12 Must-Try Wilmington Ice Cream Shops


Here’s the scoop the Wilmington area has some of the most delicious ice cream on the coast. Check out our list of where you can get happiness served one scoop at a time. There’s nothing better than a frozen treat on a hot summer day.

In no particular order:

Kilwins Chocolates & Ice Cream

A historic downtown Wilmington favorite the aroma of Kilwins can be smelled for blocks. The waffle cones are baked right in the store, and they have all the sweet chocolate treats your heart could possibly desire. This is a must stop if you’re visiting downtown Wilmington, and is a favorite among tourists.


The Forum: 1127 Military Cutoff Rd. Wilmington, NC 28405

Downtown: 1005 N. 4th St. Wilmington, NC 28401

Hampstead: 15919 HWY 17N Hampstead, NC 28443

This family owned and operated ice cream shop has been scooping their delicious home made ice cream since the early 2000′s. With two locations in the port city and one more in Hampstead there is always time for a stop at bombalattis.


4414 S. 17th Street Wilmington NC

Bruster’s real ice cream is made in house at each store. Bruster’s is made the old-fashioned way with a slow kettle processing. It always tastes thick and there is even a drive-thru for your convenience.

Lewis Strawberry Nursery & Farms

6517 Gordon Rd Wilmington, NC 28411

Lewis Farms is a 3rd generation family farm and for a limited time in the spring/summer you can have their delicious strawberry ice cream. It’s only available in season so don’t miss out.

The Original Ice Cream Stand

3 Lumina Ave N, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

This staple of Wrightsville beach is famous for it’s long lines and sweet treats. It’s a walk up ice cream stand, and has been at Wrightsville beach since 1994.


18 S Water St Ste 5, Wilmington, NC 28401

GelaRto is Wilmington’s first authentic Italian gelato store. It is also the first of what they hope to soon be a franchise around the country. The gelato is made by Langstone’s business partner back in Italy and then imported to Wilmington. Langstone says he makes it the “old-fashioned way”.

Nutty Buddies ice cream and sandwich shop

365 N. Front Street.

Opened in 2020 this ice cream and sandwich shop is in the cotton exchange. And as for ice cream, they have 16 flavors of Super Premium Hershey’s Ice Cream, milkshakes, malts, floats, and Pineapple Dole Whip. They also have banana pudding which is a customer favorite at Rooster & The Crow, black & white cookies, gourmet popcorn and more!

Celtic Creamery

201 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Celtic Creamery is a fusion of an Irish and American desire to bring this truly unique ice cream across the Atlantic from Ireland to the USA. They feature a rotating selection of 14 different flavors daily. Their ice cream is made in small batches using authentic Irish recipes. The ice cream is churned and frozen daily on site. Check out this spot if you spend a day at Carolina Beach.

Kohl’s Frozen Custard

92 S Lumina Avenue, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

This husband and wife team got into the ice cream business with a little help from a program at UNCW. Frozen custard is just like regular ice cream only made with egg yolks added. This makes this ice cream much more dense, and rich unlike a typical ice cream. Frozen custard is also served at a higher temperature than regular ice cream, so you won’t suffer a brain freeze.

Buzzed Bull Creamery

3224 N College Rd | Suite B Wilmington, North Carolina 28405

Buzzed Bull Creamery harnesses the power of liquid nitrogen to bring you and your family fresh, premium ice creams and milkshakes while offering a one-of-a-kind-experience. They hand-craft each ice cream and milkshake to provide a fully customized option. For adults, they specialize in alcohol-infused ice cream & milkshakes that start at a 5% ABV.


222 Causeway Dr. Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

If you’re on the hunt for a healthier option. Surfberry is the choice for you. They offer healthy organic milk shakes, fruit bowls, and frozen yogurt.

The Tiki Turtles Ice Cream Shop

13500 NC-50 UNIT 112, Surf City, NC 28445

The Tiki Turtles Ice Cream Shop has it all. Homemade ice cream, boba drinks, milkshakes, smoothies, and Dippin’ Dots. Milk teas with Authentic Agar, Konjac Pearls or Bursting (fruit juice) Boba. They even have dairy free options.

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