What happens when you survey a bunch of moms about the Best Ice Cream in the Hudson Valley?
Let me tell you… Absolute craziness happens!!!!
The scenario went like this:
After reading a recent article about the Top Ice Cream places in Upstate NY, I took to the streets, or better yet, many HV Facebook Moms’ groups and asked the experts (AKA- moms of the Hudson Valley):
“Which is the BEST ice cream shop in the Hudson Valley?”
And these are the responses I received…
- The Best of Hudson Valley Ice Cream Shops
- Popular Hudson Valley ice cream shops in Westchester Co
- Popular Hudson Valley ice cream shops in Rockland Co
- Popular Hudson Valley ice cream shops in Orange Co
- Popular Hudson Valley ice cream shops in Putnam Co
- Popular Hudson Valley ice cream in Dutchess Co
- Popular Hudson Valley ice cream shops in Ulster Co
- Popular Hudson Valley Ice Cream Shops in Columbia Co
- Popular Hudson Valley Ice Cream Shops in Greene Co
- Popular Hudson Valley Ice Cream Shops in Rensselaer Co
- Popular Hudson Valley Ice Cream Shops in Albany Co
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE VISITING HUDSON VALLEY ICE CREAM SHOP:
> Very few of these shops are open year-round. Confirm information with the individual websites and/or Social Media pages.
> The majority of Hudson Valley Ice Cream Shops on this list open seasonally. Some open as early as April and close late in the year (October).
> Some of the Hudson Valley Ice Cream Shops make small-batch ice cream and popular flavors usually sell out quickly.
The Best of Hudson Valley Ice Cream Shops
According to an article on HudsonValleyPost.com,
Do you agree????
The Ultimate List of Popular Hudson Valley Ice Cream Shops
Topping our list with the most votes are:
- Holy Cow
Red Hook, NY
Located on South Broadway, the 4.7 Star rating on Google reviews should convince you that this is the place to be. Customer reviews talk about the great selection of ice cream, both regular and soft serve and the friendly service.
- Joe’s Dairy Bar and Grill (Open year-round)
Hopewell Junction, NY
Located on Route 82, Joe’s Dairy Bar is a place not only about the ice cream but also about the food. It’s a local favorite and people often rave about it!
- Bellvale Farms Creamery
Located on Route 17A, Bellvale is the big winner in the local ice cream scene. With its 4.8 Star rating in Google reviews, people rave about the creamy and delicious ice cream.
- Moo Moo’s Creamery
Cold Spring, NY
Located on West Street, this a local favorite in Putnam County. Patrons of Moo Moo’s often have to wait on line to have their ‘4.6 Star rating’ ice cream. All their flavors are homemade and the flavors are unique and delicious.
- Zoe’s Ice Cream Barn
Located right on Route 55, Zoe’s Ice Cream not only offers delicious soft serve and a wide variety of regular ice cream, but they also have ice cream cakes, cider donuts and food for sale.
The Essential Map for a HV Ice cream Road Trip
(Use this map to locate all the ice cream shops on this list)
The remaining favorites (sorted by county):
Popular Hudson Valley ice cream shops in Westchester Co
- Village Creamery & Sweet Shop
Located on Broadway, patrons really love this little shop in Valhalla that offers unique flavors of ice cream and toppings, as well as, candy.
- King Kone
Located on Route 100, King Kone sells ice cream and food in this cozy little shop. This is a great family place with umbrella-covered picnic tables and a small sandbox.
- Main Street Sweets
Located on Main Street, this little gem features ice cream and a good selection of flavors and toppings. They also make truffles and other sweets.
- The Blue Pig Ice Cream
Located on Maple Street, this popular ice cream place has homemade ice cream in unique flavors. They also offer vegan and gluten-free options.
- Longford’s Own Made Ice Cream
Located on Elm Place, Longford’s is known for its delicious flavors and seasonal ice cream flavors and options. People rave about the variety of toppings. It may be small but it is mighty.
- Scoop Shop
Located on Wilmot Road, this local favorite has yummy ice cream and options for people with nut allergies. In addition to ice cream, they also offer frozen yogurt in delicious flavors.
- The Hudson Creamery
Located right next to the Hudson River Front, this ice cream shop offers homemade ice cream in a variety of marvelous flavors. Enjoy your ice cream while enjoying the beautiful view.
- Penny Lick Ice Cream Company
A penny lick was a small glass for serving ice cream, used in London, England, and elsewhere in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. This name is so appropriate for this Westchester County favorite.
- Lighthouse Ice Cream & Coffee
Located on West Main Street, this rustic-style ice cream shop and coffee shop is a local favorite. Many patrons comment of the very friendly staff and fresh and homemade ice cream. The old fashioned soda machine is an added bonus!
- Double Rainbow
Located on Wolf’s Lane in Pelham, this sweet little ice cream shop offers a great selection of ice cream and toppings.
- Seven Scoops
Shrub Oaks, NY
Located on East Main Street in Shrub Oak, this shop is conveniently located and specializes in frozen custard and ice cream. People rave about the outstanding service and outside seating.
- Mikey Dubbs Frozen Custard
New Rochelle, NY
Located on North Ave in New Rochelle, this shop has custard ice cream. The menu is full of flavors and combinations and people love that the staff is so friendly.
- Pane & Gelato
Located in White Plains Rd in Eastchester, this shop offers gelato, baked goods, and coffee.
- La Fenice Gelateria
Located on Purdy Ave in Rye, this shop offers delicious crepes, gelato and a great variety of pastry options. And… don’t forget about the coffee.
Popular Hudson Valley ice cream shops in Rockland Co
- Temptations Cafe
Located on Main Street in Nyack, this shop is a great place for ice cream when you and/or the kiddies need a treat! And for those that are hungry, they also have a full menu.
- King Kone
Pearl River, NY
Located on North Middletown Rd in Pearl River, this ‘Classic’ walk-up ice cream, stand is what Summers are made of! People love the delicious soft serve, custards, and milkshakes.
West Haverstraw, NY
Located on 9W in West Haverstraw, this ice cream shop offers fresh homemade ice cream and has become a Summer tradition for many in the area.
Popular Hudson Valley ice cream shops in Orange Co
- Riverside Creamery
Port Jervis, NY
Located on Water Street in Port Jervis, this shop offers ice cream, milkshakes and much more. People rave about the sundaes and say that there are many milkshake flavors.
- Chester Ice Cream
Located in the Quickway Plaza, this shop offers delicious ice cream and generous portions. In addition, the ice cream is homemade and so are the waffle cones! The flavors are unique and rotate often.
- Trailside Treats Creamery
Located on St. James Place, this ice cream shop that offers generous portions for a fair price. People mention that it is a little hidden, so make sure you use your GPS to find it easily.
- Quickway Twin Cone
Located on RR 17K, this shop is a local favorite and it is not unusual to wait on line. Their ice cream and milkshakes are delicious and their portions are generous.
- Weir’s Ice Cream
Salisbury Mills, NY
Located on Route 94, people rave about their ice cream and say it’s the best around. They have so many different options: soft, hard, vegan, Italian ice, and even ice cream for dogs!
- The Dairy O
Located on County Road 62, this shop offers great choices of flavors. Great tasting, smooth, creamy farm-fresh ice cream. It’s a local favorite!
- Mary Jane’s Dairy Barn
Located on Route 9w, this ‘Classic’ ice cream stand is a local favorite and have many, many choices and flavors. In addition, they also have food on their menu.
Popular Hudson Valley ice cream shops in Putnam Co
- Scoops N More
Located on Gleneida Ave, this shop offers both soft serve and hard ice cream, as well as, food choices. With so many flavors to choose from, don’t be surprised if the line is long when you go.
Popular Hudson Valley ice cream in Dutchess Co
- Mapleview Cafe
Located on Overlook Road, this cafe offers foods and hard ice creams that people rave about. Outdoor seating and a playground are a bonus for those warm days.
- Utterly Delicious
Pleasant Valley, NY
Located on Route 44, this shop offers a delicious variety of soft serve and hard ice creams. Patrons rave about the service and say the “utterly shakes” and “flavor bursts” are delicious!
- Beacon Creamery
Located right on Main Street, this little shop offers a wide variety of hard ice cream flavors and a selection of ’21 and over’ ice cream and shakes.
- East Fishkill Provisions
Hopewell Junction, NY
Located on Old Hopewell Rd, Hopewell, this place is mainly known for its food. But don’t let that fool you, their custard ice cream is a big hit.
- Ron’s Ice Cream
Located on Fishkill Ave, this shop offers soft-serve ice cream in a variety of flavors. Patrons rave about the pineapple flavor and the banana caramel ice cream.
- The Chocolate Studio
Located towards the end of Main Street in Beacon, NY, this shop serves vegan options of lots of sweet treats, in addition to, Moo Moo Creamery Ice Cream! Now thats a BIG PLUS in my book.
Popular Hudson Valley ice cream shops in Ulster Co
- The Jolly Cow
Located on Route 9W, this ‘Classic’ ice cream stand offers delicious soft-serve ice cream & amazing milkshakes. Their soft-serve flavors change, so be sure to visit often and taste as many as you can.
- The Frozen Caboose
Located on Haviland Road, this shop is conveniently located next to the Walkway Over the Hudson State Park! Take a walk, run, bike ride and then head on over to enjoy delicious soft-serve and hard ice cream.
- Jane’s Ice Cream
Located on Wall St, this shop offers small-batch ice cream that is not only delicious but creamy. They not only offer ice cream here but they also supply ice cream for other local shops.
- Alleyway Ice Cream
Located on Partition Street, this shop is definitely worth the visit. The home-made ice cream is delicious and so are their homemade waffle cones!
- Tantillo’s Farm Market
Located on Route 208, this farm market offers delicious ice cream and wonderful donuts. Patrons rave about the treats and the view!
- Lakeside Licks
Located on Route 299, this shop offers a wonderful variety of soft-serve and they now make homemade donuts with your choice of glaze and toppings. Oh, and they have a mini-golf course!
- Twistee Cone
New Paltz, NY
Located on Main Street, this ‘Classic’ ice cream stand offers a variety of soft-serve flavors that rotate often. Patrons rave that they are one of the only places that offer so many soft-serve flavors. A local favorite!
- Cherries Ice Cream
Stone Ridge, NY
Located on Route 209, this shop offers generous portions of ice cream and always offer wonderful service. They offer a menu of classic American food. A local favorite!
- Boice Bros Dairy
Located on O’Neil Street, Boice Bros. Dairy is NY State’s oldest family-run dairy farm that takes pride in offering freshly made ice cream at the Milk House. They offer lactose-free and fat-free ice creams and the flavors change weekly.
- Nancy’s of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery
Located on Tinker Street, Nancy’s of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery is an ice cream shop and cafe. They specialize in homemade ice cream and delicious coffee drinks and pastries. Vegan options, pies and cakes too!
Popular Hudson Valley Ice Cream Shops in Columbia Co
- Ice Cream Shack
Located off of Fairview Ave, this shop offers inside and outside seating. The staff is very friendly. They offer vegan, sugar-free options and gluten-free ice creams.
- Village Scoop
Located off route 23, this shop offers hand crafted ice cream in a variety of different flavors.
- Valley Harvest Ice Cream & Grill
Located on Palatine Park Rd, this shop is a local favorite for both the ice cream and the food.
Popular Hudson Valley Ice Cream Shops in Greene Co
- Lick’s I Scream
Located on Route 9W, this shop is a local favorite for patrons with dogs. They are known for their specialty sundaes and their chocolate sprinkles.
- Bittersweet Catskill
Located on Main Street, this shop is known for its whimsical atmosphere and great staff. Visits rave about the lavender ice cream and other unusual flavors.
- Sweet Side Ice Cream
Located on Route 9W, This shop is popular and offers inside seating. Offering both hard and soft ice cream, there is plenty of variety to choose from.
Popular Hudson Valley Ice Cream Shops in Rensselaer Co
- Smile’s Soft Serve
Located on John Street, this shop is a favorite because of their great tasting ice cream, friendly staff and amazing sundaes.
Popular Hudson Valley Ice Cream Shops in Albany Co
- Emack & Bolio’s
Located on Delaware Ave, this shop offers a wonderful variety of flavors and creative options. They offer outside seating.
- Kurver Kreme
Located on Central Avenue, this shop is a favorite of locals for his fast service, and good portions of ice cream.
Things I Learned while Researching these Hudson Valley ice cream shops:
When it comes to Hudson Valley ice cream shops, it’s hard to pick a favorite.
And the debate about the all-time favorite on Facebook and other social media platforms can go on and on…
Whether you live in Westchester County or in Ulster County, your favorite shop may be down the road or in another county.
Take my advice: Try as many as you can.
You never know, you might find a new favorite where you least expected to.
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Where to Next???
Now that you have all the information regarding Hudson Valley Ice Cream shops, let’s see where you should go next…
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