Its going to be a hot one this week. Why not cool off at one of Long Beach Island’s many ice cream shops located all over its 18-mile stretch.
1. Skipper Dipper
An LBI staple since 1978, Skipper Dippers has been keeping up with the most current ice cream trends for 40 years. Created by sisters Eileen and Susan, this shop has stood the test of time on the Island. Eileen’s Son David, who played a big role in naming the shop at just 3-years-old, took over the reins in 2008. The shop has won numerous awards over the years. The abundance of flavor options and the reputation are both well worth the wait on a busy summer night.
Town: Long Beach Township Known For: vegan options!
2. Barry’s Do Me-A-Flavor
One of LBI’s many family run businesses, Barry’s Do Me-A-Flavor serves up at least 24 flavors of Arctic Ice Cream during the season. The family stays true to their fishing family roots and might even be one of the servers scooping your ice cream or tossing your burger on the grill. This is a South Jersey must visit.
Town: Beach Haven Known For: local fishing vibe
3. The WooHoo
Fairly new to LBI’s Ice Cream scene, The WooHoo does not disappoint with their variety of homemade ice cream flavors. They bring a unique flavor, so to speak, to LBI. All ice cream is made fresh, in house, daily using all locally sourced and natural ingredients. Whether you’re looking for creamy soft served ice cream or something more tailored to a particular allergy – this shop is the place to go.
Town: Beach Haven Known For: vegan & dairy-free options
4. Poppy’s Ice Cream Parlor
An island favorite since 2009, Poppy’s Ice Cream Parlor is a great sit-in spot to bring the family for ice cream. Located on the North end of island, Poppy’s is just a short walk from the Barnegat Lighthouse and offers a wide array of classic flavors and toppings.
Town: Barnegat Light Known For: plenty of outdoor seating
5. Meltdown Ice Cream
Not only does Meltdown Ice Cream offer a great variety of premium ice cream, but they’ve got a classic selection of water ice too! Their modern flare is what separates them from the rest. Keeping up with the current requests of the area, they’ve also added Acai Bowls to their menu.
Town: Beach Haven Known For: Acai bowls
6. Custard Hut
Your one-stop-shop for food and ice cream, Custard Hut offers even the pickiest of families a wide variety of food and ice cream options. Guests can sit and eat outside while the kids play with chalk and other fun outdoor toys provided by the shop.
Town: Beach Haven Known For: kid friendly
7. Harvey Cedars Ice Cream Parlor
This family owned and operated shop follows the traditional tides of a typical ice cream shop. Harvey Cedars Ice Cream Parlor is known just as much for their homemade cookies as they are for their ice cream – it’s even in the slogan. They have the perfect shore vacation vibe.
Town: Harvey Cedars Known For: homemade cookies
8. Grannie Annies Ice Cream Cafe
Just as the name suggests, Grannie Annies Ice Cream Cafe is the closest you’ll get to being in grandma’s kitchen. Featuring a large selection of ice cream flavors, soft serve and hand dipped ice cream – the shop also offers homemade baked brownies, cookies, Belgian Waffles, & fruit smoothies.
Town: Surf City Known For: small town charm
9. The Big Dipper
Another great spot for that small town, family vibe is The Big Dipper. It must be good, because this shop has been around since the 70’s. Customers boost about the shops generous portions and friendly atmosphere.
Town: Surf City Known For: huge portions
10. Scoop City Ice Cream
As the new kid on the block, Scoop City Ice Cream has come into town with some of the best flavor options around. The owners are Surf City residents and knew just what their customers wanted when they opened in 2016. They offer over 30 creamy ice cream flavors and even a few for your pups!
Town: Surf City Known For: dog ice cream