Who wants Ice Cream?!



We've got the scoop on the very best ice cream parlors in the Hudson Valley!




It’s hard not to love all the great stuff that makes up July when the list includes fireworks, barbecues, sunny skies, and … National Ice Cream Month!




If you’re craving the best ice cream the Hudson Valley has to offer, have we got the guide for you!






Jillian Pecoraro, 2.5, loves her ice cream from Richard’s Dairy Shed in Montgomery. 




ULSTER COUNTY


62 Oneil St. 
Kingston 


Talk about a Hudson Valley staple — Boice Brothers Dairy is celebrating 100 years this summer. Their century-long presence in the community is no accident, as their fresh, locally-sourced treats have satisfied generation after generation. 


72 Main St. 
Saugerties 


Sometimes a gigantic dessert is the only dessert that will do. Luckily, Mickey’s Igloo has a colossal-size sundae special to lift you up when it’s been one of those days. If you can’t stomach a treat quite that hefty, you can always get a specialty sundae, shake, shaved ice, malt, hard ice cream, and much more in a regular size. 


730 State Route 208 
Gardiner 


The ice cream stand section of this seasonal farmer’s market sells treats with fresh fruit toppings grown right on site. You can opt for a classic dessert, like a malt or a banana split, or sample the fruits of the farm with a hot apple crisp sundae, strawberry shortcake sundae, or peach melba sundae. All the food is kosher and gluten-free, so those dietary restrictions won’t hold you back. 


78 Main St. 
New Paltz 


Lifelong New Paltz resident Patty Walker had always heard people wondering where they could get ice cream in New Paltz, so three years ago she opened Huguenot Creamery and solved their problem. The chic little parlor serves super popular milkshakes and classic ice cream flavors to enjoy as you stroll around town. You can also buy cannolis and other desserts to cap off your dinner (or lunch or breakfast!). 


ORANGE COUNTY 


Weir’s Ice Cream 
2159 New York 94 
Salisbury Mills 


Hudson Valley residents have all different experiences, but chances are if they’ve lived in the area for a while, they’ve been to Weir’s. The stand has all the treats you could want — hard and soft ice cream, shakes, floats, sherbet, yogurt, Italian ice, slush drinks, and more — and often runs specials and promotions to support teams and organizations in the community. 


5334 Route 9W 
Newburgh 


You can’t go wrong with this classic ice cream shop. Whether you’re looking for a homemade ice cream sundae, a cup of creamy soft serve, or a refreshing Italian ice, Mary Jane’s has comfort desserts you can count on. They also offer a huge selection of food, so you can take the full night off from cooking if you’d like!

1390 Route 17A 
Warwick 

This creamery is located at the top of Mt. Peter and is most certainly worth the hike on the Appalachian Trail. But if you’re not up to hoofing it (we don’t blame you — it’s advanced!), you can drive instead. The view from the top is spectacular. Just don’t get so into the sights that you forget to order ice cream. The specialty flavors feature fresh ingredients grown right on the farm. 


1103 State Rt. 17K 
Montgomery 


This family-owned Montgomery staple never disappoints. Richard’s offers a vast menu (including food) that spans the ice cream spectrum, from classic chocolate and vanilla to birthday cake to brownie sundaes. The scoops are quite generous, so be sure to bring your appetite. 


655 New York 17M 
Middletown 


Fresh homemade ice cream, Italian gelato, and sorbet provide a range of options at Blueberry Mountain. Hand-dipped waffle cones offer another layer of indulgence, and gluten-free cones make sure no one misses out on the fun. The mini golf course next door makes a trip to Blueberry Mountain a fun family evening out. 


949 Route 32 
Newburgh 


The gigantic ice cream sundae on top of the building will pull you in, but the ice cream will keep you! Soft-serve flavors of the week offer constant variety, and if you’re having trouble picking just one favor, you can swirl two together. Located just off Route 32, you can easily make Cherry Top “on the way” during your Hudson Valley travels. 


DUTCHESS COUNTY 


7270 S. Broadway 
Red Hook 


Even in the dead of winter, Holy Cow is hoppin’. Whether it’s January or July, people flock here to enjoy generous portions of all sorts of treats. The affordable prices ensure people who take advantage of the yearlong schedule don’t have to sacrifice their wallets. 






Holy Cow in Red Hook. Photo submitted by Beth Rose.


141 Overlook Rd. 
Poughkeepsie 


Located next to Overlook Drive-In, you can enjoy a pre-movie dessert (and dinner!) for a night out on the town, or just swing by for a sundae. A playground sits right behind the café’s patio, so the kids can indulge their sugar high while you relax nearby.


550 Route 82 
Hopewell Junction 

Another local family-owned staple, Joe’s has options for everyone in the family’s tastes — ice cream sandwiches, hard ice cream, slush puppies, soft-serve yogurt, and even chili from a secret family recipe on the savory food side. Be on the lookout for a family movie night featuring “Frozen” on July 10. The grill will stay open late and waitress service ensures you won’t miss out on a great film or great ice cream. 


201 Main St. 
Beacon 


Most people have fond memories of enjoying a popsicle on a hot summer day, but we bet you don’t recall ones flavored like mojitos, peanut butter and jelly, arroz con leche, or cucumber mint chili. These fun spins on the frozen classic are a huge hit, and they are made in small batches with fresh, Hudson-Valley grown products. 


PUTNAM COUNTY 


32 West Street 
Cold Spring 


If you give Moo Moo’s a try and love it, you don’t have to worry about getting bored of it quickly — the 16 available flavors change daily. The ice cream is homemade from a family recipe, so it won’t taste quite like the big-brand tubs you have in your freezer. Plus, Moo Moo’s porch overlooks the Hudson River, making it the perfect spot for a peaceful evening treat. 




Twin Cone in Bloomingburg. Photo submitted by Joyceann Partridge-Viola



Dairy O in Westtown. Photo submitted by Marisa Newman.



More honorable mentions from our readers:

 “2 Smiles in Poughkeepsie. All homemade with lots of variety and really nice ice cream cakes, too!” — Isabelle Dichiara

“Twin Cone in Bloomingburg ... two thumbs up!” — Joyceann Partridge-Viola

“We love chocolate soft serve from Adam’s in Poughkeepsie!” — Jessica Schaefer

“Mary Janes in Middlehope.” — Brigette Anne

“The Beacon Creamery in … Beacon.” — Danielle Ricciardi

“Jolly Cow in Lake Katrine. Not only is it amazing ice cream, but the owner is very community-oriented man. It’s a great family place, too.” — Ethel Resso

“Ron’s Ice Cream in Beacon! It's a town staple.” — Loren Michelle

“Café a la Mode in Warwick. Love their handmade ice cream cones!” — Krystal Torres

“Frozen Caboose in Highland.” — Danielle Dapp

“Wally’s in Monroe. Hands down! I travel there from Chester.” — Gillian Farrell

“The Dairy O in Westtown. Family owned and super delish stuff. I love the cookie ice cream sliders.” — Marisa Neuman

"The IceMother mobile ice cream stand in Monroe! You text, they deliver!" — Samantha Klinger



Elora Tocci is a freelance writer born and raised in Newburgh. She currently works as a communications assistant at Teach For America in New York City.