DownRiver Ice Cream
Visit DownRiver Ice Cream to see barefoot kids, windswept grownups, and families lounging in Adirondack chairs in the little garden behind the shop, all with that relaxed air that only an ice cream cone on a warm summer day can deliver. The idyllic spot is nothing compared to the ice cream itself, though—rich, creamy, homemade, and available in lots of yummy flavors, including ones that nod to the North Shore, like minty Green Head and maple syrup–spiked Tree Sap.
241 John Wise Ave., Essex, 978-768-0102, facebook.com/downrivericecream
Richardson’s Ice Cream
Ice cream stands around the North Shore scoop Richardson’s homemade ice cream, but you can take a ride to Middleton to get it right from the source, cows and all.
156 South Main St., Middleton, 978-774-5450, richardsonsicecream.com