24 Favorite Virginia Ice Cream Parlors

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Jun 26, 2013 | Updated: Jun 27, 2017

Comments: 150 Comments

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.

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

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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RoanokeRob says:

Of course – Homestead Creamery in Burnt Chimney….omg good.

Emily says:

Saunder’s Bros. Farm Market in Piney River, VA which serves Homestead Creamery Ice Cream. Coconut-Chocolate Chip!!!

Nancy says:

Retro’s in Williamsburg has the best frozen custard!

Shery A, says:

Ok, seriously ya’ll need to step away from Carl’s and walk over to Wally’s. It is phenominal ice cream.

Amanda says:

Wally’s in downtown Fredericksburg is way better than Carl’s. once you try the Arbuckle’s flavor you will wonder why you ever stood in that silly line for an overpriced frozen custard.

Henry Warren says:

Milwaukee frozen custard on 13321 Worth Avenue, Woodbridge Va

Sharon says:

Carousel in Warrenton has some of the best ice cream and the fried oreos are the best!

Mary Moglia says:

Pack’s – Rt. 522 North outside of Winchester……yummy ice cream!! Little picnic sitting area…..we don’t miss it if we are in Winchester in the summer.

Sara says:

brown dog ice cream! Cape Charles, VA Most yummy around.

Jess R says:

What about the smaller towns? Dipper’s ice cream in the Ridgeway/Martinsville area is pretty awesome!

Chris says:

Custard Corner! (Christiansburg)

calvin says:

gardner’s in christiansburg is better than custard corner. just my opinion though.

Donna says:

brown dog ice cream in Cape Charles, VA – best homemade, small batch ice cream with the most creative, unique, and DELICIOUS flavors. And eating ice cream with Foster (the brown dog) outside in his golf cart makes it even better!