|Miss A in 2014 enjoying a hot fudge sundae |
at Birdsall's in Mason City
|A "small" Black Raspberry cone |
from the Viking Drive-Inn in Ventura
|Going on a tour at New Day Dairy in 2022|
Twiins Shoppe in Eagle Grove offers the best of both worlds at their ice cream shoppe and restaurant. They have both hard and soft serve ice cream. My children love getting a "Rainbow Swirl" soft serve cone with several flavors in it. I recommend the Monster Cooker Chiller!
|If you eat at a giant ice cream cone, |
you've got to take your photo in front of it!
Sky Kone in Ackley - 2017 Iowa Ice Cream Road Trip
4 Queens, Cedar Falls, Waterloo and Waverly
A staple and favorite in the Cedar Valley, 4 Queens has a few locations and offers delicious ice cream at each spot. I recommend getting the Scotcheroo Snowstorm!
|I had fun being allowed behind the soda fountain bar|
at the Wilton Candy Kitchen in Wilton on the
2019 Iowa Ice Cream Road Trip
Take a short detour off I-80 to the town of Wilton and stop in at the oldest on-going confectionery ice cream parlor in the WORLD, the Wilton Candy Kitchen. Under new ownership in 2016, Lynn Ochiltree has done a great job of carrying on the legacy and charm. Lynn was even the one who served us when we visited. I couldn't resist a classic hot fudge sundae on our stop.
South Shore Sweet Spot, Clear Lake
The South Shore Sweet Spot is hard to miss on South Shore Drive in Clear Lake. This seasonal ice cream stand is in a shape of a giant ice cream cone and is big on portions too.
Whitey's Ice Cream, Quad Cities
Whitey's is an ice cream chain based in the Quad Cities with several locations and has been a local favorite since the 1930s. Whitey's is known for their extra thick shakes and malts, which can be held upside down due to their invention of a high-powered malt machine. They also claim to be the first ice cream company to use cookie dough as an ingredient so I had to have some when we visited!
|Miss L at the Bristow Ice Cream Shack, located next to |
the town's Splash Pad on the 2020 Iowa Ice Cream Road Trip
The Bristow Ice Cream Shack serve soft serve ice cream treats seasonally in the small town of Bristow's Memorial Park next to their Splash Pad. This is a great place to cool off in the summer! Grab a homemade hot fudge sundae or their popular Black Raspberry shake!
Dan & Debbie's Creamery, Ely
Grab some farm-fresh ice cream when you visit Dan & Debbie's Creamery in Ely. Our favorite flavors on our visit were their Swiss Chocolate Chip, Cookies & Cream and top seller Salted Caramel. A neat fact about Dan & Debbie's is that all of their ice cream and other dairy products available at their creamery are all made with milk directly from their family's farm!
WW Homestead Dairy, Waukon
WW Homestead Dairy may be known for their cheese curds, but their ice cream is just as delicious, high-quality and fresh! Their homemade hard ice cream is silky and rich.
|We couldn't resist taking a picture with "Anna"|
on the side of WW Homestead Dairy on the 2020 Road Trip
Sweet Treats is a popular seasonal ice cream stand located on the east side of the town of Jewell where they make all of their homemade ice cream on site. They are open every night in the summer from 6-9 p.m. so perfect for that after supper treat!
Casa Chameleon is a seasonal restaurant in Belmond ice cream and pizza! Each ice cream dish is individually made by taking vanilla soft serve ice cream, blending in any one of their 45 flavors and then served to the customer. It is really neat to watch them make!
Located near the town square and the Mahanay Carillon Bell Tower, Twiins Shoppe is a seasonal ice cream shop that serve both soft serve and hard ice cream. We loved the murals and outdoor seating area. It all added up to a great experience!
|Grab a seat and enjoy hard or soft serve ice cream at the|
Twiins Shoppe in Jefferson (2021 Road Trip)
Check out the creative and unique menu at Arty's! They not only make amazing ice cream creations, they also are known for their delicious burgers. Be sure to try their "special" ice cream of the day when you visit; you'll love their fun combination of flavors.
Iowa State University Creamery, Ames
Every Scoop for ISU! Located on the second floor of the Food Sciences Building, the Iowa State Creamery is a fun place for Cyclones and others to enjoy a fresh, hard scoop of ice cream or two. We loved their creative and creamy ice cream, developed by students!
Located in Downtown Clear Lake, at Charlie's Soda Fountain you can get everything from classic soda fountain drinks like Green Rivers and different Phosphate flavors, to creamy soft serve ice cream treats. Try the classic Mud Sundae when you visit!
|Enjoying sweet treats at Mill Creek Concession |
on the 2022 Iowa Ice Cream Road Trip
This seasonal ice cream and concessions stand is located in Mill Creek State Park and is a great place for visitors, campers, hikers and swimmers. They off soft serve cones, sundaes, shakes, malts, floats, whips and storms!
This Okoboji landmark has been serving ice cream treats since 1945! Go for the traditional Nutty Bar, which is a block of vanilla ice cream on a stick, dipped in chocolate and then rolled in chopped peanuts, sprinkles or whatever their "limited edition" flavor is. They also serve ice cream by the scoop and Root Beer Floats!
The Olde Creamery has quickly become one of our local favorites. They make a variety of hard, homemade ice cream flavors at the Garner location to supply all three locations. Be sure to try the signature flavors at each location, especially Mason City's River City Cheesecake!
Located in Downtown Madrid, this seasonal ice cream shop offers both hard and soft serve ice cream. They have lots of outdoor seating available for everyone who drives, walks or bikes to get their sweet treat!
|Enjoying The Frozen Parrot popsicles in 2023|
This fun new cool treats shop in the Okoboji area is a must try on your next trip to the lake. Choose between milk or water based popsicles and customize by dipping, topping and/or drizzling on top! The milk based popsicles have an ice cream texture and have great flavor.
Located in the Historic Queens Court of Arnolds Park, this coffeeshop scoops up delicious, creamy and rich hard ice cream. They carry a variety of unique flavors that can be served in a cup or cone!S
This casual restaurant may be know for their Bob Dogs and Tavern sandwiches, but our family encourages you to try their shakes or malts! Bob's serves a variety of soft serve ice cream treats and their shakes a perfect way to cool off on a hot day at the lake.
So where to next? What Iowa Ice Cream Shops do you recommend our family visits next year on our Iowa Ice Cream Road Trip?