Today (September 22) is National Ice Cream Cone Day, not to be confused with National Ice Cream Day in July. The cone makes a big difference. Any ice cream lover will agree. And now that there is an excuse to celebrate, we thought you should see this latest list featuring Naples, Fort Myers and Punta Gorda. These Southwest Florida ice cream shops named best in state. The rankings come from the folks at Trips To Discover.

Tomorrow (September 23) is the first official day of fall so why not have one last hurrah for a dessert typically associated with summer. Especially when considering it feels like summer almost year round in Southwest Florida. However, as any dessert lover knows, it does not have to be summer to enjoy this sweet treat. Ice cream is fun and it makes the world better. Even when you are sad.

Ice cream has been around for a long time but there is some debate on the cone. The eatable receptor for ice cream is said to have made its big debut at the World’s Fair in St. Louis back in 1904. Eight years later an entrepreneur and inventor obtained a patent for the cone. He eventually sold that patent to Nabisco. Since that time, all kinds of different cones have been created for us to enjoy.

These Southwest Florida ice cream shops are among the best in the state. Stop by today or over the weekend and see why

  • Harbor Scoops and Bites, Punta Gorda

    Harbor Scoops boasts ice cream with a view.  The shop faces Charlotte Harbor and the Peace River. All ice cream is made in house and flavors change seasonally. I mean look at the fall special in the bellow Instagram post. And that cone! Yum

  • Royal Scoop, Naples

    Royal Scoop has been delighting palates in Southwest Florida since 1979. Over the years, they’ve won numerous awards and expanded to five locations, including one on Fort Myers Beach that is temporarily closed. They also have mobile ice cream truck.

  • Love Boat Ice Cream, Fort Myers

    Love Boat Ice Cream is an iconic stop in Fort  Myers. The original location on San Carlos Blvd, on the way to Fort Myers Beach, expanded a few years ago to a new site just blocks from the original. It has also opened two additional spots (Sanibel temporarily closed) with more to come. Including Cape Coral.

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