Very few things go together as perfectly as summertime and ice cream. Luckily the Fredericksburg Region is home to both iconic ice cream shops and hidden local gems. We made a list of our regional favorites to help you beat the summer heat with some local frozen treats!

**Quick note: Please view our Know Before You Go: What’s Open in the Fredericksburg Region to see the latest COVID-19 updates. All individuals are urged to continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines and use face coverings when in public. If you feel sick or are showing any symptoms of being sick, stay home.  

Ice Cream in the Fredericksburg Region:

Carl’s Frozen Custard– Opened in 1947, Carl’s is one of Fredericksburg’s most iconic locations. It’s listed in The National Register of Historic Places, and was named the best ice cream in Virginia by Business Insider, in 2015. Carl’s has also been featured on the Food Network and PBS. They’re open mid-February through mid-November, and only serve ice cream products (cones, sundaes, slushes, shakes, floats). If you head over to Carl’s, don’t forget your cash! Credit card payments are not accepted.

Abner B’s Ice Cream– Located in the heart of downtown at 821 Caroline Street, Abner B’s specializes in “Dip-Style” classic flavors with over 240 rotating flavors! Visit their Facebook page to see their daily flavors list.

📷 Italian Station

Italian Station – Another great spot for Italian gelato! Italian Station has a wide variety of flavors in addition to delicious pastries and coffee. It’s also conveniently located in the Marriott. Definitely a must if you are staying in Fredericksburg for a summer trip!

Goolrick’s Modern Pharmacy– Did you know that Goolrick’s has the oldest continuously- operating soda fountain in America? Goolrick’s has actually been located at 901 Caroline Street since 1892. They’re famous for their malts, milkshakes, fresh squeezed lemonade and real cherry cokes.

Basilico Italian Market and New York Deli – Their gelato case is the stuff dreams are made of. You will definitely need to try more than one flavor… and maybe finish it off with a slice of cheesecake… or two. You only live once, right? This local favorite has two convenient locations- by Central Park and Spotsylvania.

Jimmy T’s Soft Serve– If you want a monster-sized soft-serve twisty cone ( you do ), head over to Jimmy T’s! In addition to their legendary twisty cones, this Spotsy ice-cream stand serves sundaes, shakes, shaved ice, and the curiously named “Jimmy’s Mambo” all in a wide variety of flavors.

Rita’s Italian Ice – Rita’s specializes in one thing: outstanding Italian ice. In their own words, “Ice. Custard. Happiness. It’s a simple, straightforward Promise. And one we work hard to make good on. Every day. In every location. With every Guest. Everyone has a calling in life. At Rita’s, ours involves serving up heaping helpings of our one-of-a-kind happiness.” You can’t argue with that!

Gelato Cafe– This is a Stafford County hidden gem! You won’t be able to find a website, and they don’t have an official Facebook Page, but they do have about a dozen delicious flavors of gelato. Look for them on Route 1 – 2679 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Stafford, VA. Their reviews speak for themselves, “Great little shop. Very friendly owner. Outstanding gelato! Best I have had outside of Italy. If you’re in the area, definitely stop in. The Donatella was divine.” – Nicole P.

Fun Time Ice-Cream – If you haven’t added “Order an ice-cream out of a giant, inflatable ice-cream cone” to your summer bucket list, you need to add it right now. With 2 locations, one off of 610 and another off of Deacon Road in Stafford County, Fun Time Ice-Cream offers soft serve ice cream, floats, shakes, banana splits and sundaes. Be sure to take a selfie with The Big Cone. If that’s not ‘gram worthy we don’t know what is.

📸 The Battlefield Country Store

Battlefield Country Store – A place we all frequent for their amazing sandwiches and specialty goodies has now added ice cream to the menu board. But of course it’s not just ice cream, it’s pure art. We all know a photo says a thousand words. This photo just says, “YUM!” #icecreambattlefield

Itavie New York Deli & Bakery – a new addition at the Spostylvania Courthouse Village. Not only do they have a decadent Italian dinner menu, but they also serve homemade gelato!

Robin’s Nest Cafe – Enjoy your ice cream in a 50s style diner atmostphere in…. an airport? Robin’s Nest Cafe is located in the Shannon Airport and serves up authentic Hershey’s ice cream. Robin’s Nest is named after the Curtiss Robin Airplane N532N that was owned by Sidney Shannon Jr. It used to be displayed in the Cafe, but now you can visit it in the Shannon Air Museum, also in the Shannon airport! 

Get Koi Tea – is a Stafford staple. Not only do they satisfy your boba tea cravings but they also feature unique rolled ice cream for a dessert that’s just as sweet as it is pretty.

Wherever you get ice cream, however many scoops, and whatever delicious flavor, share how you enjoyed the region’s sweet treats on social media by using #visitfred!

Written by Brenda Sapanghila, Lily Eghtessad

Last Updated:
August 6, 2020