It’s undeniable, summer and ice cream go hand in hand. These days, the well-loved dessert has taken the word delicious to a whole new level. You’ll find everything from traditional soda fountain sundaes, shakes and floats, to some seriously interesting flavors. It’s hard to go wrong with this frozen delight, but to get started on your ice cream adventure, here are a few of our favorite stops.
Dew Drop Inn
Although it’s located in an RV park, you don’t have to be staying there to enjoy the ice cream. Stop in and enjoy the open air patio with an incredible view of the Beartooth Mountains.
The Emperor of Ice Cream
This all natural ice cream is made with local and organic ingredients. But what really makes it unique is that it’s cooked at a lower temperature for a longer period of time so it requires less sugar. (Bonus!)
The Frosty Freez
This landmark in Big Timber provides a true small town dining experience, complete with the traditional pie al a mode—highly recommended!
Cole Drug Company
A true old fashion pharmacy and soda fountain, you’ll be impressed with their shakes, floats and sundaes. If you’re up for it, share the Big Timber Sundae; 9 scoops of ice cream, your choice of flavors, 6 sauces, whipped cream and nuts!
Sweet Peaks Ice Cream
Bozeman’s newest ice cream shop serves seasonal flavors such as Montana Christmas; a pine soaked cream with huckleberries from Idaho and Montana farms. Summer specialties include S’Mores, and Strawberry Rhubarb Jam using local rhubarb in the house made jam.
The Chocolate Moose, Candy and Soda Shoppe
Here you’ll want to try the old time mixed sodas used in their ice cream sodas and root beer floats. Or try one (or two) of the 16 flavors of Wilcox’s ice cream, made in neighboring Livingston, MT.
Genuine Ice Cream Company, located at Victory Taco
Who says tacos and ice cream don’t go together? This food truck makes all natural ice cream with both traditional and specialty flavors such as Red Velvet Cake, Orange Creamsicle, Cardamom and Salted Caramel.
Located at the only year round entrance to Yellowstone National Park, Gardiner is full of gift shops and trading posts serving souvenirs and ice cream. One stop shopping!
Yellowstone Gifts and Sweets
High Country Trading
Mark’s In & Out Drive Inn
Established in 1954, Mark’s is an original 50’s style drive in. (Or in this case, a walk-up.) Grab a soft serve ice cream cone, shake, malt or sundae to top off your meal.
Scoops Ice Cream
For some real nostalgia, stop in this 1919 Soda Fountain for an old fashioned draft root beer float. Scoops also serves Montana’s favorite Wilcoxin’s Ice Cream.
Arrowleaf Ice Cream Parlor
This ice cream shop starts with the basics, vanilla and chocolate ice cream or frozen yogurt, and then let’s you choose your own ingredients. (This is your chance to let your ice cream creativity fly!)
Nothing but real cream, sugar and vanilla make up this ice cream, and add to it some interesting twists. Try one of the most popular flavors, Huckleberry Honey Lavender. Yum!
Feeling full just reading about these tantalizing treats? No worries, you’ll find walking paths, hiking trails and biking routes throughout Yellowstone Country! Enjoy!