The ultimate end-of-summer ice cream road trip guide for the Cape Fear

It’s inevitable. Summer will soon be coming to an end. I’m sure some are wishing it would last forever and for some, the end can’t come soon enough. But if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that one of the best parts of summer is the ice cream.

Those hot summer nights with a cold ice cream cone in your hand at your favorite local ice cream spot really can’t be beat.

We all have our ice cream go-to places, but now is the time to step out of our ice cream comfort zones, live it up, and hit as many of the local ice cream spots as you possibly can before summer 2019 comes to a close for good.

With that being said... Here is our guide to the ultimate end-of-summer ice cream road trip in the Cape Fear.

**Ice cream places are not listed in any particular order**

NEW HANOVER COUNTY

(Source: The Gourmet Market)
(Source: The Gourmet Market)

The Gourmet Market

They have more than just ice cream, but their ice cream is pretty darn good. And if you’re craving a scoop at 2 a.m., they’ve got you covered. They’re open until 3 a.m.!

Visit Website

(Source: Celtic Creamery)
(Source: Celtic Creamery)

Celtic Creamery

It’s not your traditional homemade American ice cream. With a name like “Celtic Creamery,” one can only assume they’ve got ice cream from across the pond. And you’d be correct! Celtic Creamery is homemade ice cream with recipes coming all the way from Ballybunion, Ireland.

Visit Website

(Source: Lazy Jack's Ice Cream Shack)
(Source: Lazy Jack's Ice Cream Shack)

Lazy Jack’s Ice Cream Shack

Located right next to a Anne Bonny’s Bar & Grill in downtown Wilmington, a scoop from Lazy Jack’s Ice Cream Shack is the perfect way to end a night after a couple of drinks and apps.

Visit Website

(Source: Boombalatti's)
(Source: Boombalatti's)

Boombalatti’s

They say they’re “a little obsessed with ice cream.” All their ice cream is homemade on site using only dairy from North Carolina grass-fed cows.

Visit Website

(Source: Squigley's Ice Cream & Treats)
(Source: Squigley's Ice Cream & Treats)

Squigley’s Ice Cream & Treats

The “Squigley” starts with a base of real vanilla ice cream made from cow cream. They suggest a “Squigley” has up to 2 items from their long list of delicious fruits, candies, and baked goods, but no more than 3. Those can be “squiggled” into a custom flavor of ice cream using their patented “Squigley” machines. They are served in either a fresh, homemade waffle cone, or a cup and topped off with a famous “you’ve been squiggled” sticker. They can make over 4050 different flavor combinations of the Squigley. They were even just named one of the best ice cream places in the US by NBC’s Today Show!

Visit Website

(Source: Brooke Lewy, Fathomaway.com)
(Source: Brooke Lewy, Fathomaway.com)

The Original Ice Cream Stand

The Original Ice Cream Stand in Wrightsville Beach is exactly what it sounds like. Classic ice cream from a classic ice cream stand. Find the flavor that satisfies your sweet tooth!

Visit Website

(Source: Kohl's Frozen Custard)
(Source: Kohl's Frozen Custard)

Kohl's Frozen Custard

Gourmet frozen custard, best burger on Wrightsville beach, grilled to order Nathan’s hot dogs, shakes, smoothies, sundaes and fries.

Visit Website

(Source: Lem Woods)
(Source: Lem Woods)

Pop’s Homemade Ice Cream

Stop into Pop’s for some homemade ice cream but if you’re in the mood for something else, they have plenty more to choose from. Hawaiian ice, funnel cakes, burgers, and hot dogs are also a part of their menu!

Visit Website

(Source: Krazy Kones)
(Source: Krazy Kones)

Krazy Kones

A crazy cone from Krazy Kones consists of a delicious blend of creamy, all-natural soft serve ice cream with a flavorful twist.

Visit Website

(Source: Island Ice Factory)
(Source: Island Ice Factory)

Island Ice Factory

Located right on the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, Island Ice Factory has it all. Homemade ice cream, Italian ice, and even fudge.

Visit Website

(Source: Scoopin' Yummies)
(Source: Scoopin' Yummies)

Scoopin' Yummies

Scoopin’ Yummies opened this summer and people are already loving their ridiculously fun milkshakes, sundaes, waffle cones, bubble waffles, and so many yummy candies!

Visit Website

PENDER COUNTY

(Source: Tiki Turtle's Ice Creams and Mocktails)
(Source: Tiki Turtle's Ice Creams and Mocktails)

Tiki Turtle’s Ice Creams and Mocktails

Local homemade ice cream and Dippin Dots shop. They make custom milkshakes as well as signature mocktails!

Visit Website

(Source: Beach Bunny)
(Source: Beach Bunny)

Beach Bunny Ice Cream

Great ice cream with tons of options!

Visit Website

(Source: Snow Factory Surf City)
(Source: Snow Factory Surf City)

Snow Factory Surf City

This is possibly the only place in the Cape Fear where you can get that iconic, trendy rolled ice cream. It is “Thai-pan fry ice cream rolls.” It is made on a hibachi table that is kept at -10 degrees. The ice cream is mixed with fresh fruit and real ingredients, then chopped and stirred until it’s crystallized.

Visit Website

(Source: The Daily Grind Surf City)
(Source: The Daily Grind Surf City)

The Daily Grind Surf City

The Daily Grind in Surf City is primarily a coffee shop but with their delicious ice cream it’s good at all times of the day!

Visit Website

BRUNSWICK COUNTY

(Source: Calabash Creamery)
(Source: Calabash Creamery)

Calabash Creamery

Try one of the 24 flavors of delicious, award wining homemade ice cream from Calabash Creamery. They also have soft-serve, homemade Italian ice, homemade waffle cones, ice cream cakes and pies.

Visit Website

(Source: Spike's Dairy Bar)
(Source: Spike's Dairy Bar)

Spikes Dairy Bar

They serve up delicious soft serve ice cream, locally homemade ice cream, shakes, floats, hot dogs, and more! They say they’re “not your average ice cream shop.” They are very picky about what they put on their menu and only use premium ingredients.

Visit Website

(Source: Beaches-N-Cream)
(Source: Beaches-N-Cream)

Beaches-N-Cream

There are too many flavors to count here and the menu is almost completely different every day! Experience their all-original recipes with each scoop of homemade ice cream made daily on site with fresh, local produce and milk from NC free range cows.

Visit Website

(Source: Kevin S)
(Source: Kevin S)

How Sweet It Is

This locally owned, family-friendly ice cream shop in Sunset Beach offers over 30 flavors of pure and simple ice cream.

Visit Website

(Source: Pete's Sweets of Ocean Isle Beach, NC)
(Source: Pete's Sweets of Ocean Isle Beach, NC)

Pete’s Sweets

This family owned and operated business serves fresh ice cream, fudge, and other sweets! What’s not to love?!

Visit Website

(Source: Chuck's Homemade Ice Cream)
(Source: Chuck's Homemade Ice Cream)

Chuck’s Homemade Ice Cream

They serve a wide variety of delicious, homemade ice cream flavors. There’s one to suit everyone’s palates. They now serve milkshakes, malts, sundaes, floats, classic scoops, and custom ice cream cakes to order.

Visit Website

(Source: Fantasy Isle Ice Cream & Mini Golf)
(Source: Fantasy Isle Ice Cream & Mini Golf)

Fantasy Isle

Enjoy a scoop of delicious ice cream in a homemade waffle cone or bowl while you play a round of mini golf!

Visit Website

(Source: Lil & John's Sweetreat Homemade Ice Cream)
(Source: Lil & John's Sweetreat Homemade Ice Cream)

Lil & Johns Sweet Treat

Delicious, homemade ice cream in Oak Island. This family-owned and operated business has 16 flavors of ultra-premium, homemade ice cream. They use only dairy from grass-fed North Carolina cows and never artificial flavors or colors.

Visit Website

(Source: The Daily Scoop on Main)
(Source: The Daily Scoop on Main)

The Daily Scoop on Main

Whether it’s fro-yo, hand dipped ice cream, or soft serve you’re looking for, you can find it all at The Daily Scoop on Main in Shallotte.

Visit Website

(Source: The Scoop)
(Source: The Scoop)

The Scoop

It’s more than just homemade ice cream. They’ve also got bagels and pastries and they serve breakfast and lunch all day.

Visit Website

BLADEN COUNTY

(Source: Over Yonder Coffee, Teas & Creamery and Much Much More)
(Source: Over Yonder Coffee, Teas & Creamery and Much Much More)

Over Yonder

They offer a variety of different types of ice cream as well as coffee, sweet treats, cupcakes and pastries.

Visit Website

COLUMBUS COUNTY

(Source: The Creamery at Daddy Joe's)
(Source: The Creamery at Daddy Joe's)

The Creamery at Daddy Joe's

Homemade ice cream with flavors changing daily. They also offer homemade banana splits, milkshakes, and brownie sundaes. Grab a hot or iced coffee as well while you’re there.

Visit Website

Now go hop in the car and start off on your ultimate end-of-summer ice cream road trip!