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Trip List by MikeTA

Ice Cream Stands in Eastern Mass

14 Apr 2006  I am a self-proclaimed ice cream connoisseur.
4.0 of 5 stars based on 8 votes

A list of the best and most well-known home-made ice cream stands in eastern Massachusetts.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Chelmsford, Westford, Carlisle
  • Category: Best of
  • Traveler type: Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists, Pet owners
  • Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Sully's Ice Cream Stand, Chelmsford, MA
    Chelmsford, Massachusetts

    Best value and most variety of any stand I have ever seen. About 75 flavors, of which 25 or so are rotating and changing at any given time. Portions as big as Kimball's or anywhere else, but cheaper prices. Lines are generally small and move quickly, even on the hottest days. Playgrounds and ballfields are within a very short walking distance if you want to carry a cup or cone over and sit on a swing or let kids run around.

  • 2. Kimball Farms, Westford, MA
    Kimball Farm, Westford, Massachusetts

    Most famous New England ice cream stand, operating for over 50 years. Visitors come from as far as Maine, New York, and all sorts of other places to visit, often driving many miles out of their way to stop by. Scoops here are not to be outdone anywhere else, though prices are probably the most expensive of any stand as well. Biggest down side to Kimball's is the enormous lines, which are often 10-15 people long at each window. There's a bunch of things to do besides eat ice cream though, including mini-golfing, bumper boats, a pitch-and-putt par-3 golf course, a driving range, and a small selection of farm animals.

  • 3. Sullivan Farms, Tyngsboro, MA

    Similar to Sully's in Chelmsford, but newer. Less flavors than Sully's but counters and machines are newer and look cleaner on the inside.

  • 4. Great Farms, Carlisle, MA
    Carlisle, Massachusetts

    Strong focus on the farm itself, with the most animals of any other farm stand by far. Ice cream is pretty good with some interesting flavors, but not quite the large selection of a few other places. Worth a trip to see the animals though.

  • 5. Richardson's Ice Cream, Middleton and Reading, MA

    Excellent ice cream that's "syndicated" to a bunch of other smaller stands in the area.

  • 6. Bedford Farms, Bedford, MA

    Similar to Kimball Farms with large quantities, a moderate selection of flavors, slightly better prices. No other entertainment in the vicinity besides simple picnic benches to sit on.

  • 7. Max's Driving Range and Ice Cream, Tyngsboro, MA

    Small ice cream stand situated amongst a mini-golf course, batting cages, and a driving range. Ice cream is sort of a secondary business here, behind the other activities, but is still nonetheless pretty good.