath away. End your day with a quiet stroll through lush gardens and water trickling down fountains.

3.) Amy’s Ice Cream
Austin, Texas



We can’t argue with options. Amy’s Ice Cream built its reputation on offering 300 rotating flavors, including Mexican Vanilla, After Dinner Mint, Chai Tea, and many more. Adults can even indulge in a scoop (or two!) of happy hour ice cream, because in our book, that’s totally a thing! Flavors like Amaretto Peach and Cherry Berry Margarita are expertly blended with a touch of alcohol. We’ll toast to that!

Summer Tip: Barton Springs pool over in South Austin is the place to be when the summer heat strikes and it provides ample entertainment for the kids.

4.) Hoffman’s Ice Cream
Spring Lake Heights, New Jersey

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Marie C Fields/Shutterstock

New Jersey residents scream for Hoffman’s Ice Cream, which has come a long way since its humble beginning as a Carvel Ice Cream store back in 1955. Today, the Hoffman’s franchise is a big name in New Jersey – and with good reason.  In addition to an extensive menu of ice cream flavors like Caramel Nut Cluster, Cherry Vanilla, Coconut Joy, and Strawberry Bon-Bon, this little shop also offers novelties like Reese’s and Oreo pies, ice cream saucers, and Dixie cups.

Summer Tip: The nearby Washington Ave. beach is calm and clean, making it a relaxing way to complete your day.

5.) Bi-Rite Creamery
San Francisco, California

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Subbotina Anna/Shutterstock

In the Golden Gate City, ice cream is a big deal. Over in San Francisco’s Mission District, Bi-Rite Creamery employees skillfully craft everything by hand. From the actual ice cream to everything in it – like the brownies and marshmallows – this San Fran creamery doesn’t believe in cutting corners. Its signature flavor is the sweet-and-tangy Salted Caramel ice cream, but Roasted Banana and Honey Lavender are just as decadently delightful. Flavors change every 24 hours, so a return visit is worthwhile if you’re in town for several days.

Summer Tip: There are no shortage of attractions in this great city! Nature lovers of all ages can head over to Golden Gate Park to celebrate California’s vibrant greens.

6.) Creole Creamery
New Orleans, Louisiana

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DUSAN ZIDAR/Shutterstock

New Orleans does food well, and this includes ice cream. Creole Creamery has been a respite for patrons hoping to escape the Louisiana heat.  And while its hot-pink interior is charmingly old school, its long list of flavors is cool – literally. From a Velvety Creole Cream Cheese to a tangy lemon-lime, this tiny creamery packs on the unique taste.

Summer Tip: The New Orleans City Park is surrounded by thousands of oak trees, providing ample shade from those scorching rays!

7.) A Better Scoop
Englewood, Florida

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Marian Weyo/Shutterstock

Ice cream is the best way to beat the scorching Florida heat! The comforting scent of homemade waffle cones wafts through this mom-and-pop shop in the beachfront community of Englewood. With flavors like Orange Pineapple, Cookies & Cream, Toasted Coconut, and Chocolate Fantasia, any ice cream connoisseur would be hard-pressed to pick just one.

Summer Tip: Rated among Englewood’s top attractions, the Stump Pass Beach State Park is THE place to go for crystal-clear waters, glowing sands, and sprawling nature trails.

Now that these seven ice cream spots are on your radar, we want to hear from YOU. Tell us: Have you added any of these creameries to your bucket list? Or do you have any of your own favorite shops to add to our list? Tell us in the comments below!

PS – Go out and treat yourself. You deserve it!


One Response

  1. Jeff liner

    The creamery of Monore La. Is great ice cream shop…check it out..


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