Ice Cream And Frozen Yogurt Shops Near Your Vacation Home

Summertime is a great time for a cool treat, but Florida is the kind of place where ice cream pretty much always takes preference to hot chocolate. After a long day at the theme parks, on the way to one of our picturesque gardens, or at the start of a poolside family day at home. Anytime is a good time for a frozen treat when you have such fabulous options within easy reach of your vacation home, and they’re much more cost-smart than the selections you’ll find on theme park and resort properties. Regardless of where you’re staying with us, we have the best recommendations on where to go to beat the heat with a tasty treat near you:

Sh-Booms (Davenport)

With more than 40 flavors of ice cream, including sherbets and sugar-free flavors, Sh-boom’s is one of the tastiest hidden gems you’ll find in Davenport. Enjoy ice cream and an assortment of homemade sweets like cupcakes, cake pops, choco-kebabs and crepes in a nostalgic 50s atmosphere complete with retro tunes from a vintage juke box.

Highlights: Flavors include the vibrantly colored Superman and the Jimi Hendrix-inspired Purple Days. Original sundae creations like The Elvis, The James Brownie, and The Donut Bliss.

Dippin’ Dots (Kissimmee)

Dippin’ Dots is the original “beaded” ice cream treat you’ve surely noticed at the theme parks, but did you know that you can find a dedicated Dippin’ Dots shop just outside of the Walt Disney World Resort in Kissimmee?  Dippin’ Dots offers irresistibly fun ice cream, sherbet, ice and frozen yogurt available in a variety of flavors.

Highlights: All the fun flavors you’ll find in the theme parks, and more! Served in multiple sizes, with take-home options available, at a lower cost than in the parks!

Twistee Treat (Kissimmee, Davenport, Clermont)

Since 1983, Twistee Treat’s iconic 25′ ice cream cone-shaped shops have served as a beacon to refreshment-seeking sweet teeth across Florida (with a few sprinkled into Texas as well).  You’ll rarely find a location that doesn’t have a line formed in wait, and with good reason – it’s really good stuff!

Highlights: Flavors range from mundane to bold – in cups, cones, sundaes, shakes, and malts. Bonus points for the fact that they offer slushes and Nathan’s Famous hot dogs!

YoDaddio Frozen Yogurt (Davenport)

YoDaddio offers 14 flavors of frozen yogurt, ice cream, gelato, sorbet,  and Italian ice, including sugar-free options; as well as over 70 toppings to complete the perfect frozen masterpiece. Located in the Posner Park shopping center, YoDaddio is the perfect place to break up a day of shopping in a cozy, retro environment. This location charges by the weight of your creation.

Highlights: Alcohol-infused flavor options available by the scoop, or in dessert creations! Massive menu of flavor options including zany choices like Maple Bacon Donut, French Toast, and Cotton Candy!

Culver’s (Kissimmee, Clermont, Haines City)

Unlike other locations we’re featuring. Culver’s isn’t dessert-centric, but they are just as famous for their fresh frozen custard as they are for their original “butter burgers”. Based out of Wisconsin, Culver’s has locations nationwide, including 60 in Florida. Made fresh daily, the rich and creamy frozen custard is the stuff of legends, with a tantalizing array of flavors on the roster. Enjoy shakes, floats, malts, sundaes, cones, cups, and to-go options.

Highlights: Amazon Alexa can be enabled with the Culver’s skill to give you quick and easy access to Culver’s flavor of the day in your area!

Dairy Queen (Haines City)

An American dessert tradition since 1940, Dairy Queen hardly needs an introduction. There are numerous DQs in the Central Florida area. Some offer dessert only menus, while some also feature burgers, fries and incredible chicken  strips. The Haines City location is a dessert-focused venue with outdoor seating available.

Highlights: Staples of the Dairy Queen menu have thankfully stayed the same over the years. Enjoy long-standing favorites like Blizzards, sundaes, shakes and the classic Dilly Bar.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt (Davenport, Kissimmee)

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt has more than 540 locations worldwide, including locations here in Davenport and Kissimmee. Another pay-by-weight dessert shop, Menchie’s invites you to customize your own treat from a diverse array of flavors and toppings. “Froyo” cakes available as well, just in case you have cause to celebrate during your stay!

Highlights: Broad selection of flavors including fruit blends, sugar-free, and sorbets. Most highly customized options in the area!