Best Ice Cream in the Northern Outer Banks
Although we are drifting into the late summer/early fall season, the weather is still gorgeous—sunny, in the 80s, and ideal for a sweet, cold treat! Even though ice cream is good any time of the year, there is nothing like getting a scoop of your favorite flavor after a long day out by the water. But where should you go and what should you order? We have a few suggestions! This 4-part series will explore all of the best ice cream shops across northeastern North Carolina.
Corolla and Duck
If you live, or are staying in, the northern part of the Outer Banks, there are plenty of delicious options to choose from!
1152 Ocean Trl.
Corolla, NC 27927
Open Sundays – Fridays in the Summer (through the end of August), Corolla Scoops & Sweets is a great place to grab a scoop of hand-dipped Hershey’s Ice Cream! Conveniently located for those who live in Northern Corolla, this shop offers a variety of flavors. Stop by for a cup, cone, milkshake, float, sundae, or even some candy!
Our pick: a chocolate cone. Let the Hershey’s ice cream speak for itself with this tried-and-true classic.
610 Currituck Clubhouse Dr.
Corolla, NC 27927
Open everyday in-season and various hours during the shoulder season (April – May & September – October), The Chill Spot Ice Cream Shop is a perfect place to satisfy your sweet tooth. With a range of over 25 flavors (including Blueberry Cheesecake, Double Fudge Brownie, and Salty Caramel Pretzel), everyone in your family can find a treat they like. Choose between a cup, cake coke, sugar cone, or waffle cone, add a scoop or two of your favorite flavor, and you’re good to go! If you’re looking for something unique, try one of their specials like an ice cream sandwich, hot fudge sundae, or milkshake.
Our pick: the Ice Cream Taco! You heard that right – The Chill Spot fills a homemade waffle cone taco with chocolate ice cream and tons of toppings for a truly delicious surprise.
1216 Duck Rd.
Duck, NC 27949
True to its name, Donutz On a Stick and Ice Cream offers far more than ice cream which makes this a great one-stop-shop for anyone in your family with a true sweet tooth! Open since 2015, this shop is serving up homemade soft serve along with made-to-order donuts, donut sundaes, and a variety of coffee treats. They also have vegan and gluten-free options available. Try an Avalanche with your favorite toppings, a milkshake with whipped cream, or a tasty sundae. You can even grab a pint or quart of your favorite flavor to take home!
Our pick: a Donut Sundae! That's right--thanks to this awesome invention, you do not have to choose between your two favorite desserts. Pick your favorite donut, your favorite ice cream flavor, and get it topped with classic sundae toppings!
1180 Duck Rd.
Duck, NC 27949
Big Buck’s is an OBX staple with four locations in Duck, Corolla, Kitty Hawk and Manteo. Serving up everything from ice cream, cakes, chocolate and candy, your kids will have a blast with all the options! Ice cream flavors range from classics like vanilla and chocolate to Espresso chip and Coffee Caramel Cookie. For something different, grab a 1lb bag of candy or even custom chocolates. The sweetness doesn’t have to stop there—pick up a pint or half-gallon to go or order an ice cream cake!
Our pick: a Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Cake! Pre-order ahead with at least 24-hours of notice to pick up one of these for your next big celebration. Your tastebuds will be delighted with homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream, fresh cream, M&Ms, house made chocolate pieces and more!