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Staff Picks: Best Ice Cream on The Outer Banks

10 Jul 2018
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With National Ice Cream Day just around the corner, the Outer Banks is prepared to serve you the best sweet treats the beach has to offer. Our staff put their heads together and voted on their favorite ice cream shops for you! In no particular order, here are our top 5 ice cream picks. 

Surfing Spoon in Nags Head

This local ice cream shop is owned by professional surfer, Jesse Hines, and his wife, Whitney. They offer 10 frozen yogurt flavors every day with live active cultures. They always have a vegan sorbet option too. Our favorite is the carmel sea salt pretzel flavor.

Surfin Spoon's Website

Scoops in Nags Head


Scoop's has two locations, one in Kill Devil Hills, and the other in Nags Head at Kitty Hawk Kites. They offer 28 flavors of homemade ice cream, which can be make into delicious shakes and sundaes. They also have yummy waffle cones as pictured above.

Scoop's Facebook Page

Higher Grounds in Kill Devil Hills

This ice cream shop is a unique one because they offer coffee as well, and they aren't afraid to mix them together! Located on Colington Island in Kill Devil Hills this place has beautiful views of the sound, and awesome places for you to sit outside and enjoy your coffee, ice cream, or both! They offer Hersey and homemade ice cream flavors. Our favorite is the Riptide, a vanilla milkshake made with a shot of espresso. They also offer daily specials, like waffle taco tuesday! Check out their facebook page below for frequent updates. 

Higher Ground's Facebook Page

The Spot in Nags Head

The Spot doesn't just offer ice cream, but also acai and pitaya bowls and fruit smoothies. It's perfect for those looking for vegan options, and those who want a healthier option. The old Nags Head style building is hard to miss right off of HWY 158. 

The Spot's Website

Booty Treats in Kill Devil Hills

Booty Treat's ice cream and shaved ice has two locations, one in Kill Devil Hills and the other in Nags Head. Not only do they offer amazing ice cream cookie sandwiches, but they also have over 175 possible combinations of shaved ice. The possibilities are endless!

Booty Treat's Website