12 August 2022
By Jennifer Levine, Assistant General Manager
I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Reward yourself after a long hot day at the beach with some of the best ice cream on the oceanfront in The Outer Banks. While “the best” is relative, we think you will agree with our picks.
Best Ice Cream in OBX
The BEST on our little island is The Creamery. This little green building is within a 2-mile drive from our oceanfront hotel in Nags Head. They have homemade ice cream (try the salted caramel pretzel) and sugar-free options. This family-owned shop has cones, sundaes, and toppings galore! There is a small selection of souvenirs and candy to purchase and bumper boats. If there is a line, please wait; it’s worth it! Just look for the big green building with the frog painted on the side.
Not to be underrated is American Pie. This little shop is located on the
beach road between a few oceanfront hotels and is directly across the street
Comfort Inn on the Ocean location
. They have pizza and sandwiches too, but their ice cream is top-notch. They have many flavors of homemade ice cream, but the banana pudding and apple pie flavors are swoon-worthy.
Ice Cream Tacos in Nags Head
Another great spot is Fat Boyz, located about half a mile from our
Comfort Inn South
location. Fat Boyz has many delicious flavors and options, as well as sundaes and milkshakes. They also have ice cream tacos!!! You can dip it and top it with various sauces and toppings. The line goes fast, and their ice cream is so good.
Custard and Shaved Ice near Kill Devil Hills
If custard is more your thing,
Kill Devil’s Frozen Custard and Beach Fries
is your spot. They have daily flavor specials, sundaes, and shakes. Located on the main highway, 158, in Kill Devil Hills. There is usually a line here too, but they definitely have their system down and will have you served quickly. There are picnic tables and Adirondack chairs to enjoy your custard on, and they offer the cutest little pup cup around, complete with a dog biscuit on the top.
Booty Treats is also a popular spot. They have ice cream as well as shaved ice. There are various options for you to enjoy, and the toppings are almost endless. They are located on the beach road (NC 12), about halfway between both of our oceanfront hotel locations. Their specialty is the Booty Freeze. It is a blend of shaved ice and mini melts. Definitely different and something new to try!
There are many other options for ice cream on The Outer Banks, but, in our opinion,