10 Must-Try Local Ice Cream Shops! | The Monmouth Moms

Who doesn’t love some good ice cream on a hot summer day? We’ve put together a fun summer bucket list of our favorite ice cream spots in Monmouth County for you to try!

Try them all and let us know what you think!


Pt. Pleasant, Spring Lake, and Long Branch

One of our all-time favorite spots to stop after a beach day, Hoffman’s is always a family favorite.


Surfside Frozen Custard

Sea Girt

Located in Sea Girt, NJ, enjoy some ice cream on the beach!


Coney Waffle

Asbury Park, Red Bank, Pier Village, and Belmar

A waffle, ice cream, and sweet shop, Coney Waffle is an experience like no other! Take the kids and treat them to some of their famous iconic milkshakes, ‘Sweet Galaxy Cones,’ and more! And come hungry, Coney Waffle doesn’t mess around!


Nicholas Creamery

Atlantic Highlands, Fair Haven, Tinton Falls, Long Branch

Nicholas Creamery is known for their delicious homemade, small batch ice cream. And with flavors like ‘Jersey Blueberry’ and ‘Booskerdoo Coffee Crunch,’ you’ll find something you love for everyone in the bunch!




Lighthouse Strollo’s Homemade Italian Ice

Long Branch, Red Bank, West End, Pt. Pleasant Beach, Monmouth Park, Belford

Trips to Lighthouse Strollo’s were a tradition as kids, and it’s no different now! It’s not summer if you haven’t had an Italian ice from Lighthouse! Make this your family’s tradition too!


Polar Bear Ice Cream


Polar Bear Ice on Route 36 in Keansburg, NJ is the perfect spot to bring the kids for a treat after dinner! Try their soft serve flavors in cake batter, banana, and even vegan watermelon! Yum!


Jersey Freeze

Freehold & Bell Works

Since 1952, Jersey Freeze has been drawing crowds for their delicious soft serve, shakes, sundaes, and more! And even better, they’re also home to some of the best burgers, cheesesteaks, and sandwiches around. Stay for dinner and save room for dessert. Definitely a family favorite! Note- ice cream only in their Holmdel location! SO GOOD!


Courtney’s Ice Cream Shop

Avon by the Sea

Add Courtney’s Ice Cream Shop in Avon to your summer bucket list! It’s a must!


Ryan’s Homemade Ice Cream

Tinton Falls

For over 30 years Ryan’s Homemade Ice Cream in Tinton Falls has been making families happy with their yummy seasonal flavors, and delicious traditional treats. We love the pumpkin ice cream in the fall too!


Sundaes The Ice Cream Place

Manasquan, Aberdeen, Point Pleasant, Toms River

Sundaes is right in our neighborhood, and they always have the perfect after dinner treat! With lots of flavors to choose from, you’ll definitely be back!




Ok, we know we said ten, but we couldn’t forget Crazees in Rumson! Crazees has been serving up delicious ice cream since the 90’s. Have dinner at Salt Creeek Grille, and head over for some dessert you don’t want to miss!

For store hours of operation and menu options, make sure to check the website or call ahead for details! Enjoy!

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