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Cape Cod Ice Cream

When you stay on Cape Cod this summer, you'll love the long lazy days relaxing at the ocean or paddling in the kettle ponds. What better way to wind down a perfect summer's day at the beach than by indulging in a sweet treat that cools you down?

Cape Cod is famous for its delicious, homemade ice cream, and you are never far from a creamery as you drive along the seashore. Whether treating the kids or enjoying a cone for yourself, you can choose from any of these wonderful local ice cream parlor options to partake in a cherished summer tradition!
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Schoolhouse Ice Cream

Address 749 MA-28, Harwich Port, MA 02646
Open as of mid-April.

Less than a mile from Handkerchief Shoals Inn at Saquatucket Harbor and the Freedom Cruise Line! Enjoy a cone of homemade ice cream or a Super Bowl Sundae in July as soon as you step off the seasonal ferry from Nantucket.

Watching your waist? Try some delicious house-made 97% fat-free frozen yogurt. From old-fashioned flavors to rum or whiskey ice cream for adults, there's something for everyone. If you are undecided, be sure to try Harwich mudpie (coffee ice cream, fudge, chocolate-covered almonds, with chocolate cake pieces). Outdoor seating in a charming waterfront setting.

Sundae School Ice Cream

Address: 606 MA-28, Harwich Port 02646
Near Wychmere Harbor and convenient to Bank Street Beach, just 2 minutes from Handkerchief Shoals Inn.
Phone: 508-430-2444.

Sundae School Menu

Owned and operated by the same family and well-known all over the Cape, Sundae School has been a favorite destination with vacationers for many years. While some places focus solely on soft-serve and cones, the Sundae School specializes in just what you might expect—sundaes.

Come grab a dish of your favorite flavors, with seasonal special toppings including locally-sourced raspberries, peaches, and cranberries. Great if you love an old-time ice cream sundae, with lots of seating and ample parking (adjacent to Ember Coal Fire Pizza in Harwich Port).
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Short 'N' Sweet Ice Cream

Address: 2334 Main Street, South Chatham MA 02659
Hours (Seasonal)

Visitors flock to Short ‘N' Sweet for their fabulous flavors and charming setting in the old South Chatham schoolhouse. The go-to place for Chatham Anglers baseball fans after a home game, Short ‘N' Sweet is a favorite with locals. Just a few miles from Handkerchief Shoals as you head to Chatham center, and a convenient stop for refreshment along the bike trail! (Our staff gives an A+ to their Chocolate chip cookie dough).

Cape Cod Creamery

Addresses (there are 3 locations):
716 Main St, Dennis, MA 02638
5 Theater Colony Rd, South Yarmouth, MA 02664
645 Iyannough Rd, Hyannis, MA 02601

Hours (seasonal)

Every day, 11AM - 9:00PM

Cape Cod Creamery Menu

The Cape Cod Creamery is likely the first parlor you may come across if you are heading down Cape from Hyannis or enjoying the Bass River. With three different locations, it's an accessible gourmet ice cream experience. The Cape Cod Creamery has over thirty different flavors to choose from, along with gelato! It is always a great season on Old Cape Cod for Patti Page Peppermint, or how about Monomoy Mud Pie, or Menemsha Mocha Chip?

Take home a quart of ice cream from the store, grab a spoon, and dig in! (Locals take note: the Hyannis location is open year-round!)

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Mary's Lil' Caboose

Address: 1279 MA-28, South Yarmouth 02664
Hours (seasonal)
Phone: 508-398-1848

Lil' Caboose Menu

This cute family favorite creamery has a boxcar full of personality. The outdoor venue offers some fun for the kids like a small wooden train, cow benches, and a wide-open space for play in between bites. With 50 different flavor profiles to choose from, you may have to try several! Don't worry, they're all scrumptious.

Ice Cream Smuggler

Address: 1555 MA-6A, South Dennis
Hours (seasonal)
Phone: 508-385-5307

Ice Cream Smuggler Menu

The Ice Cream Smuggler, which was highlighted on Food Network's TV show "The Best Thing I Ever Ate," is certainly worth the drive after a day at Corporation Beach, or an afternoon of antique hunting along the beautiful and historic Route 6A.

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Summer days are inseparable from the ice cream experience, and your Cape Cod summer vacation is one of the best opportunities to treat yourself to a cone. If you are in search of the best homemade ice cream on Cape Cod, we recommend multiple stops for comparison. These are just a few places to start!

For an excuse to indulge your palate, come stay at the charming Handkerchief Shoals Inn in Harwich, where our staff will be happy to offer you the inside scoop on all our favorites!