West Michigan Ice Cream Road Trip
We can’t think of a more quintessential summertime treat than ice cream!
West Michigan loves this sweet treat. It is full of neighborhood classics, locally-sourced delicacies, and even diet-friendly alternatives. Whether you’re loyal to your favorite flavor or open to mixing things up, these West Michigan ice cream stops are worth the trip!
The Lakeshore’s ultimate summer vacation destination wouldn’t be the same without its ice cream! Stop by Temptations for homemade treats to savor in the shop or to take home in a pint. LA tip from the locals - enjoy your favorite ice cream in a homemade waffle cone. For a non-dairy but equally cool and refreshing option, stop by Halaula Hawaiian Ice Shack in Ferrysburg for a colorful shaved ice.
Remember the classic ice cream “shoppes” of your childhood? Holland has that and more! Stop by the Ottawa Beach General Store, a Holland mainstay since the 1930s that serves all your favorite desserts ranging from hand-dipped cones to classic milkshakes and malts. Hankering for a Tommy Turtle sundae? Captain Sundae is the go-to spot!
Before you head into the city, take a stroll along Reeds Lake with a cone from Jersey Junction. The old-fashioned decor brings you back to the retro Ramona Park days of East Grand Rapids. Do you have a furry friend joining you on the ice cream road trip? Stop by Furniture City Creamery in the East Hills neighborhood. They’re serving up homemade ice cream for humans and dogs alike!
On your way from Grand Rapids to Rockford, stop by both Frosty Boy locations. After a 10-year hiatus, loyal fans have been lining up for the same frosty treats and atmosphere they’ve grown up loving. If you’re headed along the Rogue River, take a rest at the Rockford staple, Custard by the Dam. This sweets shop specializes in over 30 flavors of ice cream and custard as well as provides plenty of candy, cakes, and pies for later.
Head east towards Lowell for a couple beloved ice cream stops. First, make a trip to Red Barn Market to pick up some fresh, local produce and stay for the fun games and sweet cafe. The cafe has plenty of savory snacks, but the crown jewel of the market is its extensive ice cream menu! Once you think you’ve had enough, end your trip at Flat River Grill with a hearty meal to balance all the sugar. Don’t fret - this ice cream road trip ends on a high note with Flat River’s housemade sorbets and ice creams! Flavors are always rotating, so stop by for a scoop or a trio flight.
Keep up with Flat River Grill’s rotating ice cream and sorbet list and all other specials and events at this beloved Lowell eatery here.