When the sun's blazing, and you're craving something chilly, we've got the scoop—literally! Picture yourself enjoying cool and refreshing treats perfect for those sweltering beach days. We'll take you on a tasty tour of the best places to find hand-scooped ice cream along the Emerald Coast, reveal a super easy recipe for homemade ice cream (yes, it involves a Ziploc bag!), and share refreshing cold cocktails and mocktails to extinguish the Summer burn. Get ready for a frosty adventure filled with local favorites and icy delights that will make your taste buds dance with joy!


Emerald Coast Beach Treats

Location: 4655 Gulfstarr Drive, Destin

Specialties: Premium ice cream, baked waffle cones, sundaes, and unique flavors like Purple Dinosaur and Cotton Candy Explosion.

DetailsBruster's Real Ice Cream offers over 24 fresh flavors daily, all made on-site with the freshest ingredients. They also have vegan oat milk options and no-sugar-added varieties so that everyone can enjoy the chill.

Location: 1200 Scenic Gulf Drive, Miramar Beach

Specialties: Hand-paddled fudge, homemade caramel apples, and a wide variety of premium, small-batch ice creams made with fresh cream and milk from family farms.

Details: Known for their rich, creamy textures and tempting mix-ins, Kilwins is a must-stop for anyone with a sweet tooth. Did we mention there's ice cream cake? Yum.

Location: 543 N. Richard Jackson Boulevard, Panama City Beach

Specialties: Hand-scooped ice creams in a variety of classic and innovative flavors, as well as homemade fudge and hand-crafted waffle cones.

Details: A family favorite, Pink Pelican Ice Cream Bar offers generous serving sizes and a fun, beachy atmosphere everyone will love. Parents will appreciate the specialty coffees!

Location: 2129 S Co Hwy 83, Santa Rosa Beach

Specialties: Homemade ice cream, sorbet, frozen yogurt, and waffle cones made fresh daily at Blue Mountain Beach Creamery.

Details: This charming creamery is beloved for its artisanal flavors and welcoming vibe. It's the perfect place for a post-beach treat with family and friends.

Location: 5 Main Street suite 2A, Rosemary Beach

Specialties: An array of hand-scooped ice creams, shaved ice, and retro candy.

Details: The Sugar Shak is a whimsical spot filled with sweets, perfect for both kids and adults. Some claim that it is "the sweetest place on earth" and is known for its espresso ice cream, which adults love!  

Location: 12805 US Highway 98 East, Suite R102, Inlet Beach

Specialties: Customizable ice cream creations with a wide selection of mix-ins, or try classic flavors like cookies 'n cream, Rocky Road, and more.

Details: Marble Slab Creamery offers a fun experience where you can create your perfect ice cream blend mixed on a cold slab. It's a fun experience for adults and kids!

Entertain the Kids with DYI Ice Cream

Making ice cream in a Ziploc bag is a fun and simple way to entertain the kids while away from the beach—combining creativity and a sweet treat in one delightful package. Watch their faces light up with pure joy as they vigorously shake simple ingredients into creamy, delicious ice cream. Here's a step-by-step guide on how you can create a new post-beach tradition!



  • 1 cup half-and-half or heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ice
  • 1/3 cup salt (rock salt or kosher salt works best)


  • 1 small Ziploc bag (quart size)
  • 1 large Ziploc bag (gallon size)
  • A creative and curious mind



1. Mix It Up:
Grab your small Ziploc bag and pour in the half-and-half (or heavy cream), sugar, and vanilla extract. Seal it up tight to avoid any "meltdowns."


2. Ice, Ice, Baby:
Fill the large Ziploc bag halfway with ice cubes and sprinkle in the salt. This helps the ice cream freeze faster, so you can eat it faster, but remember, brain freeze!


3. Shake, Rattle, and Roll:
Put the small, sealed bag into the big bag with the ice and salt. Seal the large bag tightly. Shake it like a beach wave for about 5-7 minutes. To keep your hands from getting too cold, wrap the bags in a dish towel.


4. Check On Your Treat:
After shaking, see if the ice cream is firm enough. If not, give it a few more shakes and hum a song while you wait.


5. Scoop, Savor, Enjoy:
Once it's ready, remove the small bag from the big bag. Rinse the small bag with cold water to wash away any salty residue before opening it. Dive into your homemade ice cream straight from the bag or scoop it into a bowl. Enjoy your sweet seaside treat!


  • Jazz up the flavors by mixing in some cocoa powder, fruit puree, or even cookie pieces before sealing up the small bag. The kids will eat it up!
  • Make sure it's sealed up tight! The small bag needs to be sealed really well to keep any salt from sneaking into your ice cream. No one likes that.
diy ice cream
diy ice cream

Cocktails and Mocktails to Take Away the Summer Burn

Whether you're lounging by the beach or just dreaming of it, these icy drinks are just what you need to beat the heat. Chill out with this spectacular list of cocktails and mocktails, and cheers to some well-deserved relaxation:


coconut cocktails
  • Tropical Mango Punch: Mix mango juice, orange juice, and a dash of grenadine. Serve over ice with a splash of club soda. Add rum for a punchy cocktail.
  • Watermelon Mint Cooler: Fresh watermelon, mint leaves, and a splash of lime juice blended with ice for a hydrating mocktail.
  • Mango Margarita: Mix mango puree, tequila, lime juice, and triple sec with ice for a vibrant, fruity cocktail.
  • Peach Iced Tea: Brewed tea chilled with peach slices and a hint of honey. Add some vodka for an adult twist!
  • Coconut Lime Mojito: Blend coconut water, lime juice, mint, and a splash of soda water for a light, tropical mocktail.
  • Blueberry Lavender Lemonade: Mix lemonade with blueberry syrup and a hint of lavender. Add gin for a sophisticated touch.
  • Raspberry Frosé: Blend frozen rosé wine with raspberries and a touch of lemon for a slushy, fruity treat.

Book Your Ice Cream Getaway Along 30A

enjoying a cool treat along 30A


Enjoy the sweetest treat of all—a beach getaway with friends and family along 30A and the stunning Emerald Coast. Whether you're indulging in creamy ice cream or sipping on refreshing cocktails and mocktails, this area serves up a taste of paradise at every turn. Treat yourself, and travel on!