Best Ice Cream Shops on Cape Cod

Four Seas Ice Cream
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There is no better way to cool down after a day of discovering Cape Cod than with a scoop or two (or three) of ice cream. Here’s some of the best ice cream shops on Cape Cod to try during your next trip to the Cape

Sundae School

Harwich Port, Dennis Port

A visit to either of Sundae School’s two locations is bound to get you some of the best ice cream on Cape Cod. They have been serving their homemade ice cream since the summer of 1976 and continue to make their ice cream daily in small batches. 

Sundae School’s small batches mean that flavors rotate by season and even by day in order to only serve the freshest ingredients. Their famous sundaes allow you to choose any of their flavors including Peppermint-Candy and Peach, and are topped with whipped cream and a cherry. 

Four Seas Ice Cream 

Centerville

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Four Seas Ice Cream has been serving up their house-made ice cream since 1934. All of their small batches are still being made right in the back room. They have 40 rotating flavors, with over 20 being offered everyday. If you don’t see a flavor from the menu in the case, they’ll have a pint or quart in the back for you to purchase. 

Try flavors like Black Raspberry and Lemon Crisp for something fruity. Or opt for Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip or Chocolate Almond for something more chocolatey. Either way, be sure to customize your dessert by adding one of their 15 toppings.

Katie’s Homemade Ice Cream 

Hyannis

Katie’s Homemade Ice Cream is located right on Main Street in Hyannis, meaning it is the perfect place to stop after dinner at one of the local restaurants. All of the ice cream shops on Cape Cod is made in small batches and the owner, Katie, is always trying new recipes.

While you’ll be able to find classics like chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, many unique recipes, like Lavender Honeycomb, are inspired by Cape Cod. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the secret recipe, Cape Cod Sand, for a delicious treat. Even those with dietary restrictions will be able to find a sweet treat at Katie’s as they offer vegan and gluten free options.

Lil’ Caboose 

South Yarmouth

It is easy to spot Lil’ Caboose Ice Cream by its landmark red and black train caboose. The retired caboose now serves as a spot to enjoy Nathan’s hot dogs or a frozen treat. On nice summer days, children love to play at the train themed playground area before and after their ice cream.

Lil’ Caboose serves ice cream from some of the best creameries in New England including Creative Creamery and Giffords Farms. Flavors are constantly rotating and they are always adding new choices like Sea Salt Caramel Truffle or Maine Blueberry.

Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream 

East Falmouth, Mashpee, Barnstable

During a stop at any of Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream’s locations, you’ll find their 45 homemade ice cream flavors. For over 25 years, Smitty’s has been serving unique flavors like Banana Oreo, Orange Pineapple and Amaretto Cherry Chip. You can enjoy their ice cream in a waffle cone, sugar cone, or in a dish. 

Aside from a variety of homemade ice cream flavors, try some of their dairy-free sherbet, a sundae or a frappe. If you’re having a party (big or small) grab one of their delicious ice cream cakes, or choose any flavors and toppings you’d like for an at-home sundae bar.

 

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