No matter when you visit Orlando, you can cool off with cones, sundaes, milkshakes, floats and plenty of scintillating subzero surprises — but if you want to chill out like a local, we suggest these ice-cold options. Fair warning: Brain freeze is a definite possibility.
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- Map of Orlando’s Ice-Cold Treats
Additional reporting by Michelle DeMasi and Moyar Jackson.
Wherever your adventures take you in Orlando, refreshing cold treats are always close at hand.
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Jeremiah’s Italian Ice
Since 1996, Jeremiah’s Italian Ice has been doing its part to keep Orlando cool with more than 40 rotating ice flavors. Grab a Gelati for the ultimate experience, featuring layers of Italian ice and soft ice cream. You will find locations all over town — and then some.
Andy’s Frozen Custard
Regular ice cream not creamy enough for you? No problem — Andy’s Frozen Custard in Sanford has what you’re craving. Their slow-churned treats are available in a wide range of flavors and styles, and a galaxy of toppings can be mixed and matched to create your perfect recipe.
The Greenery Creamery
Just south of Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando, The Greenery Creamery is an artisanal ice cream boutique. They serve traditional, dairy-based ice cream and plant-based ice cream, all made with premium natural ingredients.
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Ice & Bites Cafe
A favorite of University of Central Florida students and faculty, Ice & Bites Cafe has a wide range of global snacks — including inventive ice cream and boba treats. They’re about 20 minutes east of downtown Orlando.
Joury Ice Cream & Cafe
You’ll find Joury Ice Cream & Cafe in Waterford Lakes, about 25 minutes east of downtown Orlando. They’re a popular source for ice cream, milkshakes, sundaes and other cold treats, as well as bubble waffles, crepes, boba fruit and more.
Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream
Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream is an Orlando original known for rich, creamy, handcrafted ice cream. Their original location is in Orlando’s Audubon Park Garden District, about 10 minutes from downtown. Several other locations can be found throughout the area, including The Hall on the Yard in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village Main Street and Windermere near Universal Orlando Resort.
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Matcha Cafe Maiko Orlando
Part of downtown Orlando’s Mills 50 district, Matcha Cafe Maiko is your source for authentic Japanese drinks and desserts made with premium ceremonial-grade matcha from Kyoto, Japan. It’s a great spot to cool off while exploring everything else the popular district has to offer.
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The Soda Fountain
The Soda Fountain is a classic ice cream shop in Orlando’s College Park Main Street district, about 10 minutes north of downtown. Their sundaes are particularly impressive. For example, The Elvis combines Nutella ice cream, candied bacon, caramel and peanut butter sauce for a hunka hunka frozen love you won’t soon forget.
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A Florida original, Twisty Treat locations are always easy to spot — just look for a building shaped like an ice cream cone. Specializing in soft serve ice cream and treats, they have locations throughout the Orlando area.
Located in Sanford, about 40 minutes north of our tourism districts, Wondermade is chiefly known for artisanal marshmallows made with real ingredients, available for online or in-person purchases. Lesser known but equally amazing is their hand-crafted ice cream, which is only available in store.
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Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop
Ghirardelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop is part of Disney Springs®, the open-air dining, entertainment and shopping district at Walt Disney World® Resort. Cool down with gourmet sundaes, shakes, floats and more, many of which feature the famous Ghirardelli chocolate.
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Salt & Straw
Scoop up a rotating monthly menu and classic flavors at Salt & Straw, one of the newest reasons to visit Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. They pride themselves on working with local makers, farmers and chefs who influence their ever-changing selection of scoops, pints and cones.
Beaches & Cream Soda Shop
For ice-cold flavors with a side of Atlantic seashore nostalgia, you can’t top Beaches & Cream Soda Shop, located inside Disney’s Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World. Malted milkshakes, flavored sodas and show-stopping sundaes are ready to hit your sweet spot — as is the Kitchen Sink, boasting eight scoops and every topping in the shop.
Practically synonymous with summertime at Disney parks, Dole Whip is a pineapple soft serve treat that’s served in cups or as a float. You can enjoy it at numerous locations at Walt Disney World, including shops and kiosks at Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, EPCOT and Disney Springs.
Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour
Eat ice cream like a wizard at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ — Diagon Alley™, part of Universal Studios Florida at Universal Orlando Resort. Choose from hard pack or soft serve ice cream, sundaes and even Butterbeer™ ice cream. Speaking of which…
Frozen Butterbeer™ at Universal Orlando Resort
There are a lot of ways to enjoy Butterbeer™ at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando Resort, but once summer rolls around, the frozen version is king. You can find it at The Leaky Cauldron™ and The Hopping Pot™ in Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios Florida, Three Broomsticks™ and Hog’s Head™ in Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and at Butterbeer™ street carts at both parks.
Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips
Think Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips is just serving the title dish at ICON Park®? Think again. Lots of tasty surprises are on the celebrity chef venue’s menu — including Biscoff and Sticky Toffee shakes. Just don’t take it as a sign that “Hell’s Kitchen” is freezing over.
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L’Artisan des Glaces
The iconic Mickey Mouse ice cream bars at Walt Disney World are always tasty, but head to L’Artisan des Glaces in the France pavilion at EPCOT® if you want to chill out in gourmet style. The shop’s signature creation is the Ice Cream Martini: two scoops and your choice of a shot of Grand Marnier, whipped cream-flavored vodka or rum.
Mr. Cool Ice Cream & Boba Tea
“Rolled” ice cream is an innovation from Thailand, and you can try it in Orlando at Mr. Cool Ice Cream & Boba Tea on International Drive. The ice cream gets rolled into tubes, placed in a cup or cone, and layered with your choice of toppings for a unique treat that’s tough to beat.
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Part of ICON Park, Sugar Factory is an American brasserie focused on satisfying all your sweet tooth cravings, including those of the frozen variety. Go for the gusto with the towering King Kong Sundae, which has 16 scoops of ice cream, tasty toppings — and sparklers.
The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen
At The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, stay frosty with Jacques’ Specialty Milkshakes and gourmet sundaes. The full-service restaurant, bar and confectionary is part of Universal CityWalk, the open-air entertainment and dining hub at Universal Orlando Resort — and they also have a robot.
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