The Scoops of Summer: Visit the Best Ice Cream Shops in Crawford County | Visit Crawford County, PA

published on May 2023

The Scoops of Summer: Visit the Best Ice Cream Shops in Crawford County

Dining, Family-friendly, Fun and Amusement

Ice cream is one of the quintessential summer treats, and what better place to indulge in some delicious frozen goodness than in Crawford County? Our region is an amazing summer getaway spot that’s made all the sweeter by some of the best ice cream shops in the state. These delectable destinations offer visitors a wide range of flavors and styles to choose from, some of them even featuring local ingredients and beautiful views. Here are just a few of the top ice cream shops in Crawford County that you should add to your must-visit list:

Meadville Area

Hank’s Frozen Custard

Hank’s Frozen Custard in Meadville is a classic summer favorite that has been serving up frozen treats since 1952. The shop is famous for its rich, creamy frozen custard, which is made fresh on-site daily using only the finest ingredients. Visitors can choose from a wide variety of flavors, including classic favorites like vanilla and chocolate, as well as more unique options like black raspberry and peach and a variety of other options such as shakes and sundaes. The shop is a step back in time with its vintage Electro Freeze ice cream machines! 

Casey’s Ice Cream & Candies

Casey’s Ice Cream & Candies is a must-visit destination for anyone with a sweet tooth. This family-owned shop Meadville offers a wide range of frozen treats, including homemade ice cream, soft serve, and a variety of candies made from over 70 years of experience. The shop is known for its friendly staff and welcoming atmosphere, making it the perfect spot to relax and enjoy a sweet treat with family and friends. Plus, their homemade ice cream is made with the freshest ingredients and dairy from local suppliers, ensuring that every scoop is bursting with flavor all year round. They also recently partnered with local brewery Voodoo Brewing Co. to create a special ice cream inspired craft beer!  

Cup ‘n Spoon

Cup ‘n Spoon is a cozy coffee and sweets shop in downtown Meadville that has more than just coffee. This family-owned shop serves a variety of delicious frozen yogurt and shakes that are perfect for any time of year. Featuring locally-sourced dairy, they feature a wide range of flavors in a serve-yourself fashion and offer a ton of fun toppings that you can add yourself!  Don’t be surprised if there is a local fundraiser going on, because they are huge community supporters!  

Eastern Crawford County

Happi Jax

Happi Jax is a hidden gem near Canadohta Lake is worth the visit. This ice cream shop is a favorite among locals and visitors alike for its delicious, ice cream flavors. Whether you’re in the mood for classic vanilla or something more unique, like blueberry cheesecake or cotton candy, Happi Jax has a flavor for every palate. They offer soft serve ice cream, sundaes, and floats, making it the perfect spot for a refreshing treat on a warm summer day on the lake!

City Limits Ice Cream

City Limits Ice Cream in Titusville is a classic ice cream parlor that will give you all the childhood nostalgia. The shop offers a wide variety of flavors of hand-dipped ice cream, ranging from traditional vanilla and chocolate to unique flavors like blueberry cheesecake and coconut cream pie. They also offer soft-serve ice cream, sundaes, and milkshakes. City Limits’ charming, retro-inspired decor and friendly staff make it the perfect spot for families and friends to gather for a refreshing and tasty treat.

Saegertown Dairy Inn

Saegertown Dairy Inn is a beloved, family-owned ice cream spot in Saegertown has been serving up sweet treats for over 50 years! They offer a wide range of delicious ice cream flavors, including classic favorites like chocolate and strawberry, as well as unique options like pumpkin pie and pistachio. Special food items are also available such as chicken tender baskets and kids meals, making it the perfect stop for lunch or dinner.

The Sweet Anchor

The Sweet Anchor which is family owned and operated, has been serving up smiles and sweet treats in Cambridge Springs since 2022. The Sweet Anchor’s is known for our creative weekly Signature Anchor Milkshakes but we offer several different flavors of hard ice cream, soft serve ice cream, milkshakes, specialty sundaes, flurries, floats and more! They were also featured in Visit PA’s “Scooped: An Ice Cream Trail 2023” as one of the stops!

Western Crawford County

Pap Pap’s Smoke House and Creamery

If you’re hanging around Conneaut Lake, then you have to visit Pap Pap’s Smoke House and Creamery – it’s not too shabby (formerly Shabby’s Ice Cream)! This shop has the perfect old-timey feel with amazing ice cream, making it the perfect stop after a day on the beach or out on the lake. Also, be sure to try their renowned apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream for a delicious bite you won’t forget. Also, don’t miss their annual cruise-ins and look at some classic cars with your sweet treat!

Valley Freeze

Nothing says “summer” like barbecue and ice cream. At Valley Freeze in Conneautville, you get both! This family-owned ice cream shop has been serving up delicious frozen treats for years and they’ve got it down to a tasty science. Come enjoy perfect summer barbecue dinners and top it off with soft serve ice cream, hard serve, milkshakes, sundaes, or even flurries!

The Next Right Thing: Sweet Treats & Cool Eats

The Next Right Thing: Sweet Treats & Cool Eats – This ice cream shop in Linesville is just the ticket after a day on the lake fishing, sailing, or kayaking. When you’re done with your Pymatuning adventures, it’s time for a treat at the Next Right Thing! And they’ve sure got it right with fabulous soft serve and hard serve ice cream that just hits the spot. If ice cream isn’t your thing, don’t pass up on the chance to try their other unique desserts and savory snacks.

Yorkie’s Grille & Custard

Yorkie’s Grille & Custard -This special shop has become part of a summer tradition of relaxing over delicious treats both savory and sweet since 1993. Whether you’re in the mood for a footlong hot dog, homemade frozen custard or ice cream, you can count on having a treat that’ll satisfy your taste buds. With an extensive selection of Perry’s Ice Cream flavors, Yorkie’s ice cream choices will satisfy any craving, and our homemade, creamy frozen custard will put a delicious spin on your go-to summer treats. If you’re looking for an all-around amazing getaway, consider renting one of their lake cottages near the shop for an unforgettable stay!

A Sweet Stay for Summertime (and All Year Round!)

Crawford County is a summer paradise with an array of ice cream shops to suit every taste. While some of our ice cream shops are open all year, some are just summertime specials, so check out the listings on our website for ice cream shop summer hours. Whether you’re looking for a refreshing treat on a hot summer day or a family-friendly spot to gather, Crawford County’s ice cream shops have something for everyone.

Photo Credits:

City Limits Ice Cream – Cover Photo, Hank’s Ice Cream – 1st Photo, Happi Jax – 2nd Photo, Cup n’ Spoon – 3rd Photo

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