Best Ice Cream Shops on the Gulf Coast

Ice CreamToday marks National Ice Cream Day! President Ronald Reagan designated the third Sunday in July for the holiday, and rightfully so. Nine percent of the milk produced by our nation’s dairy farmers is used to make ice cream. And, the ice cream industry itself is a $10 billion business! To help you decide the best way to celebrate, we used TripAdvisor ratings to identify the top 3 ice cream spots in our most popular destinations. So, whether you take a cup or a cone, a shake or a sundae, be sure to indulge in a sweet treat today!

Shake’s Custard-Destin, FL: Shake’s earned TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2013 and is ranked 5th of all restaurants in Destin because it is delicious. Walk up or drive thru to order your favorite sweets. Shake’s offers seasonal custard flavors like key lime pie and pumpkin along with a full menu of interesting combinations. Try out a Shake’s Bopper, three scoops of creamy frozen custard topped with caramel, hot fudge, salted roasted pecans, and three cherries. Or keep it old school with a root beer float.

Pink Pelican Ice Cream Bar-Panama City Beach, FL: This popular ice cream destination made TripAdvisor’s list of Top 10 Great American Ice Cream Shops. One TripAdvisor traveler said, “Consistently fresh, usually busy, and always friendly. Never a disappointment.”

Angelo Brocato Ice Cream-New Orleans, LA: Also a recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence, this NOLA favorite is ranked 3rd among all restaurants in a city with a rich culinary history. A TripAdvisor traveler commented, “Phenomenal bakery items that are just too hard to resist! I went on and had to have some gelato to top it off. Delicious! Very polite and friendly staff, too. Worth hunting down for an exceptional treat or two…or more!”

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