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Handmade Ice Cream Shops in the Acton-Lexington Area

By Barbara Evangelista, Publisher June 10, 2021

Ah, one of the joys of summer, and a favorite past-time in New England -- enjoying rich, delicious locally-made ice cream!  Here's a list of local ice cream shops featuring premium handmade ice cream in unique flavors in the Acton-Lexington area.


ACTON

West Side Creamery
537 Massachusetts Ave
Acton MA 

978-263-1234

Opened by three local families, the West Side Creamery is located in West Acton village.  They offer dozens of homemade ice cream flavors, including vegan options.


BEDFORD

Bedford Farms
18 North Rd
Bedford MA  

781-275-6501

Bedford Farms offers over 60 flavors of handmade ice cream, frozen yogurt and soft serve at their shops in Bedford, Burlington and Concord.  They also make custom ice cream cakes and pies with a 2-day lead time.


CARLISLE

Kimball Farm
343 Bedford Rd
Carlisle MA  

978-369-1910  

Kimball Farm offers dozens of handmade premium ice cream flavors, sundaes, frappes and hand-packed quarts.


CONCORD

Bedford Farms
68 Thoreau St
Concord MA 

978-341-0000

Another location with the excellent ice cream made at Bedford Farms in Bedford.


Reasons To Be Cheerful
110 Commonwealth Ave
Concord MA  

978-610-6248

This welcoming "dessert cafe" in West Concord offers handmade ice cream and sorbet. Pre-made ice cream cakes are available every day in two sizes, and custom cakes can be made with seven days lead time.


LEXINGTON

Abbott's Frozen Custard
1853 Massachusetts Ave
Lexington MA  

781-538-4361

Abbott's serves premium frozen custard in cones or cups, sundaes, shakes, floats, and in specialty desserts such as cakes and pies.


Baskin-Robbins
10 Woburn St
Lexington MA  

781-652-8558

This global ice cream specialty shop features a huge variety of ice cream flavors plus ice cream cakes and ice cream pizzas.


Rancatore's Ice Cream and Yogurt
1752 Massachusetts Ave
Lexington MA  

781-862-5090

Rancatore's was founded in 1985 and offers many flavors of rich, handmade ice cream and frozen yogurt.  They also make custom cakes with two days lead time.


MAYNARD

Eriksons Ice Cream
12 Great Rd
Maynard MA 

978-897-7622

This popular local stand has been offering handmade ice cream since 1937. Mr. Vic performs a free family concert several times each summer.


And, totally worth the drive...


WESTFORD

Kimball Farm
400 Littleton Rd (Rt. 110)
Westford MA 

978-486-3891

This massive ice cream stand also features mini-golf, bumper boats, a grill and seafood shack, a driving range and pitch and putt, batting cages, arcade, and on the weekends, pony rides and animal shows. Their country store and coffee shop is open year-round.




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