Has Your Favorite Ice Cream Spot Reopened Yet?

Local parlors are returning. (Here's hoping warmer weather follows suit!)



You know spring must be tantalizingly close when you finally spot the first lines forming outside your nearest Rita’s Water Ice. Check the list below to see when your local haunt is returning for the 2018 season.


2 Dips Ice Cream

Located just a block away from the beach in Lewes, this family-owned business that carries over 50 flavors will reopen on Friday, May 11. There's also water ice, sno-cones and frozen Greek yogurt—yum!

209 E. Savannah Road, Lewes • 645-2347


The Blue Scoop

The Blue Scoop, which offers hand-dipped homemade ice cream, shakes, malts and more, will reopen Friday, April 6, at noon.

31225 Americana Parkway #5, Selbyville • 436-1166


Bonkey’s Homemade Ice Cream and Snoballs

A favorite of Bethany Beach- and Rehoboth Beach-goers, this spot is reopening both locations in early May.

Bethany Beach: 35849 Atlantic Ave., Ocean View • 717-993-0739
Rehoboth Beach: 20200 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach • 717-993-0739


Dairy Palace

This New Castle mainstay is open as of Friday, March 9. 

2 Jay Drive, New Castle • 328-9740


Ice Cream Corral

For over 30 years, Ice Cream Corral has been serving hand-dipped ice cream, soft serve and water ice. The owners don’t have an exact opening date yet, but they always aim for mid-March. Check their Facebook page for updates.

202 E. 6th St., New Castle • 322-1211


Ice Cream Delight

Located in the Marsh Triangle in Wilmington, this little shop will reopen its doors on Saturday, March 17.

1 Ice Cream Drive, Wilmington • 478-4555


The Ice Cream Store

This coastal classic opens for the season on Saturday, March 10.

6 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach • 227-4609


King’s Homemade Ice Cream

The Lewes location stays open year-round, but the Milton staple will open the first weekend in May. Venture beyond chocolate or vanilla and try the funfetti, banana or pumpkin pie flavors.

202 Union St., Milton • 684-8900


Mug & Spoon

A must-stop spot for coffee and crazy milkshake concoctions, Mug & Spoon will be opening Friday, March 16.

18 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach • 212-516


Related: Need to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at the Beach?


Rita’s Water Ice

Locations statewide; check website to confirm the specific opening date and hours of each location.


Sweet Charlie’s

This Thai-inspired rolled ice cream is literally sweeping the nation (a dozen new shops are slated to open throughout the United States). The Rehoboth location is seasonal and will only be open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend this year.

First Street Station, 70 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach • 567-2180


Sweet Lucy’s

This Talleyville shop’s spring hours—now through the end of May—are Sunday–Thursday from noon–9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from noon–10 p.m. 

3201 Concord Pike, Wilmington • 477-0777


Vanderwende Farm Creamery

The Bridgeville location of this family-owned-and-operated dairy farm and creamery is open year-round, Thursday through Monday. Its other locations in Greenwood and Dewey Beach will reopen for the season on the weekends beginning in April.

Bridgeville: 4003 Seashore Hwy. • 439-5110
Greenwood: 8374 Hickman Road • 349-5160
Dewey Beach: 23 Bellevue St. • 858-8003

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