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Where to get the best ice cream in Washtenaw County

Summer is here! With the kids out of school and warm sunny days just around the corner, you’re going to need somewhere to go to kill time and escape the heat. We did research to find some of the best places to get ice cream in the area because we, like you, take ice cream very seriously. 

Check out the best places for ice cream in the Ann Arbor area.

Ben and Jerry’s
304 S State St.
Open 11:30am-11pm Monday, 12-10:30pm Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30am-11:30pm Friday-Saturday, 12-11pm Sunday

This B&J’s ice cream shop gives you the experience the brand originally intended! They have a variety of hand-dipped flavors such as Chunky Monkey, Cinndoughrella, Totally Baked and Strawberry Cheesecake. They also have dairy-free flavors, frozen yogurt, smoothies, shakes, ice cream cakes and flavors by the pint. (Mm!) Call them up at the number listed above and have them cater your next event.

Blank Slate Creamery
300 W Liberty St.
Open 2-10pm Monday-Thursday, 2-11pm Friday, 12-11pm Saturday, 12-10pm Sunday

This creamery has all things ice cream, from regular to vegan ice cream! Some flavors of the regular include Campfire S’mores, Blueberry Pancake and Salty Caramel. Some of the vegan flavors include Coconut Cookies & Cream, Raspberry Sorbet and Coconut Balsamic Strawberry. You can also order pints and quarts online and pickup at the store. (Bon appétit!)

Dairy Queen Dexter
8041 Main St. Dexter
11:30am-10pm everyday

This Dairy Queen location offers all the classics, such as Blizzards, Hot Desserts Á La Mode, soft serve cones, sundaes and novelties like the Dilly Bar. They will have you screaming for ice cream! 

Dairy Queen Michigan Ave
101 E Michigan Ave Ypsilanti
12-9pm everyday

Located near Depot Town, this Dairy Queen offers daily specials, including Senior Discount Day, offering 20% off purchase for seniors (aged 65 and up, with valid ID) on Tuesdays and College Student Discount Day, offering 10% off purchase with valid ID on Thursdays.

Dairy Queen Packard
1805 Packard St.
Open 12-10pm everyday 

Located right near U of M’s campus, this Dairy Queen location has everything from specialty Blizzards to fast food. They also have outdoor seating for the perfect summer atmosphere.

Dairy Queen Saline
400 E Michigan Ave Saline
11am-10pm Monday-Saturday, 12-10pm Sunday

This Saline Dairy Queen location offers daily specials such as $2.00 off Any Novelty Six-pack on Tuesdays and Peanut Buster Parfait for $3.29 on Wednesdays. They also have outdoor seating.

Dairy Queen Stadium
2430 Stadium Blvd
11am-10pm Monday-Saturday, 12-10pm Sunday

This Dairy Queen location has specials on select ice cream desserts every week day, including a small Blizzard for $3.39 on Mondays and a Banana Split for $3.39 on Fridays. This location features outdoor seating as well.

Dairy Queen Washtenaw
1801 Washtenaw Ave Ypsilanti
11am-10pm Monday-Saturday, 12-10pm Sunday

This Ypsi Dairy Queen has all of the classics, such as Blizzards that include flavors like Reese’s Peanut Butter Lovers, Oreo Cookie Jar and Turtle Pecan Cluster.

Dexter Creamery
8106 Main St., Dexter
Open daily 10am-11pm

This local creamery offer frozen yogurt flavors such as Cake Batter, Sea Salt Caramel Pretzel and Wild Strawberry. You can also host events like birthday parties at the creamery. Or, if you want to take it to go, buy it from the pint. Enroll in their rewards program and receive a free cone!

Go! Ice Cream
10 N Washington St., Ypsilanti
Open daily 12-9pm

All of their ice cream is hand-made with natural and locally-sourced ingredients. They sell scooped ice cream with flavors such as chocolate sorbet and green tea, special sundaes like Dark & Nutty, handmade sodas, shakes and malts. Ice cream lovers can also throw parties here or take the event to go! You can even order ice cream online, and they will deliver it to any Ypsi or Ann Arbor address.

Ice Cream Time
1250 Ecorse Rd., Ypsilanti
Open daily 12-10pm 

This local ice cream shop has vanilla, chocolate, and swirl soft-serve, along with 16 hand-dipped ice cream flavors. They also serve sundaes, shakes and flurries. Stop by with the whole family for a classic, wholesome ice cream experience!

Iorio Gelato
522 E William St.
Open daily 12-10pm

This Italian-inspired gelato shop will make you feel like you’re walking the streets of Rome. They offer gelato flavors such as traditional Italian pistachio and pomegranate champagne. You can even get your caffeine fix with their delicious espressos such as Nutella Lattes and Affogatos (a shot of espresso poured over gelato). Sign me up!

107 E Liberty St.
Open daily 10am-10pm

Not only does this place have an ice cream parlor, it also has a chocolate shop where they sell delicious handmade chocolates and other sweets. They offer over 40 ice cream flavors, including Superman, Turtle, Traverse City Cherry and Blue Moon. (Mouthwatering…)

3155 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd., Suite B
Open 12-9pm Sunday-Thursday and 12-10pm Friday-Saturday

This frozen yogurt shop offers many different fro-yo flavors, fro-yo cakes, catering, delivery and parties. Some of their flavors include Blue Raspberry Tart, Chips Ahoy! Original Cookie and Dole Whip Lime Sorbet. Some of their toppings include cheesecake pieces, a variety of fresh fruit and different candy bar pieces. (I scream, you scream!)

Michigan Creamery
302 S State St.
Open 12-10pm Sunday-Thursday, 12-11pm Friday-Saturday

This family owned creamery has it all: ice cream, fro-yo, sorbet, custard, ice cream cakes, coffee and chocolates! All ingredients are Michigan-sourced. They offer over 30 hand-dipped flavors. They also have the scoop on all catering events, offering sundae bars, ice cream cakes, ice cream cups and dessert platters. 

M Street Baking Co.
117 N Michigan Ave., Howell
Open daily 8am-8pm 

This place is a bit far but worth the trip because there’s nothing quite like this is WaCo! This bakery offers a selection of baked goods, drinks, shakes and custom cakes. Some of their baked goods include cupcakes, macaroons, cookies and donuts. Some of their shake flavors are Chocolate Trip, S’mores and Birthday Party.

Naughty Boy’s Rolled Ice Cream
7045 Dexter Ann Arbor Rd., Dexter
Open 11am-9pm Tuesday-Saturday, 12-8pm Sunday

Newly opened, this ice cream shop will prepare your ice cream right in front of you! They also use fresh, local and natural ingredients. Their menu includes yummy flavors like mint chip, cookies and cream, banana cream pie and snickerdoodle.

100 Briarwood Cir.
Open 10am-9pm Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm Sunday

After shopping with the family, take a break for some fro-yo at Pinkberry, located in the Center Court of the Briarwood Mall! Some flavors include Mango, Chocolate and Pomegranate. Then, top it off with a selection of over 30 different toppings including fresh fruit. They also offer a variety of smoothies and shakes.

3354 Washtenaw Ave
Open 11am-10pm Monday-Thursday, 11am-11pm Friday-Saturday, 11am-10pm Sunday

TCBY (The Country’s Best Yogurt) offers both soft serve and hand-scooped fro-yo. They have dairy-free, no sugar added and gluten free flavors. Some of their toppings include fresh fruit and candy pieces. They also have fro-yo cakes and pies. (Yum!)

901 S Main St., Chelsea
Open daily 12-9pm 

This soft-serve ice cream shop offers ice cream, yogurt, shakes, malts, slushies, flurries and smoothies. (Wow!) Some of their signature items include Reese’s Cup Sundae, Brownie Fantasy Sundae, Sprinkle Cone and Banana Split.

Washtenaw Dairy
602 S Ashley St.
Open 5am-8pm weekdays, 6am-8pm Saturday and Sunday

This old-school ice cream shop offers tons of different ice cream flavors, including Cookies and Cream, Mackinaw Island Fudge, Birthday Cake and Moose Tracks. Washtenaw Dairy also provides sundae bars, which are a great addition to a party. They will cater the flavors and toppings to your choosing. This place has more than just ice cream, though. They sell groceries, such as milk, cheese and beer. You can find some of the best donuts in the area here, too!

Yoggie’s Frozen Yogurt
535 E Liberty St.
Open daily 12-10pm 

This frozen yogurt store offers 12 flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt and over 50 toppings! Located right in downtown Ann Arbor, you can hit the shops and then take a break for some fro-yo. All of the yogurt is gluten-free, and they offer a couple of vegan flavors, too. 

Zingerman’s Creamery
3723 Plaza Dr. Suite 2
Open daily 9am-7pm

This creamery sells both cheese and gelato. They offer several different gelato flavors, like chocolate hazelnut and dulce de leche, and they also different sorbet flavors as well.

Zingerman’s Next Door Café
422 Detroit St.
Open daily 7am-9pm

This café offers desserts, pastries, chocolate and, of course, gelato! Flavors of gelato include vanilla, dark chocolate, mint chocolate chip, maple pecan and coconut macaroon. In addition, you can get topped sundaes, with toppings like peanut brittle and toffee.

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