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Cool Treats to Beat the Summer Heat

10 Must-Try Ice Cream and Frozen Treats in Gainesville, Alachua County

As summer heats up, don’t have a meltdown. Enjoy cold, sweet goodness from over 20 frozen treat shops in Gainesville and Alachua County.

When it comes to cool treats it can be hard deciding where to start or what to try next. Use the following list of 10 great spots to get you started down a fun (and sweet) filled journey that will turn any frown upside down.

From a top-rated homemade ice cream and sorbet shop that has been a Gainesville staple for 16 years, to a local drive-thru serving all-natural Palazzolo Artisan Dairy shakes, and even a few options for the health conscientious that are incredibly tasty, you can’t go wrong!

Please contact the businesses directly to verify hours and availability.

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Sweet Dreams Ice Cream
3437 W University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32607,
352-378-0532

Interesting and unique flavors of homemade ice cream, sorbet and Italian ice. Created using high quality ingredients, and offer “no added sugar” and “dairy free” options.

Our favorite: Grasshopper Sundae

The Hyppo Gourmet Ice Pops
220 SE 2nd Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
352-727-4233

Gourmet popsicles made of fresh fruit, fresh herbs and spices, evaporated cane juice, and occasionally dairy. Available in nearly 450 flavors (depending on the season). 

Our favorite: Strawberry Lemonade Popsicle

Sweetberries Eatery and Frozen Custard
505 NW 13th St., Gainesville, FL 32601
352-378-4972

Frozen custard crafted daily from a homemade recipe and created using a slow churned process for a dense, creamy, thick ice cream.

Our favorite: Raspberry White Chocolate Chip Frozen Custard

Dick Mondell’s Drive-thru
412 SW 4th Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
352-225-3214

All-natural milkshakes and house-made ice cream sandwiches served through the drive-thru or walk-up window.

Our favorite: Coffee Milkshake

D’lites Emporium
4216 NW 16th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32601
352-375-4484

Soft-serve ice cream at only 12 ½ calories per ounce, check their website for today’s flavors.

Our favorite: Dark Chocolate Buttercream Soft Serve Ice Cream

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Organic + Vegan treats to beat the heat!

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Karma Cream
607 W University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601
352-505-6566

Homemade, non-dairy, gluten free, vegan ice cream in 18 flavors and numerous topping options.

Our favorite: Cherry Amaretto Ice Cream on top of a Brownie

Rock and Roll Rolled Ice Cream
1025 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601
352-448-8874

Handcrafted ice cream rolls as well as fresh crêpes and freshly ground espresso.

Our favorite: Vanilla Ice Cream with an Oreo Mixer

Lulu’s Small Batch Gelato, Newberry
17010 W Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669
lulusgelato@outlook.com

Serving small batch gelato and sorbet in Newberry.

Our favorite: Lemon-blueberry Sorbet

Florida Creamery, High Springs
35 NW 1st Ave., High Springs, FL 32643
386-628-1662

Serving premium hand-dipped ice cream in the quaint historic downtown of High Springs.

Our favorite: Orange Freeze

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Yo3 Metro Frozen Yogurt & Smoothies
5141 NW 43rd Street #108, Gainesville, FL 32606
352-371-6061

Healthy, fresh frozen yogurt. Choose from over 70 toppings to create your own custom swirl.

Our favorite: Triple Chocolate Frozen Yogurt topped with Strawberries

Explore all the delicious dining options in Gainesville and Alachua County here.

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