You know spring must be tantalizingly close when you finally spot the first lines forming outside your nearest Rita’s Water Ice. Check the list below to see when your local haunt is returning for the 2018 season.
Located just a block away from the beach in Lewes, this family-owned business that carries over 50 flavors will reopen on Friday, May 11. There’s also water ice, sno-cones and frozen Greek yogurt—yum!
209 E. Savannah Road, Lewes • 645-2347
The Blue Scoop, which offers hand-dipped homemade ice cream, shakes, malts and more, will reopen Friday, April 6, at noon.
31225 Americana Parkway #5, Selbyville • 436-1166
A favorite of Bethany Beach- and Rehoboth Beach-goers, this spot is reopening both locations in early May.
Bethany Beach: 35849 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View • 717-993-0739
Rehoboth Beach: 20200 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach • 717-993-0739
This New Castle mainstay is open as of Friday, March 9.
2 Jay Drive, New Castle • 328-9740
For over 30 years, Ice Cream Corral has been serving hand-dipped ice cream, soft serve and water ice. The owners don’t have an exact opening date yet, but they always aim for mid-March. Check their Facebook page for updates.
202 E. 6th St., New Castle • 322-1211
Located in the Marsh Triangle in Wilmington, this little shop will reopen its doors on Saturday, March 17.
1 Ice Cream Drive, Wilmington • 478-4555
This coastal classic opens for the season on Saturday, March 10.
6 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach • 227-4609
The Lewes location stays open year-round, but the Milton staple will open the first weekend in May. Venture beyond chocolate or vanilla and try the funfetti, banana or pumpkin pie flavors.
202 Union St., Milton • 684-8900
A must-stop spot for coffee and crazy milkshake concoctions, Mug & Spoon will be opening Friday, March 16.
18 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach • 212-516
Locations statewide; check website to confirm the specific opening date and hours of each location.
This Thai-inspired rolled ice cream is literally sweeping the nation (a dozen new shops are slated to open throughout the United States). The Rehoboth location is seasonal and will only be open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend this year.
First Street Station, 70 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 567-2180
This Talleyville shop’s spring hours—now through the end of May—are Sunday–Thursday from noon–9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from noon–10 p.m.
3201 Concord Pike, Wilmington • 477-0777
The Bridgeville location of this family-owned-and-operated dairy farm and creamery is open year-round, Thursday through Monday. Its other locations in Greenwood and Dewey Beach will reopen for the season on the weekends beginning in April.
Bridgeville: 4003 Seashore Hwy. • 439-5110
Greenwood: 8374 Hickman Road • 349-5160
Dewey Beach: 23 Bellevue St. • 858-8003