As the summer temperatures heat up, the best way to keep cool is with a delicious ice-cold treat from one of the many ice cream parlors in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland. Here is a list of the must-visit sweet shop, from traditional cones at mom and pop shops to shaved ice and snowballs, follow this guide to Queen Anne’s County ice cream and snowball trail.
Get your fix at Rita’s Italian Ice, a popular place with a menu that features everything from sundaes and frozen custards to Italian ice and milkshakes. Kids especially enjoy the custard cookie sandwiches with chocolate yogurt chips and rainbow sprinkles. In Stevensville, Jack Frost Snowballs is a great place to stop to get a dose of winter in the middle of summer. At the window, you’ll find dozens of syrup flavors to add to your shaved ice and they now offer ice cream treats as well.
Chester has an impressive collection of places to satisfy your sweet tooth so you don’t have to leave the area when exploring Kent Island. You will find familiar places like Dairy Queen with their famous Blizzard treats or Sweet Frog where you choose your flavor and load all your favorite toppings. Both have traditional flavors as well as special summertime surprises. For more of a mom and pop atmosphere, you’ll find a hidden gem in a small produce stand called Lowery’s. Located on a working farm, you will find attractive displays full of fresh and local produce as well as snowball station with tons of flavored syrups to choose from.
Tip: All Stevensville and Chester locations on Kent Island are ideal for taking your treat to go and escaping into nature. There are three areas where you’re permitted to bring your icy sweets. Terrapin Nature Park has its own beach area, stunning sunsets and overlooks the Bay Bridge. The other two locations are Kent Narrows’ own Ferry Point Park on the Chester River and Wells Cove Landing with is beautiful boardwalk and view.
Looking for another random place where you’d least expect an ice cream shop? Harris Crab House in Kent Narrows, has its own ice cream shop. The Scoop, is located on the boardwalk of Harris Crab house and specializes in homemade Nutty Buddy cones and serves Hershey’s ice cream.
Start your ice cream journey in the quaint little town of Centreville. Icy Delights Snowballs is a favorite among locals, where they can unwind and enjoy a large cup of rainbow-colored snowballs while taking advantage of its outdoor seating. Before placing your order, look for the chalkboard sign for its flavor of the week which consists of exciting themes, such as Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Wedding Cake and Egg Custard. Be sure to monitor its Facebook page, as it will occasionally post ways on how to get a free snowball and send participants on a scavenger hunt to claim their prize.
If ice cream is more your treat, you’ll love the flavors at Lion’s Den Ice Cream Parlor, a stand-alone shop that recently opened on Railroad Avenue. The shop is known for its 1950s rockabilly theme and traditional treats like hand-dipped ice cream. The menu stays true to the retro theme with ice cream flavors like Here’s the Scoop and The Cat’s Meow. When visiting Centreville, you’ll want to check out the Victorian style houses along Commerce Street. The street is lined with shops and restaurants where you may notice a blue and yellow storefront named Commerce Street Creamery, an ice cream shop that triples as a restaurant and a coffee house. The menu consists of old-fashioned items like banana splits, ice cream floats and chocolate-dipped waffle cones.
Tip: Rather enjoy your treats by the water? Get your order to go and visit Centreville’s harbor with plenty of parking at The Wharf. You’ll enjoy watching the boats pass by as you eat your sweet treat.
Make it a double treat when you plan your visit to Queen Anne’s County just in time to catch a popular summertime event. Upcoming events, where you’ll find plenty of cold treats, include Sudlersville Peach Festival, Queen Anne’s County Fair (Centreville), Bay Music Festival (Centreville) and the Labor Day Block Party in downtown Historic Stevensville. You’ll find local ice cream and snowball shops participating and selling their best flavors to keep you cool during the festivities. Or catch a concert at one of the Free Summer Concert Series venues throughout Queen Anne’s County. Visit http://queenannescountyarts.com/summer-free-concert-series.html for dates and details.