A hot summer day and a cool, creamy ice cream cone go hand in hand. Thankfully, there are plenty of spots throughout the greater Indianapolis area to grab a scoop (or two). Here are 7 of our favorites.
Address: 901 E 64th St, Indianapolis
Hours: Sun-Thurs noon-10:00 pm, Fri & Sat noon-11:00 pm
Located just off the Monon Trail and housed in a historic train depot turned charming ice cream shop, Brics reputation for delicious, hand-churned ice cream spreads well beyond its Broad Ripple home. Bonus: “Briclets” are the perfect scoops for little ones.
Address: 5535 E Washington St, Indianapolis
Hours: Daily 12:30-9:15 pm (until 10:15 pm Friday and Saturday)
In addition to a wide variety of super-premium ice cream flavors, this shop in historic Irvington serves up gluten- and soy-free options, milkshakes, espresso and bubble tea. Bonus: Wyliepalooza also offers super student ice cream awards to local schools.
Address: 259 S Meridian St, Greenwood
Hours: Daily 11:00 am-9:00 pm (until 10 pm daily June 1-August 14)
This quaint ice cream stand with ample outdoor seating has been favorite in Greenwood for over forty years. Here you can find everything from soft serve ice cream and hand-spun milkshakes to chili dogs and tater tots! Bonus: Still housed in its original building, a visit to Mrs. Curl is like a trip back in time.
Address: 9101 Moore Road, Zionsville
Hours: Indoor Dairy Bar: Mon 11am-4pm, Tues-Sun 11am-5pm; Outdoor Dairy Bar: Mon noon-4 pm, Tues-Sun noon-8 pm
Enjoy hand-scooped artisan ice cream year-round in the rustic indoor dairy bar. During the summer months, you can savor your frozen treat under the big Indiana sky at the open-air dairy bar, located at the front entrance to the farm. Both serve ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes and smoothies. Bonus: Enjoy a self-guided farm walk while enjoying your treat.
Address: 8760 E 116th St, Fishers; 2466 E. 146th St. Carmel
Hours: Sun- Thurs 11:00 am – 9:30 pm, Fri- Sat 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Launched on a hot summer day in Ohio in 1945, Handel’s has a long-standing tradition of making its creamy concoctions fresh on site daily. Their philosophy? “We Never Skimp!” Bonus: Check their website for coupons before you head out.
Address: 864 Logan Street, Noblesville; 369 West Jackson Street, Cicero
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 am-9:00 pm, Sun noon-9:00 pm
Alexander’s on the Square in downtown Noblesville has a unique selection of 36 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream. Alexander’s on the Water in Cicero off of Morse Reservoir has 16 hand-dipped flavors and 24 soft serve flavors. Bonus: Indulge in one of their famous jumbo breaded tenderloins while you’re there.
Address: 9922 E 79th St, Indianapolis
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Fri & Sat 11:00 am-11:00 pm, Sun noon-10:00 pm
With over 30 years of experience in the ice cream industry, Sundae’s has mastered classic recipes as well as innovative new flavors. Choose from more than 40 flavors made the old-fashioned way: one batch at a time. Bonus: Pick up some fresh-roasted coffee beans to brew that perfect cup of coffee at home.
Cup, cone, shake or malt – it’s all good! Make sure to indulge at your favorite ice cream spot this summer!