August afternoons in Michigan can certainly be toasty, and you know what that means: it’s time to indulge in some delicious ice cream! While the Great Lakes State is overflowing with sweet shops, true Michiganders know that not all ice cream is created equal. Here are 10 tasty ice cream parlors to check out when you’re ready to satisfy that sugar craving.
1. Cherry Lane Ice Cream Shoppe (831 N Lincoln Rd, Escanaba)
No summer outing in Michigan is complete without an ice cream cone, and one of the Upper Peninsula’s best spots to indulge can be found in Escanaba. With unique flavors and banana splits to die for, you’ll wonder if you’ve somehow found yourself in a sugary heaven.
2. Captain Sundae (365 Douglas Avenue, Holland)
This Holland classic has several locations, but there’s nothing quite like the original. Try one of this ice cream shop’s delicious specialty sundaes — all of which feature a fun nautical theme. Whether you’re craving fruity toppings or fudge sauce, you’ll find it here.
3. Udderly Delicious (315 Cass St, Morley)
This charming little shop in the community of Morley certainly lives up to its name! The shop features delightful decor, a menu full of generously portioned meals, and — of course — seemingly endless ice cream options. It’s tough to go wrong when you stop in for a bite here.
4. Village Ice Cream and Cafe (251 S Bridge St, Dimondale)
Head to the small town of Dimondale for a cool, refreshing treat at this ice cream shop, which also serves a variety of lunch items and beverages. Whether you’re ready for a full meal or just eager to satisfy your sweet tooth, this spot is a must-visit.
5. Sherman Dairy Bar (1601 Phoenix St, South Haven)
This classic spot in South Haven has served up great ice cream for decades, and there’s a timeless charm about stepping inside the building with the big blue cow on top. Ice cream never tasted so good, and the generous portions will give your sweet tooth a trip to paradise.
6. The Frozen Flamingo (517-527 M-28, Munising)
Take a break from sight-seeing near Munising for a treat at this little pink shop, which offers a variety of gift items in addition to tasty ice cream delights. If you’re feeling adventurous, try your scoop with a special twist — ever tasted ice cream in a pretzel cone?
7. Marion’s Dairy Bar (111 E Bay St, East Tawas)
There’s a lot to love about the town of East Tawas, and Marion’s Dairy Bar is certainly near the top of the list! Since 1945, this fantastic parlor has offered up tasty treats in a family-friendly atmosphere. Get ready for some of the most wonderful Michigan-made ice cream around.
8. The Big Dipper (106 S Main St, Cheboygan)
Need a little break from everyday life? Stop in at the Big Dipper to enjoy vintage-inspired decor and perfectly smooth ice cream treats. There’s a certain nostalgia to be had at this Cheboygan shop, and your mouth will water immediately upon smelling the parlor’s homemade waffle cones!
9. Fudgees (2420 Main St, Central Lake)
Head to the town of Central Lake to indulge your sweetest cravings at this fudge and ice cream shop, which serves up some of the most delicious treats imaginable. Whether you’re digging into a slab of fudge, licking an ice cream cone, or both, you’ll leave Fudgees with a smile on your face.
10. Ziggy’s Ice Cream (11304 S Saginaw St, Grand Blanc)
Step up to the counter at this shop in Grand Blanc, which offers all the traditional ice cream treats that make summer in Michigan so unforgettable. Whether you opt for a few scoops of mint chocolate chip, a towering sundae, or a chocolate-dipped banana, you’ll certainly be back for more.
Did we leave your favorite small-town ice cream shop in Michigan off our list? Tell us about your most beloved sweet treats in the comment section below!
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