Aaaaah, those lazy days of summer when we were kids, waiting impatiently for the ice cream truck to come up the block with it's tinny music blaring from the roof-top speakers. Now that our tastes are a bit more refined - or perhaps the ice cream truck no longer makes it to you neighborhood - here are some fabulous local places to get ice cream!
One of the newest players is Town Market Andover in Andover. Inside you'll find everything you need to keep you fueled for the day, including breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings, beer and wine tastings, and of course, Ice cream!
Another newcomer to the field is Cows Rock in North Andover's Old Center. Cows Rock serves Richardson's ice cream, Richie's Italian Ice, coffee, bakery treats and sandwiches in a quaint brick building next to the common.
Speaking of Richardson's, the kids always enjoy a visit to the "real" Richardson's in Middleton, where the ice cream is made. The cows can often be seen in the fields, and if you're looking to burn off some of the ice cream calories you can play mini golf, go to the driving range or hit the batting cages.
A couple other places that offer loads of entertainment along with awesome ice cream are Jay Gee's Ice Cream and Fun Center in Methuen where you can play mini-golf, drive the go-karts, use the batting cages or hang out in the arcade. Kimball Farm in Westford is always a hit, and you may want to plan on spending a few hours there! You may not know where to start with things like bumper boats, zip line, pony rides, pitch and putt, country store and more to keep you busy. Just be sure to end with an ice cream, it's totally worth the drive!
Looking for some history with your ice cream? Check out Putnam Pantry in Danvers, home of the original ice cream smorgasboard. Enjoy your overflowing sundae in an antique house turned shop, and don't leave without getting some hand-crafted chocolates or other candy made right on site.
Heritage Farm in Lowell offers not only delicious ice cream and treats, but is also well known for it's motorcyle and classic car nights. The kids (or adults) can enjoy their ice cream while checking out the night's collection of vehicles.
Not to be missed is Benson's Homemade Ice Cream in Boxford, a staple since 1932. Benson's is famous for making fresh native fruit flavored ice cream and toppings, including strawberry, red raspberry, peach and blueberry.
Finally, Carter's Ice Cream in Bradford is another long time area favorite. The ice cream is made on site and new flavors are constantly being experimented with, such as pumpkin and salty chocolate caramel crunch.
Summer always seems to go by quickly, so get your ice cream before the sad day the stands close down for the season!