Written by: Erica Benham; Updated By: Kathy Morin

So, here’s the scoop…there are several ice cream shop options out there in the Greater Cadillac area to cool down on these hot summer days. Take a tour and check them all out! Click on each name to visit their Facebook page for current hours and information.


Dairy Land Ice Cream Shop [385 W Wexford Ave. Buckley, 231-269-3912] Cool down with a sweet treat from Dairy Land where you can choose from tons of different and delicious flavors or grab a bite to eat with your dessert.


Cadillac Java & Java Too – Downtown [725 N Mitchell Street, Cadillac, 231-779-1411] & Westside [6319 E. M-115, Cadillac] Not only can you get your caffeine fix at Cadillac Java and Java too, but you can also cool off with ice cream cones, sundaes, shakes and malts, and the specialty Java Mud Slide: a delicious blend of chocolate ice cream, milk, and espresso.

Cheryl’s Landing – On Lake Cadillac [1749 North Blvd, Cadillac, 231-775-3699] Located right on Lake Cadillac, you can pull up and dock you boat to enjoy hand dipped House of Flavors ice cream right on the water.

Cone Lickers –Westside [6184 E M-55, Cadillac] At the corner of M-115 and M-55, indulge in over 38 hand dipped Michigan flavors and homemade waffle cones and generous portion sizes.

Dairy Queen – Downtown [901 S Mitchell Street, Cadillac, 231-775-4602] Ice cream “royalty” specializing in soft serve ice cream cones and famous Blizzards.

The Sweet Shop – Downtown [111 S Mitchell Street, Cadillac, 231-775-2201] Serving the community with delectable treats for over 50 years, The Sweet Shop just welcomed 12 flavors of Moomers Ice Cream to their menu.

Thirsty’s Party Store – Westside [1507 S Lake Mitchell Drive, Cadillac, 231-775-3039] The only place in town that has homemade, hand-dipped ice cream. Thirsty’s has everything you could need on your trip to Cadillac.

Ultimate Ice Cream at Lake Cadillac Party Store – Westside [2420 Sunnyside Drive, Cadillac, 231-779-1570] 40+ flavors, homemade waffle cones, and lakeside pergola seating!

Lake City

Tasty Treat #ThePeoplesPlace [120 Main Street, Lake City, 231-839-7330] Known for having the largest cones in the North, Tasty Treat serves all Michigan made ice creams-Hudsonville, House of Flavors and Ashby’s. 


Latitude 44 [308 Wall Street, Manton, 231-884-7595] Stop in to enjoy hand-dipped ice cream, a variety of flavors, and their specialty: The Sleeping Bear Supreme.

Manton Dairy Bar [603 N Michigan Avenue Manton, 231-429-6741] A small but delicious family owned shop serving Michigan-made ice cream to the Manton area for 17 years. With over 25 specialty flavors and tons more classics, you’ll always find something to cool off with here. (Not open for Summer 2020)


Frosty Freeze of Marion [116 W Main Street, Marion, 231-743-6854] Stop in to escape the summer heat and enjoy old fashioned malts, or any of the variety of special ice cream items they offer daily.


Brinks Family Creamery [3560 E Mulder Road, McBain, 231-826-0099] A 4th generation family dairy farm creating premium milk and cheese products directly from the Grade A milk of our top quality, registered Holsteins, including Moo-ville A2A2 hand dipped ice cream!

Twisted Cow [123 N Roland Street, McBain, 231-825-6000] A fun spin on ice cream humor, the Twisted Cow offers unique flavors and popular Super Sundaes as well as daily specials.


RanDee’s [106 E Church Street, Tustin, 231-829-3301] Check out the ice cream parlor inside this full service tavern.


Kestelwoods Campground Store [10860 W 48 ½ Road, Wellston, 231-862-3476] Not only does Kestelwoods have ice cream, they have some pretty amazing homemade pastries too!

If you know of other sweet spots within the 20 miles of Cadillac, please let us know so we can update and keep everyone’s palates schmoozed with cool refreshing ice cream!

Erica Benham is a senior at Central Michigan University studying Public Relations and Journalism. She’s enjoyed her summer in Cadillac as an intern at the Visitors Bureau and wishes the best to the Cadillac community. 

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