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 on the Square / Noblesville

Located on the charming Historic Noblesville Square is this old-time ice cream soda shop and restaurant with 30+ hand-dipped ice cream flavors, malts, shakes and more.

Alexander’s on the Water / Cicero

This is a sister ice cream shop to Alexander’s on the Square, but on Morse Reservoir. Note that this location offers 16+ flavors and is open seasonally March – October.

Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream / Carmel

Grab a scoop at Bub’s original location and wander along the Monon Trail in the Carmel Arts & Design District. They can make a specialty milkshake with any of the 20+ flavors.

CRAVE Ice Cream Social / Fishers

Pick from one of the 24+ flavors of premium ice cream at CRAVE, a newer ice cream shop located along Geist Reservoir in Fishers. They also serve coffee and baked goods if you want to avoid brain freeze.

Twin Kiss Drive In / Sheridan

Take a trip back in time at this locally-owned drive-in, serving burgers, tenderloins and of course, ice cream. Popular cool treats include soft-serve swirl ice creams or lemonade shake-ups.

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream / Carmel, Fishers

You know it’s summer when there’s a line around the corner at both Handel’s walk-up locations. Check out the colorful mural painted by a local artist at the Fishers location and snap a photo with your scoop.

Graeter’s Ice Cream Shop / Carmel, Fishers

The Cincinnati staple arrived in central Indiana a few years ago. Try the #1 selling flavor, black raspberry chocolate chip.

Sub Zero Nitrogen Ice Cream / Carmel

You’ll ooh and ahh as your ice cream is made in front of your eyes using liquid nitrogen technology. Choose from a concoction on the menu or make your own creation.

The following two businesses don’t technically serve ice cream specifically, but we think local gelato and custard are worthy of mentioning.

Mammamia Gelato / Carmel

The owners of Ristorante Roma have brought a taste of Italy to Indiana with gelato made on-site each day. Gelato is churned at a slower rate and is denser than ice cream. Bring the family and play the board games available to borrow.

The Old Custard Stand / Noblesville

The Old Custard Stand is a mother/daughter business featuring butter pecan, chocolate and vanilla custard with other sundaes on the menu.


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