Well summer is here once again! Nothing is better than spending a day on the beach soaking up the warm Florida Sun, and swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. One of my favorite things to do after a day at the beach, and one of the best ways to cool down during the summer heat on Anna Maria Island is to grab an ice cream treat. So I spent the day traveling the Island in search of the best ice cream and candy treats in the area.
Joe’s Eats & Sweets – Bradenton Beach
Joe’s Eats & Sweets in Bradenton Beach has been a local favorite for over 20 years, serving over 50 flavors of handmade ice cream, and specialty treats like their famous chocolate covered bananas, key lime pie on a stick, and much more. Stop in and try my favorite ice cream “Blue Moon” it is very sweet and tasty.
Holy Cow Ice Cream in Holmes Beach is another must stop offering over 30 flavors of ice cream as well as soft serve, and slush puppies. The tiki lounge and kids area is a great place to enjoy a cool treat with the family. While your there don’t forget to try some handmade chocolates.
Located in Historical Cortez Village, Tyler’s homemade Ice Cream has been a local favorite for the last 25 years. Over three hundred flavors have been created since Tyler’s opened in 1984. Stop in and try some of Tyler’s old fashion gourmet ice cream. You won’t be disappointed!
Dips Ice Cream on Gulf Drive in the City of Anna Maria is the perfect spot for ice cream and candy. Dips serves 32 flavors of ice cream, as well as 2 flavors of soft serve, Italian ice, and an amazing selection of candy. This family ice cream shop has been voted #1 ice cream by the Anna Maria Island Sun 8 times already!
Big Olaf Creamery in Bradenton Beach is under new ownership and is now called The Cream of Anna Maria offering 32 Flavors of ice cream, including popular flavors like blueberry cheesecake, and rum raisin. From what I hear, tropical fruit smoothies are coming soon as well.
Sweet Berries Frozen Custard & Eatery – Bradenton
Sweet Berries is located just a couple of short miles off Anna Maria Island on Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton. Serving up the finest frozen custard, soups, salads, and sandwiches it’s worth the trip! Ask them about their flavor of the month.
The General Store on Pine Avenue is a great place to grab a fresh made sandwich, snacks, and even some general supplies for your day at the beach. One thing that a lot of people don’t realize is that the General Store always has a fantastic selection of Tyler’s homemade ice cream ready for you to grab and go.
The Shiny Fish Emporium is not an ice cream shop but they do offer some very tasty ice cream treats called Tropical Ice Cream Bubbles. I tried both the guava and key lime pie ice cream bubbles and the best way to describe them is like marshmallow wrapped around ice cream, “absolutely delicious”. Stop in and check out The Shiny Fish Emporium on your next trip to Anna Maria Island, and don’t forget to try an ice cream bubble.
Divine Café – Holmes Beach
Divine Café is not an ice cream shop but they still offer a couple of cool treats for you to enjoy. Try a frozen coffee, ice coffee, fruit smoothie, or a protein shake. They also have tasty lemon bars and fresh salads, try one next time you stop in for your favorite coffee.
Located just across the street from the Anna Maria City Pier, 2 Scoops Ice Cream is a convenient place to grab an ice cream cone, milkshake, or a sandwich. Grab a cool treat and take a stroll along the boardwalk by the bay.