The summer is here, with school out, the weekends are about to pick up down the shore and the first stop for many is their favorite ice cream shop.

So when down the shore, what are the best ice cream shops to try this summer?

There a ton of options in our area, and NJ Digest put out a list of the 30 best Ice Cream shops in New Jersey for the summer of 2024 with four local shops (Atlantic and Cape May County) making the list.

Where to get the absolute best ice cream in Atlantic and Cape May County!

First up is a boardwalk staple, the Original Kohr Brothers Frozen Custard, which has multiple locations up and down the Jersey Shore coast.

The Kohr brothers definitely knew what they were doing in 1917—talk about boardwalk treats! If you see a sign with this name, it is worth the inevitable wait. Kohr Brothers rose to fame because of their signature frozen custard, which is rich, creamy and sweet. The iconic swirled cone is a staple on the boardwalk. The custard is absolutely delicious but if you’re a hard ice cream fan, you’ll love it too!

There are 12 overall Kohr Brothers in New Jersey from Beach Haven down to Cape May. Four of them are in Ocean City, there are four in the Wildwoods, one in Stone Harbor and two in Cape May.

Next its worth the drive out to Hammonton, for Royale Crown Ice Cream & Grill, which I made my first visit to a few weeks ago. Royale Crown is located at 1051 South White Horse Pike and has been in Hammonton for 71 seasons.

This vintage ice cream parlor has been dishing out scoops of frozen treats, burgers and more since opening over 70 years ago. Classic sundaes and old-school treats are the name of the game at Royale Crown. If you happen to stop in during blueberry season, be sure to order appropriately—Hammonton is the blueberry capital of the world after all.

They use fresh strawberries and blueberries to make their some of their soft serve ice cream, and it was out of this world.

They have so many different combinations of flavors to choose from, it's almost impossible to decide on just one.

Next up we head down to Wildwood to Duffers Restaurant & Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor, which is located at 5210 Pacific Ave.

Duffer’s doesn’t play around when it comes to ice cream. Well, they actually do—have you seen the size of their sundaes? This family-owned Wildwood institution has been in operation for 50 years and continues to make all of their ice cream in-house daily. You can find classics here like a banana split, but there’s nothing quite like ordering a bowl of their outrageous creations. Milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches and floats aren’t off the table either.

A couple of years ago, Dave Portnoy from Barstool Sports stopped by Duffers and gave the ice cream a 9.2 score, which sounds worthy enough for me to get down there any try it this summer.

Our final stop on the ice cream tour is Springer’s Homemade Ice Cream in Stone Harbor, which features over 70 handcrafted flavors.

Springer’s is a beloved Jersey Shore destination, known for its daily homemade offerings of over 70 flavors of ice cream, ices, and sorbets, including dairy-free options. The long line is well worth the wait, and flavors like Blueberry Cheesecake and Almond Amaretto are a must-try.

Springer’s is another place with a ton of amazing flavor, that it's almost overwhelming. Buy make no mistake about it, this place is worth the drive to Stone Harbor.

Those were the four places that made NJ Digest list, which I think was a bit North Jersey biased.

There are plenty of Southern Jersey spots that deserve a mention, so here are 10 more to try this summer.

1. Jersey Cow in Northfield and Brigantine

2. Twist in Linwood

3. Custard Hut in Somers Point

4. Little's in EHT

5.  Hobby Horse in Ocean City

6. Custard Last Stand in Ventnor

7. Dairy Bar in Margate

8. Lindy Hops in Galloway

9. Churn House in Ocean City

10. Sundaze in Ventnor


All this ice cream has me thinking about pizza down the shore!

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