Posted on 5/17/2023


This post is by Erica Wade.

Everyone loves a good sweet treat once in a while and The Outer Banks has a solution for just about anyone’s sweet tooth. It is almost summer and that means hot days out on our beautiful beaches and pool decks. So when it’s 95 degrees outside what is the best treat? ICE CREAM. 

The Outer Banks is home to some of the best hand scooped, frozen, and flavored milky treats we’ve ever had. We SCREAM for ICE CREAM, so we are here to let you in on our must visit ice cream destinations! 

You Want Flavor Options 

Scammell’s Corner Surf Shop & Ice Cream Parlor

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Scammell’s has a huge variety of hand scooped Hershey’s ice cream flavors. The staff is known for being quick and genuinely kind. You will also be greeted by the family dog Zeus! The shop is quirky and will fill any surfers dreams. This is the place you will never want to leave! 

You’re into Frozen Yogurt

The Surfin’ Spoon

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Surfin’ Spoon is our top choice for a little bit healthier frozen treat. They feature 10 yummy flavors that you can mix and match as you please, as well as all the toppings. This fun and fresh little place is also right on the beach! It is certainly Instagram worthy and merch is sold, so you can take a piece of the OBX sweetness with you!  

You Know What Goes With Ice Cream? PIZZA.

American Pie 

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American Pie is your one stop Americana dream food destination. They feature homemade pizza and homemade, hand dipped ice cream. The ice cream is made in house daily, so every day there are new flavors! Get it in a handmade waffle cone or ask for a hand packed pint to go. Either way you’ll be living the American dream! 

LOTS of Variety 

Booty Treats Ice Cream & Shave Ice 

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Booty Treats has a sweet treat for the whole family. Their menu is extensive featuring old fashioned sundaes, Hawaiian hand shaved ice, old fashioned malts & milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, and of course hand dipped ice cream AND frozen yogurt. They have two locations currently in Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head, so you’ll never be too far away from their delicious treats! 

Custard Lovers 

The Kill Devil Grill 

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The Kill Devil Grill’s classic treat is their frozen custard and beach fries! Customers rave that the custard is creamy and never too sweet. You can even grab a pint for the road. Pair that sweet custard with a bucket of fresh, hot fries and you’ve got yourself the ultimate beach treat duo! Tip: Ask for a pup cup of custard for your furry friend!