You know what's amazing? Summer. You know what's even more amazing? ICE CREAM IN THE SUMMER.
The only question is: Where should you go to get the ultimate best scoop? We asked Yelp for the most popular ice cream shop in every state — which they measured using an algorithm that looked at the number of reviews plus the star rating for every business on Yelp.
So here are 51 amazing local ice cream shops across the country — straight from the Yelp users who've spent many summer nights ~screaming~ for this ice cream.
1. Matt's Homemade Alabama Ice Cream, Gulf Shores, Alabama
"We loved the German Chocolate Cake, Lemon Ice Box Cake, Salted Caramel, Creole Praline, Shark Bite, and Red Velvet Cake. There are no bad flavors here. Just get there early for the best selection." — Yelper Ms. R
2. Coppa, Juneau, Alaska
"Try the Tangy Rhubarb sorbet in the spring, and the Cherry Bourbon Vanilla — with cherries harvested from yards all around the neighborhood — in the summer." — Yelper George S.
"On a recent visit, they offered Rhubarb Sorbet, Belgian Chocolate and Burnt Almost and Carmel with Sea Salt. That last one was so delicious, I went back to get more." — Yelper Cheryl C.
3. Mighty Moo Ice Cream, Youngtown, Arizona
"We tried the Captain Crunch, Strawberry Cheesecake, Peanut Butter Explosion, and Almond Joy. All of them are amazing!" — Yelper Crystal L.
"$3 for a single scoop, $5 for a double. And the single scoop can easily feed two people, so you know you're getting a generous deal." — Yelper Beth S.
4. Scoops Ice Cream, Hot Springs, Arkansas
5. Rori's Artisnal Creamery, Santa Monica, California
6. High Point Creamery, Denver, Colorado
7. Ferris Acres Creamery, Newtown, Connecticut
8. Ice Cream Jubilee, Washington, D.C.
9. Vanderwende Farm Creamery, Bridgeville, Delaware
10. Wilton Creamery, Wilton Manors, Florida
"I recently had a cup of the Sweet Cinnamon topped with a scoop of the Christopher Loves Chocolate, which was fantastic — very creamy and flavorful. Yesterday, I tried the Passion Fruit Sorbet, which was perfect for a hot humid day in Florida. There are also lots of choices for those who want or need something dairy-free or sugar-free, and they have a variety of toppings — as well as flavored whipped cream choices, too." — Yelper Jeff B.
"They have ice cream for dogs, which my dog LOVED. They keep it super frozen, so it takes them a while to lick dry — which is nice because it gives you time to eat your ice cream." — Yelper Christian R.
11. Leopold's Ice Cream, Savannah, Georgia
"The owner of Leopold's, Stratton Leopold, is a movie producer. And so the cinematic theme can be found throughout Leopold's: There are movie posters lining the walls, and an Old Hollywood feel, with old cameras and gadgets." — Yelper Nate H.
"While we waited in line, a staff member walked around with water and menus to keep those of us baking in the sun cool. He saw a puppy and even got the dog a bowl of water and some ice cream! All and all, the staff made this place." — Yelper Jessica S.
12. Island Cream Co., Lahaina, Hawaii
13. Panhandle Cone & Coffee, Sandpoint, Idaho
"We were both super excited to try the Huckleberry, as it is the state fruit of Idaho, and we saw it everywhere around Sandpoint. It was DELICIOUS!!!! There were pieces of huckleberry within the buttercream mix — so good." — Yelper Jennifer L.
"Everything is homemade, all natural, and served up with a small town smile. Do not miss the fresh, homemade waffle cones!" — Yelper Lora W.
14. The Plush Horse, Palos Park, Illinois
15. Sundae's, Indianapolis, Indiana
"They have classic ice cream recipes, but where they really stand out is with their specialty flavors. My hands down favorite is Lemoreo; it's lemon ice cream with big fresh Oreo chunks. Brilliant!" — Yelper Nikol P.
"The Cookie Butter flavor is my favorite." — Yelper Amanda V.
16. Snookies Malt Shop, Des Moines, Iowa
"Snookies is your classic ice cream shop, with indoor and outdoor service, lots of family-friendly places to sit, and a wonderfully fun environment." — Yelper Patrick T.
"I like the little extras they put in the ice cream, like butter cookies on the straws of the malts, and animal cookies on the ice cream cone. Great outdoor seating, too." — Yelper Brenda L.
17. Glacé Artisan Ice Cream, Leawood, Kansas
"DELICIOUS. I typically don't like cherry-flavored food, but the Goat Cheese Cherry ice cream is delicious. I could eat a whole pint." — Yelper Jessica L.
"The Dark Chocolate was, without a doubt, some of the best ice cream I have ever had — rich but not sickeningly so, flavorful...just awesome." — Yelper Zach G.
18. Crank & Boom Ice Cream Lounge, Lexington, Kentucky
19. The Creole Creamery, New Orleans, Louisiana
20. Rococo Artisan Ice Cream, Kennebunkport, Maine
"The Nutella Cranberry was great, but the real winner in my book was the Dulce de Leche! It was Horchata meets Tres Leches cake, with chunks of cake hiding inside. So yummy." — Yelper Shawn H.
21. The Daily Scoop, Pasadena, Maryland
22. Richardson's Ice Cream, Middleton, Massachusetts
23. Nice Modern Creamery, Madison Heights, Michigan
24. Izzy's Ice Cream, Minneapolis, Minnesota
25. Area 51 Ice Cream, Hernando, Mississippi
"They have fun and unusual flavors, and I would love to try all these fun creations. I got a scoop of the Saigon Cinnamon Snickerdoodle, and a scoop of Caramelized Banana ice cream, which tasted like bananas foster. Yum!" — Yelper Shaun B.
"The Bourbon Butter Pecan was creamy and rich, and was enhanced by a cup of ReVerb coffee." — Yelper Don P.
26. Clementine's Naughty & Nice Creamery, Saint Louis, Missouri
"My favorite combination so far is the White Russian with Gooey Butter Cake ice cream. You can even buy a pint to take home!" — Yelper Maggie H.
"I had a cone with a scoop of Gooey Butter Cake and Salted Crack Caramel. There were actual chunks of gooey butter cake and some crunchy caramel goodness." — Yelper Joanna S.
27. Big Dipper Ice Cream, Missoula, Montana
28. eCreamery Ice Cream & Gelato, Omaha, Nebraska
29. Dillens Family Ice Cream, North Las Vegas, Nevada
30. Lago's Ice Cream, Rye, New Hampshire
"Albanian Baklava and Oatmeal Cream Pie are my all-time favorites but honestly, even the French Vanilla is superb!" —Yelper Faith C.
"I've been going to Lago's with my family since I was in a stroller, and it has always been the best place for handmade ice cream on the seacoast." — Yelper Calvin L.
31. The Bent Spoon, Princeton, New Jersey
"I'm still thinking about that damn Turkish coffee with cardamom, plus the Cookies 'N Cream and Strawberry Rhubarb ice cream. FYI: Cash only." - Yelper Thomas A.
"Nothing beats the Vanilla and Rhubarb ice cream on a hot summer day. Actually, maybe Passion Fruit. Or Avocado. Or ..." — Yelper Mikhail V.
32. I Scream Ice Cream, Albuqerque, New Mexico
"You can get up to three flavors in any size cup, plus one free topping." — Yelper Rowena B.
"I got a Salted Caramel and Almond ice cream. The ice cream had caramel swirled throughout, with chunks of almonds." — Yelper Kim D.
33. Ice & Vice, New York, New York
"11 flavors of top quality, inventive, unique, fun ice cream, served by two of the most pleasant, genuine, and friendly ice cream shop owners in existence." — Yelper Mike C.
34. Chuck & Buck Cones 'N Cups, Raleigh, North Carolina
"I learned that their ice cream is 100% chemical and fructose corn syrup free, they only make two boxes of ice cream at a time, waffle cones are made daily, and they rotate ~100 flavors!" — Yelper Heather M.
"Loved the hot fudge brownie. I felt like a kid again." — Yelper Vanessa D.
35. Dakota Drug Whirla Whip, Stanley, North Dakota
36. Diamonds Ice Cream, Columbus, Ohio
"So many choices! Ice cream, popsicles, milk shakes, plus food snacks (like the corn on the cob with cheese and spices)." — Yelper N. H.
37. Roxy's Ice Cream Social, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
"I could gush on and on about Roxy's and how they have the best ice cream ever. But until you walk through their doors in the plaza, or visit their bright yellow and pink truck and order a scoop — and hopefully that scoop is coconut — it's nothing words can explain." — Yelper Matt P.
38. Salt & Straw, Portland, Oregon
"Their Salted Caramel takes the cake: It's a rich and creamy vanilla base, with ribbons of salted caramel swirled in. Pair it with one of their homemade waffle cones, and it's a match made in heaven." — Yelper Minh N.
"The Strawberry, Honey, Balsamic Vinegar with Black Peppercorn changed my life. I will never look at weird ice cream flavors the same again. The flavors were in perfect balance so that no aspect of the flavor overpowered the others." — Yelper Sarah B.
39. Antney's Ice Cream, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"This is that place where you can just say 'grab me something chocolate-y' and not dread the result, like Black Cherry Birthday Cake." — Yelper Mike F.
"It was served at a perfect temperature: cold, but not deep frozen." — Yelper Douglas M.
40. Brickley's Ice Cream, Narragansett, Rhode Island
"I'm convinced that Brickley's has hands down the best Coffee ice cream this coffee-loving state has to offer. The ice cream is never icy, and it's extremely decadent, too, with lots of other pure flavors. But that particular Coffee flavor is special." — Yelper Alma C.
41. Sweet Cream Co., Columbia, South Carolina
"The Strawberry ice cream with the locally grown berries is the kind of stuff that songs are written about." — Yelper Jennifer M.
"The very best sorbet I have ever eaten! And to know that all of their products are made in house is the cherry on top." — Yelper Amie B.
42. Leones' Creamery, Spearfish, South Dakota
"A consistently great selection of interesting and unusual flavors makes every visit a pleasure. Like Peanut Butter Curry — who would even have imagined that such a flavor could even exist, let alone be totally awesome? For a safe (but still delicious) bet, try the Classic Sundae." — Yelper Sean R.
"Delicious homemade ice cream served up by friendly employees. I tried their Crowcoanut Porter (with crow peak brewery beer) and Sweet Cream — so good." — Yelper Zoe S.
43. Clumpies Ice Cream, Chattanooga, Tennessee
"I would like to write a more complete & compelling review, but all I can come up with is this: SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE ICE CREAM. It's sweet and marshmallow-y, and one of the tastiest things I've ever consumed." — Yelper Kate B.
44. The House Boozy Ice Cream & Brews, San Antonio, Texas
"Cool and unique concept: ice cream and booze! Sold separately or together. The atmosphere is wonderful; they really found a way to cater to adults and kids equally. Vanilla Bourbon for the win!" — Yelper Annie P.
"We couldn't decide what flavor to try so we picked out a 'flight' with the Eggnog, Mexican Hot Chocolate, Bourbon Vanilla, and Iced Coffee flavors. We both loved them ALL, in particular the Mexican Hot Chocolate and Bourbon Vanilla!" — Yelper Christine M.
45. Springdale Candy Company, Springdale, Utah
"At Springdale Candy Company, the girl actually took a tiny bit of ice cream, shoved it down into the cone, took a slightly larger bit of ice cream to push down even further, and repeated again with an even larger bit. That was all BEFORE actually scooping up my ice cream. The result was a perfectly-packed cone. I've never had that anywhere ever. Five stars for that alone." — Yelper Andy O.
46. Creemee Stand, Wilmington, Vermont
47. Island Creamery Ice Cream & Yogurt, Chincoteague Island, Virginia
48. Kurt Farm Shop, Seattle, Washington
"Kurt Farm Shop serves up truly true-to-its-flavor ice cream. It's really no fuss — they don't have crazy fancy or elaborate flavors — but you can literally taste each ingredient." — Yelper Alisha S.
"Can I just sit on the wooden bench in this quaint little shop and eat every single flavor of ice cream they have to offer? The Base Cream flavor is so awesome on its own that I question why I've been eating regular Vanilla all my life. The Lemon is also true bliss." — Yelper Tiffany H.
49. Ellen's Homemade Ice Cream, Charleston, West Virginia
50. La Michoacana, Madison, Wisconsin
"This place is pure perfection. You get a MASSIVE scoop of ice cream for fewer than three dollars in a multitude of rare flavors — like Goats Milk and Tequila. What!" — Yelper Lexie G.
51. Moo's Gourmet Ice Cream, Jackson, Wyoming
"Very generous serving size for ice cream that's produced locally, right in Jackson Hole. They have Huckleberry, which is made from the local plant, plus lots of fun boozy flavors: Bourbon, Wine, and an excellent Espresso. Even their plain Vanilla isn't so plain, as it's made with four different varieties of beans. Yum!" — Yelper Oulie T.