Best Ice Cream Shops in Myrtle Beach

These ice cream shops in Myrtle Beach serve up all kinds of delicious treats.
These ice cream shops in Myrtle Beach serve up all kinds of delicious treats.

Myrtle Beach is a wonderful summer town, with a host of warm weather activities available. After a fun-filled day at the water park, at the beach, or on the miniature golf course, one thing is certain: There’s nothing like an ice cream to whisk away the heat and be the cherry on top of a sweet summer day. But ice cream isn't just a summertime affair. Satisfy your sweet tooth year-round at many of these excellent ice cream shops. 

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Ben & Jerry's Multiple Locations, Myrtle Beach/North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577

The well-known and loved Ben & Jerry’s ice cream business has several locations in Myrtle Beach. With bright, colorful franchise shops at Broadway at the Beach and on Ocean Boulevard, Ben & Jerry’s provides easy access to any sudden ice cream (or ice cream cake) cravings, and their clever flavor combinations such as Americone Dream and Phish Food make for interesting sweet treats on any tongue.


Original Painter's Homemade Ice Cream 2408 Hwy 17 S, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582

As the name suggests, Original Painters’s ice cream is homemade in the best sense of the word. Painter's serves a flavorful variety of ice creams to be enjoyed inside in the bright interior or outside in the summer breeze. The shop offers many topping options, sugar-free ice cream selections, and fresh ice cream flavors like Key Lime Pie and Chocolate Chocolate Almond, as well as classic favorites such as Strawberry.

Kirk’s: 1890 Ice Cream Parlor

Kirk’s: 1890 Ice Cream Parlor 6101 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach , SC 29577

Kirk’s 1890 Ice Cream Parlour boasts a nostalgic atmosphere that harkens back to the early days of ice cream shops with its soda-fountain chairs and old-timey photographs. Kirk’s offers a wide variety of ice cream delights, from cups and cones to milkshakes and banana splits. With nearly 40 flavors to sample and choose from, Kirk’s is sure to offer the perfect creamy treat to beat the summer heat.


Coldstone Creamery

Cold Stone Creamery boasts a cheery staff and a pleasant atmosphere. The Creamery provides entertainment as well as an ice cream refreshment by preparing the ice cream on a frozen marble slab just inches away from the onlooking guests, adding toppings and sauces in such a way that the customer can watch and be sure that the order is perfect. Cold Stone also has shake, smoothie, and ice cream cake options.


Sweet Frog

Sweet Frog isn’t an ice cream parlor, but this nationwide chain serves up premium frozen yogurt at multiple Grand Strand locations. Customers serve themselves, choosing from a variety of yogurt flavors, including favorites such as Cookies N Cream, French Toast, New York Cheesecake and Toasted Marshmallow. Topping options abound as well, including sweets, fresh fruits and syrups. The concoction is priced based on weight.


Friendly's Restaurant & Ice Cream Shoppe Multiple Locations - 4705 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

Friendly’s offers scrumptious ice cream dishes in a familiar, family-friendly restaurant setting. Drop in for dinner or just desserts, and enjoy the restaurant’s offer to Build Your Own Creation-- cone, dish, or sundae--from as many as 26 flavors and tasty toppings galore. Friendly’s offers a variety of cake and brownie desserts to go with the ice creams as well. Whatever the hankering, Friendly’s is sure to satisfy.


Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream provides delicious ice cream in a unique drive-in setting. Choose your indulgence at the drive-thru or walk-up window, and enjoy it in the comfort of your car or at one of the umbrella tables outside. With bolder flavors like Orange-Pineapple and classic favorites like Mint Chocolate Chip, Bruster’s offers endless combinations of ice cream treats to enjoy in the summer sunshine.

Maggie Moo’s

Maggie Moo’s 4772 Highway 17 North, Suite A, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Maggie Moo’s location makes it a refreshing spot to cool down with an ice cream after shopping in the South Carolina heat at Barefoot Landing. With low-fat frozen yogurt, sorbet, and sugar-free options, Maggie Moo’s offers a broad range of creative ice cream flavors, such as Pumpkin Cheesecake and Cinnamoo Bun. With specialty treats like ice cream cakes, and unique “foods” like ice cream pizza, Maggie Moo’s has an ice cream delight for everyone.


Calabash Creamery

The family owned Calabash Creamery has been serving up homemade ice cream just across the state line in North Carolina since the early 2000s. Gourmet flavors include Banana’s Foster; Blueberry Cheesecake; Cappuccini Crunch; and Salted Caramel. Seasonal flavors are available, and selection varies during off-season months.


Mad Myrtle's

Located next to the Gay Dolphin Gift Shop, Mad Myrtle’s Ice Creamery serves hand-scooped Mayfield Ice Cream. In addition to ice cream, milkshakes and sundaes, Mad Myrtle’s serves funnel cakes, cotton candy and other sweet treats.


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