Best Ice Cream Shops in Myrtle Beach
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. This list was decided in our annual Beachie awards, voted on by thousands of beach fans. Don’t see your favorite spot on the list? Add it in the comments below.
Head over to Broadway at the Beach and treat yourself to a mouthwatering sweet treat at Kilwins! This confection shop doesn’t just sell gourmet chocolates and candies — they also make their own ice cream every day in their store! Enjoy a cup, cone, or a sundae made with your favorite flavors and toppings.
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.
Original Painter's Homemade Ice Cream
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.
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.
Kirk's 1890 Ice Cream Parlor
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.
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.
Scoops Ice Cream
Dig into your favorite flavors of hard-scooped ice cream at Scoops Ice Cream in Myrtle Beach. Located in the same building as a Nathan’s Hot Dogs restaurant, guests at Scoops Ice Cream can enjoy a delicious cold dessert after having lunch or dinner at Nathan’s. Scoops offers tons of different flavors, along with a variety of toppings so that you can personalize your scoop (or scoops) to your liking.
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.
Meyer's Ice Cream Parlor
Meyer’s Ice Cream Parlor is the hottest (or should we say coolest?) ice cream spot in Surfside Beach. Located across from Ocean Lakes Campground, this locally owned and operated ice cream shop offers over 50 flavors of ice cream along with soft serve, Italian ice, milkshakes, sundaes, novelty ice cream, ice cream cakes, and much more. During peak season you may have to stand in line at this ice cream joint, but it’s totally worth it. This family-friendly establishment boasts a fun and colorful interior, including arcade games for you and the kiddos to play before and after indulging in a sweet treat.
Sweet Molly's Creamery
The name says it all: Sweet Molly’s Creamery is known for their deliciously sweet ice cream. This family-owned and operated ice cream shop whips up small batches of high-quality homemade ice cream in tons of different flavors, with 22 flavors available at all times. Guests at Barefoot Landing can enjoy ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, no-sugar-added ice cream, sundaes, smoothies, shakes, and more at Sweet Molly’s Creamery. Plus, don’t forget to grab a Sweet Molly Sundae for your doggie on the way out.
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.