Ultimate Guide to Ice Cream in and Around Cedar Rapids

It’s officially ice cream season! Nothing hits the spot more than twist cone on a hot, summer day. When it’s hot and you’re in a pinch for something to cool down, ice cream is a must! We’ve rounded up our favorite frozen treat spots in Cedar Rapids – and also included our must-order favorites!

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Almost Famous Popcorn

Address:1121 3rd St SE, Cedar Rapids, IA

Our Favorite: Salted Caramel. Simple yet decadent. It’s a bit sweet, a bit salty, with a ton of creamy flavor.


Parlor City Ice Cream

Address:1936 42nd St NE Cedar Rapids, IA

Our Favorite: Simple twist cone. As “vanilla” as it may be, soft serve twist cones just hit the spot. It’s under $2 and is our family’s go-to.


The Kool Moo

Address:1020 Old Marion Rd NE Cedar Rapids, IA

Our Favorite: Take 5 Sundae. Soft serve mixed with Take 5 Candy Bar (chocolate, pretzels, and caramel) will have your taste buds rejoicing!


Moo Moo’s Ice Cream Truck

Address: Local Communities in Eastern Iowa

Our Favorite: Monster Cookie Sandwich. This yummy treat features two signature monster cookies sandwiched between vanilla ice cream.

ice creamDairy Queen

Address: Local Communities in Eastern Iowa

Our Favorite: Georgia Mud Fudge Blizzard. It’s not on the menu, but you have to ask about it! Chewy brownie pieces, rich cocoa fudge and pecan pieces blended with creamy vanilla soft serve.


Cold Stone Creamery

Address: Local Communities in Eastern Iowa

Our Favorite: Apple Pie A La Cold Stone. You can’t go wrong with any signature creation, but this one is so yummy – apple, caramel, crushed graham crackers, and cinnamon.


Deb’s Ice Cream & Deli

Address: 215 3rd St Cedar Rapids, IA

Our Favorite: Root Beer Float. There is something so classically nostalgic about this frozen treat. Hits the spot every time!


Bittersweet Coffee & Ice Cream Camper

Address: Local Communities in Eastern Iowa

Our Favorite: Ice Cream Nachos. You can’t go wrong with their monthly rotating drinks/float flavors, but the nachos have my heart.

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Luna Gelato & Ice Cream

Address: NewBo City Market, 1100 3rd ST SE Cedar Rapids, IA

Our Favorite: Caramel Oreo Gelato. Creamy, sweet, and oh-so creamy. Gelato just takes frozen treats to a entirely new level.


Freddy’s Frozen Custard

Address: 2745 Blairs Ferry Rd NE Cedar Rapids, IA

Our Favorite: Signature Turtle Sundae. Fresh & creamy vanilla custard, hot fudge, hot caramel & toasted pecans. Yum!



Address: Varying locations

Our Favorite: Salted Caramel Concrete Mixer with Cookie Dough. Talk about an indulgence! Sweet n’ salty with a ton of creamy custard.


The Freeze

Address: 915 S 11th St, Marion, IA

Our Favorite: Strawberry Rhubarb Pie A La Mode. Made with Kathy’s Pies and soft serve vanilla soft serve, it’s a quintessential summertime treat.


Barker’s Ice Cream & More

Address: 2100 7th Ave Marion, IA

Our Favorite: Ice Cream Cinnamon Roll. OMG! A fresh baked cinnamon roll filled with vanilla soft serve and topped with frosting.


Frydae Street Fries & Ice Cream

Address: 743 10th St, Marion, IA

Our Favorite: Coffee & Donuts Loaded Shake. Caramel Cold Brew ice cream, caramel sauce, streusel topping, whipped cream, & mini donuts!

Mount Vernon

The Sweet Factory featuring Mount Vernon Confections

Address:118 1st St. SW Mount Vernon, IA

Our Favorite: Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream from Dan & Debbie’s always feeds my sweet tooth. Creamy, sweet, tart, and just oh-so decadent.


Bass Farms

Address: 840 Bass Ln, Mt Vernon, IA

Our Favorite: Munchie Madness. Sweet cake batter ice cream swirled with a salted caramel ripple and brimming with Oreos, M&M pieces and peanut butter cups.



Dan & Debbie’s Creamery

Address:1600 Main St. Ely, IA

Our Favorite: Butter Pecan. Browned butter, toasted pecans, and a rich custard base make this a standout version of a classic flavor. Swoon.


Two Scoops

Address: 207 East Main Street Anamosa, IA

Our Favorite: Wapsi Mudd Slide (a local favorite & named by the community)


Jon’s Ice Cream Store & Restaurant

Address: 231 W Marengo Rd, Tiffin, IA

Our Favorite: Bear Claw Hand Dipped Cone. Soft, creamy dark chocolate soft serve with covered cashews and a caramel swirl.


Shelly’s Sweets

Address:211 1st St E, Newhall, IA

Our Favorite: Peanut Butter Shake. This creamy, nutty, and delicious shake is made with soft serve with real bits of peanut butter.


Tell us, what’s your favorite frozen treats in Cedar Rapids? Let us know!

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