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The Best Sweet Frozen Treats to Keep Cool in Tampa Bay

Ice-cream, ice-cream! We all scream for ice-cream…especially in Tampa Bay when the temperatures soar! If you’ve been looking for a sweet frozen treat to enjoy with the kids, Karimah Henry of @craftingafunlife is here to the rescue! She’s dishing on some of her family’s favorite ice-cream shops in Tampa Bay. You can also check out our list of ice-cream shops here.

By the way, you should definitely give Karimah a follow on Instagram because she’s always sharing fun crafting and activity ideas to do with the kids and you’ll often see her on local TV sharing her ideas too!

Alrighty! Now it’s time to DIG IN and discover a new place to pick up a frozen treat in Tampa Bay. Even better–many of these ice-cream shops have several locations in Tampa Bay, so there’s likely one near you. Take it away Karimah!

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt best ice-cream shops in Tampa Bay

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: Locations throughout Tampa Bay

Our family has been coming here since they opened. You’re always greeted with a smile as soon as you walk through those doors. They have a great selection of flavors including vegan options as well as fun toppings. I love their cake batter with sprinkles, brownies, strawberries and whipped cream. The price is based on the weight so you can go crazy or keep it simple. Make sure to sign up for their smileage club to earn points for free fro-yo.

The Revolution Ice Cream Co: Locations in Tampa, Seminole Heights and Brandon

If you’re looking for unique handcrafted flavors with vegan options, this is your spot. Their ice cream never disappoints! My favorite is definitely the banana pudding but my husband loves their blueberry muffin tops. I really love the eclectic decor of the shop and the art displayed from local artists. Make sure to stop by for their BOGO deals from Monday through Thursday. If you’re planning a YES Day for your kids, they have an ice cream challenge.

Twistee Treat: Locations throughout Tampa Bay

You can’t miss this ice cream shaped shop! We love stopping by to get delicious soft-serve ice cream and slushies. My oldest loves adding gummies and sprinkles to his vanilla ice cream. I love that they have a drive-thru for those rainy days or when one of the kids is sleeping. Make sure to sign up for their loyalty program to get nice rewards.

wonder waffle in tampa Best ice-cream shops in Tampa Bay

Wonder Waffel in Tampa

14379 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa

Check out the Wonder Waffle menu

They offer a nice selection of frozen treats including gelato, shakes and sundaes. You can definitely satisfy your sweet tooth when you visit this shop. I love their strawberry sundae! It’s filled with 3 scoops of gelato, whipped cream, fresh strawberries, Stroopwafel and Pirouline rolled wafers.

bahama bucks best ice-cream shops in Tampa Bay

Bahama Buck’s in Odessa, Brandon, Trinity, and Tarpon Springs

If you love shaved ice, this will become your favorite place to visit. They have a large selection of flavors and toppings to satisfy everyone’s needs. You can also add ice cream to your shaved ice which is a nice treat. My 6-year old loved the sour patch kids with sour patch sauce and sour sand. Yes, my son loves all things sour. He was a very happy kid when he saw the flavor on the menu. I loved the Unicorn which includes rainbow shaved ice with whipped cream & party sprinkles. Remember tether ball? They have one outside for families to enjoy a quick game.

The Hyppo Tampa in Hyde Park Village and Ybor City

This place offers delicious all-natural gourmet popsicles that’s perfect for hot days in Florida. They create seasonal flavors that will keep you coming back for more. You can get the kids something simple like strawberry while you enjoy a boozy ice pop.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Sparkman Wharf and near Armature Works

Try one of a kind flavors at this popular ice cream shop. You can walk around Sparkman Wharf or relax on the lawn while enjoying this frozen treat. I enjoyed the honey vanilla bean as well as the strawberry buttermilk. My 6-year old loved their strawberry buttermilk with sprinkles. However, my husband said the gooey butter cake, Texas sheet cake and sweet cream biscuits with peach jam was amazing!

Jeremiah’s Italian Ice: Locations throughout Tampa Bay

My family loves stopping by Jeremiah’s for a frozen treat. There’s so many flavors of Italian ice that you can layer with vanilla or chocolate custard. You can get really creative with your combinations.

Bake’n Babes at Armature Works in Tampa

Known for their over the top freak shakes, the newest location at Armature Works serves up insane ice cream treats. We love the soft-serve ice cream that is served in a Taiyaki cone and topped with sprinkles. However, you can go big with The Works that is piled high and topped with seasonal treats. It’s definitely Instagram worthy!

Whatever Pops in Tampa

5127 N Florida Avenue in Tampa

Cool off with these delicious handcrafted popsicles. You can find their cart at different events around Tampa or visit their store front. We really love the strawberry mango ice pops. You can tell it’s made with fresh fruits.

Ice Dreammm Shop in Lutz and Wesley Chapel

23912 State Road 54, Suite 2 in Lutz and 6013 Wesley Grove Blvd, Suite 101 in Wesley Chapel

Enjoy handcrafted ice cream in a cozy environment with your family. They have classic flavors as well as some with creative combinations. Make sure to try their strawberry shortcake or the rum haven. I love that they have board games available for customers. Get out of the house and have game night while enjoying a frozen treat.

Astro Craft Ice Cream at Armature Works

1910 N Ola Avenue in Tampa

Cool spot with classic flavors and the option to make your own custom treat. Highly recommend the Tampa guava cream cheese or vanilla with cookie dough topping.

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Sea Maids Creamery in Seminole Heights

4230 N Florida Avenue in Tampa

Feels like you’re transported to a magical place as soon as you walk into this shop. I love their decor and all the artwork that is displayed. They have a large selection of ice cream with fun names. I love the Spongebob flavor, a yellow vanilla ice cream loaded with chocolate chip cookie dough bites and rainbow sprinkles. My 6-year old loves the Mermaid which is a cotton candy flavor. Go all out and have your ice cream served in one of their fancy cones dipped in sprinkles.

Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard: Locations throughout Tampa Bay

We always stop by Rita’s after a trip to Indian Rocks Beach. You can always find something on the menu that will make everyone happy. My boys usually order regular Italian ice while I order the gelati (Italian ice and custard) along with my husband. It’s a great frozen treat to help cool off after a long day outside.

You can also follow along with Karimah and her crafting adventures on!

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Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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