What better way to celebrate the summer and satisfy your sweet tooth than to visit your local ice cream shop? A cool and creamy dessert is the perfect treat for Florida’s blazing heat. My family loves ice cream and enjoys visiting new spots. If you’re looking for regular flavors or creative combinations, Tampa Bay has what you need. There’s so many in the area so I decided to list a few favorites to explore with the family.
1. The Revolution Ice Cream (6701 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33604)
Listen, this is not your average ice cream shop. They have some unique flavors with creative names like the eurotrash, chocolate habanero and Callie’s hotcakes. I tried their special, Callie’s oatmeal cream pie ice cream and it was AMAZING. All ice cream is made in house. It’s also a fun environment with eclectic decor and art displayed everywhere.
2. Cold Stone Creamery (multiple locations throughout Tampa)
My family visit this ice cream shop more than I would like to admit. We love coming here and enjoy the variety of flavors and the option to add different mix-ins. They fold the mix-ins into your ice cream on a frozen granite slab. I usually order the cake batter with rainbow sprinkles, yellow cake and whipped cream. It’s simple but delicious. My husband usually tries the seasonal flavors or their signature creations. This ice cream chain also offer cakes, shakes, smoothies and more. Warning, this place is usually busy so expect long lines.
3. Urban Creamery (689 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL 33701)
This hip shop offers ice cream that is made on site and waffles from scratch to create a delicious dessert. They have traditional flavors as well as specials that change frequently.
4. Old Farmer’s Creamery (2531 4th St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704)
You can’t miss the red barn building if you are searching for a sweet treat. In the mood for some variety? They have over 40 flavors of homemade ice cream to satisfy your palate. This is definitely a spot to stop by if you are a local or tourist.
5. Twistee Treat (multiple locations throughout Tampa)
This ice cream parlor brings back memories from high school. As a cheerleader, we had car washes here to raise money for our program. Twistee Treat is one of those classic places where everyone should visit for some soft serve perfection. Who doesn’t want ice cream from a huge building shaped like a massive cone? You can try their premium flavors like pistachio or cotton candy. Enjoy your ice cream in a cup, cone or in a waffle taco.
6. Kimi’s Ice Cream and Sweets (143 Harbor Village Lane, Apollo Beach, FL 33572)
A great place to enjoy a cool treat with family. They have a friendly staff and plenty of seating. The shop serves more than 40 flavors of Working Cow ice cream. If you want to get creative, they have a large selection of toppings and sauces.
7. Häagen-Dazs Shop (multiple locations throughout Tampa)
Yes, this popular brand sold in stores is served in a shop. You can sit at the counter and indulge in delicious scoops of ice cream. They have so many rich flavors including the dulce de leche and rum raisin.
8. Bruster’s Ice Cream ( 20303 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Tampa, FL 33647)
I was first introduced to this awesome shop while attending high school in Lakeland. Years later I still enjoy getting my sweet tooth satisfied here. They have a large selection of flavors including seasonal treats. My favorite is the birthday cake. It is a yellow cake batter ice cream with blue icing and rainbow sprinkles. Thankfully my son is under 40 inches because he was able to enjoy a free vanilla cone.
9. Pieces of Treats (28929 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33761)
Once inside you are transported to a different time period. I love the classic look of this ice cream parlor. They offer about 16 flavors of sweet goodness including a vegan option.
10. Snobachi Handcrafted Ice Cream (2206 E 7th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605)
If you are looking to experience a new way to eat ice cream, you are in the right place. The latest trend in frozen treats can be found at Snobachi. They offer a delicious handcrafted ice cream served as a roll. They have signature rolls or you can customize your own cool dessert. I decided to create my own since I was a newbie. You pick a base then choose your toppings. I ordered vanilla ice cream with passion fruit syrup and banana. They also have a fun dessert call the Dragon’s Breath. There’s a chalkboard to keep your kids entertained while waiting for your ice cream.
If you have any suggestions for local ice cream shops, please share.