Indulge in summer’s favorite treat – while sampling some of the state’s best ice cream – by hitting the road on this mouthwatering ice cream trail through Eastern Pennsylvania (and parts of Central Pennsylvania). You’ll travel to the big city and small towns, where you’ll have the delicious challenge of deciding what ice cream treat to order. And, watch this space for the Western Pennsylvania ice cream trail in a week or so.
Map out your journey.
Tantalize your taste buds on this epic ice cream trail through Eastern and parts of Central Pennsylvania that will take you over 150 miles in a little over three hours, not considering the time you'll spend sampling some of the state's best ice cream.
1. Franklin Fountain – 116 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Sit in a cozy booth at Franklin Fountain, a throwback to the ice cream parlors of days gone by. The popular Philadelphia ice cream shop boasts an impressive menu of ice cream treats, including sundaes, milkshakes, banana splits, and egg creams. Vegan ice cream flavors are also available. Experience the nostalgia of Franklin Fountain daily from 11 a.m. to midnight.
2. Isabella’s Ice Cream Parlor – 110 E Main Street, Lititz, PA 17543
Journey from the big city to the storybook town of Lititz for your next stop on this epic ice cream trail. Stroll along Main Street in Lititz where you'll discover the charming Isabella's Ice Cream Parlor. Enjoy hand-dipped ice cream in a variety of flavors, including old fashioned vanilla, maple walnut, raspberry chip, banana pudding, and cotton candy. Isabella's Ice Cream Parlor is open in April Tuesday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
3. Jigger Shop – 202 Gettysburg Avenue, Mt Gretna, PA 17064
Experience a century old tradition when you visit The Jigger Shop in the quaint town of Mount Gretna. Start your visit with an old-fashioned meal - soup, a salad, a wrap, or a sandwich - before ordering a scrumptious ice cream treat. The Jigger Shop's ice cream menu boasts such "outrageous sundaes" as the banana split, the strawberry shortcake, and the banana fudge royal. Stop by The Jigger Shop daily from noon to 10 p.m.
4. Eckles Ice Cream Fountain – 36 East Main Street, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
Find a cozy spot in the picturesque ice cream parlor, Eckles Ice Cream Fountain, that looks as though it's stepped out of the pages of the past. Start with a meal or cut right to the chase and order an ice cream dish or cone, a sundae, a float, a milkshake, or a flavored Coke. Eckles Ice Cream Fountain welcomes guests Wednesday and Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
5. Kristy’s Whistle Stop – 600 South Enola Road, Enola, PA 17025
Kristy's Whistle Stop celebrates its 12th season in 2017. Start your visit with a scrumptious pork BBQ sandwich before indulging in what has been called Central Pennsylvania's best ice cream. Order an old-fashioned sundae, an ice cream cone, or a milkshake.
6. Leo’s Homemade Ice Cream – 816 West High Street, Carlisle, PA 17015
The epic ice cream trail through Eastern and part of Central Pennsylvania culminates at Leo's Homemade Ice Cream, a popular ice cream spot that's open all year around. The quaint ice cream shop offers nearly 100 ice cream flavors, including vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, teaberry, cherry chocolate chip, and coconut. Leo's Homemade Ice Cream is open daily from noon to 9 p.m.
Enjoy some of the best ice cream in the state along this scrumptious ice cream trail through Eastern Pennsylvania. And, don’t forget to look for the delicious ice cream trail in Western Pennsylvania some time next week. In the meantime, here are
several more ice cream parlors in PA you’ll definitely want to visit.