Whether you're soaking up the sun, shopping or exploring Niagara Falls USA, cool off with a delicious frozen treat to beat the summer heat. Here's our favorite places to grab a cone (or a dish!). Please note, some ice cream shoppes are seasonal!
De Dee's Dairy (Closed for season. Will re-open in 2021!)
This Niagara Falls establishment is popular with the locals and known for its generous portions and wide-variety of tasty treats. De Dee's Dairy has been operating its family-run ice cream shop in the Cataract City for nearly 30 years.
Hibbard's Original Frozen Custard (Closed for season. Will re-open in 2021!)
Celebrating over 80 years, Hibbard's is known for its creamy homemade custard, including flavors such as black raspberry and pistachio. Nestled in the historic Village of Lewiston, Hibbard's is within walking distance to Artpark, several boutique shops, restaurants and coffee shops. New this year: a Custard Club Sandwich, made with freshly-baked cookies from The Village Bake Shoppe and Just Desserts by Aimee, or try the Hibbard Hurricanes—there's a storm of flavor in every cup!
Hoover's Restaurant and Dairy Store
Sit back and relax at Hoover's Dairy store in the Hamlet of Sanborn. This 100-year-old farm and family-run milk producing operation has paired its long-standing tradition and beautiful country vistas, with a dairy store and ice cream parlor. Their extensive menu also includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Don't miss the daily specials and Friday Fish Fry!
Platter's Chocolate Factory
In 1938, Carl Platter invented his trademark orange flavored chocolate in the basement of his North Tonawanda home. These days, Platter's is not only known its traditional chocolates and sponge candies, their offerings now include homemade orange custard and orange hot fudge, along with more than 20 flavors of ice cream.
Prohaska's Oh Sugar! Ice Cream Sweets & Treats
Cupcakes, cookies, ice cream — oh my! With 40+ flavors to choose from, both soft and hard ice cream — Oh Sugar! is a must-visit for sweet tooth enthusiasts. In spring and summer, the shoppe serves ice cream and cupcakes, and then fall and winter, they accept and fill treat orders. Before you leave, take a selfie on the colorful, oversized chair outside.
Lake Effect Ice Cream
Specializing in unique, high-quality, hand-crafted flavors, Lake Effect's super premium ice cream is anything but ordinary. With flavors like Frozen Hot Chocolate and Cinnamon Toast, each container is crafted with pride and lots of love. Follow them on Facebook for special surprises too, like specialty ice cream pies and "mystery" ice cream boxes.
The Silo Restaurant (Closed for season. Will re-open in 2021!)
In the 1930s, this old caboose would bring tourists to Lewiston; today it has been turned into a sweet spot to grab ice cream during the summer months. Offering a variety of ice cream flavors, custard and Italian ice, this picturesque location is the perfect stop while exploring the quaint village of Lewiston. If you're in the mood for lunch or dinner, the historic coal silo next door, The Silo Restaurant, serves a full menu of hot dogs, hamburgers, sandwiches and salads.
In the Mix Brewing & Creamery
Owned and operated by two brothers, In the Mix Brewing & Creamery is a new, unique hot spot serving a variety of savory snacks and New York’s first beer frozen custard. From a summer porter to margarita sherbet, these boozy creations are made with craft beer or wine—therefore you must be 21+ to enjoy. Have no fear, non-alcoholic ice cream treats are available too.