In the MetroWest area outside of Boston, there are plenty of relaxing spots to get some ice cream with your family, with a few of them open seasonally and others year round. Getting ice cream might be something you like to do regularly or just save as a treat for yourself. You may like to grab an ice cream cone or a scoop in a cup after a round of mini-golf or get some to take home and eat on your own patio. But no matter which of the following places you go to and how often, there are plenty of flavors at the following ice cream shops that make these locations well worth a visit.
963 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701
Mad Willie’s is located in Framingham Center, across the street from Framingham State College. From ice cream sodas to smoothies and frozen yogurt to ice cream sundaes, this spot has it all. Ice cream flavors include peppermint stick and death by chocolate with toppings like Nerds, peanut brittle, white chocolate chips and much more. This neighborhood ice cream shop even offers club cards where you get a stamp after each visit. When you reach 11 stamps, your 12th ice cream is free. It also accommodates college students by offering discounts with their student ID, and senior citizens get free ice cream with the purchase of a lobster roll every Tuesday.
655 Farm Road
Marlborough, MA 01752
Open daily for mini golf and ice cream, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Marlborough, Trombetta’s Farm is loaded with fun. It has everything for your gardening needs as well as plenty of plants, flowers and veggies for sale. But Trombetta’s Farm stands out for its locally-made and seasonally inspired homemade ice cream, which it has been making since 1978. There is also low-fat frozen yogurt, Italian ice and sorbet. And a selection of novelty items and old ice cream favorites like popsicles and snow cones are even for sale.
Erikson’s Ice Cream
12 Great Road
Maynard, MA 01754
Since 1937, Erikson’s Ice Cream has been making its sherbet, sorbet, regular and low-fat frozen yogurt and ice cream in Maynard. From cotton candy to purple cow, featuring black raspberry ice cream with white and dark chocolate chunks, there is something to satisfy guests of all ages. It’s a family- and pet-friendly spot to drive in, walk up to and grab ice cream with the whole family. It has become a tradition within the area to head here each and every summer for its generous portions, delicious flavors and affordable pricing, perfect for indulging when the weather warms up.
18 North Road
Bedford, MA 01730
What’s great about Bedford Farms is that it’s open all week long and even open all year with locations in Bedford and Concord. It serves up ice cream, frozen yogurt and soft serve and sells pies and cakes too. The history of the business dates back to 1880 with the farm first making ice cream in 1940. Today it offers up a loyalty program where you receive points for each visit, which translates into further discounts on purchases of sweet treats. Highlights on the ice cream menu include muddy river – peanut butter mixed into chocolate ice cream, and the fruity orange pineapple.
343 Bedford Road
Carlisle, MA 01741
Featuring locations in New Hampshire along with Massachusetts in Carlisle, Westford and Lancaster, Kimball Farm has a long list of things to offer besides just ice cream. Mini golf, bumper boats, a driving range, batting cages and arcades are just a few attractions to look out for depending on which location you visit. There is also plenty of land to relax and enjoy of the views since the ice cream shop is located with farms, fields and meadows amongst the relaxing landscaping. Ice cream the standout feature, especially when temperatures heat up. There are over 40 flavors to choose from like vanilla Swiss almond, strawberry chocolate chip and coffee Oreo.
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