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From Classic to Crazy: Myrtle Beach Ice Cream Spots You Can't Miss

  By  Ashley Daniels
Mad Myrtle's Ice Cream

Ice cream and The Beach go together like peanut butter and jelly — or at least we think so!

The Myrtle Beach area has an abundance of local ice cream shops, as well as the chains like Ben and Jerry’s and Baskins Robbins, that are a perfect place to cool off after a day of sun.

Here are some of our favorite unique ice cream shops around the Grand Strand that are scooping up some classic ice cream treats, as well as milkshakes and shaved ice snowballs.

local's fav Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar
2. Crazy Mason Milkshake Bar
Locations in North Myrtle Beach & Myrtle Beach

Since opening in 2020, The Crazy Mason has quickly become one of the most popular ice cream spots in town with it's awe-insipiring milkshakes piled high with toppings. These over-the-top concoctions are amazingly indulgent, infinitely Instagrammable and a "must try" for folks looking for a unique vacation-worth dessert. 

Local's Tip: If you're thinking "Oh my, that looks like alot..." you're right. Crazy Mason shakes are big and can easily be split by more than one person. They also offer "Lil Crazy" sundaes that are smaller versions of their full-sized shakes, plus a selection of other treats like Crazy Bombs (cookie sandwiches), Crazy Italian Ice and Crazy Waffles.

ice cream on the beach
3. Drippy's Homemade Ice Cream
Locations in Surfside Beach & Garden City Beach

Drippy's has been around for over 50 years on the south end of the beach (formerly known as Painter's) and now has three locations. Have an upcoming event and need to bring dessert? Check out their amazing array of ice cream cakes!

Local's Tip: Drippy's selection of flavors includes all your favorites plus some great unique options like Banana Pudding, Vegan Lemon Poppy Seed and Salty Goat — a deliciouslu salty caramel ice cream packed with roasted Pecans and homemade Butter Pecan cookies.

local's fav Kirk's 1890 Ice Cream Parlor
4. Kirk’s 1890 Ice Cream Parlor
6101 N. Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach

This longtime local's favorite is styled to look like an old-fashioned ice cream and soda parlor. Kirk’s 1890 will take you back in time while you enjoy classic ice cream desserts, like a banana splits, and over 40 homemade flavors.

Local's tip: Try their Upside Down Banana Split with their homemade hot fudge and fresh whipped cream – it's a treat you won't find anywhere else!

Original Painter's Homemade Ice Cream
5. Original Painters Homemade Ice Cream
North Myrtle Beach

Original Painter's is the grandaddy of Grand Strand ice cream spots. A staple in North Myrtle Beach since 1952, it is renowned for its rich, creamy flavors made fresh daily. With its charming atmosphere and inviting outdoor seating, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy classic treats with friends and family.

Local's tip: For a nostalgic twist, try their Creamsicle Float with their freshly made waffle cones crumbled on top – it adds a delightful crunch to this creamy, citrusy delight!

local's fav
kids at mad myrtles
6. Mad Myrtle’s Ice Creamery
918 S Ocean Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

The perfect spot for a cool treat while exploring the boardwalk, Mad Myrtle’s serves hand-scooped ice cream as well as funnel cakes, cotton candy and other deliciously sweet treats. This retro-style ice cream parlor has a playful atmosphere and an extensive selection of sundaes.

Local's tip: Ask for the "Famous Banana Split" – it’s a local favorite featuring three scoops of your choice, fresh bananas, and an array of tropical toppings that capture the essence of Myrtle Beach.

ice cream cone
7. Meyer's Ice Cream Parlor
1906 U.S. 17 Business, Surfside Beach

Located near Ocean Lakes Campground and Surfside Beach, this locally- owned ice cream shop offers 50 flavors including soft serve, milkshakes, Italian Ice, ice cream cakes, and more. 

Local's Tip: Try the "Build Your Own Cookie Sandwich" option. You can choose from chocolate chip, S'mores or sugar cookies filled with and of their hand-scooped ice creams and then rolled in rainbow sprinkles, chocolate sprinkle, crunchies, chocolate chips, dots or peanuts. It's delicious!

Stella's Homemade Ice Cream
8. Stellas's Ice Cream
Locations in Conway & Murrells Inlet

Stella's Ice Cream is a charming parlor known for its homemade, small-batch ice cream crafted from high-quality ingredients. With its friendly atmosphere and unique seasonal flavors, Stella's offers a delightful and refreshing experience for ice cream enthusiasts of all ages.

Local's tip: At Stella's Ice Cream, don't miss out on their rotating seasonal flavors. Each visit offers a new, delightful surprise, perfect for adventurous ice cream lovers looking to try something unique and fresh.

ice cream
9. Sweet Molly's Creamery
Locations at Barefoot Landing & Broadway at The Beach

Sweet Molly's has a great selection of 22 flavors that can be made into sundaes and milkshakes with a variety of toppings, as well as frozen yogurt, sorbet and sugar-free ice cream. 

Local's Tip: Molly's is named after one of the owners' sweet rescue dogs who serves as their mascot and is an official taste-tester. This pet-friendly shop donates a portion of their sales to local rescue groups and even has a sundae on the menu that is just for dogs!

twisters soft serve
10. Twister's Soft Serve
4060 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet

This little gem is located across from the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk. It serves up vanilla and chocolate soft serve a ton of classic ways including shakes, malts and floats made with root beer, coke or orange soda. There's brownie sundaes, banana splits, and fresh waffles cones as well.

Local's tip: If you're looking for something different try a classic tornado, a delightful treat where soft serve is blended with toppings like Oreo, Butterfinger, Snickers, M&Ms or other candies. The result is a thick, sweet and satisfying.

Nora Battle

As a lifelong South Carolinian and nearly lifelong Grand Strand resident, Nora Battle knows there is lots to love about the Myrtle Beach area. She is a full-time stay-at-home mom to two boys, ages 3 and 6 months, and a part time travel contributor for Visit Myrtle Beach. She’s passionate about all things Myrtle Beach, and knowledgeable about what makes the destination such a smart choice for families. Nora especially enjoys dining out, bargain hunting, and spending time outdoors adventuring with her children, husband (also a Grand Strand native) and her two dogs.