Where to celebrate National Ice Cream Day in Connecticut

July 17 is National Ice Cream Day, and you've got plenty of options for cold, creamy treats in Connecticut. 

Locally, don't miss these 30 CT spots for ice cream, including some of the state's most celebrated scoop shops. New additions to Connecticut's already ice cream stellar scene include Tabitha's, with a new sundae shop in Fairfield, and Dom's Creamery in Avon, with innovative flavors like fig and parmesan, ube and charcoal. 

But if you're looking for a deal, these ice cream chains are offering freebies and discounts for the sweet holiday. Deals are available on July 17 unless otherwise specified.

Carvel

Carvel's new "Brookie" flavor, a swirl of brownie batter and cookie dough ice creams.

Carvel's new "Brookie" flavor, a swirl of brownie batter and cookie dough ice creams.

Courtesy of Carvel

Guests can enjoy a buy one, get one free offer on a small cup or cone of any Carvel soft serve flavor, including Carvel’s new “Brookie” option (a swirl of brownie batter and cookie dough ice creams.)

Carvel has 20 locations in Connecticut.

Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen's dipped cones are $1 off on National Ice Cream Day.

Dairy Queen's dipped cones are $1 off on National Ice Cream Day.

Dairy Queen

On July 17, Dairy Queen fans can enjoy $1 off any dipped cone by getting the deal on the DQ app. The offer is valid at participating DQ locations nationwide and includes the classic chocolate dipped cone.

Dairy Queen has 39 locations in Connecticut.

Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins' Oreo S'mores flavor is new for summer 2022.

Baskin-Robbins' Oreo S'mores flavor is new for summer 2022.

Baskin-Robbins

Baskin-Robbins is offering $5 off any purchase of $15 or more from July 17 to 23. Guests can use the code BECOOLER at checkout for online orders. To use in-shop, customers can scan their Baskin-Robbins mobile app coupon during checkout.

Baskin-Robbins recently launched a new summer flavor, Oreo S’mores, with toasted marshmallow and graham flavored ice creams stacked with Oreo cookie pieces and chocolate cookie swirl.

Baskin-Robbins has stores in Glastonbury, Greenwich, Monroe, Norwalk, Southport and West Hartford.

16 Handles

Stores along Bedford Street, including 16 Handles (left), in downtown Stamford, Conn. on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.
Stores along Bedford Street, including 16 Handles (left), in downtown Stamford, Conn. on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017.
Michael Cummo/Hearst Connecticut Media

16 Handles Rewards members will receive 3 ounces of soft serve and free toppings on Sunday (with some exclusions) when they enter an exclusive promo code. The code will be announced on Instagram and via email newsletter on the morning of July 17.

16 Handles has locations in Fairfield and Stamford.

Cold Stone Creamery

Cold Stone offers free delivery on online orders from July 15 through July 17, and rewards club members can grab a deal on the Cold Stone app for $4 off a purchase of $20 or more.The offer will be valid July 17 through July 21 and is redeemable for orders placed through the app. 

Cold Stone Creamery has locations in Clinton, Danbury, Fairfield, Meriden, Orange and Stamford.

Friendly's

While the special isn’t specific to National Ice Cream Day, guests can get a free medium sundae by signing up for the Friendly’s Sweet Rewards club.

Friendly's has 10 locations in Connecticut.