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6 Awesome Ice Cream Shops in Sarasota

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! And now you can scream of joy over these sweet ice cream shops in Sarasota! From towering cones of all different flavors to a simple yet delicious scoop of fresh gelato, the options are endless for this refreshing and tasty treat.

We’ve got the scoop on some of the most top-notch ice cream shops in Sarasota that you need to add to your bucket list now!

Big Olaf Creamery

Think big and colorful, and you’ll have the amazing scoops of ice cream at Big Olaf Creamery in Sarasota. Big Olaf Creamery has been around since 1982 making homemade ice cream and cones! They have multiple locations that are all very family-friendly which is perfect for a birthday or meeting friends!

You can enjoy their creative flavors, shakes, and malts right outside on their nice outdoor seating. Their handmade ice cream is creamy and crave-worthy! We recommend ordering their Kahlua Krunch flavor on one of their crunchy waffle cones. 

Big Olaf Pinecraft
📍 3350 Bahia Vista St. Sarasota, FL 34239

Big Olaf Siesta
📍 5208 Ocean Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34242

Big Olaf St. Armand’s
📍 561 N Washington Dr. Sarasota, FL 34236

Big Olaf Lakewood Ranch
📍 8151 Lakewood Main St. Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

*Hours vary based on location!*

Orange Octopus

Orange Octopus is not only a cute little mascot, but they also carry some of the best homemade ice creams in Sarasota! Their offerings are so good that they’ve won the best ice cream two years in a row! 

If that doesn’t convince you to take a trip here, then maybe the variety of flavors will! From bourbon-infused to the chocolate brownie, you won’t be disappointed and they always have something unique to try! Don’t forget to purchase one of their hilarious ‘spoon me’ shirts on the way out!

11AM-10PM Daily

📍1220 Old Stickney Point Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242

Local Chill

Local Chill is where all of the locals chill. Cliche right? But it’s true! Local Chill offers artisan ice cream on a poppin’ corner storefront in Siesta Key. Their ice cream is smooth and amazing. Their menu options are endless from ice cream scoops to sundaes, cookies, and more. The quality of everything exceeds expectations and keeps customers coming back time-and-time-again.

Local Chill is a trendy place for friends to meet up or maybe even to go out on a first date! The vibe is young and welcoming, perfect for any occasion!  

Sunday – Thursday | 11:30AM-9PM
Friday – Saturday | 11:30AM-10PM

📍5140 Ocean Blvd, Siesta Key, FL 34242

The Fat Donkey Ice Cream & Fine Desserts

Right in Downtown Sarasota, The Fat Donkey has several other locations around Florida! The shop is decorated with bright and fun colors to get you in the mood to browse their HUGE menu that includes everything from ice-cream sandwiches, dessert jars, floats, milkshakes, sorbet, non-diary options and so much more. If you’re really trying to treat yourself, we highly recommend trying the Jack Smasher–a waffle cone layered with vanilla soft serve, strawberries, a slice of key lime pie or cheesecake, and topped with cool whip! 

12:30PM-10:30PM Daily 

📍1461 Main St. Sarasota, FL

Gelato Go

When you mix authenticity with local, you get a beautiful mashup! Gelato Go is a delicious gelato shop that sources its ingredients from Italy and local farmers when possible. They care deeply about using only high-quality ingredients to provide the most luscious, tasteful gelato around! They have outstanding flavors so you’ll never get bored.

Go the extra mile and pair your gelato with a pleasant cannoli or maybe even some tiramisu! We highly recommend the hazelnut or pistachio flavored gelato for a sweet treat!  

Downtown Sarasota 📍14 S Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
Sunday | 11AM-9PM
Monday – Saturday | 10AM-9PM

UTC Mall 📍 140 University Town Center Dr Unit 102. Sarasota, FL 34243
Sunday | 11AM-6PM
Monday – Saturday | 11AM-7PM

Rise & Nye's

If you’re looking for speciality coffee and house-made ice cream in one spot–Rise & Nye’s is your place! From in-house brewed cold brew to iced lattes and mochas, their coffee drinks are delicious and refreshing on a warm Sarasota day. But if you’re really looking to cool off, try one of their fresh or grab-and-go ice cream sandwiches, an ice cream flight, or a whole pint shake! Since they serve both coffee and ice cream, you can get unique treats like an affogato (espresso over a scoop of ice cream) or a cold brew float. 

Our favorite part about this Sarasota gem is that Rise & Nye’s provides jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This is the perfect spot to slow down and enjoy that scoop (or two) of ice cream! 

Sunday – Monday | Closed
Tuesday – Thursday | 9AM-9PM
Friday – Saturday  | 9AM-10PM

📍 1534 State Street Sarasota, Florida 34236

6 Sweet Ice Cream Shops in Sarasota

These sweet ice cream shops in Sarasota are definitely going to give you that sugar high you’re needing. With all of the fun flavors that each of these places offers, you’ll never run out of scoops to try! Grabbing ice cream with friends is undoubtfully one of the easiest yet most pleasant things to do! No matter your age, ice cream is always the answer!

Don’t forget to share your Insta pics of your towering ice cream cones with us! Tag us at @stufftodointampabay on Facebook or Instagram

Haley Haman

Haley Haman

Haley is a blogger for the Stuff to Do in Tampa Bay City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Tampa Bay area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinTampaBay on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and TikTok.

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