National Ice Cream Day is the best day of the year! Since President Reagan created the holiday in 1984, it’s always celebrate on the third Sunday in July. That means National Ice Cream Day 2020 is Sunday, July 19th. To celebrate, here is a collection of the best and most popular Syracuse ice cream shops.
Life is short. Eat dessert first.
Post originally published on July 19, 2019. Updated and republished on July 19, 2020.
Address: 8202 Brewerton Road Hours: Open daily until 9pm What makes them unique? Besides having great ice cream in gigantic servings, they have live music most Friday nights. My “usual”: A peanut butter sundae!
National Ice Cream Day Special Offers:
Show up on Sunday and say “Happy National Ice Cream Day!” to buy one specialty sundae and get the second half-off. Bonus: the Angry Pig BBQ food truck will be there from 4:30 on.
Address: 6043 Route 31 Hours: Open daily until 1-10pm What makes them unique? Located right across the street from the local high school, Thee Diner and its ice cream hold a nostalgic value for most of the people in the community. Also, their portions are enormous! My “usual”: A peanut butter sundae – what were you expecting?
Address: 514 Oswego Street Hours: Vary; check their Facebook page for updates What makes them unique? JT’s is definitely different than the rest! They have incredibly creative ice cream sundaes – like PB&J or topped with potato chips! The hard ice cream comes from Bassett’s in Philadelphia, so you’ll get to try something you don’t normally find in Syracuse. They also have several vegan and gluten-free options in the café.
Address: 680 Old Liverpool Road Hours: Open daily until 10pm What makes them unique? Vicky’s has been family owned & operated since 1972. In addition to the standard fare, they also specialize in Italian ice, orange sherbet, and black raspberry sherbet – all made in-house!
Address: 315 Fayette Street Hours: Open daily until 11pm What makes them unique? Sno Top is very involved in the Manlius community, form supporting the little league teams to offering free ice cream to encourage children to read. As far as the ice cream? They are the only place around offering old fashioned sodas and glaciers – slushies topped with ice cream!
Address: 216 N. Main Street Hours: Open until 9:30 Sun-Thurs / 10 on Fri & Sat What makes them unique? They offer my favorite soft serve: chocolate peanut butter twist! They also also seasonal soft serve flavors including maple, black raspberry, and pumpkin. Yum! My “usual”: Peanut butter sundae with chocolate peanut butter twist soft serve.
Address: 449 S. Main Street Hours: Open daily 12-9pm / Saturdays & Sundays until 10pm What makes them unique? They offer my favorite soft serve: chocolate peanut butter twist! They also also seasonal soft serve flavors including maple, black raspberry, and pumpkin. Yum! My “usual”: Peanut butter brownie sundae with twist.
Address: 210 W. Seneca Turnpike Hours: Open daily 10am – 9pm What makes them unique? Arctic Island has been around for over 70 years! It is connected to Broadway Café, so you can get a meal before your ice cream. They are also creative with their flavors and offer varieties such as lavender and Bavarian raspberry chip.
Address: 1525 Valley Drive / 4800 McDonald Road Hours: Valley location open daily 11:30 – 10pm / McDonald daily 12-10pm What makes them unique? They have an enormous list of homemade ice cream flavors – and they are all amazing! Plus, the artwork inside the shop is incredible! As my friend says, “Their artwork inside the valley location is like if ice cream cones took acid and went to the beach.” Bonus – there is also vegan sorbet available. My “usual”: I go back-and-forth between the espresso chip and the Charlie Brown (chocolate peanut butter of course)!
Address: 200 W. Water Street Hours: Vary; check their Facebook page What makes them unique? The are the first ice cream shop in the heart of downtown, and also one of the newest around. The Ice Cream Stand offers gluten-free and vegan options, as well as coffee & tea. Check their Facebook page for upcoming events.
Syracuse Ice Cream Shops – What’s Your Favorite?
I’d love to hear which shop is your favorite and what your usual order is! Is it a place that is nostalgic because you went there as a kid? Is it a new favorite? Do they have something special on their menu?