National Ice Cream Day is celebrated every third Sunday in July, thanks to our 40th President, Ronald Reagan. Reagan issued Proclamation 5219 back in 1984, with Congress designating the month of July 1984 as "National Ice Cream Month" and July 15, 1984, as "National Ice Cream Day".
Not that anyone ever needs a reason to have an ice cream cone, but since it's, National Ice Cream Day, it's the perfect excuse to visit your favorite local ice cream shop and celebrate with a scoop or two. I am mentioning some of my favorite places, along with some mentioned by friends and family. Please keep in mind that I can't possibly mention every single place in Maine in case your favorite spot isn't mentioned. Feel free to share your favorite spots in the comments so others can check them out too.
Some places to get ice cream in Maine
Rococo ice cream is at 6 Spring Street in Kennebunkport. Rococo has thirteen flavors of handcrafted ice cream. Conde Naste Traveler said the ice cream was worth waiting in line for. Some of the flavors you will find at Rococo include salty sweet cream, Horchata rum cake, chocolate coconut Needham, and strawberry basil. Sunday hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Smiling Hill Farm at 781 County Road in Westbrook makes ice cream at their farm with their fresh milk and cream. Smiling Hill Farm has been owned by the Knight family for twelve generations. Smiling Hill has more than forty flavors available and is open Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Kettle Cove Creamery at 2 Bowery Road in Cape Elizabeth makes their ice cream on site. Some of the flavors you will find at Kettle Cove Creamery are chocolate pecan, double bubble gum, peppermint stick, and red raspberry chip. Kettle Cove Creamery is open Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Red's Dairy Freeze on 167 Cottage Road in South Portland has been family owned since 1952. Red's makes their own limited edition strawberry soft serve with local strawberries from Maxwell's Farm in Cape Elizabeth. This ice cream flavor is only available for a limited time due to the availability of the strawberry season. Red's has plenty of other flavors for you to choose from, and they are open on Sundays from noon until 9:30 p.m.
Toots Ice Cream is located at 21 Memorial Highway in North Yarmouth and is open Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Toot's ice cream is handmade in small batches using the freshest ingredients available.
Beals Ice Cream has locations at Rt. 25 & 237 in Gorham and 12 Moulton Street in Portland. Beals offers handcrafted ice cream in small batches. Some of the flavors you will find at Beals are cake batter, m & m, mint chocolate chip, and salted caramel. Beals also offers a dairy-free ice cream made with a coconut oat base in three flavors; mint chocolate chip, chocolate peanut butter, and black raspberry. The Gorham location is open Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and the Portland location is open Sunday from noon to 9:00 p.m.
Stone Fox Farm Creamery is located at 398 East Main Street in Searsport. Stone Fox Creamery uses all-natural, local ingredients and offers dairy-free and vegan ice cream made with coconut milk. There are twenty-five flavors offered, some seasonal, and some of the flavors you might find at Stone Fox Creamery are Maine blackberry, coconut creme, espresso bean, and gingery ginger. Stone Fox Creamery is open Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Morton Moo's at 9 School Street in Ellsworth is open from noon until 8:00 p.m. Morton Moo's was voted the best ice cream in Downeast Maine and also makes its waffle cones. Some of the flavors you will find at Morton Moo's are dulce de leche, fudgin curmudgeon, coffee bean, and double dark chocolate.
Udder Heaven Ice Cream Retreat is located on Route 3 in Bar Harbor and is open Sunday from noon until 9:00 p.m. Udder Heaven has over sixty-five flavors of super premium ice cream, frozen yogurt, sherbert, sorbet, Italian ice, soft serve, and non-dairy. The dairy ingredients are sourced locally from cows that are raised on Maine farms with no growth hormones used. Some of the flavors you will find at Udder Heaven are lemon gingersnap, mudflats, salted pretzel caramel, and strawberry cheesecake.
Blueberry Hill Dairy Bar, located at 355 High Street in Ellsworth, is open Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Blueberry Hill offers a nice selection of flavors and has Gifford's ice cream and soft serve.
Corinth Village Creamery is located at 422 Main Street in Corinth and is open Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Corinth Village Creamery serves Gifford's and soft serve.
Butterfields Ice Cream is located at 946 West Main Street in Dover-Foxcroft and is open Sunday from 12:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Butterfields has been family owned and operated since 1950 and offers thirty-one flavors along with seasonal flavors. Some of the flavors you will find at Butterfields include Maine mountain blueberry, bubble gum, vanilla Heath bar, and cotton candy.
The Houlton Farms Dairy Bar has two locations; one is at 786 Main Street in Presque Isle and the other is at 125 Military Street in Houlton. The Presque Isle location is open from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and the Houlton location is open Sunday from 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. Houlton Farms dairy bar has twenty-two flavors and some of the flavors you will find are grapenut, pistachio, rum raisin, maple walnut, and Almond Joy.
Fielder's Choice has six locations around Maine, and all locations are open Sunday from 11:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. Fielder's Choice is family owned and was featured in Downeast Magazine as "Best of Maine" in 2019 and 2020. The ice cream is made in the store, and there are thirty-plus flavors to choose from. Some of the flavors you will find at Fielder's Choice are salted caramel brownie, ginger snap, cherry vanilla, and chocolate almond. The locations are in Sabattus at 637 Sabattus Road, Brunswick at 271 Bath Road, Manchester at 937 Western Avenue, Old Orchard Beach at 156 Saco Avenue, Auburn at 680 Minot Avenue, and Bangor at 339 Odlin Road.
Gifford's Ice Cream has five family-owned and operated ice cream stands around Maine. Gifford's has been making ice cream for five generations and serves more than one million cones each summer. Gifford's offers over fifty flavors, some of which are seasonal. Some of the flavors you will find at Gifford's include banana cream pie, dough your job, fly fishing fudge, Maine blackfly, and muddy boots. The locations are in Auburn at 910 Minot Avenue and are open Sunday from noon until 9:00 p.m. The other locations are Bangor at 1109 Broadway, Skowhegan at 307 Madison Avenue, Farmington at 293 Main Street, and Waterville at 170 Silver Street. The Bangor, Skowhegan, Farmington, and Waterville locations are open Sunday from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Happy National Ice Cream Day, everyone!