The Inside Scoop: 6 Iconic Ice Cream Stands in Wisconsin

In the summer, we all scream for ice cream – and when it comes to crafting the perfect cone, Wisconsin’s classic ice cream parlors and custard stands can’t be beat. These small-town spots have been dishing out sundaes, shakes and treats for generations, satisfying sweet tooths and impressing ice cream cone-noisseurs across the state, and this summer is no exception!

Looking for a few new spots to tempt your taste buds? Enjoy an ice-cold treat (Quick! Before it melts!) at these local favorites.

Gus's Drive-In – East Troy

Elvis is in the building (or a life-size statue of him, anyway) along with some fantastic custard, sundaes, malts and shakes. Look for their custard of the day and order it on a waffle cone, made fresh daily! Shake, rattle and roll with the '50s-themed music and memorabilia.

Every summer Saturday is “Cruise Night,” where you can check out custom cars or display your own.

The Windmill Ice Cream Shoppe – Tomahawk

This colorful little stand is right on Lake Nokomis, often a stopping point for boaters or bicyclists on the Bearskin-Hiawatha State Trail. Choose from a selection of Wisconsin-made ice creams, including the popular Cedar Crest Snowflake, white pistachio ice cream blended with a flurry of white chocolate-coated almond and white chocolate flakes.

Enjoy your tasty cone up on the trail’s old railroad trestle, boasting a stunning view of the shimmering lake.

J. Lauber’s Ice Cream Parlor – East Troy 

Step into this old general store and you’ll be taken back in time. Just across the tracks from the railway museum where you can ride restored trolleys, this classic soda fountain is operated by friendly staff wearing old-timey caps and bow ties.

Settle on a stool or into a booth and pore over the four-page ice cream menu including 20 flavors of malts, fancy sundaes and fruity phosphate sodas.

Adrian's Frozen Custard – Burlington

A fixture in downtown Burlington since the 1970s, Adrian’s draws custard customers from all over, even from across the border! The menu entices you with waffle cones, flurries, shakes and specialty sundaes like Peanut Butter Fudge, Pecan Turtle, Rocky Road, and the heavenly berry-filled Tulip Time.

During or after your treat, take a relaxing stroll through the nearby scenic Echo Veterans Memorial Park.

Grab a Cone – Montfort

Cheery signage grabs the tourist’s eye on this popular rural highway in southwest Wisconsin. Creamy concoctions seal the deal. They offer a wide variety of cones featuring the award-winning Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream, a premium brand made in Madison since 1962.

While you’re stopped, cross the road to the famous Rural Route 1 Popcorn store for souvenirs and delicious locally grown popcorn.

Cathy’s Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe – St. Germain

Nothing satisfies the sweet tooth of an Up North tourist like ice cream and candy at Cathy’s. Their packed parking lot is the proof! It’s often the place to stop after go karting, bumper boating or horseback riding at Elmer’s Fun Park.

Select from 32 mouth-watering flavors of Kemps ice cream. Candy cravers delight in the assortment of novelty treats, chocolates and nostalgic jar candies.

Browse our directory for more sweet treats to satisfy your ice cream craving!

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