Boston is a foodie destination – and the suburbs are no exception. But, while Boston may be known for seasonal classics like clam chowder and lobster rolls, their countless homemade ice cream shops are at the top of our must-try list. From Allston to Weston, there’s no shortage of incredible ice cream in the Boston ‘burbs. If you’re touring towns this weekend, be sure and stop by one (or more!) of these local faves.
Arlington, Allston, Brighton:
The Scoop N Scootery delivers a unique ice cream experience. Their very creative menu is impressive and ideal for when you’re craving something a bit out of the ordinary.
Bedford Farms is a go-to for a traditional ice cream experience. Whether you’re an ice cream purist and crave the classics or want to try a fun flavor you won’t find anywhere else, this is your place.
Belmont, Lexington, Newton:
Rancatore’s Ice Cream is all about being unique – in both their flavors and their service. This popular shop offers one-of-a-kind blends (we’re looking at you, Goat Cheese & Honey) that draw locals and visitors. Bonus: while the menu changes frequently, they always have a few vegan flavors ready to scoop.
Cambridge, Hudson, Sudbury:
New City Microcreamery is leading the local small-batch ice cream trend in the greater Boston area. Their deliciously curated and produced flavors are as fun as they are complex. Perfect example? Their Cambridge location recently served up a limited-edition “Midnight in Boston” flavor packed with cinnamon, honey, orange zest, fennel, waffle cone clusters, and chocolate-covered pistachios, with a cannoli cream swirl. In a word…YUM.
Carlisle, Lancaster, and Westford:
Kimball Farm is another go-to for locals and visitors. Serving 50+ flavors daily at each of its locations, Kimball Farm is more than an ice cream shop, it’s an experience. Check the website to see what’s happening at the various locations. Pro tip: the Westford location offers tons of activities including restaurants, mini golf, batting cages, driving ranges, bumper boats, pony rides, a zipline, arcade, and more.
Hanover, Hingham, Scituate:
At Nona’s Homemade, quality ingredients combine to create incredible flavors. Check out their always-rotating menu of to-go pints, fresh ice cream, cakes, and more, Having a party or get-together? Book Nona’s party truck for hand-scooped cups and cones for you and your guests.
Harvard Square, Waltham:
Lizzy’s Ice Cream offers fresh ice cream daily, blended from locally-sourced ingredients. Here, you’ll find countless options for everyone including sherbert, vegan , no sugar added, and, even, an “adults-only” menu featuring Bailey’s and rum-spiked scoops. Be sure and check out their ice cream cakes and signature sundaes while you’re paying a visit.
NORTH/NORTHWEST OF BOSTON
West Side Creamery takes a modern spin on traditional ice cream, offering a wide range of big, bold flavors, all made in small batches. Swing by for classic flavors (including plenty of vegan options) as well as twists on your faves – this summer, the seasonal menu includes Salted Oreo, among other must-tries.
Manchester by the Sea:
Charming and nostalgic, Captain Dusty’s Ice Cream is a seaside staple. Their creamy creations serve as the perfect ending to a sunny beach day. But this shop isn’t just a summertime must. Captain Dusty’s is open year-round and a popular go-to during the town’s Holiday Stroll and Skate, Sip & Shop events.
For those who appreciate the classics, Terry’s Old Fashion Ice Cream offers delicious traditional flavors. From homemade ice cream to soft serve, sorbet, smoothies, yogurt, and more, there are countless options for everyone at this popular shop. They also have a Terry’s truck, available for private events.
Erikson’s Ice Cream is the ultimate throwback. Open for nearly 90 years, this family-run shop serves up dozens of homemade flavors daily, plus limited-time and seasonal specialties (we love the Salted Caramel Chocolate Pretzel – if you’re a salty-and-sweet fan, give it a shot!). Erikson’s also serves sherbert, vegan flavors, frozen yogurt, and no sugar added scoops.
Mad Maggie’s offers an ever-changing array of flavors made fresh daily. Their rich, creamy concoctions are full of imaginative flavor combinations that change with the seasons – think Kahlua Brownie Fudge, Brown Sugar Oatmeal, Lemon Nerds, and Candy Store Floor, among other must-tries.
Stop by Cal’s Creamery for a cone, cup, or sundae. Their classic menu includes a few twists on tradition. Their Crazy Cow flavor – Oreo ice cream with cookie dough and fudge brownie – is a must if you’re passing through.
A local favorite, Cravings at Colonial Spa serves up classic flavors alongside innovative combinations. While you’re here, sample a sundae – their Mochaccino Extremo, Super Turtle, and Milk Chocolate Heaven are second to none. Also off the charts? Their frappe menu.
West of Boston
Mad Willie’s has become a suburban icon for its diverse and constantly-changing selection of flavors, all made fresh in-house. Snag some amazing flavors of ice cream, Italian ice, milkshakes, and smoothies – but don’t wait. While Mad Willie’s is open till 9pm daily, they do run out of popular flavors. If you’ve got your eye on a special scoop, be sure and get there early.
T.C. Scoops offers up homemade ice cream in a family-friendly environment. A common meeting spot for local events including Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts get-togethers, fundraisers, parties, and more, T.C. Scoops offers classics and fun twists on iconic treats.
Trombetta’s Farm is more than just an ice cream spot — it’s a popular destination for all ages. Along with a variety of homemade ice creams, they offer mini-golf, special events, and a gardening shop onsite. Grab a scoop and stay awhile, or get a sundae kit to-go and enjoy Trombetta’s at home.
Volante Farms has been serving the community since 1917. Their ice cream stand, featuring locally made Crescent Ridge ice cream, is just one part of this sprawling local farm and market. After grabbing your favorite flavor (or two), check out the pick-your-own calendar or stroll through the greenhouse and see what’s in season.
Cabot’s Ice Cream is a local institution, a 1960s-style ice cream parlor that has been serving up homemade ice cream and classic American fare for over 50 years. Ice cream sodas, banana frappes, fresh baked cookies, and, of course, dozens of amazing flavors are hallmarks of this local hotspot.
Visit Sunshine Farm for fresh, farm-made ice cream served in a low-key country setting. A perfect place to unwind and enjoy a sweet treat, Sunshine Farm is also home to pick-your-own orchards and the local CSA.
Truly’s offers a variety of ice cream and frozen yogurt flavors that can be enjoyed in a cone or cup, or even in one of their famous sundaes. In addition to their core menu, Truly’s also offers a daily special and rotating seasonal options. This summer’s menu includes Milky Way, Cotton Candy, Campfire S’mores, and Maine Blueberry Pie.
At Uhlmans Ice Cream, tradition meets creativity. This family-owned parlor has been serving homemade ice cream since 1967. Their menu includes an impressive array of flavors to satisfy both classic ice cream lovers and those with a more adventurous palate. Check out the Green Tea or Purple Cow if you’re looking for something truly unique.
Dairy Joy is a well-known Weston tradition. This seasonal drive-in joint has been delighting customers with its top-notch soft serve and hard ice cream since 1961. Don’t miss their lobster rolls if you’re in the mood for something savory.
South/Southwest of Boston
Nestled in the heart of Dedham, Ron’s serves up an incredible variety of ice cream and ice cream-related treats, including their famous Gob’s, a must-try dessert featuring cookies and ice cream.
A trip to Farfar’s is like stepping back in time. This Danish-inspired ice cream parlor offers a delightful array of flavors, all made on-site using the finest ingredients. Check out their Danish Sweet Cream or Butter Crunch ice cream, or this summer’s specialty flavor, Blueberry Cheesecake.
For a truly farm-to-cone experience, head to Hornstra Dairy Bar. Here, ice cream is made from the milk produced by the farm’s own dairy cows, resulting in exceptionally creamy and fresh flavors. But that’s not all that makes Hornstra’s special. Here, you can snag everything from prepared meals to fresh cheese, yogurt, and bread, to farm favorites including fresh churned butter, raw honey, and bacon.
Famous for their extensive menu and generous servings, Frozen Freddies is a must-visit ice cream spot in Quincy. With both classic and unique flavors, there’s something for everyone here. Check out their summer specials, including Orange Cream, Blueberry Pomegranate, Peach, and Strawberry Cheesecake.
At Crescent Ridge Dairy Bar, you can enjoy premium, award-winning ice cream. It’s been a beloved local institution since 1968 and was even recognized by Food & Wine and People magazines as one of the top 10 ice cream places in the U.S.
For over 60 years, Bubbling Brook has been a summer destination for ice cream lovers. Its scenic location, complete with a babbling brook, picnic tables, and a menu of homemade ice cream flavors, makes it a must-visit for any ice cream enthusiast. This local fave was recently ranked among the best ice cream stands in New England.
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