Best Ice Cream Shops

Ice cream never goes out of season on America’s Best Beaches. Cone, cup or piled high in a sundae, here’s the scoop on top ice cream shops in St. Pete/Clearwater.

An ice cream cone in front of the Bright Ice Sign at their storefront in Pinellas Park

Bright Ice in St. Pete and Pinellas Park is an ice cream store with small-​batch ice creams featuring unique flavor profiles.


Orange Cycle Creamery, Tarpon Springs

Guaranteed fresh and always frozen. This Tarpon Springs ice cream shop has at least 24 flavors to choose from, all made from scratch and with the freshest ingredients.

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Coolside Gelato Bar, Palm Harbor

Located in downtown Palm Harbor, Coolside Gelato Bar is the perfect place for true artisan gelato made right on site. Pro tip: order the "Beerlato" for a cold treat that will take the edge off. 

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Strachan's Homemade Ice Cream and Desserts, Dunedin

Delighting kids and adults of all ages since ’99! Dig into some old-fashioned, homemade ice cream from one of their three locations in Palm Harbor, Dunedin and Clearwater. This sweet experience will keep you coming back for more. 

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Dairy Inn, St. Pete

Not just a ice cream parlor, Dairy Inn has cheeseburgers, chicken wings, hot dogs and more. Complete your meal with of course a nice serving of soft-serve ice cream, a frozen chocolate-dipped banana or a milk shake.

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The Shake Shop, Treasure Island

This shake shop brings everyone to the yard with delicious soft serve sundaes, parfaits, floats, cones and, of course, milkshakes! In business since ’97, this is one of the original ice cream shops in Treasure Island. 

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Kooky Coconut, Indian Rocks Beach

This spot on Indian Rocks Beach lives up to its name with a kooky vibe. Come to this bamboo-covered café with tropical décor to find 20 ever-changing flavors of homemade ice cream along with soft serve, sugar-free and dairy-free options. 

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Tropical Ice Cream, Indian Rocks Beach

So much ice cream, so little time! Tropical Ice Cream carries a whopping 118 flavors and is just a short walk from the beach. It's the perfect way to cool off after some fun in the sun. 

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Haze Ice Cream, Indian Rocks Beach

Sure, Haze Ice Cream scoops out some of the best homemade ice cream in the area... but what really sets this place apart is the welcoming atmosphere of this family owned and operated ice cream shop. Expect to be greeted with friendly faces and a menu of over 40 flavors including dairy-free and gluten-free options.

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Uncle Andy's Ice Cream Parlor, St. Pete Beach

Staying at the Don CeSar Hotel? Don’t forget to stop by their resident ice cream shop for a taste of nostalgia in the form of delicious sundaes, shakes and banana splits all crafted from local, homemade small-batch ice cream.

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Larry's Ice Cream & Gelato, St. Pete Beach

More than 100 flavors of ice cream, 35 flavors of gelato, 35 flavors of frozen yogurt, 35 flavors of soft-serve frozen custard... there is literally something for everyone at Larry's Ice Cream Shop. If that's not enough, enjoy more than 20 choices of ice cream toppings, sundaes, parfaits, donuts, cakes, Italian ice, coffee, beer and wine. It's an overwhelmingly delicious experience!

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Hyppo, St. Pete

We interrupt this program to bring you… a pop shop! Skip the scoop and head to Hyppo on Central Ave. in St. Pete for a delightful all-natural ice pop. Choose from an ever-changing list of flavors ranging from chocolatey to fruity to boozy (Champagne Mango, anyone?).  

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Urban Creamery, St. Pete

Urban Creamery's fluffy Belgian waffles piled high with homemade ice cream and toppings will have you coming back for more! Not feeling adventurous? They also offer traditional waffle cones, milkshakes, floats and sundaes. 

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Old Farmer's Creamery, St. Pete

This locally owned scoop shop is a St. Pete staple! With new flavors being made in-house every day, your sweet tooth prayers are guaranteed to be answered. Tip: don’t forget your cash! They don’t accept credit or debit. 

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Bright Ice, St. Pete & Pinellas Park

Bright Ice specializes in small batch ice cream with unique flavors such as marshmallow, caramel & brownie, pineapple with brown butter and pecans, lemon with crystallized ginger and more. Indulge in gooey brownies as well and top it off with coffee drinks, hot tea or hot chocolate.

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