Where to find the BEST Ice Cream this Summer

By Autumn J. Moricz May 3, 2024

Our family loves Ice Cream. When the warm weather hits we like to try new offerings from our favorite shops and venture out to check out new places as well.

Here are just a few of the many places where you can get a sweet treat this summer. While we all have our favorites, each place has some unique offerings you will want to try before that Michigan chill is here once again!


*Nauti Mi on the River

NautiMI is a Michigan sourced Ice Cream & Coffee Shop and Gift Shop located along the Huron River Chain of Lakes. Classes, Workshops, Kayak & Paddle Board Rentals + so much more!

Location: 9260 McGregor Rd. Pinckney, MI 48169


Facebook: NautiMIontheRiver

Instagram: @nautimi_on_the_river

TikTok: @nautimiontheriver

*Captain Frosty's Ice Creamery

Old fashioned ice cream parlor established in 1976 serving all your favorite goodies. We are conveniently located at the intersection of Pettysville/M36 in Pinckney across from the Lakeland trailhead.

Location: 9245 Bernice Drive Pinckney, MI 48169




Turtle SundaeFreedom FreezeFrozen Banana

More places in Pinckney for a sweet treat:

Dairy Queen

Pinckney Bakery

Hamburg Bakery


*Jackies Custard on Mill Pond

Jackie's has frozen custard made in store daily. They also make a variety of Sundaes (Including a Brighton Bulldog) avalanches and more.

Location: 415 Mill Pond Lane Brighton, MI

Facebook: Jackies Custard Co on Millpond

Phone: (810) 588-6581

Sweet Girl Toffee w/Ghirardelli Sea Salt CaramelStrawberry

Don't forget to try the other great ice cream choices in Brighton:

Blank Slate Creamery

Dairy Queen

Ritter's Frozen Custard


*Curvin's Family Creamery

Curvin's Creamery is a family-owned liquid nitrogen ice cream shop in downtown South Lyon. They custom-make each ice cream order using high-quality ingredients.  Their ice cream is made according to your liking and dietary needs! They have many gluten-free options and can make it using almond cream. Check out the unique process and watch the magic of turning liquid into delicious ice cream.

Location: 226 Lafayette Street, South Lyon, MI 48178

Facebook: Curvins Family Creamery 

Another ice cream choice in South Lyon is Dairy Queen


Lot's of great choices in Howell 

Whistlestop Caboose

Dairy Queen

M Street


Dairyville comes highly recommended in Fowlerville.


Dairy Queen is THE choice for kids and families in Dexter.

 A few ice cream facts to share with your kids when grabbing a sweet treat this summer!

  • 90% of the U.S. population eats ice cream (I'm guessing the remaining 10% just don't have freezers).
  • Americans eat more than 23 pounds of ice cream every year — we're the top ice cream consuming nation in the world.
  • The majority of U.S. ice cream and frozen dessert businesses are family-owned and have been around more than 50 years.
  • The world's biggest ice cream sundae, made on July 24, 1988, took four hours to create and weighed nearly 54,917 pounds!
  • Immigrants at Ellis Island were served vanilla ice cream as part of their "Welcome to America!" meal.
  • The first ice cream truck hit the streets in 1920.
  • The five most popular flavors in the U.S., according to sales, are vanilla, chocolate, butter pecan, strawberry, and Neapolitan (in that order).
  • According to Twitter, however, the most-tweeted flavors are chocolate, vanilla, cookie dough, strawberry, and chocolate chip (in that order).
  • Chocolate syrup is the favorite topping.
  • The major ingredient in ice cream is ... AIR! Then why so many calories?