Indy Ice Cream

Warmer weather means it's time to hit the trail - the ice cream trail, that is! Indianapolis has a number of parlors, pop-up shops, dairy bars, and drive-ins. So, ready your sweet tooth; this Indianapolis ice cream trail has it all. 

The Dairy Bar at Traders Point Creamery

Traders PointSearching for a homemade, hand-scooped dairy treat? Belly up to the Dairy Bar, which serves ice cream, milkshakes, smoothies, and sundaes made from organic, grass-fed milk and cream. 

Wyliepalooza Ice Cream Emporium

Wylie Ice CreamThis Irvington-based ice cream shop is family-owned, with a second shop in Brownsburg. Between the two locations, there are nearly seven dozen flavors of super premium ice cream available. 

Broad Ripple Ice Cream Station (BRICS)

BRICS is located in the original Broad Ripple train station. It has 24 permanent flavors, 12 rotating flavors, and is committed to being environmentally friendly. (Metal tasting spoons, anyone?) 

Lick Ice Cream

Lick Ice Cream

Artisanal ice cream? Yes, please. In 2010, two sisters teamed up to form Lick, which uses local fruit and organic waffle cones. Flavors include Balsamic Dark Chocolate, Mimosa, and Gingersnap Lemon Curd. 

Mug N' Bun 

Mug N BunGet your shake on. This west side icon has been serving milkshakes and malts for nearly 50 years. Also on the menu: floats, sundaes, and homemade root beer. Best of all, this drive-in won't break the bank.  

Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt

Sub Zero
Sub Zero - part of a Utah-based franchise - uses liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze a custom ice cream. Each serving is made fresh upon order, and takes only seconds to make.

PEARings Café + Frozen Yogurt 

Located in the heart of downtown, PEARings offers a variety of frozen yogurts, Greek yogurts, and smoothies. Their fruit is fresh - never frozen - and their toppings are pure and decadent. 

Tiny House Treats

Satisfy your sweet tooth at this quaint parlor. Located just off the Monon Trail in SoBro, Tiny House Treats offers hand-dipped, soft serve ice cream, and even doggie sundaes for Fido.

Chris' Ice Cream

It's not a dream; at Chris' Ice Cream, ice cream and Mexican food are under one roof. The sweet treat is house-made and available in a number of flavors, including coconut and mango.

South Bend Chocolate Company

South Bend Chocolate CoSouth Bend Chocolate Company, the fastest-growing chocolate company in the U.S., delights visitors with ice cream (and chocolates by the pound) from its store on Monument Circle.

Nicey Frozen Treats

Nicey TreatThese frozen treats are handmade and all-natural. Nicey - which has two pop-up shops and can be found at various farmers' markets - offers flavors such as strawberry mint and pink lemonade. 
Best Chocolate in TownThis Mass Ave sweet shop specializes in handmade truffles, caramels, and cookies. But on a hot day, their ice cream (provided by Lick) and gelato are a'callin'. Stop in and give them a try. 

Bub's Burgers & Ice Cream

Slurp down a milkshake at Bub's, a Carmel-based business with additional locations in Zionsville and Bloomington. Shakes and malts come in vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, and banana.   

Goose the Market

Goose the Market Ice Cream and GelatoWant to bring home literal bacon? Swing by Goose the Market, a market and butcher shop whose gelato (and outdoor seating) are perfect on a sunny day. 


GraetersGraeter's is the only commercial ice cream manufacturer in the world to use French Pot freezers. Stop at one of their three stores in the Indianapolis area. 

The Mug

The MugThe Mug - located in both Irvington and Greenfield - specializes in "farm-to-curb" fare. The menu at this non-traditional drive-in includes soft serve, as well as single- and double-scoop cones. 

Smokehouse on Shelby

Located in the Fountain Square Theatre Building, Smokehouse on Shelby offers old-fashioned milkshakes, floats, and sundaes. They're perfect for young ones (and the young-at-heart). 

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