Sweet Delights Await in Gahanna, Ohio: Discover the Best Ice Cream Shops on National Ice Cream Day

Sweet Delights Await in Gahanna, Ohio: Discover the Best Ice Cream Shops on National Ice Cream Day

Posted on Friday, July 7, 2023 by Visit Gahanna.

Indulging in a scoop of creamy, flavorful ice cream is an age-old tradition that brings joy and nostalgia to people of all ages. And what better way to celebrate this delightful treat than on National Ice Cream Day? National Ice Cream Day is always the third Sunday in July. (For 2023, National Ice Cream Day will be held on July 16, 2023.)

Nestled in the heart of Ohio, the charming city of Gahanna is home to several remarkable ice cream shops, each offering its own unique flavors and experiences. Join us on a mouthwatering journey as we explore the best ice cream destinations in Gahanna, Ohio.


Gahanna Ice Cream Shops

-Graeter’s Ice Cream

425 Beecher Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230

For over 150 years, Graeter's Ice Cream has been crafting the most delicious ice cream flavors imaginable from only the best ingredients. Still family owned, Graeter's is the last ice cream still crafted in French Pots, just 2 ½ gallons at a time. Grater's uses their signature French Pot method to blend only the finest ingredients into a rich, smooth, and dense ice cream unlike any other. Today, Graeter's has over 50 retail locations offering ice cream, candy and dessert catering!


Cold Stone Creamery

-Cold Stone Creamery

101 Mill St, Suite 106, Gahanna, OH 43230

Treat yourself to the ultimate ice cream experience featuring the finest, freshest ice cream, shakes, cakes, smoothies and sundaes. Cold Stone ice cream is hand-crafted and made fresh in every store. Enjoy Cold Stone’s super-premium ice cream, churned from the finest ingredients and mixed to order on their frozen granite stone with your choice of candy, cakes, fruits or nuts.


Whits Frozen Custard

-Whit's Frozen Custard

121 S. Stygler Rd.

Made right here in Gahanna, Whit's Frozen Custard's shop crafts vanilla and chocolate frozen custard each day along with two specialty flavors of the week. Or you can create your own fabulous flavor combinations made with their fresh custard and a wide variety of candies, fruits, nuts and syrups to tickle your taste buds. The possibilities are endless! They also carry over 30 flavors in “hand packed” quarts as well as Whitties (cookie sandwiches), chocolate covered bananas. Open seasonally.


Dairy Queen

-Dairy Queen

364 Granville St.

Known for its great sundaes made from their Dairy Queen soft-serve ice cream, signature shakes, restaurant items, ice cream cakes and other frozen desserts, Dairy Queen has been a staple in the Gahanna community. With a history spanning over 80 years, Dairy Queen continues to go beyond the fast food routine and be a place for celebrations, much needed breaks, and family time and memorable moments.


 Small Cakes

-Smallcakes Cupcakery & Creamery

1249 N. Hamilton Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230

Treat yourself to fresh baked gourmet cupcakes and homemade small batch ice cream at Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery in Gahanna. Cupcakes and ice cream are made fresh everyday with twelve daily flavors and two specials!  Smallcakes is dedicated to helping their customers make ordinary days special and special occasions extraordinary.


 Rita's Italian Ice & Custard

-Rita's Italian Ice & Frozen Custard

200 Granville St, Gahanna, OH 43230

Rita’s is a one-of-a-kind, delightfully different treat experience bringing you Ice, Custard & Happiness. Rita’s offers a variety of frozen treats including its famous Italian Ice, made fresh daily, Frozen Custard, Milkshakes, Sundaes, Custard Cookie Sandwiches, layered Gelati, as well as signature Misto and Blendini creations. Open seasonally.




1111 N. Hamilton Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230

Baskin-Robbins is known for its wide variety of ice cream flavors and its signature 31 flavors concept, which means customers can enjoy a different flavor for every day of the month. For over 75 years, Baskin-Robbins has been dedicated to creating unique ice cream flavors, making over 1,400 flavors since it’s inception. They’ve got flavors for everyone, for every day, and for every occasion. Baskin-Robbins offers various frozen treats including ice cream cones, sundaes, shakes, cakes, and custom ice cream creations. With a dedication to helping people celebrate the every day or special occasions, Baskin-Robbins is “here to help you seize the yay”.


United Dairy Farmers

-United Dairy Farmers (UDF)

2 locations in Gahanna:

180 W. Johnstown Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230

1400 Cherry Bottom Rd, Gahanna, OH 43230

United Dairy Farmers (UDF) is known for its convenience store operations and ice cream shops which offer a variety of frozen treats. Enjoy hand-dipped ice cream treats like their famous Chocolate Malts (the coldest & thickest in town), ice cream cones, classic sundaes, ice cream cakes, and more – all made to order. Choose from two locations here in Gahanna! 


Ice Cream’s Cousin: Water Ice!

The Water Ice Shoppe

-The Water Ice Shoppe (Inside Marlow's Cheesesteaks)

93 N. High St, Gahanna, OH 43230

Looking for an ice cream alternative? Beat the heat with a taste of Philly’s cool and refreshing water ice delight with a visit to The Water Ice Shoppe. From Philly to Central Ohio, they’re bringing the iconic summer treat of homemade Italian ice to you. At The Water Ice Shoppe, they're a family-owned business on a mission to serve up the smoothest and tastiest water ice in fun, exciting flavors. Join them for a cool, refreshing experience that's sure to put a smile on your face.


Celebrate the joys of summer and the pleasure of indulging in frozen sweet treats at Gahanna's ice cream shops. Whether you prefer traditional ice cream, frozen custard, or the refined taste of gelato, there's something to satisfy every ice cream lover's palate. From the nostalgic charm of Graeter's Ice Cream parlor to the creative combinations at Cold Stone Creamery, the delightful options in Gahanna will leave you craving more. Gather your loved ones and embark on a scrumptious ice cream adventure through Gahanna's ice cream scene this summer. Enjoy National Ice Cream Day!