20 essential old-school ice cream shops in Tampa Bay

Florida and ice cream go together like spotty bananas on a chocolate sundae, and it's been this way for a long, long time. The Tampa Bay area has a ton of classic ice cream spots that have stood the test of time, and so what follows is a few of the oldest and most iconic ice cream joints around. 
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Bo’s Ice Cream  
7101 N Florida Ave, Tampa, 813-302-9644
Bo’s Ice Cream opened its doors in 1954 thanks to World War II veteran, Kenneth “Mr. Bo” Miller Bosanko, and says it's oldest ice cream shop in Tampa. Enjoyed by generations of Tampeños, this Seminole Heights spot offers both drive-thru and walk-up service, and features ice cream classics like Bo’s bestseller, the banana split in a cup. 
Photo via Colin Wolf

Bo’s Ice Cream  

7101 N Florida Ave, Tampa, 813-302-9644
Bo’s Ice Cream opened its doors in 1954 thanks to World War II veteran, Kenneth “Mr. Bo” Miller Bosanko, and says it's oldest ice cream shop in Tampa. Enjoyed by generations of Tampeños, this Seminole Heights spot offers both drive-thru and walk-up service, and features ice cream classics like Bo’s bestseller, the banana split in a cup.
Photo via Colin Wolf
Dairy Joy
3813 S Manhattan Ave., Tampa, 813-839-5485 
While scooping ice cream since 1958, Dairy Joy fell under new management in 2018 and received a revamped, '50s-inspired pastel makeover. Located in the true heart of South Tampa, Dairy Joy, complete with an Elvis outside, offers outdoor seating and serves a vast selection of soft serve, dipped cones, and old-fashioned sundaes and shakes. 
Photo by Molly Ryan

Dairy Joy

3813 S Manhattan Ave., Tampa, 813-839-5485
While scooping ice cream since 1958, Dairy Joy fell under new management in 2018 and received a revamped, '50s-inspired pastel makeover. Located in the true heart of South Tampa, Dairy Joy, complete with an Elvis outside, offers outdoor seating and serves a vast selection of soft serve, dipped cones, and old-fashioned sundaes and shakes.
Photo by Molly Ryan
Old Farmer’s Creamery
2531 4th St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-896-2827
Living up to its title, you can’t miss the Old Farmer’s Creamery red barn facade and cow-printed entryway. Boasting a selection of 48 different flavors from peanut butter punch out to chocolate kraken’s revenge, the spot makes and manufactures its own ice cream almost daily.
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Old Farmer’s Creamery

2531 4th St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-896-2827
Living up to its title, you can’t miss the Old Farmer’s Creamery red barn facade and cow-printed entryway. Boasting a selection of 48 different flavors from peanut butter punch out to chocolate kraken’s revenge, the spot makes and manufactures its own ice cream almost daily.
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Parkesdale Farm Market
3702 W Baker St., Plant City, 813-754-2704
At Parkesdale Farm Market, “Strawberries are King”—but the ice cream’s pretty good, too. Part of the Parkesdale Farm, which began operating in 1956, the Parke family opened the market in 1969 where they offer famous strawberry shortcakes during strawberry season and ice cream, milkshakes, popsicles and parfaits all-year-round. 
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Parkesdale Farm Market

3702 W Baker St., Plant City, 813-754-2704
At Parkesdale Farm Market, “Strawberries are King”—but the ice cream’s pretty good, too. Part of the Parkesdale Farm, which began operating in 1956, the Parke family opened the market in 1969 where they offer famous strawberry shortcakes during strawberry season and ice cream, milkshakes, popsicles and parfaits all-year-round.
Photo via Parkesdale Market/Google
Campbell’s Dairyland
200 S Parsons Ave., Brandon, 813-685-1189
A place for people of all ages to enjoy, Brandon’s hallmark Campbell’s Dairyland looks like its own mini carnival. Alongside ice cream, shakes, loaded sundaes and other frozen treats, Campbell’s pretty much has any classic craving you can think of from chili dogs to crab cakes.
Photo via Campbell’s Dairyland/Google

Campbell’s Dairyland

200 S Parsons Ave., Brandon, 813-685-1189
A place for people of all ages to enjoy, Brandon’s hallmark Campbell’s Dairyland looks like its own mini carnival. Alongside ice cream, shakes, loaded sundaes and other frozen treats, Campbell’s pretty much has any classic craving you can think of from chili dogs to crab cakes.
Photo via Campbell’s Dairyland/Google

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