6 Iconic Ice Cream Stands in Wisconsin

In the summer, we all scream for ice cream and frozen custard. When it comes to getting your licks in, Wisconsin’s ice cream parlors and custard stands aim to please. Their delicious ice-cold creamy treats satisfy the fussiest of cone-noisseurs.

If you’re looking for some new spots to tempt your taste buds, here’s a sampling to get you started.

East Troy

Home to Alpine Valley Resort and the popular Electric Railroad Museum, this quaint small town offers two ice cream places. We dare you to try both in one day!

Gus’s Drive-In – Elvis is in the building (or a lifesize statue of the King, anyway), along with some fantastic custard, sundaes, malts and shakes. Look for their custard of the day and order it on their 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.

J. Lauber’s Ice Cream Parlor – Step into this old general store and you’ll be stepping back in time. Just across the tracks from the railway museum where you can ride restored trolleys, this old fashioned 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 that includes 20 flavors of malts, fancy sundaes and fruity phosphate sodas.


Adrian's Frozen Custard – 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 – 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.


The Windmill Ice Cream Shoppe – Get in your licks lakeside! 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.

St. Germain

Cathy’s Ice Cream & Candy Shoppe – 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.

Ready for some frozen fun? Try five more Wisconsin ice cream shops that just might be older than you! Look at our directory for all of the delicious restaurants you should eat at this summer.

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