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10 Great Places to Get Ice Cream in Delaware This Summer

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Beat the heat this summer with a tasty frozen treat at one of these ice cream shops and creameries across the First State.

By Sydney Kerelo and Danielle-Bouchat Friedman

What better way to celebrate the beginning of summer this year than with ice cream (and lots of it, too). Here are a few shops to load up on some scrumptious scoops in Delaware.

Dairy Palace

This family-owned and operated shop in New Castle has been serving up some of the best soft serve since 1956. This small town shop serves specialty treats, sundaes and even iced creations to help locals stay cool.

2 Jay Drive, New Castle • 328-9740

Double Dipper Ice Cream Parlor 

Serving only the best in the business, Double Dipper brings a whole new meaning to the neighborhood ice cream parlor. Its Guatemalan Ripple and Salted Carmel Pretzel are only a few of the delicious flavors it offers.

3545 Philadelphia Pike, Claymont • 893-4920 

Hopkins Farm Creamery

Hopkins offers an array of delicious, homemade scoops made fresh daily. As an authentic dairy farm, Hopkins offers not only a tasty treat but the chance to experience life on the farm in Lewes.

18186 Dairy Farm Road, Lewes • 645-7163

Ice Cream Delight

Head over to the sweetest place in Delaware to enjoy a delicious afternoon treat. This family-owned and -operated shop is located right on Ice Cream Drive in Wilmington, where patrons can enjoy soft serve and guilt-free froyo.

1 Ice Cream Drive, Wilmington • 478-4555

The Ice Cream Shoppe

This family-owned shop serves massive scoops alongside a display of American muscle cars (yes, it’s true). Get your favorite flavor piled high on a homemade waffle cone in Wilmington.

700 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington • 593-8207

The Ice Cream Store

With over 100 different flavors, this beachfront location is the perfect spot to mix and match. Enjoy milkshakes, hand-dipped cones and flavors such as Chocolate I Don’t Give a Fork.

6 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 227-4609

King’s Homemade Ice Cream

King’s has been in operation since 1972 and serves nostalgia one scoop at a time. The mint chip cannot be beat.

302 Union St., Milton • 684-8900; 201 Second St., Lewes • 645-9425

Tre Sorelle Dolce

Pair your scoops with a game of mini golf at this quaint Kent County shop. Not only can you play a round, but you can also enjoy live music, food trucks and more every week.

27 S. Railroad Ave., Wyoming • 363-1909

UDairy Creamery

Made with the milk from the cows at the University of Delaware’s farm at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, this nonprofit shop sells some deliciously silly flavors, like the All Nighter, Ch-Ch-Ch-Chocolate and Grandma’s Gone Coco-nuts.

815 N. Market St., Wilmington • 300-4342; 535 S. College Ave., Newark • 831-2486

Vanderwende Farm Creamery

Since 1954, Vanderwende Farm Creamery has brought homemade, small-batch flavors to the First State. With over 300 cows, this farm not only serves multiple locations across the beaches, but it delivers to Delmarva via Vanderwende’s Ice Cream Truck.

4003 Seashore Hwy., Bridgeville • 349-5110; 8374 Hickman Road, Greenwood • 349-5160; 23 Bellevue St., Dewey Beach • 349-5110; 300 Coastal Hwy., Fenwick Island • 519-2509

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