If you aren’t quite ready for summer to be over yet, a great way to resist is to eat some ice cream. Here are some ice cream stands we know about and what they have there.

CJ’s Big Dipper.  On Main Street in Bar Harbor, CJ’s has a pretty large menu when it comes to ice cream. They offer soft serve (including the popular Blueberry soft-serve), frozen yogurt, gelato, hard serve, sundaes, as  well as other frozen drinks. Not sure what flavor you want? The “I’m Not Sure Yet” comes with cookie dough, peanut butter cups, and fudge, and will do the trick!

Ben & Bills Chocolate Emporium. If you’ve heard of Bar Harbor’s infamous lobster ice cream, look no further than Ben & Bills! Located on Main Street, you will also find the store full of candies, truffles, and chocolates in addition to the large selection of ice cream and gelato flavors. Everything is made right on the premises. A popular flavor is KGB for Kaluaha, Grand Marnier, and Baileys. In the summertime you’ll probably encounter some long lines, but it’s worth the wait! Take a picture with the red lobster in front, it’s the touristy thing to do.



Mount Desert Island Ice Cream. With locations on lower Main Street and Firefly Lane in Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island Ice Cream has some of the most unique hard-serve ice cream options around (and, they’re delicious). Some of the fun names include “The Dude, “Bay of Figs,” “4 Oranges of the Apocalypse,” and “Girl Scouts Gone Wild.” Maine Sea Salt Caramel is a popular favorite, and if you want to try something different, check out the Thai Coconut Chili! Sorbets are also available.

The Nameless Stand. If you head down by the wharf (on the corner of the same building the Fish House Grill is in), there is also a small ice cream stand that gets a lot of foot traffic from passers by but doesn’t have much of an online presence 🙂 Fun fact: rumor has it you can also get some takeout food there like hot dogs.

Quietside Cafe & Ice Cream Shop. In Southwest Harbor, the Quietside Cafe and Ice Cream shop offers hard serve and soft serve ice creams, floats, sundaes, shakes and more. You can also get some homemade desserts like pies and cookies here too!

Jordan Pond Ice Cream And Fudge. Owned by the folks who own Acadia Shops, Jordan Pond Ice Cream is tucked away near Agamont Park. Look for simple hard ice cream flavors (vanilla) and also more local flavors (blueberry). As the name suggests, the shop also has homemade fudge.



West End Drug. Don’t be deceived by the drug store windows; inside West End Drug is a soda fountain with ice cream and all kinds of drinks like you’d get at an old fashioned soda fountain. Have a seat on one of the stools and get a milkshake, and feel slightly like you are in an Andy Griffith episode.

Brrrr Harbor. This shaved ice destination in Town Hill has 80+ flavors. Do yourself a favor and get cream poured on top to make the experience the best of both worlds: ice cream AND authentic Hawaiian style shaved ice.

I realize in making this post that it might not be an exhaustive list– please feel free to comment on other bakeries and ice cream shops that I may have forgotten in this post!

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