You know summer is on its way when Minnesota Seasonal Ice Cream Shops start to open for the year!
Do you eat ice cream all year round or is it more of a seasonal food? One of our daughters seems to think ice cream just might be one of the food groups.
Unfortunately, some of our favorite ice cream spots aren’t open year-round. It’s a bit of a bummer, but it does make us excited when they do finally open for the season.
Although we are sharing just four seasonal ice cream locations, there are sure to be many more hidden gems around the state. If you share them we can add them to the list.
Scoops Ice Cream & More – open March 18
This first one is located in Bloomington. When we discovered it several years ago, it was a bit difficult to locate any information about it. Earlier I could not even find a phone number, but thankfully they now have a Facebook page. They even count down the days until they open for the season on their page.
It’s called Scoops Ice Cream & More, which is pretty self-explanatory, and a great place. It’s located on the west side of Bloomington.
Cup and Cone – open March 9
If you live in or near White Bear Lake you probably already know that a local favorite just opened for the season. Cup and Cone is now open!
Having been around for around 50 years…that’s a whole lot of ice cream! Check out their website for their menu and a special monthly flavor calendar.
We don’t live close to it but were able to try it last summer when we were out wandering around. Fun place and hope to make it back up that way again.
Nelson’s Ice Cream – open April 2
The third spot, many of you have already discovered as it is a little more well-known. Yes… Nelson’s Ice Cream in Stillwater, and their second location is in St. Paul. They probably have the largest ice cream portion sizes ever! They may be bigger than your head – – or very close to it! The portion sizes make for an interesting treat on a hot summer day.
If you love ice cream, frequently wander, and enjoy having adventures, put these on your list for a treat. I wish they were open all year round but that just means we have something to look forward to.
Selma’s – open April 1
If you’ve never heard of Selma’s, put it on your list for a day trip. Located in the cute town of Afton, it has a long history going back to 1913. Selma’s opens soon, keep watching their Facebook page. Offering over 30 different flavors, there’s sure to be something for you to enjoy!
A little bit more about Selma’s:
Selma’s Ice Cream Parlour is your small-town, old-fashion ice cream shop that takes you back to a simpler time. Tucked away in historic downtown Afton, Selma’s is Minnesota’s oldest ice cream shop, dishing out ice cream since the early 1900s when the shop was established in a building used for ammunition storage during the Civil War. Much has changed over the years, but the tradition of Selma’s remains the same.
Other seasonal ice cream shops include:
Adele’s Frozen Custard (Excelsior) – open March 1
Another Time Ice Cream Parlor (Lanesboro) – open April 2
Blast Softserve (Owatonna) – open March 18
Chill Ice Cream Studio (Farmington) – open April 1
The Chocolate Ox (Nisswa) – open April 30
Cone Brothers (Richfield) – open March 18
Conny’s Creamy Cone (St. Paul) – open March 12
Cullens Ice Cream (Champlin and Coon Rapids) – open April 1
Dairy Freeze (Fairmont) – open April 15
Dairyland (Fergus Falls) – open March 24
Flamingos Ice Cream & Treats (Fridley) – open April 21
Licks Unlimited (Excelsior) – open April 7
The MinneSoda Fountain (Park Rapids) – open May 27
Mom & Pop’s (Mankato) – open March 4
Moorhead Dairy Queen (Moorhead) – open March 1
Moorhead Freez (Moorhead) – open March 11
Mr. Twisty (St. Cloud, Sartell) – open March 18
Muskie Waters Co. (Nevis) – open April 19
Penguin Zesto (Winona) – open March 5
PortLand Malt Shoppe (Duluth) – open April 22
Nita Mae’s Scoop (Marine on St. Croix) – open April 2
Oak Station Coffee & Cone (Freeport) – open May 13
Peppermint Twist (Delano) – open early May
Pier 77 (Tower) – open May 27
Scoops (Elysian) – open April 29
Silo Ice Cream (Motley) – open early May
The Social Ice Cream Parlor (Victoria) – open April 22