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Ice Cream Stands in Boston, New England, and Beyond

Everyone in the Boston area who likes ice cream knows about ice cream stands and parlors such as Ben and Jerry's, Kimball Farm, Richardson's, and JP Licks. But you may not know about some of New England's best ice cream stands that are off the beaten track. While there are literally hundreds of great ice cream stands in New England, below you will find the cream of the crop, so to speak! (Note: This Boston and New England ice cream stands page is part of our restaurant features section.)


Ice Cream Stands North of Boston
Captain Dusty's
Docksider Restaurant
The Ice House
Kell's Kreme
Louie's
Soc's
Ice Cream Stands West of Boston
Bedford Farms
Bubbling Brook Restaurant
Dairy Joy
Erikson's
Great Brook Farm
Johnson's Drive-In
Park Street Ice Cream Shoppe
Ice Cream Stands South of Boston
Cool Licks Creamery
Dairy Barn
Four Seas Ice Cream
Hallet's Store
Heidi's Hollow
Ice Creamsmith
Kate's Seafood
Oxford Creamery
Peaceful Meadows Ice Cream
Ice Cream Stands Outside of New England
Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard
Mountain Mist
Northern Lights Ice Cream

ICE CREAM STANDS IN NEW ENGLAND

Ice Cream Stands North of Boston

Captain Dusty's
642 Hale Street (Route 127), Beverly Farms, MA 01915
(978) 921-5311

A simple, old-fashioned ice cream stand complete with garish buzzing lights, Captain Dusty's is the perfect stop on the way back from the beaches of Manchester-by-the-Sea or Gloucester. Located near Pride's Crossing in beautiful Beverly Farms, Captain Dusty's is about the only game in town on this quiet stretch of Route 127.
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Docksider Restaurant
14 Sea Street, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662
(207) 276-3965

Want spectacular ice cream in a spectacular setting? The Docksider Restaurant, in the shadows of the mountains of Acadia National Park, is a great place to enjoy an ice cream on a picnic bench while enjoying the clean Maine air. Oh, and the clams and lobster at the Docksider aren't bad, either.
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The Ice House
112 Wentworth Road, Rye, NH 03870
(603) 431-3086

Tucked away between the charming towns of New Castle and Rye, The Ice House is a classic ice cream stand that is so close enough to the ocean that you can feel the salt from the waves. The Ice House also has great food and snacks. This is simply a great place to relax after enjoying the nearby beaches or wandering around nearby Portsmouth.
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Kell's Kreme
437 Revere Beach Boulevard, Revere, MA 02151
(781) 289-2892
Perhaps not the best soft serve ice cream in the Boston area, but very good nonetheless, and you can't beat the views from the Revere Beach location of Kell's Kreme. Plus, you can hit Kelly's Roast Beef beforehand (or afterwards!), since it is within walking distance of Kell's.
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Louie's
193 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145
Louie's is an old-fashioned, no-frills ice cream stand near the intersection of Routes 28 and 93 in East Somerville. The place is very plain (even a bit dingy), but the ice cream (especially the grape nut) is fantastic. The soft serve is excellent, too; it is thicker than most, and has a hearty flavor.
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Soc's
67 Lynn Fells Parkway, Saugus, MA 01906
(781) 233-0009

Soc's is an old-fashioned ice cream stand located on the Lynn Fells Parkway near the Melrose border. Their homemade ice cream is terrific; flavors include ginger, peanut butter cup , and cherry chocolate chip. Soc's also has soft serve ice cream for those looking for a healthier choice.
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Ice Cream Stands West of Boston

Bedford Farms
18 North Road, Bedford, MA 01730
(781) 275-6501

Some say that Bedford Farms has better ice cream than nearby Kimball Farm in Carlisle. This writer will let you decide for yourself, but it is no exaggeration to say that Bedford Farms has some of the best ice cream in the Boston area.
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Bubbling Brook Restaurant
1652 High Street (Route 109), Westwood, MA 02090
(781) 762-9860

Bubbling Brook has excellent sandwiches and seafood, but the ice cream is the thing here. Lounging on the picnic tables next to Bubbling Brook while enjoying an ice cream cone on a Sunday afternoon is always a memorable experience here.
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Dairy Joy
331 North Ave, Weston, MA 02493
(781) 894-7144

Dairy Joy is a total shock to people who first discover it; a truly old-fashioned ice cream stand in a town known more for its million-dollar homes and famous residents. The Dairy Joy has it all, from old picnic tables to humming fluorescent lights to greasy hot dogs and hamburgers...and ice cream, of course.
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Erikson's Ice Cream
12 Great Road (Route 117), Maynard, MA 01754
Erikson's is a great place to go on the way back from apple picking, since its Maynard location is a bit of a gateway to the orchards just west of here. If the ginger ice cream is available, get it; there is nothing quite like it, and it's worth a special trip to Erikson's just for this yummy flavor.
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Great Brook Farm
984 Lowell Road, Carlisle, MA 01741
(978) 369-6312

Yes, there is another ice cream stand in Carlisle; and while the ice cream stand at Great Brook Farm State Park may not quite reach the greatness of Kimball Farm, the scenery around here is simply beautiful. The petting zoo is a lot of fun, too.
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Johnson's Drive-In
164 Boston Road, Groton, MA 01471
(978) 448-6840

Johnson's has a bit of everything; outstanding steak and cheese sandwiches, excellent burgers, tasty root beer floats and other drinks, and a lot of other items. The ice cream at this little family restaurant is particularly good, though (especially the raspberry ice cream).
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Park Street Ice Cream Shoppe
14 Park Street, Natick, MA 01760
(508) 655-8113

Located at the far end of the common in the center of Natick, Park Street Ice Cream is a real hidden gem, as its location is easy to overlook and it is a really tiny spot. The homemade ice cream at Park Street is outstanding and there are just enough tables inside to allow you to enjoy your ice cream even if the weather is bad.
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Ice Cream Stands South of Boston

Cool Licks Creamery
1808 Smith Street, North Providence, RI 02911
(401) 353-2615

Cool Licks is a simple little ice cream stand in a close-knit, old-fashioned community. No frills here, just delicious ice cream, including many flavors of soft serve. This is a fun place to come after a Pawtucket Red Sox game or a day out in Providence.
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Dairy Barn
892 N Main Street, Randolph, MA 02368
(617) 986-4456

The Dairy Barn in Randolph is easy to drive by, and it never seems to be crowded. But what ice cream they have here. From Richardson's brand ice cream to excellent soft serve to chocolate-coated ice cream bars, The Dairy Barn is well worth going to, especially since you don't have to wait 45 minutes to get an ice cream.
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Four Seas Ice Cream
360 South Main Street, Centerville, MA 02632
(508) 775-1394

Ok, Four Seas may not be hidden to those who live on Cape Cod, but for the rest of us, it is not all that well-known, which is a shame. The ice cream here is some of the best on the Cape. This is one of the oldest ice cream stands in New England (and the oldest on the Cape). Try the cantaloupe ice cream if they have it!
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Hallet's Store and Soda Fountain
139 Main Street (Route 6A), Yarmouth Port, MA 02675
(508) 362-3362

Hidden on the "quiet" side of Cape Cod, Hallet's Store is a throwback to the days of soda fountains and leisurely Sunday drives with the family to get some tasty ice cream. Hallet's started out as a drug store, and still has a soda fountain (as well as a museum upstairs).
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Heidi's Hollow
165 Liberty Street (Route 58), Hanson, MA 02341
(781) 294-0131

Would you like a side of antiques with your ice cream? Perhaps a gift or two? You can have it all at this charming little ice cream stand just north of the center of Hanson. Inside the place is a small room where folks can sit, and in the back is an area full of gifts and antiques. There is also an ordering window and benches outside if you just feel like sticking to ice cream.
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The Ice Creamsmith
2295 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester (Lower Mills), MA 02124
(617) 296-8567

Situated in one of Boston's most charming neighborhoods, The Ice Creamsmith is one of Boston's hidden treasures. The ice cream is homemade at this little store in the center of the Lower Mills section of Dorchester, and the place itself is just up the road from the Neponset River Greenway bike path, making it a perfect stop for outdoors lovers who also have a hankering for ice cream.
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Kate's Seafood
285 Paines Creek Road, Brewster, MA 02631
(508) 896-9517

Kate's Seafood is a resounding favorite of locals who live along or near Route 6A in Brewster, Dennis, and Yarmouth. This pleasant little ice cream stand and seafood shack has shaded picnic tables where people can enjoy clams, hot dogs, hamburgers, and some of the best ice cream on the bay side of Cape Cod. Flavors such as lighthouse mint and heavenly hash are sure to please ice cream lovers here.
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Oxford Creamery
98 County Road (Route 6), Mattapoisett, MA 02739
(508) 758-3847

Oxford Creamery is yet another classic, old-fashioned ice cream stand that is a great take on a hot summer night. What separates this Mattapoisett gem from other ice cream stands is the fact that the ice cream is some of the best in Southern Massachusetts.
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Peaceful Meadows Ice Cream
114 and 170 Water Street, Plymouth, MA 02360
(508) 746-2362

A pair of great ice cream stores midway between Cape Cod and the Greater Boston area, Peaceful Meadows is a treat, with some truly terrific ice cream. Peaceful Meadows has been around for a long time, but not many people know about it outside of Plymouth.
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Ice Cream Stands Outside of New England

Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard
288 Goose Street, Fly Creek, NY 13337
1-800-505-6455

The Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard is so much more than just an ice cream stand. This water-powered cider mill in the hills above Cooperstown has a restaurant, a bakery, a food shop, a petting zoo, and, yes, an ice cream stand. A popular spot with families, the Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard is a must-see place if you are in the Cooperstown area.
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Mountain Mist
260 Lake Flower Avenue, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
One of the best things about Mountain Mist is its location on beautiful Lake Flower, just outside of Saranac Lake. For anyone who has been to the Adirondacks, you know the allure of a custard stand on a pristine mountain lake. Mountain Mist is quite simply a place that will bring you back to a more innocent age. There is also a second Mountain Mist in the place of the old Custard, Mustard 'N Brew in Lake Placid.
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Northern Lights Ice Cream
Route 28, Inlet, NY 13360
(315) 357-6294

One of several great ice cream places in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, Northern Lights Ice Cream is a simple, old-fashioned ice cream stand in the little village of Inlet. During the summer, people can be seen getting ice cream cones at Northern Lights and bringing them over to the beautiful waterfront park in the center of town.
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