Handmade Ice Cream Shops in the Acton-Lexington Area

By Tessa D'Ippolito, Publisher May 10, 2024

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.


West Side Creamery
537 Massachusetts Ave
Acton MA 


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. Westside Creamery is our family favorite!!!


Bedford Farms
18 North Rd
Bedford MA  


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.


Great Brook Farm
165 North Rd
Carlisle MA


The ice cream stand is located in Great Brook Farm State Park.  Enjoy a visit to see their dairy cows, pigs and other farm animals and enjoy ice cream made right on the farm from their cows.  The stand is open 11 AM to dusk April to October.

Kimball Farm
343 Bedford Rd
Carlisle MA  


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


Bedford Farms
68 Thoreau St
Concord MA 


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

Reasons To Be Cheerful
110 Commonwealth Ave
Concord MA  


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.


Abbott's Frozen Custard
1853 Massachusetts Ave
Lexington MA  


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

10 Woburn St
Lexington MA  


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  


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.


Erikson's Ice Cream
12 Great Rd
Maynard MA 


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

Theatre Creamery
17 Summer Street
Maynard MA 


Theatre Creamery is a locally owned and operated Classic Style Ice Cream facility in Downtown Maynard next to Fine Arts Threatre Place. Enjoy a movie with the family and after head to grab some delicious ice cream, Peet's coffee or a baked treat. 

And, totally worth the drive...


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


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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