Where to Find the Best Ice Cream in Wilmington NC

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The best ice cream shops in Wilmington NC!!

Craving ice cream in Wilmington NC? Don’t worry!! I’ve got you covered!!

We have spent a lot of time sampling and researching this very important topic so that we can help YOU find the best ice cream in Wilmington NC. (It has nothing to do with the fact that we really LOVE ice cream. Haha.)

Wilmington is one of our favorite North Carolina destinations. It truly has something for everyone. They also have an amazing foodie scene. But when that sweet urge hits, an ice cream cone always hits the spot!

For more ideas on fun things to do read my family friendly guides to Wilmington and Carolina Beach NC.

So…onto the important stuff right?? Where can you find the best ice cream shops in Wilmington?

Top 5 best ice cream shops in Wilmington NC- image of Brusters ice cream.
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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Bruster’s Real Ice Cream

Location: 4414 S 17th St, Wilmington, NC 28412

We love Bruster’s ice cream. While I almost always support local businesses first, I just have to be honest, Bruster’s ice cream is the bomb.com. Not only does it taste amazing, but it’s super affordable too. Bruster’s Real Ice Cream always has at least 24 flavors and is made fresh daily on site. This location also has a drive-thru and rewards program- win!!

Bruster’s also falls first on the list for their allergy policy. While they can’t guarantee anything 100%, they describe in detail how they make and handle nuts in their stores. This is super helpful info for allergy mamas like me.

Homemade ice cream from Boombalatti's in Wilmington NC
Homemade ice cream from Boombalatti’s in Wilmington NC.

Boombalatti’s Homemade Ice Cream

Location: 1005 N 4th St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Want to support local small business? Try Boombalatti’s Homemade Ice Cream.

Seriously, they’re family owned and operated, stay away from the artificial junk, and use milk from local NC grass fed cows…AND the ice cream is fantastic. Need I say more? They’re a winner in our book if you’re looking for great ice cream places in Wilmington and you love supporting local small businesses like we do.

BONUS: They also have vegan ice cream!!

Girl enjoying her ice cream cone from Kilwin's ice cream in downtown Wilmington NC.
Kilwin’s ice cream on the Riverwalk!


Location: 16 Market St, Wilmington, NC 28401

Looking for ice cream places in downtown Wilmington? Let your nose lead the way. The wonderful aroma will take you straight to Kilwin’s Ice Cream. Again, it is a chain. But, it’s also kind of a classic. One of my favorite things to do in downtown Wilmington is grab an ice cream cone from Kilwin’s and watch the sunset over the Cape Fear River. Kids will also love watching them make homemade fudge, waffle cones, and candy apples through their storefront windows too.

The Original Ice Cream Stand in Wrightsville Beach is the best place to grab an ice cream cone in the summer!
The Original Ice Cream Stand in Wrightsville Beach is the best place to grab an ice cream cone in the summer!

The Original Ice Cream Stand

Location: 3 N Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

Want ice cream in Wrightsville Beach? Go to The Original Ice Cream Stand.

For us, getting ice cream at The Original Ice Cream Stand is mostly about the experience. YES, the ice cream is delicious, we’ve always been fans of Hershey’s ice cream! But it’s also such a fun part of visiting Wrightsville Beach. As you can see, it’s a busy spot. So don’t be in a rush when you go. Make plans to meet up with friends, grab a cone and take in the slower island life! Not feeling ice cream? They have smoothies, sundae’s, and italian ice too.

The BEST Ice Cream from the Celtic Creamery in Carolina Beach NC
The BEST Ice Cream from the Celtic Creamery in Carolina Beach NC.

Celtic Creamery

Location: 201 N Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Spending the day at Carolina Beach? Try Celtic Creamery. Ireland meets NC? What? A small family owned shop serving amazing homemade Irish ice creams. Choose from 14 different flavors with locally sourced seasonal ingredients plus a few little bonuses from Ireland. I don’t know what makes this ice cream different, all I know is that it tastes amazing. Go and check it out!

Bonus Sweet Treats!

So these aren’t technically ice cream…but since they’re the same genre and seriously delicious, I felt the need to share!

  • Gelarto– for amazing gelato downtown, this is the place to go!!
  • Pelican’s Snoballs– there are several locations around town to grab these refreshing summer treats!
  • Frozen Yogurt- our pick for fro-yo in Wilmington is the Fuzzy Peach!
  • Love frozen custard? Check out Kohls Custard.
  • Coffee!! You can’t argue that you can definitely find a yummy sweet treat at most coffee shops. Check out these best coffee shops in Wilmington.

Need a meal before your sweet treat? Check out our favorite places to eat in Wilmington!

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Always ice cream!

When you need a sweet treat…ice cream always hits the spot! And now you know where to find the best ice cream in Wilmington NC! Have you been to any of these ice cream places? Have I forgotten any? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Just moved to the Raleigh-Durham area in February and can’t wait to start exploring more, I love ice cream so I am loving this post!

  2. I love this article! I haven’t been to Wilmington, but I heard great things. There is nothing like having ice cream on a trip. All of these places look great and I’ve also been to Kilwins in Newport, Rhode Island. 🙂

  3. an entire post dedicated to ice cream!!! this is our kind of post! Whenever we are in Wilmington we will use this post and have lots of ice cream options. Thank you… on the flip side.. now we are hungry 🙂

  4. I am craving a good ice cream so badly now lol! They all sound scrumptious, I would love to try Irish ice creams.. Hope I get to visit NC soon and try them.