24 Favorite Virginia Ice Cream Parlors

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 | Updated: Jun 30, 2016

Comments: 146 Comments

Last Updated: August 21, 2015

It’s summertime and that means, well, quite a few things, but today it means ICE CREAM! We asked our Virginia travel and tourism partners to name their favorite ice cream parlor (for the benefit of our readers, of course), and dozens of recommendations rolled in. To get you started on your summer brain freeze tour, we’ve compiled a list of the parlors most frequently mentioned by locals in the know.

Kline’s Dairy Bar rose to the top with local ice cream lovers, and it doesn’t hurt that this homegrown establishment dating to 1943 has several locations:

Kline's Dairy Bar is a take-out style ice cream bar. www.Virginia.org, Virginia Tourism Corporation

Kline’s Dairy Bar


Winner of the 2014 Virginia is for Lovers Culinary Challenge, Dippers Homemade Ice Cream makes new ice cream daily at their shop, using fresh cream and only the highest quality ingredients. Their ice cream menu rotates but always has 18 unique flavors that draw lines at this Ridgeway ice cream shop. At Dippers, even the sauces are homemade, and you can top your cone, cup, or sundae with hot fudge, strawberry, peanut butter, and other fantastic sauces. After enjoying your frozen treat, you can lounge on the patio or even play a round of corn hole with friends.

Dippers Ice Cream ShopDippers Homemade Ice Cream


Doumar’s Cones & Barbecue is located in Norfolk, and is the home of the world’s first ice cream cone (1904). Those traveling through Coastal Virginia will want to make a bee-line to 1919 Monticello Avenue for homemade ice cream and cones.

One of America’s Most Nostalgic Ice Cream Parlors, USA Today

Doumar's Cones and Barbeque

Doumar’s Cones and Barbeque


Carl’s Frozen Custard is a Fredericksburg mainstay, serving fresh, made-today custard for more than 50 years.

Carl's Frozen Custard

Carl’s Frozen Custard


Island Creamery on Chincoteague Island handcrafts their small batches of ice cream daily to ensure the best products possible. The staff has been creating fresh waffle cones, ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt and more since 1975. A true labor of summertime love!

One of of the 10 Best Ice Cream Shops in the U.S., TripAdvisor

Island Creamery

Island Creamery


Muller’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor is also located on Chincoteague Island and serves Bassett’s ice cream, America’s oldest ice cream. Their claim to fame, however, is the fresh, homemade Belgian waffles with ice cream, fruit and homemade whipped cream.

Muller's Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor

Muller’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor


Moo Thru in Remington offers ice cream that really doesn’t get any more fresh or homemade. The milk comes from their own grass-fed Holsteins and the rest of the ingredients are sourced as close to home as possible.

The Split Banana in Staunton is known for its homemade, fresh-daily ice cream, sorbet and gelato. Split prides itself on all natural ingredients – fruit, milk, sugar and cream. Why complicate what isn’t complicated?

Short Lane Ice Cream Company in Gloucester is celebrating their tenth anniversary this summer! Celebrate with them by enjoying homemade ice cream, cookies, gelato, custard, coffees, sundaes, floats, shakes …

Pop’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream in Alexandria boasts 63 homemade flavors of ice cream. Located in Old Town, it’s the perfect destination for lovers of cobblestones and nostalgia.

Additional shops and parlors receiving nods from the locals for their chilly treats:


Pop's Ice Cream

Pop’s Ice Cream and Soda Bar


Don’t see your favorite ice cream shop on this list? Chime in by commenting below!

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Kathy Swarthout says:

Mineral Shakes serves Hershey’s Ice Cream in generous servings. Chuck Taylor is pleasant to talk to while he is dishing up your favorite treat or shake. The flavors are well labeled and there are many gluten free choices.

There’s a new place in Danville called Coco Ni. It serves Thai, or stir fried, ice cream. They have a chilled pan that they pour cream and ingredients onto, then prepare as if it were being stir fried. Once completed it’s scooped into little rolls and placed in the bowl.

Not your typical place, and I don’t know how it compares to these, but it’s well worth checking out. 🙂

Joni says:

Grammie’s in Dayton, Va 🙂

Sharon O'Neil says:

LOVE Pack’s Frozen Custard Winchester!

Bryan F says:

Don’t forget about Carousel in Warrenton!

Ingrid Grout says:

Mr Goody’s on Timberlake Rd., is fantastic, love their soft ice cream!!!!

Brandi Day says:

C&C in Front Royal is a new shop that has wonderful handmade flavors. It is on Main Street.

Maria says:

The Carousel in Warrenton,VA is the best and friendliest!

Lee says:

Frozen Dairy Bar, Falls Church, Virginia

Fred Mills says:

Mr. Goody’s on Timberlake Road in Lynchburg has the best soft serve I have ever tasted, and I have been to many of the places listed in the top 25 here.