When the weather is warm, there’s something deeply satisfying about a heaping cone of ice cream at an old-school outdoor stand. While you can find ice cream on practically every corner in the summer, here are a few local spots that stand out. Where’s your favorite place to get ice cream? Leave a comment in the section below.
Kimball Farm Ice Cream
400 Littleton RoadWestford, MA
Website & ReviewsKimball’s has been around since 1939 and offers more than 40 flavors of ice cream. The lines may be long, but that’s because families come back year, after year, after year. The Westford location has grown into a family amusement center, with mini-golf, a driving range, bumper boats, batting cages and a country store. In Carlisle you’ll find the simplicity of an ice cream stand with a beautiful view.
Rancatore’s Ice Cream
36 Leonard StreetBelmont, MA 02478
Website & ReviewsRancatore’s was founded in 1985 in Belmont Center. Since then, Joe Rancatore has also opened a location in Lexington. What customers love best about this place is its chocolate – both the chocolate ice cream and the hot fudge. The flavors here are off the beaten path – saffron city, gingersnap molasses, khulfi, zagnut, mango cream – which is exactly what keeps families coming back again and again for their favorites.
156 South Main StreetMiddleton, MA
Website & ReviewsRichardson’s certainly has a history. The family-run dairy farm was founded in 1695, but it wasn’t until 1952 that the family started making and serving ice cream. As you might expect for ice cream made on a dairy farm, Richardson’s ice cream has 16 percent butterfat. They also serve low fat yogurt, sugar free flavors, sherbet and sorbet. Their expansion into wholesale means you can enjoy Richardson’s ice cream at restaurants, other ice cream stands, or take home a half gallon from the grocery store.