The Ultimate Guide To The Best Ice Cream In Maryland (Updated for 2021)
This is the ultimate and most comprehensive guide to the best ice cream in Maryland. With over 110 ice cream shops from every county across the state. You won’t go wrong with this list!
Ice Scream! Everyone goes crazy for ice cream. But if you ask 100 people to give you their favorite ice cream place in Maryland, you will likely get almost 100 answers. Ice cream is very personal. A certain flavor, the friendliness of the staff, the location, particular ingredients. Everyone has a favorite. And honestly, the best ice cream shop tends to be the one closest to your house!
So, I did a TON of research to bring this massive Ultimate Guide to Maryland’s best ice cream. This guide is comprehensive.. it’s organized by county and there are Google Map links to every listing, as well as a link to their best website. That way, no matter where you are in Maryland, you will never be far from a sweet frozen treat!
Three locations including their signature location in the Hampden neighborhood of Baltimore, this Baltimore ice cream shop serves up amazing ice cream with locally sourced products. Some of their signature offerings include a sundae menu, seasonal ice cream flavors, sodas from scratch, hand-spun milkshakes, and floats with the root beer right from the tap!
Another Baltimore favorite, BMore Licks carries at least 30 flavors of homemade ice cream daily. Flavors are rotated seasonally, but the favorites are always available. They also serve a wide variety of seasonal and special flavor cones. Flavors like: Mocha Oreo, S’mores, Honey Almond, and Red Velvet Cake. Wow.
If you have visited the Inner Harbor, you have no doubt seen this fun ice cream shop on the corner near the National Aquarium. The serve two brands of hard packed ice cream- Taharka’s Brothers flavors such as Honey Graham, Salty Caramel, and Key Lime Pie, as well as Jack and Jill flavors such as Cotton Candy, Moosetracks, and Sorbet.
Every batch of gelato and sorbet from this Fell’s Point shop is churched fresh every day.
Taharka Brothers is not just ice cream, it’s a Baltimore institution. You can actually buy Taharka Brothers ice cream at numerous places around the area because they supply many of the other ice cream shops in Maryland. Some of their signature flavors include Honey Graham, Wake and Bake, Caramel Crunch, and Chocolate Love.
Speaking of Taharka Brothers, this ice cream shop near the Cylburn Arboretum serves their ice cream year round! (This is the former location of Uncle Wiggly’s)
A fantastic location in Fell’s Point. Try the blue cotton candy, coconut, or espresso flavors!
One of the stops on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail, this Glen Arm creamery is a must stop for any ice cream lover. The cows that provide the cream for the ice cream are happily munching on grass in the field next to the shop. Bring a picnic and make an afternoon of it!
This little ice cream shop in Arbutus, MD is one of our favorites. It serves Hershey’s Ice Cream, sno-balls, and all kind of mouth watering sundaes. The tables inside have checker boards and pieces so you can play games while you eat your sweet treats!
Located on Liberty Road between Eldersburg and Randallstown, the main attraction is, of course, Hawaiian style snowballs (in Hawaii they are called Shave Ice). These snowballs feature finely shaved ice and many flavors not available at most snoball stands, including sugar free flavors. They also offer Italian Ice, Gelato, soft serve ice cream, 14 flavors of hand dipped ice cream, sundaes, milkshakes, and floats.
The store location is in Essex, but Miss Twist also pops up all over the Baltimore Region via food trucks! They offer, chocolate, vanilla, creamsicle, and twist combinations of any of their soft serve flavors. Plus, gobs and gobs of toppings, the Cart Wheel Ice Cream Sandwich, sundaes, and floats.
This family friendly ice cream shop in Dundalk serves Hershey’s Ice Cream, candy, and other yummy treats!
There are two locations of this ice cream shop- Reisterstown and Westminster. They both have devoted fans! Some of the fan favorites are their vanilla custard, banana splits, and blue raspberry ice.
Opie’s in Catonsville offers soft serve, ice cream cookies with vanilla ice cream, sundaes, shakes, floats, and snowballs with over 35 flavors to choose from! Plus there is a great area for kids to run and play as well.
Babas is part of the amazing Catonsville pizza place, Peace A Pizza. They are owned by the same family and are co-located. Babas serves Hershey’s Ice Cream and you will be super tempted to buy some of their delectable baked goodies while waiting for your scoops. Such a fun place and perfect for families.
Located in Timonium, this ice cream place offers ice cream and many flavors of snoballs. What sets them apart though are their specialty milkshakes and ice cream parfaits. Flavors like the Chocolate Caramel Supreme, Frozen Sunshine Shake, or Berger Cookie Parfait.
This Snowball stand in Middle River offers numerous flavors of quality shaved ice. A great snowball stand with a loyal following.
A great snowball and ice cream stand in Arbutus. They are known for their snowballs and waffle cones. Ask for the Peanut Butter Monster Milkshake. Oh. My. Word. Other awesome creations include the Tropical Sunset and the Red Velvet Sundae (if you are lucky enough to be there when they carry it!).
Anne Arundel County
This Pasadena ice cream institution got more votes for best ice cream ever than pretty much any ice cream shop in Maryland. They offer ice cream, sundaes, malts, banana splits, and ice cream cakes. Customers rave about the fantastic flavor combinations and excellent friendly service. Flavors change daily and include such winners such as Black Bottom Cheese Cake, Cake Batter, Butter Pecan, and Brownie Chip Ice cream Sandwiches, Brooklyn Style Italian Ices, and Rice Krispie Treat Ice cream Sandwiches.
Customers say this Annapolis ice cream shop has the best Butter Pecan ice cream ever. Load up a waffle cone with Mint Chocolate Chip or Fruity Pebble ice cream and walk around downtown Annapolis.
Another great Annapolis ice cream option. The Red Bean has a fun twist (pun intended) on ice cream. You pick a flavor and two mix-in’s, and then they twist it for you. Their ingredients are locally sourced and they make everything daily in house. Some flavor favorites include blackberry green tea, peanut butter oreo, mango rum pineapple, and brownie almond.
The Storm Brothers in Downtown Annapolis was literally destroyed in a storm in 2003. But the support from the community was so overwhelming they were able to partially reopen just 13 days later. That is a good thing because their ice cream is amazing. Some of their unique flavor combinations include Caramel Cookies and Cream, Blue Panda, and Oatmeal Cookie. They offer sundaes, milkshakes, malts, floats, and ice cream flurries.
Another great option for Downtown Annapolis. Kilwin’s has delicious flavors such as Chocolate Peanut Butter, Peppermint, and Rum Raisin.
A fantastic place in Glen Burnie to not only get soft serve ice cream, but famous foot long hot dogs and cheesesteaks! They offer fun seasonal milkshakes like Creamy Pineapple and Irish Cookie (Orea and mint).
A local’ish chain with numerous locations in Maryland, including this one in Glen Burnie. Their ice cream is super yummy and their sundaes are pure decadence. Check out Peanut Butter Cup and Strawberry Shortcake Sundae.
Fans of this soft serve ice cream shop in Shady Side, MD say their soft serve is the best around. Upside down banana splits are also a huge hit!
Housed in a cute little red mini barn, Alex’s Snowcone and Ice Cream is more than just an adorable location. They serve Snowcones including signature flavors such as Fireball and Pina Colada. Also, they offer over 26 flavors of hard and soft ice cream, frozen yogurt, nonfat, and no sugar added flavors.
If you are anywhere near Elkridge or Patapsco State Park Hilton/Avalon area, you MUST make a trip to Cindy’s Soft Serve. This cute little ice cream stand offers the best soft serve, milkshakes, and snowballs.
Scoop & Paddle is new to the Maryland ice cream scene and they have set up shop inside the Clarksville Commons (a super cool restaurant concept you have to check out!). One of the owners used to improve recipes for Dean & Deluca, so you know their ice cream is off the wall delicious. Try one of their signature flavors like Rise Up & Shine Coffee or Cranberry Cobbler. Or indulge in a gourmet ice cream sandwich made with their homemade baked cookies. Chocolate and Mint Chip looks particularly amazing.
The Meadows original frozen custard or frozen yogurt is a family owned chain with a fantastic family recipe that has basically remained unchanged since the ice cream shop opened over 50 years ago. They serve frozen custard, sundaes, arctic swirls, shakes, gelato, smoothies, Italian ice, and other special treats.
A fantastic soft serve ice cream place in Ellicott City, right on Baltimore National Pike. They serve 12 flavors of ice cream and frozen yogurt, along with numerous flavor bursts.
This family-owned hidden gem in Ellicott City has a very loyal following of locals. It really is a blink and you miss it location, tucked between a gas station and a funeral home. They serve amazing sandwiches, but patrons swear their milkshakes are the best in Maryland.
The Charmery just opened up a new location in the Merriweather District of Downtown Columbia!
This diner in Ellicott City has an expanive menu. But their Crazy Milkshakes are off the hook amazing. These are very similar to the King Milkshakes you can get at Hershey Park and they are massive. Flavors include brownie, Oreo, Bam Bam, and Funfetti.
Prince George’s County
A great spot in Fort Washington. Hovermale’s Tastes Best is best known for their banana splits, hot fudge sundaes, and strawberry shortcake.
Miller Farms is a farm in Clinton, MD that hosts pick your own, a farmers market, and fall family fun. They also offer seasonal soft ice cream flavors like apple pie, peach, strawberry, and banana nut.
This amazing stop on Maryland’s Ice Cream Trail makes ice cream that is actually made on their farm. You will probably visit Rock Hill Orchard for pick your own, feeding the calves, or even fall family fun. Don’t leave without indulging in their ice cream though. In my humble opinion, their Black Raspberry is the absolute best flavor ever.
This Bethesda mother-daughter team began their amazing ice cream operation after Sarah retired in 2018. They specialize in seasonal flavors such as Kenwood’s Cherry Blossom, tea and alcohol-infused flavors, vegan offerings, candy inspired flavors, as well sorbets and sherbets.
Located in Rockville, Carmen’s offers homemade, gourmet Italian Ice in over 60 flavors. It also now offers frozen custard, shakes, and a toppings bar. Check out their Banana Chocolate Chip or Cherry Berry Italian Ice, Brownie Batter or Gingerbread Frozen Custard, Cookie Dough Gelati, Oreo Cake, Carmen’s Island Refresher, or one of their delicious milkshakes.
Ok, make sure you plan your ice cream trip to Jimmie Cone for the 1st or 3rd Saturday night of the month, April through October. This is when you can also enjoy Cruise Night– tons of classic cars on display at Jimmie Cone’s parking lot! Jimmie Cone offers hot fudge cake boats, banana boats, snow balls with ice cream topping, ice cream cones, and gelati.
Susan Soorenko started Moorenko’s in 2002 so she could serve her kids the best possible ice cream ever. Wow. That’s dedication. Try their signature flavors such as Salted Caramel with Pralines, Cherry Stracciatella, or Honey Lavender. Moorenko’s flagship store is in Silver Spring, but they are starting to open outposts across Maryland. Woo hoo!
The Baked Bear at Pike & Rose in Bethesda takes ice cream sandwiches to a whole new level of deliciousness. You can make your gourmet ice cream sandwich out of freshly baked cookies, brownies (oh. my. word.) or even donuts! Try the Snickerdoodle sandwich covered in hot caramel and hot fudge. Or, maybe try a seasonal flavor like Strawberry Cheesecake. You won’t regret it. I promise.
This is a super awesome Gelato shop that is a mainstay in DC. They just so happen to have a location in Bethesda as well. Try their Peach gelato in the summer and the Blood Orange flavor during the winter!
Jeni’s is an upscale chain with only a dozen or so ice cream shops. Some of their gourmet flavors include Skillet Cinnamon Roll, Raspberry Rose Jelly Donut, and Brownie Butter Almond Brittle. The DC area location is also in Bethesda.
We have been in love with Norwood’s ever since we were invited to a birthday party here years ago.. and my daughter helped make ice cream by riding a bike. Their ice cream and other treats are just so yummy. Don’t pass up the Coffee Toffee flavor or some of the seasonal offerings such as Roasted Apple & Riesling Sorbet or Lemon Blueberry. Also, there is a great playground just down the street!
Hoffman’s has been a landmark ice cream institution in Westminster, MD since 1947. They have a massive menu of delectable flavors including Chocolate Almond, Dreamsicle, and Butterscotch Ripple. Hoffman’s is also quite close to the Christmas Tree Farm Park Playground. Might make a great day trip!
In nearby Hampstead, the Hoffman family delights with delicious ice cream a second time! Try their Peppermint Patty or Key Lime Pie flavor. Or, go big and get a fantastic hot fudge sundae or ice cream cake.
This unassuming ice cream store in Hampstead is in a blink and you miss it building. They serve only 4 flavors but a dedicated customer base so their limited menu is absolutely delicious!
Another fantastic option in Sykesville. Firehouse Creamery serves ice cream from South Mountain Creamery, which is pretty much the best ice cream ever! They also put that awesome ice cream in between homemade cookies for an amazing ice cream sandwich. Yummy!
Have you ever tried rolled ice cream? It’s such a fun concept from Thailand and now you can try it out in Westminster. According to the website, “Also known as stir-fried ice cream, Thai rolled ice cream is not scooped out of frozen buckets. Instead its liquid base is poured onto a frozen pan and then chopped, mixed, spread and rolled right in front of you!” Sign me up! You are going to want to try flavor combinations such as This Little Piggy (strawberry, maple syrup, chocolate and bacon. wow), Smore’s, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
This fun ice cream shop used to be an old school.. hence the name, Old School Ice Cream. They serve soft ice cream, flurries, and milkshakes. And they dip the top of their cones in chocolate. Yummy!
This amazing ice cream stop opened up in spring 2021 and are already a must-visit spot in Carroll County. Formerly known as The Sundae Shack, located at the BEAUTIFUL Spring Meadows Farm! They will still serve their signature Lolipops– ice cream layered with snow ball. Wow. That would be refreshing on a hot Maryland summer day. In the new spot they are also serving massive gourmet milkshakes. They also serve hand dipped Hershey ice cream and soft serve. You can’t miss the opportunity to take a fun photo with their VW Photobooth too!
Seriously. What’s not to love. South Mountain Creamery doesn’t just make some of the best ice cream in Maryland, but the farm is a destination in and of itself. Either before or after you indulge in their sweet creamy flavors, visit the cows for a milking. Or, head over to the barn and feed the calves. If you show up at 4pm, you can actually feed the calves bottled milk. How awesome is that? As for ice cream, try the pistachio, butter pecan, or salted caramel.
Another fantastic stop on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail, the Rocky Point Creamery is such a fun destination ice cream spot. Check out the chocolate brownie, Reese’s Pieces, or blueberry cheesecake flavors. What’s more, for a few weeks every summer, you can enjoy some sunflowers with your ice cream. And, there is a great John Deere Tractor playground for the kids too!
This cute little ice cream shop is located in Jefferson, MD and offers hard packed ice cream, soft serve, sundaes, milkshakes, coffee, sandwiches, soups, and more! They serve both Hershey’s ice cream and ice cream from the local South Mountain Creamery. The major appeal of the Little Red Barn is also the barn itself, a 100-year old restored barn and patio.
This Glass Bottle Soda Shop in Frederick is known for their 400 varieties of soda pop. They also serve super premium Trickling Springs Creamery ice cream from Chambersburg, PA. Check out their custom soda floats. Amazing!
Ummmm, how can you go wrong with hand dipped ice cream AND fudge. Wow. You will be on a sugar high for a month!
Sweet Babes Creamery offers soft-serve ice cream treats at their friendly walk-up shop in Casabella Commons in the heart of Urbana, MD. Customers rave about their twist cones and milkshakes.
Apparently a lot of the ice cream from this Frederick new comer to the ice cream scene is imported from India.
This lovely ice cream shop in Middletown specializes in classic sundaes, brownie sundaes, and seasonal parfaits featuring fresh fruit from local farms.
Co-located with Boxcar Burgers in Historic Downtown Brunswick, Maryland less than 200 yards from the C&O Canal National Historical Park towpath alongside mile marker 55. This sounds like an excellent day trip destination! You will absolutely want to check out their specialty sundaes- Towpath, Train Trax, S’mores, and Smoketown. There are really so many more delicious offerings as well!
This is one of the lesser known stops on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail, but probably only because it is slightly further away than some of the other options. Misty Meadow is located near the MD-PA border and offers amazing ice cream flavors like Red Velvet Cake, Butterfinger, and Chocolate Cake Batter.
But they also have a playground and animals for the kiddos AND in the summer– sunflowers! Woo hoo! Another cool thing that Misty Meadows does– they pick certain names on a weekly basis. If your name (first name) is picked, you get a free scoop of ice cream that week. How awesome is that?!
If you are Antietam Battlefield to pay respects or learn about one of the most critical moments in U.S. History, you must also pay a visit to Nutter’s Ice Cream. Some of their awesome flavors include Chocolate Marshmallow, Peanut Butter Cup, and Cherry Vanilla.
Billed as Washington County’s most dog-friendly ice cream shop, they serve unique seasonal flavors such as soft serve Black Raspberry, as well as crowd favorites like Mint Chip and Brownie Sundaes. Oh, and they serve Puppy Ice Cream too!
Wow, this Hagerstown ice cream shop is very good at what they do. They serve Hershey’s Ice Cream so you know the quality is good. But then they also offer great treats like banana splits, specialty sundaes, shakes, smoothies, ice cream cakes, and Arctic blends.
Customers rave about generous portions, friendly staff, and unique desserts such as Hershey’s Playdoh Ice Cream. They also get high marks for soft serve, peanut butter, and chocolate raspberry truffle flavors.
This Williamsport institution is such a fun spot! With a rotating selection of 36 hand-dipped flavors (batch-churned Windy Knoll & Kemps Premium), there’s almost always something new to try.
This Cumberland seasonal ice cream spot specializes in milkshakes and flavor burst soft ice cream twists. They have a large menu though. You might want to try their Peanut Butter Pretzel Sundae or Blackberry Sundae.
Livvy’s Soft Serve in Cresaptown is a great ice cream stop in Western MD. Customers rave about the Black Raspberry, Creamsicle, and Butter Pecan flavors. Check out their fun and unique cones like the Unicorn and Monster cones. And the biggest hit seems to be the Cookie Monster Sundae– which apparently is large enough to feed an entire family!
This awesome creamery in Cumberland serves daily home-made frozen custard, sorbet and frozen treats. But the menu gets super inventive with the flavor of the day custard and flavor of the week sundaes. We are talking flavors like Unicorn Fluff, Mounds of Mounds, and Chocolate Cream Pie. Yummy! They also offer milkshakes, chunkies (milkshakes with candy mixed in), smoothies, floats, sundaes and even fried ice cream!
I bet the students at Frostburg State University absolutely love hanging out at the Frostburg Freeze. I mean, check out some of the sundae’s they offer- Hawaiian Wiggle (pineapple, coconut), Golden Lady (Butterscotch, peanuts), and S’mores Delight. Wow. They offer both soft sere and hand-dipped flavors, shakes, chills, ice cream sandwiches, and more.
Another Frostburg favorite, the Princess Restaurant is a restaurant with a full menu– that happens to include an amazing assortment of ice cream desserts like their thick milkshakes or the Chocolate Peanut Butter Sundae.
If you are headed to Deep Creek Lake, you will want to make time for the Lakeside Creamery for sure! They offer quite a few flavors consistently like Peanut Butter Fudge and Maple Walnut. Then they rotate more than 50 specialty flavors on a daily basis. Lakeside also serves classic sundaes, smoothies, milkshakes, floats, and even ice cream cakes.
Another great Deep Creek Lake ice cream option (there are two locations, one is only open seasonally), Katie’s specializes in super unique and yummy sundaes. One of their new concoctions is Froggy- ‘vanilla ice cream with locally sourced maple syrup, maple sugar, a ring of whipped cream and served in a waffle bowl!’- wow. In the fall they serve Pumpkin Pie & Pumpkin Cheesecake Flurries and Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes– enjoy that with your fall foliage! Or maybe the Cotton Candy Extreme Sundae– or many of their other sweet frozen treats!
Devlers Ice Cream Co offers 21 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream plus soft serve flavors and unique limited time offerings like Texas Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Sundae, Salted Caramel, and Black Raspberry Shakes. I want to go right now…. wow.
This Oakland ice cream shop specializes in soft serve ice cream cones and serves some pretty fun flavors such as Cotton Candy flurry, a German Chocolate-inspired sundae, and a Hot Cinnamon Roll sundae.
Located in McHenry, Huey’s proudly serves 36 flavors of hand-dipped Hershey’s Ice Cream plus soft serve and frozen yogurt.
This creamery in Grantsville actually specializes in cheese. Like– you can even get squeaky cheese there! They also serve delicious ice cream.
They claim to be the finest homemade ice cream in Southern Maryland and many of their customers would agree. Their specialty flavors are Charles Street Crunch and Old Bay Caramel. Other popular flavors include Red Velvet Cookies and Cream, Snickerdoodle, Cake Batter, and Mint Chocolate Chip.
When you see the photos of ice cream treats from Mrs. Moo’s Corner you are going to want to immediately get in your car and drive to Spider Hall Farm in Prince Frederick, MD for an ice cream date! The extreme milkshakes are off the hook amazing.
They offer flavors such as Peanut Butter Brownie, Lemon Bliss, Banana Cream Pie, Oreo Pie, Salted Caramel Crunch, Chocolate Lover’s, Red Raspberry Cheesecake, Strawberry Shortcake, Apple Pie, Key Lime Pie, Red Velvet Cake, and more! They serve quite a few regular ice cream flavors too.. and even offer ice cream for your dog!
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The best place to go for ice cream when you visit North Beach. The Cold Penguin offers 70+ flavors of hand-dipped ice cream on a rotating basis (they can offer 24 at a time). Flavors include winners such as Cookie Monster, Llama Licious, Key Lime Pie, Bananas Foster, and Butter Brickle. They also serve smoothies, specialty milkshakes, and Italian Ice.
St. Mary’s County
We stumbled upon this fantastic ice cream shop and deli after wandering through the sunflower mazes at Goldpetal Farms. A super fun day trip would be a visit to the sunflower fields in the morning, ice cream at Chaptico and then head to Point Lookout State Park to go swimming and hang out on the beach!
Soft Serve Ice Cream Shoppe conveniently located on Solomons Island Boardwalk next to the playground. This would be an excellent place to stop on a day trip to Flag Ponds Nature Park, the Annmarie Sculpture Garden, or the Calvert Marine Museum. They serve awesome soft serve cones and offer pup cups for your canine family members too!
Seriously, Broom’s Bloom Dairy is one of the best places for ice cream in Maryland.. full stop. It’s on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail and is just a super lovely place to indulge your sweet tooth. Check out some of these amazing flavors: Andes Mint, Orange Chocolate Chip, Caramel Cashew, and Blueberry Pomegranate. They also have a full menu of amazing soups, sandwiches, and more. Oh… and in the late summer/early fall, Broom’s Bloom might also have a few sunflowers spreading happiness in their sunflower fields.
Keyes Creamery in Aberdeen is another fantastic stop on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail. Their cows are milked twice a day to provide the purest milk available. Then ice cream is created in small batches in order to ensure flavors are fresh and incredibly delicious. Try innovative flavors such as Cow’s Feet (chocolate chip with peanut butter swirl), Chocolate Coconut Almond, or Blueberries and Cream.
We love this Creamery is Jarrettsville. They make their ice cream on site and offer about 24 different flavors at any given time. They also have a super fun menu of specialty sundaes, milkshakes, and floats. You will definitely want to pair your ice cream cone with lunch, as the deli menu is every bit as delicious as the ice cream menu. Plus, you will want to linger in the dining room– they have a juke box!
And if that wasn’t enough, this awesome ice cream shop is literally a stone’s throw from the famous Clear Meadows Farm Sunflower Fields.
If you are near Churchville, stop in to this ice cream shop for amazing flavors such as banana or birchbeer milkshakes, or really delicious chocolate or vanilla soft serve. Oh, and it is located right next to a fun mini-golf place. Score!
The best ice cream in Havre de Grace! They are known for their amazing homemade ice cream and customers rave about flavors such a Cookies Galore, Duck Duck Goose, and Myrtle Turtle.
A fantastic snowball and ice cream shop in Bel Air. One of their most famous flavors is the Snickers Snowball.. and yes, it looks amazeballs. They also offer seasonal specialty milkshakes like Apple Cider Shake, Pumpkin Pecan Pie Shake, and a Caramel Apple Snowball.
Bonkey’s is primarily a Pennsylvania ice cream shop, but they also have a location in Whiteford, MD. Lucky for Maryland! They make their flavors fresh in house and offer fantastic options such as Chai Tea, Lemongrass Basil, Lavender Lemon, Pralines and Cream, and Bubble Gum. Their ice cream sundaes are named after favorite songs, and they serve a Banana Split on a square dish… because you get more ice cream that way. Sounds legit to me!
Kilby Cream is probably one of the more remote stops on the Maryland Ice Cream Trail. It is spitting distance from the Pennsylvania border in Rising Sun, MD. But you should absolutely make the trek out to their creamery because the ice cream is divine. Awesome flavors include Coffee and Cream, Udderly Chocolate, and their famous wine ice cream (yes.. wine… as in Rose wine flavored ice cream. They partner with Crow Vineyard on this one).
There are so many things to love about Kilby Cream– they are very involved with the community, bring in food trucks every summer, and offer sunflowers, corn mazes, and fall festival fun, as well as other seasonal events.
The Sweet Stop in Elkton is a great place for Hershey’s hand-dipped ice cream, Italian Ice, Shakes and Floats with flavor bursts, soft serve, and specialty sundaes such as Strawberry Shortcake and Brownie Delight.
Another great ice cream place in Elkton. Check out their Moo Sundae, Black Cherry, and hot apple pie. There is a rumor they also serve Dole Whip. Whoop! Oh, and their ice cream shop is udderly adorable… it is painted like a cow!
A great place for a sweet ice cream treat in Chesapeake City. They have three new flavors that sound divine: Magical Unicorn, Oatmeal Cookie Craving, and Butter Brittle Crunch. Customers also rave about their pulled pork (hence the BBQ part of their name).
Located in the beautiful town of Chesapeake City, MD right on the water of the C&D Canal. Serving delicious farm fresh ice cream, candy, and baked goods. Try the salted caramel ice cream in a waffle cone or the Cookie Monster ice cream.. and then enjoy your ice cream along the canal and watch the boats go by!
This Rock Hall ice cream shop gets rave review for their hot fudge sundaes, chocolate chip cookie ice cream, and all the cheesecake flavors. They also offer ice cream for your puppy!
There are many great reason to visit Lockbriar’s Farm– pick your own fruit, flowers– including sunflowers, and in the fall loads of pumpkins, apple cider slushies, and a corn maze. Of course they have an ice cream barn that serves delicious flavors as well. Check out some of these awesome flavors– lavender honey, briar berry lavender, vanilla honey, peach, blackberry, and double chocolate.
Queen Anne’s County
The locals say this is the spot where everyone knows your name. The Cafe has a full menu AND a full bar menu. But you are here for the ice cream, right? They proudly serve YoJavaBowl Acai Bowls, as well as numerous delicious milkshakes. They even have an ice cream truck food truck. How fun is that?!
Apparently if you live on the Eastern Shore, you are likely a big fan of Delaware’s Vanderwendes ice cream. The Ridgely Ice Cream Parlor serves Vanderwendes, along with some fun flavor combinations like Orange Freezie, Creamsicle Delight, and Ice Cream Donut Sundaes. Ummm.. ice cream and donuts? Sign me up!
This great restaurant in Denton serves pretty much everything. That everything includes Hershey’s hand-dipped ice cream and milkshakes.
This sweet little farm and creamery in Cordova, MD also serves Vanderwende’s Ice Cream (a fantastic creamery located just over the state line in Delaware). The Creamery rotates 16 flavors daily of Vanderwende’s famous ice cream, including flavors such as Butter Pecan, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Holy Cow.
Be sure to check them out in the fall for their pumpkin patch and field of fun! (note: for 2020, Councell Farms will not be open in the summer but will open for Fall fun in September).
Trip Advisor users have voted this Oxford Ice Cream Shop as the best ice cream on the Eastern Shore since 2008. The shop is located on the water.. so that is an added bonus. Their ice cream is made fresh, on site, one gallon at a time. They offer at least 16 varieties daily, but the ice cream flavor combinations are endless.. and very seasonal. Is it Easter?
You might get PEEPS ice cream. Or Thin Mint ice cream. Other popular flavors include Mascarpone, Crushed Strawberry, and Coffee Caramel Pecan. The also offer a 4-flavor sundae AND ice cream for your puppy. Woof woof!
A great ice cream shop in Easton. Their fans rave about the homemade waffle bowls (as in.. ice cream on top of homemade waffles). Try the Dread Pirate Roberts. Trust me. There is a large ice cream menu with awesome flavors like Heavenly Hazelnut, Raspberry Truffle, and Coconut Chocolate Almond.
A great place to stop for a scoop in Saint Michael’s (also in Ocean City.. see below). Check out the old-fashioned sodas, sundaes and their famous wall of shakes. Try the sweet and salty caramel pretzel flavor, Fruity Pebbles and Lemongrass infused ice cream, or take the Titanic challenge (see below for more info).
This is a brand new ice cream and pie cafe in Easton. They offer very fresh, seasonal flavors like Brioche Bread Pudding, Blueberry Cheesecake, and Roasted Strawberry.
This Cambridge ice cream shop serves hand-dipped Hershey’s Ice Cream. Fun flavors include Roadrunner Raspberry, Birthday Batter, and Lemon Sorbet. Try their banana splits.. they look amazing. Also, this location is within walking distance of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference.
There are multiple locations of this fantastic Eastern Shore ice cream shop. One of them is located in Salisbury. All of their ice cream is homemade in small batches. They start with fresh cream and milk from local cows, add locally grown fruits or goodies from our kitchen and spin them in an American made Emery Thompson batch freezer. The end result is mouth-watering greatness. Crowd favorites include Cotton Candy Party, Birthday Cake, Bourbon Caramel Crunch, Marsh Mud, and Java Jolt.
Try Elmer’s unique ice cream desserts like Snicker Sundae, Old Fashioned Banana Splits, Hot Fudge Cake, sundaes, cones, and malts.
The best place in Crisfield for hand-dipped ice cream. You will love the nostalgic 50’s themed ice cream shop which serves up Hershey’s Ice Cream flavors. So much fun! A great stop if you are headed to Jane’s Island State Park.
Customers love the variety of flavors both for their shave ice and for ice cream. Their secret is they put ice cream and marshmallow at the bottom of the shave ice. It looks so fantastic!
The last spot on this list for the coveted Maryland Ice Cream Trail. Chesapeake Bay Farms is so much more than ice cream.. but they also offer some amazing ice cream from their on-site creamery. Try their Strawberry Shortcake, Peach (with fresh peaches in season), Coconut Joy, or Butter Pecan ice cream flavors. Amazing.
In addition to the location in Salisbury, the Island Creamery also has locations in Berlin and Chincoteague, VA (the original location). Check out some of the amazing flavors listed above and stop by if you are in Berlin or visiting the Wild Ponies of the Eastern Shore!
Dumsers Dairyland is an Ocean City institution. It really is. It is every bit of the Ocean City experience as Dolle’s salt water taffy or Thrashers fries. There are 7 locations in Ocean City, including one at right next to the Inlet parking lot on the Boardwalk and a drive through location further uptown. There is a wide variety of fun flavors to choose from including favorites such as Oreo Crush, Peanut Butter Fudge, and Hawaiian Delight. They also offer soft ice cream, amazing specialty sundaes like the Dieter’s Revenge and the Nutty Buddy, and super thick milkshakes, ice cream floats, and ice cream sodas.
Not going to list all 7 locations here (see the website for those details), but here are a few of them:
You know about Justine’s famous wall of shakes. But what about the Titanic Challenge? This is awesome…. and there is no way a mere ice cream mortal could do it. The Titanic Challenge is eight scoops of Justine’s Premium Ice Cream, 6 wet and dry Toppings, 4 “smoke stack” (cake) cones, 4 cherries, and an “Iceberg of Whipped Cream”. Wow. If you can finish this your name goes on their wall. I can’t even. lol.
Kohr Brothers is another Ocean City staple. They specialize in delicous, smooth, creamy frozen custard. The perfect treat for a hot Maryland summer evening. There are 3 Ocean City locations, including two on the Boardwalk. They have numerous specialty flavors, but the staple is chocolate and vanilla twist with jimmies. Now that is summer.
This Boardwalk staple serves up 20 flavors of ice cream, soft serve, and italian ice. But that is actually not why you want to come here. Let the kids get the ice cream. Julia’s is famous for their amazing homemade cannoli, fresh squeezed lemonade, and funnel cakes.
South Pole ice cream is the first store to supply Asian-style ice cream rolls in Ocean City & Salisbury. Customers love it! You get to watch them roll your ice cream once you order and with specialty options like S’mores Galore (where they toast the marshmallow on top), Cinnamon :Toast Crunch, and Monkey Business, you really can’t go wrong.
Just dropping links to these national and regional chains that are also awesome.. but too numerous to add to the main list.
- Rita’s Italian Ice
- Cold Stone Creamery
- Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt
- Sonic Drive-In
- Dairy Queen