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We All Scream for National Ice Cream Day!

This Sunday, July 21 is the perfect time for taking the kiddos out for an icy, creamy treat! Plus, here’s where to find some fun freebies.

Ice cream is an awesome way to perk up a steamy Middle Tennessee Sunday in July. Take advantage of a few free or cheap deals this Sunday:

• Godiva Boutiques offers a buy-one, get-on 50-percent off deal on soft serve ice cream and parfaits.

• Holler & Dash in Brentwood offers a buy-one, get-one free deal on its Biscuit Ice Cream Sandwiches. Choose between the Buttermilk Bourbon Crunch with Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal and bourbon caramel or the Blueberry Bam Jam with blueberry jam and Fruity Pebbles cereal.

• Publix supermarkets will be giving out free ice cream samples of its premium brand Cookie Butter Créme from 4 – 7 p.m.

• Halo Top brand ice cream celebrates National Ice Cream Day by giving away free Halo Top Pops in a partnership with the Bumble app. Download the app and swipe in Bumble Date, Bumble BFF or Bumble Bizz, then swipe right to match for a chance to claim the coupon for a free box of Halo Top Pops starting at 12 p.m. on Sunday, July 21. For those who don't download the app, Halo Top is also giving away coupons for a box of pops at on Sunday.



A family trip to an ice cream parlor is one of summertime's sweetest outings. Treat the kids this Sunday at one of these tried-and-true faves in Middle Tennessee:

Bobbie’s Dairy Dip
5301 Charlotte Ave., Nashville
Since 1951, Bobbie’s Dairy Dip has been a West Nashville favorite. The building maintains its nostalgic feel, and it’s the best place in town for a classic soft-serve dip cone. Specialty shakes are a hit — try the Chubby Checker (hot fudge, peanut butter and whipped cream — YUM!).

Bruster's Real Ice Cream
10646 Concord Road, Brentwood
A wide selection of ice cream, frozen yogurt, ice, sherbet and sorbet flavors. Try banana chocolate chip!

Cold Stone Creamery
782 Old Hickory Blvd., Brentwood
Design your own creation that’s hand mixed on the giant granite slab. Popular options are Birthday Cake Remix and Strawberry Blonde — order your’s in a waffle bowl. Also try one of the shop’s tasty shakes, smoothies or frappes.

The Comfy Cow
7011 Executive Center Drive Bldg. B, Ste. 105, Brentwood
The Comfy Cow makes its flavors from scratch using regional ingredients. They’ve got the best chocolate malt in town, and there are 26 ice cream flavors on the menu — a handful of them change out monthly. The kid-favorite Cookie Monster Dough boasts big hunks of chocolate chip cookie dough combined with a cookie dough-based ice cream. Starting Monday, June 6, the month’s specialty flavors are Pistachio, Moo Moo Cluster, The Bees Knees, Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie and Mango Sorbet.

Elliston Place Soda Shop
2111 Elliston Place, Nashville
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330 Mayfield Drive, Ste. A-5, Franklin
Step into this retro classic soda shop — it’s been in town since 1939 — on a hot day to sit at the counter for an old-fashioned banana split or a signature malt (try the butterscotch). The Dreamsicle Shake (orange sherbet, orange juice and vanilla ice cream) is a tried-and-true favorite.

Fresko Frozen Treats
132 St. Andrews Drive, Murfreesboro
The ‘Boro’s newest icy sweet spot scoops up ice cream that’s made in-house — Cookie Butter is the big hit here. Also popular: the tasty fresh fruit paletas (Mexican popsicles).

Janarty's Homemade Ice Cream
111 Front St., Smyrna

Family owned homemade ice cream and treats shop serving fresh, small batch Ice cream, waffle cones and other treats made on site using local and premium ingredients. Check their Facebook page for what's on the menu before you go!

1892 Eastland Ave., East Nashville
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2312 12th Ave. S., Nashville
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900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville
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1819 21st Ave. S., Nashville
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211 Franklin Road, #1, Brentwood

Impeccable, friendly service and a hip atmosphere make eating the smoothest ice cream found anywhere all the more fun. No synthetic ingredients here; the all-natural, buttercream-based frozen treats include ice cream and sorbets. How about a sundae made from green mint chip ice cream topped with the extra-bitter hot fudge? You can’t go wrong with a combo of the Darkest Chocolate and Salted Peanut Butter ice creams, either — they’re an awesome pair!

King of Pops
Cart locations at:
Cheekwood (1200 Forrest Park Drive, Nashville; Sat – Sun 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
The Parthenon (2500 West End Ave., Nashville; Sun – Thu 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
The Gulch (505 12th Ave. S., Nashville; Fri – Sun: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Cool off with a variety of gourmet popsicles in fruity or creamy varieties. King of Pops offers year-round and seasonal flavors, including Raspberry Lime, Blueberry Lemonade, Blackberry Honey, Orange Cream, Chocolate Sea Salt, and Peaches & Cream.

KoKos Ice Cream
3 City Avenue, Ste. 700, Nashville

Nashville's newest ice-cream spot is vegan-friendly. This artisan ice cream is plant-based and dairy free. It's also nut and peanut-free, too.

Las Paletas
2911 12th Ave. S., Nashville
This gem in the 12th South District offers a variety of Mexican popsicles made on site with fresh ingredients including fruits, herbs, nuts, veggies and more. You’ll find seasonal flavors throughout the year along with sugar-free options like the Pineapple-Raspberry paleta sweetened with stevia. Our favorite cream paleta is the Chocolate-Strawberry. The line moves fast here even on a crowded day.

Legato Gelato
1200 Villa Place #113, Nashville
Choose from 36 featured Italian ice cream flavors like Snickerdoodle, Grape, Watermelon, Graham Cracker and more.

Marble Slab Creamery/MaggieMoo’s
Eight Locations in Franklin, Hendersonville, Lebanon, Mt. Juliet, Murfreesboro & Nashville
It’s the ultimate mash-up watching your favorite ice cream getting blended together with your favorite mix-ins on the marble slab right before your eyes!

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt
6900 Lenox Village Drive #6, Nashville
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440 Sam Ridley Pkwy., #120, Smyrna
Select your fro-yo flavor then go to town adding toppings of your choice from fresh fruit to chopped nuts to assorted candies to breakfast cereal. Two new flavors for summer: Strawberry Smoothie Sorbet and Freshly Squeezed Orange Sorbet.

Mike’s Ice Cream
208 Broadway, Nashville
Pop into this shop in the heart of Lower Broadway for handmade ice cream, fro-yo, ice-cream sodas and smoothies. Mom and Dad will like the frozen espresso and cappuccino drinks, too.

Nucci’s Gelato
600B Frazier Drive #100, Franklin
Nucci’s exquisite gelato is made from all-natural ingredients sourced from local dairies and fruit from local growers. Choose from a variety of flavors; Cookies & Cream’s the most popular with kids.

Pied Piper Creamery
114 11th St., Nashville
Pied Piper makes all it’s bold flavors on site — and there are more than 200 of ‘em! Twenty-four are available on any given day — 12 permanent flavors with 12 rotating ones. Trailer Trash is the signature — and most popular — choice. It’s vanilla ice cream chock full of Oreos, M&Ms, Snickers, Butterfinger, Twix, Nestle Crunch and Reese’s Pieces. Popular with kids is Smurfberry Crunch — a tart blue raspberry sorbet infused with Nerds candy. Heat seekers should try Some Like it Hot — chocolate ice cream with cinnamon and cayenne pepper (it’s bold and tasty!).

The Soda Bar
500 Medical Center Pkwy., Ste. 1C, Murfreesboro
Offers specialty ice creams, craft sodas, floats, Hawaiian shave ice, coffees and signature take-out treats such as edible cookie doughs. What’s different about them, however, is that there are 16 flavors of ice cream that you can pair with one of their 12 craft sodas on tap. Get a unique flavor every time you visit!

The Soda Parlor
966 Woodland St., Nashville

The Soda Parlor is a modern take on the classic soda shop. It has classic floats, gourmet ice cream sandwiches, waffles topped with ice cream and out-of-this-world Moonshakes — these tricked-out milkshakes are a great way to cool off on a hot day.

Sweet CeCe’s
Middle Tennessee locations include Franklin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Nolensville, Mt. Juliet and Spring Hill
Kids love building their own creations at this beloved fro-yo parlor where you pay by the weight of your creation. Original tart, chocolate and vanilla are always available, and there’s more than 60 specialty flavors (including Cupcake Batter and Strawberry Kiwi Splash Sorbet) that rotate — every visit is a new flavorful adventure! Myriad toppings include fresh fruit, candy, cereal, nuts and syrups.

Top Cold Grill Ice Cream & Tea
2855 Medical Center Pkwy., Murfreesboro
Delicious ice cream spread out over a cold top then scraped up into a roll and topped with just about anything.

Yogurt House
2333 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro
Find rolled ice cream and frozen yogurt, smoothies, milkshakes and slushies! They also have other food items.

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