What are the best places to get ice cream near UNF?

If you're looking to keep it cool in the Florida heat, but not sure of which ice cream shops are best near your UNF apartment, look no further. I'm here to tell you about the very best places to get ice cream in Jacksonville. Whether you have a crazy sweet tooth or prefer rich flavors, Jacksonville will not disappoint. With its many ice cream options, you'll be able to choose your pick of the very best in your own neighborhood.


With its doors, or rather, windows open since 1948, it's no wonder that this is a classic choice of ice cream for those living in apartments near UNF. Dreamette is a cash-only ice cream stand with several locations in the city. Their generous portions and chocolate-dipped soft serve, as well as the rest of the items on their extensive menu, keep customers coming back time and time again. Visit one of their shops and you'll surely be hooked.

Mayday Ice Cream

Next on the list is another ice cream shop with many locations throughout Jacksonville. Mayday Ice Cream offers both dairy and non-dairy options, making it a viable choice for vegans or those who are lactose intolerant. Additionally, they offer order delivery through Bite Squad or pint delivery by mail, which means you can order now and enjoy later. Store your ice cream in your freezer to enjoy on a rainy day. If you're interested in apartments with refrigerators/freezers already installed, there are plenty of furnished options for you in apartments near UNF. 

Marble Slab Creamery

For those with a major sweet tooth, check out Marble Slab Creamery. Although somewhat of a larger ice cream chain, it is undoubtedly delicious. The closest location to the University of Northern Florida is in Jacksonville's San Marco neighborhood. If you live in apartments near UNF this could be a very convenient option for you.

Five FX Ice Cream

Not only does Five FX Ice Cream offer delicious, sweet treats, but they serve coffee and waffles as well. More specifically this ice cream shop serves Taiyaki, a fish-shaped waffle, in many different flavors. Five FX Ice Cream has great reviews online and it's no wonder why. With fantastic service and yummy ice cream, it's worth a visit.

Bruster's Real Ice Cream 

If you're looking for a fast and convenient option, check out Bruster's Real Ice Cream. A personal favorite of mine, at Bruster's, getting your ice cream is as simple as driving up, ordering, and paying at the window. When I go, I always make sure to get a chocolate shake with Reece's Pieces. 

There you have it, my top ice cream picks here in Jacksonville. Of course, this isn't a full list and there are so many other great ice cream shops that are worth a try. What's important is to shop small and support your local businesses. Jacksonville is such a great area with so much to offer so take advantage, such as the plethora of incredible ice cream shops. Enjoy your ice cream and stay cool out there!

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