“Indiana ranks second in ice cream production in the United States, second only to California,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch. “From local farms to small shops, the summer months are the perfect time to get sampling.”
Thrillist has rated The Chief as one of the top 31 ice cream shops in the nation. Started in 1962, the owners of The Chief say they need to make between 65 and 100 gallons a day every day during the summer months when they are open.
Grab a counter stool and take a step back in time at Zaharakos in Columbus. The ever-popular lime-flavored ice cream soda, Green River, is a best seller. But that is not what makes this place truly unique. It is a must to see this meticulously restored ice-cream parlor and soda fountain dating from 1900. Zaharakos is home to the Welt Orchestrion, a self-playing pipe organ that provides the rich sound of a full orchestra. Indianapolis Monthly magazine put Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor at number 1 on its list of “The Top 50 Things Every Hoosier Must Do.”
Ivanhoe’s Drive-In has been featured in travel magazines, as well as USA Today. Ivanhoe’s is in Upland, near the campus of Taylor University. What puts Ivanhoe’s on the map is their “100 Club,” made up of 100 different shakes and 100 different sundaes! Once you have tried 100 of their unique flavors, you become a member of the exclusive Ivanhoe’s “100 Club.” Members receive a free t-shirt and have their names added to a plaque.
“VisitIndiana.com readers named all 3 of these ice cream shops as the Best of Indiana!,” said Misty Weisensteiner, director of Indiana Office of Tourism Development. “All of these spots are sure to both cool you down and satisfy your sweet tooth.”
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