24 Favorite Virginia Ice Cream Parlors

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 | Updated: Jun 27, 2016

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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 is a take-out style ice cream bar.

Kline’s Dairy Bar

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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Jimers Frozen Custard in Chesterfield, VA!

Susie says:

Klines is nothing special. You can get better ice cream out of your freezer.

Marcia says:

A must try is C&C in Front Royal. All home made and he has the most amazing favors!!

Shirley Robins says:

Doumars is best!!

Mark Kincaid says:

How about the Purple Cow Ice Cream Parlor in Waynesboro it has real cream hand dipped ice cream. milk shakes , malts all locally made.