Best Ice Cream Stands On The North Shore And In Merrimack Valley

June 26, 2013 6:00 AM

(photo credit: Thinkstock)

(photo credit: Thinkstock)

North of Boston, you can find some of the most scenic areas, best beaches and best of all, sweet treats like ice cream. Whether you like to keep it simple with vanilla or chocolate or try new funky flavors, there is something for everyone at these spots. Plus there is plenty to do from mini golf to people watching, since there is always something happening at the following locations.

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(photo credit: Twist & Shake)

(photo credit: Twist & Shake)

Twist & Shake
82 Revere Beach Blvd.
Revere, MA 02151
(781) 286-2900

Twist & Shake, owned by a husband-and-wife duo, has locations in both Winthrop and Revere Beach. Twist & Shake serves up hard and soft ice cream, frozen yogurt and even Richie’s classic slush in fruity flavors like orange, lemon, cherry and watermelon. Standouts on the menu include bubble gum ice cream, death by chocolate, totally turtle and coconut ice cream. It also hosts events, including birthday parties. Enjoying this ice cream is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day,

(Photo Credit: Long Beach Dairy Maid)

(Photo Credit: Long Beach Dairy Maid)

Long Beach Dairy Maid
147 Thatcher Road
Gloucester, MA 01930
(978) 281-1348

Open every day of the week is Long Beach Dairy Maid in Gloucester, which has been offering up its ice cream in the Cape Ann area for over 50 years. It is loved for the 28 flavors of 96-percent fat free soft serve ice cream it offers and the 75 flavors of hard ice cream flavors. Smoothies, frappes, ice cappuccinos and slushies are available as well, amongst the many ice cold menu selections. Check out the pina colada or amaretto soft serve ice cream or the moose tracks or brownie batter hard-packed ice cream, which are all flavorful treats.

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White Farms
326 High St.
Ipswich, MA 01938
(978) 356-2633

For over 60 years, award-winning White Farms Ice Cream, located on Route 133, has been a hotspot for all things ice cream in the Ipswich area. It prides itself on serving ice cream recipes with only the finest ingredients in a wide variety of flavors. And the flavors are 95-percent fat free. The recipes are all made in-house, onsite each day including options like the red raspberry chip or Almond Joy ice cream.

Related: Boston Area’s Best Ice Cream Stands

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(Photo Credit: Soc’s)

67 Lynn Fells Parkway
Saugus, MA 01906
(781) 233-0009

For ice cream year round, you’ll find affordable and generous portions of ice cream at Soc’s in Saugus. It’s the place to go for delicious ice cream like coffee oreo or for simple selections like the always tasty vanilla soft serve. Also look out for the specials it offers in limited quantities, like red velvet cheesecake.



Richardson’s Ice Cream

156 S. Main St.
Middleton, MA 01949
(978) 774-5450

For mini-golfing fun and more, head to Richardson’s in Middleton. With its 50 different flavors, it has a dairy farm and bottling facility right onsite plus farm animals and plenty of places to eat and relax. The kid-sized scoops are huge so imagine how big the other sizes are. The 95-percent fat free yogurt mint patty features mint-flavored yogurt with a mix of chocolate chips and peppermint patties. It definitely does not taste fat free and is a must-try menu item.

Related: Best Ice Cream On The Cape

Michelle Levine is a creative energetic, young professional that is passionate about everything Boston has to offer. She loves to attend local events, dine out, and cook and wants to share her findings with you. Her work can be found on


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