Ice Cream: Road Trip

The very best Greater Boston ice cream stands.

Stands That Deliver

With insane portions, awesomely titled flavors (Barnyard Mudslide or Crunchasaurus, anyone?), and an abundance of New England charm, these ice cream stands are reason enough to get out of town.


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Illustration and typography by Liz Noftle

best ice cream stands greater boston

Photographs by Jared Leeds

1.
White Farms
| Ipswich

Highlights: An inventive selection of chocolaty (chocolate-turtle fudge) and fruity (Key lime pie) flavors.

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2.
Mad Maggie’s
| North Andover

Highlights: Kahlua-brownie fudge and Massachusetts Mud; from-scratch waffle cones.

best ice cream stands greater boston

3.
Benson’s
| West Boxford

Highlights: Old-school flavors like Grape-Nut and frozen pudding; the gardenlike seating area.

best ice cream stands greater boston

4.
Crescent Ridge
| Sharon

Highlights: The extra-thick black-raspberry frappe; the cows around the corner.

best ice cream stands greater boston

5.
Richardson’s
| Middleton

Highlights: Sweet, creamy scoops of Maine Black Bear and coffee-Kahlua brownie; the squeezed-to-order raspberry-lime rickeys; the nearby goats and cows.

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6.
Sunshine Farm
| Sherborn

Highlights: Sophisticated varieties like coconut and bourbon-pistachio caramel brittle; the nearby greenhouse and nursery.

best ice cream stands greater boston

7.
Shaw Farm
| Dracut

Highlights: The rich Moose Tracks; the 56-ounce servings to go in the adjacent farm store.

best ice cream stands greater boston

8.
Erikson’s
 | Maynard

Highlights: The sweet-tart raspberry sundae, with fresh whipped cream and homemade raspberry sauce.

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9.
Kimball Farm
| Westford

Highlights: Gigantic portions of flavors like Malted Moo Crunch and Mocha Almond Assault; the mini golf and bumper boats.

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10.
Bedford Farms
 | Concord

Highlights: The Toll House Cookie and Chunky Chocolate.

best ice cream stands greater boston

11.
Hodgie’s
 | Amesbury

Highlights: Giant scoops of rotating special flavors like red velvet and chocolate banana; the fried dough.

best ice cream stands greater boston

12.
Peaceful Meadows
| Plymouth

Highlights: The brownie sundae, topped with a mousselike chocolate whipped cream.


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  • RJPJr

    Shaw Farm ice cream isn’t that good. Avoid at all costs.