In the heat of summer, there’s nothing more refreshing than a scoop of ice cream (though it’s certainly a year-round treat). Here is a list of 10 places to indulge on a cold, sweet dessert in Hamilton County, Indiana.

Alexander’s | Cicero and Noblesville

With locations on Morse Reservoir in Cicero and Noblesville Square, Alexander’s is a classic old-time ice cream shop. Alexander’s on the Water in Cicero offers 16 seasonal summertime flavors while Alexander’s on the Square in downtown Noblesville is in an old-fashioned ice cream soda shop and offers 36 unique flavors. Try their hand-dipped malts and shakes or go for a scoop at these classic shops.

Big Hoffa’s Freezery | Westfield

Need some dessert after your Bar-B-Que? Try one of Big Hoffa’s insane shakes, you won’t see anything like them anywhere else! Get yours with cotton candy, Kit-Kats, or even an entire Hostess cupcake on top!

Bruster’s Ice Cream | Fishers

With 145 ice cream recipes rotating seasonally, Bruster’s keeps 30-35 flavors in-store, including 4-5 vegan options for you to choose from. Try their famous Graham Central Station or Chocolate Peanut Butter with Buckeyes and pair it with a homemade waffle cone.

Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream | Carmel

An Indiana favorite (Not just for their ice cream!), Bub’s original location on the Monon Trail in downtown Carmel is a great stop for you and the kids. Whether walking/biking down the Monon or just visiting the Arts & Design District, one of Bub’s 20+ specialty milkshakes will certainly make your visit better. (Oh, and they add the shake tins for more goodness!)

Cone + Crumb | Westfield

Located in downtown Westfield, you can’t go wrong trying a home-made ice cream scoop in a warm freshly baked waffle cone. If that’s not enough for you take home some house-baked goods or even a fresh slab pie slice! Vegan + gluten-free options are available too.

CRAVE Ice Cream Social | Fishers

Grab a scoop on the water at the Geist Reservoir Marina or cater your favorite ice cream cake for your next event. With 24+ premium flavors to pick from there is something for everyone.

Graeter's Ice Cream Shop | Carmel and Fishers

It was inevitable that this Cincinnati favorite would arrive in Indiana and Hamilton County has been lucky enough to be the host of two locations in Carmel and Fishers! Try their iconic Black Raspberry Chip ice cream, named the #5 best flavor in the country by the FoodNetwork, or get any one of their other 25+ flavors.

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream | Carmel, Fishers and Noblesville

With over 100 flavors brand-wide, Handel’s keeps 35+ flavors always available for selection daily, rotating around five new flavors in and out monthly. Traditional ice creams, sherbets, vegan options, fat-free, and no sugar-added flavors allow everyone to enjoy a scoop.

Ohanalulu | Fishers

Ever heard of a donut sundae? Me neither! Try out this new creation combining two classics or customize your own donut and pair it with your favorite flavor of ice cream. Ohana, meaning “family” in Hawaiian is indeed a friendly next stop for you and your family to try something unique.

Paradise Shaved Ice | Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville & Cicero

If you love Dole soft serve, this is your place. Take a memorable journey to paradise with delicious Dole soft serve, shaved ice or ice cream.

Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream | Carmel

We don’t often get to see our ice cream made in front of our own eyes, let alone using frozen nitrogen! Create your own combination or choose from the 45 available flavors including vegan and sugar-free options. Designed to make your ice cream in 30 seconds this special experience is both delicious and genius!

Twin Kiss Drive-In | Sheridan

Take a drive through this timeless stop in Sheridan and quench your summertime thirst with an ice-cold lemonade shake-up or mix your favorite candy into an ice cream flurry!


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