The Best Ice Cream on Cape Cod

With warm summer days upon us, we start thinking about vacation, beach and of course everybody’s favorite ice cream. Cape Cod is one of the best places in New England to Indulge in a big cone of creamy homemade Ice Cream. Visitors can enjoy many ice cream shops that showcase flavors that stand out. In between basic vanilla and chocolate, you might find flavors that surprise and delight. When you start seeing the Open signs of this famous spots, you know it’s summer on Cape Cod!

Nestled in a century old school house with a ton of history, Short ‘n’ Sweet is a Chatham landmark. Interestingly enough, this ice cream shop has a connection to the Inn. When you enter the front door, the first thing you see is a huge portrait of Dr. Carroll Keene, who was the builder and owner of the original house, now The Old Harbor Inn. Dr. Keene was a beloved Chatham resident and in his spare time he used to teach at this local school. We are obsessed with their Death by Chocolate and Lobster Tracks flavors. If there is a Chatham Anglers game in town, be sure to head to Short ’n’ Sweet, perhaps you will be lucky enough to get an autograph from a future Major Leaguer when the team comes in for a milk shake following a game.

Buffy’s, our personal favorite, is just a short walk for the Inn. Buffy’s serves up gourmet ice cream with flavors ranging from classic vanilla and mint chip to black cherry vanilla chip and black raspberry fudge. Situated in a gingerbread style house,it was previously the local fish market. Buffy’s is more than an ice cream shop, it’s a must visit while in Chatham. Besides the wonderful variety of ice cream, they also offer freshly squeezed lemonade, raspberry lime Rickeys, Sundays and freshly made waffle cones. The bright colored geraniums in the window and pink bench in front of the store are enough to brighten anyone’s day!

Four Seas in Centerville is one of the oldest ice cream shops in New England. It has been making ice cream at this spot, a former blacksmith shop, since 1934. Four Seas features 32 unique flavors, such as Penuche Pecan or Cranberry Sherbet. Interesting fact is that their fresh peach ice cream was served at Caroline Kennedy’s wedding rehearsal dinner. Four Seas is located on Main Street in Centreville.

Sunday School has been making ice cream since 1976 and has three convenient locations in Harwich Port, Dennisport and Orleans. This family run ice creamery makes their product daily in small batches. They use fresh fruit in their blueberry, banana, strawberry, apricot and peach ice creams, and real nuts in the nut flavor ice cream. Our favorites are Bass River Mud and the Espresso Crunch. 

School House in Harwich, offers homemade local favorites like Harwich Mudpie and Brady’s Bunch Crunch. They offer 55 different flavors in generous portions.  Enjoy your ice-cream on their whimsical deck decorated with wind chimes and birdhouses, or on the sweeping front porch filled with seasonal flowers.

And do not forget cash only!



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