12 Chances for Brain Freeze: Ice Cream Shops of 30A - 30A


12 Chances for Brain Freeze: Ice Cream Shops of 30A

By: Jessica Roberts | Posted Jul 17, 2022

Whether you prefer the old-school Mom & Pop places or the newest shops to open their doors, you’re sure to find the perfect place for you and yours. Here are fourteen terrific ice cream shops on 30A.  Why not try them all?

1. Marble Slab Creamery  – 30Avenue, Inlet Beach

Milkshakes at Marble Slab Creamery

Marble Slab Creamery

Offering a perfect mix of cookies and ice cream with the iconic Great American Cookies, Marble Slab Creamery, located in the 30Avenue shopping center in Inlet Beach, serves up homemade ice cream and dazzling shakes.

You can even test your hand-ice cream coordination skills with an ice cream toss across the counter!

2. The Sugar Shak – Rosemary Beach

Ice cream cones with toppings from Sugar Shack in Rosemary Beach

One of the best ways to travel around 30A is by bike, and one of the best ways to recharge after a day cruising down 30A is a sweet treat from The Sugar Shak in Rosemary Beach. Stop in for ice cream, candy galore, and more!

3. Mr. Freeze – The Hub

Mr. Freeze milkshakes at the Big Chill

Mr. Freeze

Mr. Freeze has got you covered for all your ice cream needs! Ice cream cones, shakes, plenty of yummy toppings, and penny candy to bring back memories of your childhood.

4. Kahve & Cream – Seagrove

Ice cream and coffee at Kahve & Cream

Kahve & Cream

Kahve & Cream is perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. Grab a dose of caffeine with an espresso float, one of their perfectly blended cold brew coffees, a doughnut (while they last!), or a scoop or two of one of their variety of flavors.

5. Heavenly’s Shortcakes & Ice Cream – Seaside

Ice cream cones at It's Heavenly

It’s Heavenly

You’ll love the selection of delicious gelato, ice cream, and more at Kahve & Cream. Grab a cup or a cone and stroll around Seaside with the whole family. You won’t want to skip their chocolate-covered Key Lime pie on a stick either!

6. Dawson’s Yogurt and Fudge Works – Seaside

Looking for the classic ice cream parlor aesthetic? Dawson’s Yogurt and Fudge Works is the right spot for you. It is believed that Dawson’s Yogurt in Seaside holds the longest record for a yogurt shop open for business and remaining in its original location in the entire country.

7. The Candy Bar – Watercolor

Girl holds ice cream cone in front of The Candy Bar.

The Candy Bar

Famous for their over-the-top candy creations, The Candy Bar also serves up ice cream including their special creations like The Blob.

The Blob is a “ginormous” ball of ice cream rolled in sprinkles, served in a frozen chocolate dipped sweet dish, and only a limited supply are served daily.

If that doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, we don’t know what will!

8. Beach Happy Cafe, WaterColor 

Ice cream bowls from Beach Happy Cafe in Watercolor

30A’s latest hot spot, our very own Beach Happy Cafe, serves up 30A Gelato, hand-crafted especially for 30A by G.S. Gelato in Fort Walton. While Italian gelato remains the undisputed king, the cafe also serves up plant-based gelatos along with sorbets.

9. Blue Mountain Beach Creamery – Blue Mountain Beach

Girl serves ice cream cone at Blue Mountain Creamery

Another long-standing family operation along 30A, Blue Mountain Beach Creamery opened its doors over 20 years ago and has been serving locals and visitors alike since! Come early for Charlie’s Doughnuts (till they run out) and make sure you bring a few dollars – they’re cash only. If there’s a line – don’t worry, it’s worth the wait and gives you time to leave your mark on their chalk wall!

10. Buddy’s Ice Cream – Santa Rosa Beach

Walk up to the Buddy’s Ice Cream window and pick from their 32 flavors.

Enjoy huge scoops and you can even rent some bikes or pick up some beach gear while you’re there.

11. Sunrise Ice Cream & Candy – Gulf Place

Sunrise Ice Cream and Candy Store

Inviting interiors at Sunrise Ice Cream & Candy Store

Local favorite, Sunrise Coffee Co. has expanded their operation and have recently opened Sunrise Ice & Candy just a few doors down from the coffee shop in Gulf Place. Stop in for ice cream, candy, shakes, and stay awhile to play some arcade games. Perfect to escape the elements outside and enjoy a sweet treat and some fun & games!

12. Pecan Jacks – Gulf Place

Ice cream bowl at Gulf Place's Pecan Jacks

This family-owned operation has created a signature line of ice cream from only the best ingredients.

Enjoy their carefully crafted ice cream, southern pralines, chocolates, and gourmet brittles with gorgeous Gulf views right across the street.

Perfect for a treat after a day on the beach.

Did we miss a place you think belongs on this list? Let us know. Until then, lick, slurrrp, and BEach HAPPY!


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Jessica Roberts is a Santa Rosa Beach writer and event producer. When not working or writing, you’ll find her out on the water or traveling somewhere new.