Myrtle Beach summers can be brutal. We all know this.
There are, of course many ways to cool down, but sometimes nothing beats a good old ice cream cone.
With that in mind, Myrtle Beach Life has done the unthinkable. The insurmountable. We have personally patronized, savored and sampled the ice cold treats of more than 25 ice cream shops in the area to bring you the best of the best. It was a long hard journey, but we made it through.
*Note to self: Next month, best gyms and weight loss programs in Myrtle Beach*
Painter’s Homemade Ice Cream
Painter’s has been around since the Truman administration. It has stood the test of time, and has people coming back for more year after year.
2408 U.S. 17, North Myrtle Beach; (843) 272-6934; TheIceCreamKing.com
OD Pavilion Ice Cream Shop
OD has been serving delicious ice cream since 1997. Nestled right in the heart of North Myrtle Beach, OD gives you the option to cool off with a cone without ever leaving the beach.
90 S Ocean Blvd, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582; (843) 249-2785
Kirk’s 1890 Ice Cream Parlor
A local favorite, Kirk’s sits just blocks from the ocean as well. The parlor’s ambience and decor give you the feeling of stepping back in time to simpler days.
2500 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach; (843) 626-3422
Mad Myrtle’s Ice Creamery
Location, location, location. And ice cream. Put the two together and what do you get? Mad Myrtle’s. Myrtle’s has been serving the boulevard for over a decade with thousands of satisfied customers.
918 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach; (843) 626-0022
Bruster’s Real Ice Cream
Voted “America’s Best Ice Cream,” Bruster’s takes the honor seriously. Bruster’s doesn’t rely on the big or the fancy, their ice cream speaks for itself, and they know it. Two cheers for Bruster’s.
3784 Renee Dr., Myrtle Beach; (843) 236-4232; Brusters.com
Sweet Molly’s Creamery
Sweet Molly’s Creamery is that feel-good spot that makes you feel at home every time. A family owned and operated ice cream shop, Sweet Molly’s has been dominating the Barefoot Landing ice cream scene since 2004.
4742A Highway 17 South, North Myrtle Beach; (843) 663-4373; SweetMollysCreamery.com
Rita’s spells it out for you right there in their name – “Rita’s Ice – Custard – & Happiness.” Guaranteed to experience all three while stopping by this little hotspot in downtown North Myrtle Beach.
2203 U.S. 17 No. 1, North Myrtle Beach; (843) 272-0886; RitasFranchises.com
Sugar Life Ice Cream and Candy Bar
The newest spot on our list, Sugar Life took the ice cream game to another level. This new sugar shack off of 21st Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach has a full ice cream bar, every type of candy imaginable, and a pristine location just steps away from the big ‘ol blue.
2016 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach; (843) 444-4744; SugarLifeCandy.com
Scoop’s Ice Cream
Scoops serves up hand-scooped ice cream as well as cones, shakes, sundaes, malts, and more. It’s also a two-minute drive from the beach, as well as major Myrtle Beach attractions like the boardwalk, Family Kingdom, and the SkyWheel.
1401 S Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; (843) 448-0677