Local Soft-serve ice cream spots

Soft-Serve Ice Cream Cravings? Here are the Best Local Spots

When is it time for ice cream? Anytime! Spring, however, is known as the start of “soft-serve ice cream season”. Many small-business ice cream shops are re-opening their doors at this time to sell their tasty treats. Most call them “creamy whip”, “whippy dip” or “dairy whip” and that just means it’s soft-serve style ice cream swirled into a cone or cup.

Be sure to try a local creamy whip or two this spring and summer. Add a chocolate dip top, sprinkles, flavored syrup, flavor bursts – or enjoy a simple cone.

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12 Degrees Italian Ice
34 Grandin Rd., Maineville, Ohio
Soft serve ice cream, Italian ice and gelato

Back 2 the Dipper
6918 Plainfield Road, Silverton
Flavored soft-service ice cream including “blue”!

Big Chill
5912 Hamilton Ave., College Hill (WEST)
Ice cream window serving soft serve (and a neighborhood bar on the inside)

Bird’s Sweets & Treats
7197 Paddison Rd., Anderson Township (EAST)

The Bold Face Dairy Bar
801 Mt. Hope Ave., Suite B, Cincinnati, Ohio (WEST)
Incline District in Price Hill – Opens April, 2024

Chubby’s Pizza and Whippy Dip
120 N. Main St., South Lebanon, Ohio (NORTH)

The Cone
6855 Tylersville Rd. West Chester Township, Ohio (NORTH)
Instagram lovers adore the massive cone! Doggie treats

The Coop
Hidden Valley Orchards at 5474 N State Route 48, Lebanon, Ohio (NORTH)
Enjoy ice cream and a walk around the farm

Cowboy Cones
508 N. Wyoming Ave., Wyoming, Ohio (CENTRAL)
Open year round

Dairy Corner
3501 Church St., Newtown, Ohio (EAST)
Doggie treats, too!

Dee’s Dairy Bar and Drive In
620 Hamilton St., New Richmond, Ohio (EAT)

The Dip
1680 Gelhot Dr., Fairfield, Ohio (NORTH)

The Dipper
6918 Plainfield Rd., Silverton, Ohio (CENTRAL)
(formerly Hold The Nuts)

Dojo Gelato
1735 Blue Rock St., Northside, Cincinnati, Ohio (WEST)
Findlay Market at the Market House at 137 W. Elder St.
Italian-style soft serve! April 2024 opening

Don’s Creamy Whip
1522 Market St., Reading, Ohio (CENTRAL)
Opens April 3, 2024

Flub’s Dariette 
539 Wessel Dr., Fairfield, Ohio – Opens Spring 2024 (NORTH)
981 Eaton Ave., Hamilton, Ohio – Opens Spring 2024 (NORTH)
4065 Hamilton Cleves Rd., Ross, Ohio – Opens Spring 2024 (NORTH)

General Custer’s Golf and Gulp
3325 Westbourne Dr., Westwood, Cincinnati, Ohio (WEST)

Gold Top Dairy Bar
2810 Blue Rock Rd., Mt. Airy, Cincinnati, Ohio (WEST)

The Goody Shop
2009 Springdale Rd., Mt. Healthy Cincinnati, Ohio (WEST)
Opens March 9, 2024

Harrison Dairy Queen
10540 Harrison Ave., Harrison, Ohio 45030 (WEST)

Hold the Nuts (See The Dipper!)

J&E Rootbeer Stand
6301 Germantown Rd., Middletown, Ohio (NORTH)

Johnny’s Creamy Whip
Based: 7901 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio (EAST)
Traveling ice cream truck as well

The Jug
3610 Central Ave., Middletown, Ohio (NORTH)

The L’il Goodie Shoppe
7120 Eagle Creek Rd., Miamitown, Cincinnati, Ohio (WEST)
Opens March 2024
Rotates blue (aka blueberry) ice cream!

Legen-Dairy Whip
3376 SR 125, Bethel, Ohio (EAST)
Open March, 2024
Traveling ice cream truck service
View the WKRC story about this shop!

L’il Goodie Shoppe (WEST)
7120 Eagle Creek Rd., Cincinnati, Ohio (Miamitown)
Opens March, 2024

Loveland Dairy Whip
611 W. Loveland Ave. #2325, Loveland, Ohio (EAST)
Opens March 1, 2024

Mason Creamy Dip
127 E. Main St., Mason, Ohio (NORTH)
aka Tucker’s Creamy Dip

Miranda’s Ice Cream Shoppe (NORTH)
205 Main Street, Morrow, Ohio
Near the Little Miami Scenic Trail

Mr. Gene’s Dog House
3703 Beekman St., S. Cumminsville, Cincinnati, Ohio (WEST)

Mt. Healthy Dairy Bar
7840 Hamilton Ave., Mt. Healthy, Ohio (WEST)

Mt. Washington Creamy Whip & Bakery
2069 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio (EAST)

Nanny Belle’s 
Summit Park at1100 Summit Rd. C, Blue Ash, Ohio (EAST)

Norwood Delite Creamy Whip
4490 Forest Ave., Norwood, Ohio (CENTRAL)
Opens April 2024

Papsy’s Place
115 W. Main St., Wilmington, Ohio (NORTH)

The Parlor
1218 Broadway St., Cincinnati, Ohio (Pendleton) (CENTRAL)
119 Main St., Milford, Ohio (EAST)
2069 Beechmont Ave., Mt. Washington, Cincinnati, Ohio (EAST)

Putz’s Creamy Whip
2673 Putz Place, Northside, Cincinnati, Ohio (WEST)
Opens March 18, 2024
Serving ice cream since 1938

Rhino’s Frozen Yogurt & Soft Serve
10415 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash, Ohio (EAST)
Inside the Shell gas station

The Root Beer Stand
11566 Reading Rd., Sharonville, Ohio (CENTRAL)
Soft serve with 8 flavor bursts! (Plus awesome root beer!)
Opens March 9, 2024

Springdale Dairy Queen
11776 Springfield Pike, Springdale, Ohio (WEST)

Spring Street Treats
321 West Spring St., Oxford, Ohio (NORTH)

Sprinkles Creamy Whip
500 N. Miami Ave., Cleves, Ohio (WEST)
Opens March 16, 2024

Sprinkles Soft Serve & Tasty Treats
1861 Main St., Goshen, Ohio (EAST)
Opens March 17, 2024

St. Bernard Dairy Queen
4437 Vine St., St. Bernard, Ohio (CENTRAL)

Swaffy’s Ice Cream
646 S. Main St., Monroe, Ohio (NORTH)
Opens March 2024

Sweets N Eats
4719 Delhi Ave., Delhi Township, Cincinnati, Ohio (WEST)

Terry’s Ice Cream Dairy Bar
1505 US 50, Lynchburg, Ohio (EAST)
Gas station in the front and ice cream in the back!

Tucker’s Whippy Dip
127 E. Main St., Mason, Ohio (NORTH)

The Twist
7813 Bethany Rd., Liberty Township, Ohio (NORTH)

Walker Bros. Ice Cream
9425 Montgomery Rd., Montgomery, Ohio (CENTRAL)

Whetsel Whip
4825 Whetsel Ave., Madisonville, Cincinnati, Ohio
Walk-up ice cream window with 30 toppings

2529 US Hwy. 22 (Montgomery Rd.) Maineville, Ohio (NORTH)
Blue ice cream!

Whitewater Whippy Dip

9705 Dry Fork Road, Harrison, Ohio

Zip Dip
4050 Drew Ave., Green Township, Cincinnati, Ohio (WEST)
Opens March 1, 2024


545 Lafayette Ave., Bellevue, Kentucky
Soft serve and gas!

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
1010 Town Dr., Wilder, Kentucky

Dairy Queen Grill & Chill
8460 US Highway 42, Florence, Kentucky

Dreamy Whip
3020 Washington St, Burlington, Kentucky

117 Park Place, Covington, Kentucky
Spaghetti ice cream

Fillmore’s Dairy Hut
7500 Burlington Pike, Florence, Kentucky

Fort Thomas Parlor
1013 S. Ft. Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas, Kentucky

Golden Gelato Cov
130 West Pike Street, Covington, Kentucky
Soft Italian-style ice cream! Opens March 1, 2024

KellyQ’s & Whippers Dairy
188 N. Main St., Walton, Kentucky

Latonia Dairy Queen
3220 Decoursey Ave., Latonia, Kentucky
In business for decades!

Piper’s Cafe & Ice Cream Bar
520 W. Sixth St., Covington, Kentucky

Sharkey’s Eats & Treats
9924 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria, Kentucky

Silver Grove Dari Bar
5178 Mary Ingles Hwy., Silver Grove, Kentucky
Opens March 11, 2023

Snow Palace
204 W. Southern Ave., Latonia, Kentucky


Airline Dairy Creme
224 N. Dixie Drive, Vandalia, Ohio
In business since 1964

Arrow Queen
431 N. Main St., New Carlisle, Ohio

Corner Cone Dairy Bar
101 S. Walnut St., Yellow Springs, Ohio

Dairy Shed
55 Bellbrook Plaza, Bellbrook, Ohio
40+ years in business;

The Dairy Station
704 N. Detroit St., Xenia, Ohio
Near the bike trail
Opening March, 2024

Ducky’s Snowballs & Ice Cream
100 E. Market St., Troy, Ohio
Stuffed snowballs: blend shaved ice with soft serve ice cream. Donuts filled with ice cream.

Fent’s Dairy Corner
6301 Troy Rd., Springfield, Ohio
Local business since 1972! Great coneys, too!

Goldies Flavored Soft Serve
9352 Dayton-Lebanon Pike, Centerville, Ohio
Opening April 2023

J&L Cool Spot
210 E. Main St., Enon, Ohio 45323

JD’s Old Fashioned Custard
322 Union Blvd., Englewood, Ohio
Fresh Italian style soft ice cream

Jet Freeze
4014 E. Patterson Blvd., Beavercreek, Ohio
Opening March 1, 2024

Jubie’s Creamery
471 W. Dayton Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn, Ohio
2749 West Alex Bell Road, Moraine, Ohio
Soft serve and tradition ice cream

K&W Drive In
450 S. Main St., Springboro, Ohio
In business since 1963

Kone Korner
3709 Saint Paris Pike, Springfield, Ohio

Lee Ann’s Dairy Delight
619 E. High Street, Springfield, Ohio

The Polar Bar
109 N. Chillicothe St., Springfield, Ohio

Rip Rap Shake Shack
6024 Rip Road Rd., Dayton, Ohio
Ice cream (plus all kinds of yummy food!)

Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard
3371 E. Stroop Rd., Kettering, Ohio

Ritter’s Frozen Custard Shoppe
2226 Wilmington Pike, Kettering, Ohio
2531 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek, Ohio
Smooth, creamy ice cream — not exactly soft serve, but it is soft!

The Rootbeer Stande
1727 Woodman Dr., Dayton, Ohio

So Your Yogurt
971 S. Main St., Centerville, Ohio
Soft-serve yogurt style!

The Sweet Retreat
2613 Smithville Rd., (Belmont), Dayton, Ohio
34+ soft serve flavors! Ice cream nachos!


B&G Dairy Bar
519 S. Meridian St., Sunman, Indiana

Chillbilly Treats
115 E. Vaughn Dr., Madison, Indiana
Enjoy a cone while watching scenic Ohio River views
Photos with permission and courtesy of Chillbilly Treats

Flavors Ice Cream and Deli
114 Green Blvd., Aurora, Indiana

Paddy Wagon’s Ice Cream and Sandwiches
201 Maiden Lane, Rising Sun, Indiana
Food truck service

Shells Ice Cream and Grill
805 E. Main St., Vevay, Indiana

Snow Biz
24417 Green Meadow Dr., Lawrenceburg, Indiana

Read about how the Cincinnati Blue Ice Cream fad started at Kings Island!

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Updated: March 4, 2024