We All Scream: Cool Off with Orlando's Best Frozen Goodies



It's cool and sweet and creamy and satisfying. And in Orlando, lucky for us, it's also pervasive. Are you a member of the Cult of Dole Whip? This fair city is its arguable Mecca, a place to which followers make regular pilgrimage to partake of this rare, fruity delight. So, too, do Potter fans clamor, because Diagon Alley is the only place in the world witches and wizards (and muggles, too, of course) can experience Universal's creamy Butterbeer soft serve at the moment. Looking for something a little more homespun? We've got those, too. College Park's Soda Fountain will be right up your alley with its egg creams and ice cream floats while over in the Audubon Park Garden District, beloved food truck Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream has put down brick-and-mortar roots. Pop into its spacious digs for a cone or a cup (or even a quart for your freezer) and stay awhile. They have games on-hand for the kiddies. Down in Kissimmee, you can add bounce houses to that formula, along with something of a show. Their downtown shop, Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory, makes custom servings using liquid nitrogen. And for those of you with little tolerance for lactose, several of our listed venues offer delightful dairy-free options. You won't miss it in the least. 




Until a Harry Potter-themed park opens elsewhere – or you truly master the art of spell-casting – Orlando's Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the only place you'll find creamy, dreamy Butterbeer ice cream, a soft serve so sumptuous and...  Read More




It's a five-step process to ice cream at Five Fx: choose your size, your flavor, your milk (soy and almond are options, vegans!), your toppings and your presentation (cup, waffle cup, waffle cone) � and you get a show in between. Ice...  Read More




Enjoy a good dinner (or dessert) show? Stand back, because the folks at Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory are going to try SCIENCE (though to be fair to their name, it does seem a bit like magic)! Using liquid nitrogen, staffers at this downtown...  Read More




Set amid swirling colors to match its frozen desserts, Twisted Bliss serves just that in the form of cool ices, gelatis, floats and more, right in the center of the action in Ivanhoe Village. Its charming picket-fence patio hosts occasional live...  Read More




Everyone who visits France returns with tales of hidden gems found tucked into cobbled alleys. "Oh, they made the best this..." "the most amazing that...." Disney, in its infinite wisdom, has reproduced this facet of the Old World European...  Read More




All the colors of the rainbow and about a zillion others are in store on a visit to Rainbow Sno-Cones which has been cooling off Orlando locals since 1994. Impressed? Wait 'til you taste them. With a texture unparalleled by – well, just about...  Read More


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Dole Whip isn't just a frozen dessert. This cool, tropical confection has practically inspired a cult. Folks make pilgrimages to the handful of places in the world where you can get it. Most – Aloha Isle at Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom...  Read More




Jettison the fro-yo and skip the butterfat in the ice cream, the Pop Parlour offers a healthier, lighter alternative: gourmet popsicles made from the freshest ingredients. In fact, you might not always find your favorite unless its contents are...  Read More




There is no egg in an egg cream. And every city in America should have a place where kids should learn this. In Orlando, we recommend the Soda Fountain, a great little College Park shop where fizzy chocolate milk goes by its traditional moniker...  Read More




Kelly's Homemade first rolled into Orlando's heart as a food truck. In fact, they're still rolling all over town. But its recent move to brick-and-mortar in the still-growing Audubon Park Garden District means you no longer have to pull up a...  Read More


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Meet A.D. Thompson

A.D. Thompson has spent more than 20 years as a professional writer and roughly 15 as a Floridian. The words, she has found, come easier with bare feet and rum.

A roller coaster enthusiast,...  More About A.D.

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