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Where to Go for Ice Cream in Traverse City

Nothing beats a sweet ice cream treat during those hot summer months. Traverse City is a great place for a day trip or a weeklong stay, and when you’re ready to wind down with a delicious snack, here are some places for the best ice cream in Traverse City and nearby.

7 Best Places for Ice Cream in Northern Michigan

Distance from Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel: 17.3 miles (31-minute drive)

Moomers has been a family-owned staple in Traverse City since 1998. Made with milk sourced from the onsite dairy farm, Moomers ice cream is a unique, premium product that’s basically farm-to-cone. With tons of original flavors to choose from (they’ve made 160 different ones), your whole family is sure to find something they’ll enjoy.

Distance from Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel: 10 miles (16-minute drive)

Bardon’s Wonder Freeze is another local family-owned ice cream shop in Traverse City. This cash-only establishment offers many tasty treats, soft serve, and hand-scooped ice cream. There’s no in-store dining at this establishment. Sit and enjoy your ice cream outside or walk to nearby Bryant Park and enjoy your treat on the beach.

Distance from Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel: 11.4 miles (20-minute drive)

Right in downtown Traverse City on Front Street, Milk & Honey features local, natural, and GMO-free ice cream. With vegan and sugar-free options, there’s something for everyone to enjoy during a visit to Traverse City in the summer. The all-organic ice cream at Milk & Honey is 100% handmade and delicious.

Distance from Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel: 12.1 miles (22-minute drive)

Like Bardon’s, the Dairy Lodge is another Traverse City soft-serve summertime legend. It’s also a cash-only establishment, but on the west side of Traverse City. The outside eating area is perfect to enjoy the beautiful summertime weather in northern Michigan.

Distance from Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel: 11.1 miles (19-minute drive)

Wares Bros. Frosty Treat was established in 1980 and provides many tasty treat options. From snacks to ice cream, Wares Bros. has it all, including old-time malt-shakes and cream puffs. The interior of the store has recently been renovated to feel like a ‘50s dinner.

Distance from Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel: 6.1 miles (9-minute drive)

Connected to East Bay Pizza, Woodland Sweets & Eats is a great place to stop on the east side of Traverse City for some Moomers ice cream. If you’re looking for a real treat but don’t want to drive out to Moomers farm, Woodland Sweets & Eats is the place to go!

Distance from Turtle Creek Casino and Hotel: 11.3 miles (21-minute drive)

While Kilwins is known for their hand-spun chocolates, they also provide some great ice creams. Since 1985, Kilwins has been making ice cream based on their original recipe. All products offered at Kilwins are made from fresh milk and cream sourced from local family farms. Enjoy a sweet cold treat with a handmade waffle cone and hand-crafted hot fudge at this downtown Traverse City location, right on Front Street.

Find a Place to Stay Near the Best Ice Cream in Traverse City

There are many options for ice cream during your time in Traverse City. In between games at Turtle Creek Casino, spend time exploring the local area with your taste buds! Whether you’re craving a classic Traverse City cherry ice cream or a vanilla cone, you’ll be sure to find the ice cream you desire.

Book your stay today at the Turtle Creek Casino & Hotel and get ready for all that Traverse City has to offer!


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