We don't need a reason for cold, refreshing ice cream on a hot summer day here in the City by the Sea, but when one comes around -- we'll take it and run. We're celebrating National Ice Cream Day, July 16, with these sweet shops serving up everything from heaping sundaes with sprinkles to decadent waffle cones on a stick topped with your favorite flavor ice cream. With a cherry on top, of course.
THE DAILY SCOOP
230 County Road, Barrington
Featured in the Huffington Post and the Boston Globe - this quaint shop is known for serving eclectic flavors of ice cream and frozen yogurt, from fruity delights like banana chip and fresh peach to rich indulgences sure to send your sweet tooth into a frenzy (coconut almond chip, anyone?)
496 East Main Road, Middletown
Newport County natives know this old-fashion, window-service ice cream shop well, but any fans of delicious ice cream piled high and served with a side of old-fashioned simplicity should add it to their must-visit list. Frosty Freez originally opened in 1956 and has been serving ice cream ever since. Choose from both soft serve and traditional ice cream, no sugar added, non-dairy, sorbet, frozen yogurt, sherbert and more. Voted best ice cream in Rhode Island by RI Monthly for five consecutive years and best ice cream/sweets by Newport Life Magazine four years in a row
GRAY'S ICE CREAM
16 East Road, Tiverton RI
Named among the best ice cream in New England by Yankee Magazine, Gray's Ice Cream in Tiverton is open 365 days a year and offers more than 40 mouth-watering flavors including their famous ginger, which is made with minced ginger root for a refreshing treat.
KILWIN'S CHOCOLATES AND ICE CREAM
262 Thames Street, Newport
Located in the heart of downtown, Kilwin's serves dozens of handcrafted, creamy ice cream perfect for a hot summer day. The shop also specializes in handmade fudge, chocolates, brittle and more.
COLD FUSION GELATO
389 Thames Street, Newport
Gelato: Ice cream's smoother cousin. This authentic gelato shop located in the heart of downtown Newport serves 34 flavors of artisan, handmade gelato crafted with all-natural ingredients sourced locally.
296 County Road, Barrington
208 West Main Road, Middletown
181 Bellevue Avenue, Newport
Newport Creamery is a Rhode Island institution offering diner-style food and ice cream both from the window or inside at the parlor-style ice cream bar. Indulge in traditional favorites like a banana split or a classic fudge sundae, or order an awful awful - a combination of milk, syrup and a secret frozen ice milk -- for a local treat.
3 Ferry Wharf, Jamestown
Spinnaker Cafe located in Jamestown serves home-made, premium ice cream with a side serving of ocean views. Choose from a selection of traditional flavors like vanilla, chocolate and coffee, plus a few specialty flavors including Toll House, Cookie Dough and Mocha Chip, then take it across the parking lot to indulge with a seat by the bay.
STICKS & CONES WAFFLE AND ICE CREAM HUT
8 Fair Street, Newport
Sticks & Cones is a local mom and pop ice cream/gelato café featuring a Belgian Waffles-on-a-stick, locally made artisan gelato and an extensive selection of locally made New England Ice Cream. Choose from a selection of waffle flavors including red velvet and s'mores, topped with your favorite flavor ice cream.
SWEET BERRY FARM
915 Mitchell's Lane, Middletown RI
Located in Middletown, Sweet Berry Farm is home to Susanna's Ice Cream, an award-winning ice cream brand create with fresh berries straight from the farm in addition to other local ingredients. Choose from a selection of flavors including peppermint stick and salted caramel swirl.