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Five Fabulous Ice Cream Spots in Geneva Lake Wisconsin Area | Fun Ice Cream Facts - Cheap Vacation Ideas - Day Trip

Friends plus ice cream equal pure fun. Just as the television series friends showcases, friends and ice cream make wonderful memories.

There is no better place in the entire world than the Geneva Lake area as a destination for ice cream. It is a family tradition, it is simple, it is fun and the Geneva Lake area always has something to offer for everyone.

In addition to the gorgeous and serene lake waters, the shops and all the many activities make the destination trip worthwhile.

Journey with us as we explore the hard to find, the secluded, the most popular and even a boat cruise that all offer our favorite dessert - ice cream. Enjoy the many ice cream quotes with a handful of chocolate quotes thrown in for flavor (pun intended!). Watch great videos on all the many activities that Geneva Lake offers.

Stay with us until the end and see the secret location of a secluded beach that is free, during the high season and 9-5 comes complete with lifeguards and offers one of THE best views complete with fabulous ice cream shop on the shores of the George Williams College - Aurora University, Williams Bay.

Ice cream is for anytime but add a special destination at one of these many ice cream shops and friends and you will create memories for years to come.

Map Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Yellow Map Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (photo courtesy of GmaGoldie)

Yellow Map Chicago to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (photo courtesy of GmaGoldie)

Friends television show cast with ice cream

Friends television show cast with ice cream

Fun Ice Cream Event on Friends

“Ross: What if there is only one woman for everybody? You know. What if I get one woman and that's it? Unfortunately in my case there was one woman... for her.

Joey: Ross, relax that's like saying there's only one flavour of ice-cream for you. Let me tell you something Ross, there's lots of flavours out there. There's rocky road, cookie dough and bing! Cherry vanilla. You can get them with jimmies or nuts, or whipped cream. Welcome back to the world, grab a spoon!

Ross: I honestly don't know wether I'm hungry or horny.

Chandler: You stay out of my freezer.” TheCrazeeGirl

Friends quotes (American television situation comedy.)

Geneva Lake Area

The Geneva Lake area (the cities of Lake Geneva, east side of the lake and Williams Bay , west side of the lake) offers a number of different venues for fabulous ice cream.

From the Lake Geneva Cruise Line where you can board a boat and eat your ice cream while boating and viewing the scenic shorelines of the 5000 acre playground or walk the pathway that completely surrounds the lake (over 20 miles in beautiful hiking / walking trails) to several quintessential ice cream shops from the world renown Dairy Queen and Cold Stone Cream to local offerings such as Skip's, Annie's and a regional favorite - Kilwin's.

This is the location where many a boat owner will call ahead and then moor on their deck and climb the steep hill to the University eatery that also serves the outdoor music pavilion. This pavilion allows music under the stars and next to Geneva Lake. It is operated by Aurora University and is called Music on the Lake.

Kilwin's is known for its ice cream and its chocolate. Walking past the window you will be captivated to step inside and view the fudge making process firsthand.

If you are desire more of a meal, consider Annie's or Skip's. Skip's comes complete with the nautical flair inside décor, outside dining and adult beverages.

Geneva Lake Area - 6th on the List

Destination # of Lodging Rooms Square Feet of Meeting Space

Milwaukee 15,000 635,000

Greater Madison 9,000 500,000

Wisconsin Dells 8,000 426,000

Greater Green Bay 4,389 134,000

Door County 3,500 57,500

Walworth County/Lake Geneva 3,278 80,000

source: http://media.travelwisconsin.com

Geneva Lake Area - Destination for Chicagoans

The Chicago area comprises a population of close to 9 million people. The entire state of Wisconsin is 6 million people. The discretionary income of Chicago-ites who travel to the southern border of Wisconsin and contribute to tourism is listed by the Department of Tourism as number 6 in regards to square footage of meeting space but this doesn't tell the whole story. You see ice cream trips are a destination, a day trip, simple and fun.

Keep in mind, Door County has over 3 million visitors each year. Additionally, the Geneva Lake area which some simply call Walworth County has a strong foothold in second homes. It is the extended family and the weekend vacationers that are the foundation of tourism for this area not necessarily just hotels and lodging.

Most importantly, it isn't about lodging, it is about creating memories. Memories for family and friends often center around simple activities such as an indulgence of an ice cream cone.  Let's find your perfect spot for an ice cream - come ice cream shoppe hopping with me from Williams Bay to Lake Geneva - all residing upon the beautiful waters of Geneva Lake.

Aerial View of Geneva Lake

Geneva Lake offers over 5000 acres of water fun and offers many shorelines treats at Lake Geneva, Fontana, and Williams Bay including shopping and ice cream shoppes.

Geneva Lake offers over 5000 acres of water fun and offers many shorelines treats at Lake Geneva, Fontana, and Williams Bay including shopping and ice cream shoppes.

Map of Geneva Lake

Fun Ice Cream Quote

~ My advice to you is not to inquire why or whither, but just enjoy your ice cream while it's on your plate - that's my philosophy ~ Thornton Wilder

"Sunshine or snow, anytime time is a special time for ice cream in beautiful Lake Geneva, WI."


About Geneva Lake

Classification: Headwater Lake - No other lakes send water into Geneva Lake. Its main water source is the many natural springs about the lake area.

Outlet: Geneva Lake empties into the White River, which in turn goes into the Fox, then the Illinois River and finally into the Mississippi.

Length: 7.6 miles

Greatest Width: 2.1 miles

Most Narrow Part of the Lake:  0.5 miles (the "narrows")

Area: 5,504 acres (8.6 square miles)

Average Depth: 63 feet

Maximum Depth = 144 feet located off Conference Point near Williams Bay

Statistics of Note: Second Largest Lake in Wisconsin, favorite lake for swimming because of its clear waters.

Lake Shore Path: 23 miles long

Public Walking Path:

Geneva Lake is one of a very few developed lakes in America that has a public path along the shore for the entire distance around the lake. An Indian treaty signed in 1833 guarantees public access to the Lake Shore Path in perpetuity. Today, path conditions range from easy to rugged, and there are designated public access areas to guide walkers to the lake.  The cities of Lake Geneva, Fontana and Williams Bay and Geneva reside on the shores of Geneva Lake.

Beautiful Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Destination Geneva Lake for Ice Cream

While living in the suburbs of Chicago for many decades, I traveled to Geneva and Delavan Lake several times during the year - many a time simply for ice cream. A friend of mine, a recreational pilot, loved to fly into Lake Lawn Resort simply for an ice cream cone at Manny's. Sadly, both Manny's and Lake Lawn closed on December 6th, 2010. The good news is the Geneva Lake area continues to offer many an Illinois resorter and a Wisconsin resident with a plentiful supply of various ice cream experiences.

Geneva Lake first became popular in the 1800's. A popular retreat for hunting and fishing. Later for sailboat and regattas. The advent of the train from Chicago to the train station in Williams Bay added to the the area's popularity. After the great Chicago fire, many a north shore resident found respite on private homes on the shore of Geneva Lake.

The opening of Whiting Hotel and later the Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel..(1912-1970) further fueled the growing flurry of shopping and recreational activities.

While first a summer destination, Geneva Lake now offers many activities for the snowy season too - from fun dining to fine dining to the Dancing Horses Theater to downhill skiing to even ice skating right on Geneva Lake steps beyond the Lake Geneva Library.

The Lake Geneva Museum is a fun adventure back into time for young and old alike. Imagine walking the brick streets of Lake Geneva and seeing the retailers as they were at the turn of the century (the time frame for the museum is specifically stated as 1870 - 1930). The museum is complete with even a sport car buggy of the day - a physician's carriage that was built by Studebacker. The carriage is called a "Physician's Phaeton". The colors were very specific at the time so to alert others that a physician was available. The distinctive burgundy and green told all passerby s that a physician was "in the house" or available IF an emergency should arise. That carriage was painstakingly restored by Amish craftsman. How do I know? The carriage is owned by my husband. When I first recommended the museum he was hesitant. Upon visiting the museum, he was very pleasantly surprised. I share this story with you to encourage you and your family to visit a piece of our past. A great slice of Americana, a tribute to the entire Midwest, a remembrance of a time before "motor coaches", a remembrance of a time before computers, cell phones, air conditioning, etc.... The Lake Geneva Museum is a very special place, a great destination open May through October, with limited hours March, April, November and December.

Lake Front Pathway

The lake front pathway that spans close to 23 miles is public. Many parts of this pathway were originally used by the first residents - the Potawani Indians. The pathway remains today with private donations to provide for easier walking, however, many parts of the path remain very rugged and some are swampy. One area that has been manicured and cared for extensively is the shore line that is cared for by Carolyn Gable of Expect a Miracle. The pathway for the Expect a Miracle mansion includes a wooden walkway complete with motivational quotes and extensive gardens including whimsical figurines from Rag Thyme, a retail store located in downtown Lake Geneva.

Dating with Ice Cream

Mickey and Minnie on a date with ice cream

Mickey and Minnie on a date with ice cream

Fun Quote About Ice Cream

Every child loves ice cream. Every adult loves the fond memories of childhood icecream. Food and friendship

"Food is not about impressing people. It's about making them feel comfortable."
Ina Garten, 'The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook'

Fun Quote About Ice Cream

"Greatest dessert - ice cream. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. I know it is very cliché but oh, how we love ice cream......"

Ice Cream Costumes - Distinctive Very Pink and Fun

ice cream costume in pink and white holding a tray with a float

ice cream costume in pink and white holding a tray with a float

Ice Cream Parlor Shop Costumes

ice cream cone costume on a little girl - adorable!

ice cream cone costume on a little girl - adorable!

ice cream cone costume

ice cream cone costume

ice cream cone costume on a little girl - cute!

ice cream cone costume on a little girl - cute!

ice cream cone costume on a little girl

ice cream cone costume on a little girl

ice cream cone costume on a baby - strawberry on sugar cone

ice cream cone costume on a baby - strawberry on sugar cone

two babies dressed in ice cream cone costumes

two babies dressed in ice cream cone costumes

little girl in ice cream cone costume

little girl in ice cream cone costume

Great Ice Cream Quotes (with Chocolate sprinkled in)

Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not! ~Author Unknown

I don't cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day. ~Terri Guillemets

I doubt whether the world holds for anyone a more soul-stirring surprise than the first adventure with ice cream. ~Heywood Broun

Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos. ~Don Kardong

If there's no chocolate in heaven, I'm not going. ~Author Unknown

God gave the angels wings, and he gave humans chocolate. ~Author Unknown

source: quotegarden.com

National Ice Cream Month - July - Ice Cream Fun Facts

In 1984, Ronald Reagan (the 40th President of the United States, February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) declared the third Sunday in July to be National Ice Cream Day and the month of July to be National Ice Cream Month.

Fun Facts About Ice Cream

  • Per capita ice cream consumption in the U.S. is about 5 1/2 gallons. (2005)
  • It takes about 12 pounds of whole milk to make 1 gallon of ice cream.
  • French Ice Cream is enriched with egg yolks.
  • More ice cream is sold on Sunday than any other day of the week.[1]
  • It takes 50 licks to finish a single scoop of ice cream.
  • The top five most popular ice cream flavors are: vanilla, chocolate, neapolitan, strawberry and cookies n' cream, in that order, with vanilla comprising about 1/4 of all sales!

More Fun Facts About Ice Cream Specifically Neapolitan

  • Neapolitan ice cream is ice cream made up of blocks of chocolate, vanilla, and
    strawberry ice cream side by side in the same container.
  • "Neapolitan" is now used to refer to any molded dessert that is made with 3 layers.
  • Residents of Naples, Itay residents are referred to as "Neapolitans".
  • A famous chef in the early 19th century by the name of Tortoni who was a Neapolitan was renown for his many layered ice cream cakes - thus the etymology of the term "Neapolitan".

Ice Cream Options in Geneva Lake Wisconsin Area

Skip's Ala Mode

Skip's Ala Mode Williams Bay Wisconsin on Geneva Lake

Skip's Ala Mode Williams Bay Wisconsin on Geneva Lake

Skip's A' La Mode (262) 245-1330

99 South Walworth Avenue
Williams Bay, WI 53191

Skip's A' La Mode is more than ice cream. Their menu offers sandwiches, gyros, hamburgers, and much more. If you are in the mood for a casual family dining atmosphere with a nautical touch, Skip's is the place to take your ice cream venture to. Located in Williams Bay, it is a short drive from downtown Lake Geneva.

Their ice cream menu is complete with an extensive array of shakes and malts.

The back of the building offers picnic tables for convenient dining.  The lake front is across the street.  The public beach is a short walk away.  Tip:  You can park at Skip's dine, walk and return for ice cream.

Kilwin's Chocolate and Ice Cream

Kilwin's Chocolate and Ice Cream

Kilwin's Chocolate and Ice Cream Shop  Lake Geneva

Landmark Center Building

772 Main StreetLake Geneva, WI 53147

Phone:1-262-248-4400Fax: 1-262-248-4929

Website: http://www.kilwins.com/

Kilwin's Lake Geneva - Landmark Center Building 772 Main Street

Kilwin's is located in the Landmark Center Building in downtown Lake Geneva, right on Main Street or Route 50.

Founded in 1947 by Don and Katy Kilwin, it is now owned and operated by Don and Robin McCarty of Harbor Springs, Michigan. A manufacturer of the finest chocolates and ice cream that includes now over 50 retail locations in the United States.

It is located right on Main Street and typically you can watch through the front window fudge being hand crafted on the large baking tables.

Inside you will find treats galore including gifts and many more delights.

The Landmark Center Building is one of the largest and most historic in downtown Lake Geneva.

Even if you are not hungry for ice cream, you must stop by the windows - see the fudge being created and check out the most beautiful windows in downtown Lake Geneva. My favorite window is the the painted window with the blond little girl eating ice cream with her Golden Labrador Retriever faithfully hoping for a drop or a lick of her ice cream.

Cold Stone Creamery - Lake Geneva Wisconsin

Cold Stone Creamery - The Utlimate Ice Cream Experience®

Cold Stone Creamery offers a complete ice cream experience including ice cream cakes and shakes with customized add-ins of your choice - all prepared on a granite stone.

Cold Stone Creamery offers you to indulge in your own 10 Minute Vacation™ with the creation of a customized shake.

First started in 1988 in Tempe Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is now in over 1400 locations in the United States.

Famous for their concoctions which they have labeled Creationsthat customize your ice cream treat with the finest nuts, fruits and candies.

Cold Stone Creamery

859 West Main Street, Lake Geneva - (262) 249-4900


Scoop's Ice Cream and Deli

(262) 249-0333
101 Broad St
Lake Geneva, WI 53147-2000

Scoop's Ice Cream and Deli

Located just steps away from the Riveria and Popeyes, Scoop's Ice Cream and Deli is located in the tallest building in Lake Geneva, a 9-story building that once was the site of the Frank Lloyd Wright Hotel.

If you want ice cream and wish to stroll along the lake front, this is a great place to stop in very quickly. Also, this site has a deli for a quick bite to eat.  A great family spot with outside tables during the warmer months.

Lake Geneva Cruise Line

Gage Marine Cruise Line Boat Available on Geneva Lake Wisconsin

Gage Marine Cruise Line Boat Available on Geneva Lake Wisconsin

Beautiful Lake Geneva Wisconsin

Beautiful Lake Geneva shore line - great for eating ice cream

Beautiful Lake Geneva shore line - great for eating ice cream

Lake Geneva Cruise Line  (262) 248-6206

Riviera Docks - 812 Wrigley Drive
P.O. Box 68
Lake Geneva, WI 53147-0068


Lake Geneva Cruise Line

If you want to take your ice cream on the water, didn't bring your boat, check out the ice cream social tour offered by Lake Geneva Cruise Line.

Boarding is located at the Rivera - the building across from Popeye's and the building where you can pick up the horse drawn carriage rides located at 812 Wrigley Dr Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Rental of private boats is around the corner.

For a complete listing of times and fees for the cruise line tours:

Lake Geneva Cruise Line Tours

Sight-seeing tours include the famous US Mailboat Tour, Geneva Bay Tour, Full Lake Tour, and the Ice Cream

If you have a special group gathering from 20 to 250, consider the Lake Geneva Cruise Line. Great for family get together and corporate events.

Ice Cream Lake Geneva Wisconsin


Ice Cream in Lake Geneva Wisconsin

Ice Cream in Lake Geneva Wisconsin

Ice Cream in Lake Geneva Wisconsin

Dairy Queen - Lake Geneva, WI (262) 248-4920

859 W Main St

Lake Geneva, WI 53147

Other Nearby Locations:

Dairy Queen - Delavan, WI (262) 728-1951

5576 State Road 50 #A

Delavan, WI 53115

Dairy Queen - Harvard, IL (815) 943-2663

605 Division Street

Harvard, IL 6033

Dairy Queen | Grill and Chill - Home of the Blizzard

Dairy Queen is a chain of ice cream shoppes that specialize in soft serve ice cream. The Dairy Queen name is the name of their product - a soft and very creamy ice cream.

Dairy Queen is often abbreviated DQ.

Dairy Queen was founded June 22,1940 by John Fremont McCullough in Joliet, Illinois.

Dairy Queen is a chain of soft serve and fast food restaurants owned by International Dairy Queen, Inc. The name "Dairy Queen" is taken from the name of their soft serve product, which the company refers to as "Dairy Queen" or "DQ". The company headquarters are located in Edina, Minnesota and operates over 5700 locations (2008).

Famous treats you might know them by:

  • Orange Julius

  • Dilly Bars (introduced in 1955 )
  • Mr. Misty slush treats (introduced in 1961 and later renamed Misty Slush, then again to Arctic Rush)
  • Blizzard Treat (a soft-serve mechanically blended with customized ingredients such as sundae toppings and/or pieces of cookies, brownies, or candy).

Dairy Queen Tag Lines and Marketing

  • "We treat you right".
  • "Hot Eats, Cool Treats"
  • "DQ: Something Different."
  • "That's What I Like About Texas." (exclusively Texas)

Other Branding - Celebrity Endorsements

Dennis the Menace appeared in Dairy Queen marketing from 1971 until 2001.


Lake Geneva Ice Cream Shop Lake View Wisconsin


George Williams - Aurora University


George Williams - Music By the Lake

George Williams College (262) 245-8564

350 Constance Blvd

Williams Bay, WI 53191

Website: www. aurora.edu/gwc

Ice Cream Shop on the Lakefront

If you want an ice cream place more serene away from the hustle and bustle of the shopping district, you must hunt for it. Here is the secret place for ice cream and a fantastic view of Geneva Lake complete with 100 year old trees and Adirondack chairs waiting your resting and ice cream eating pleasure. The campus of George Williams College now owned and operated by Aurora University offers one great ice cream shop with limited hours but unlimited viewing pleasure.

This site offers 133 acres of lakefront beauty and wooded landscapes, you'll find rest and serenity on our beautiful and historical grounds. It also offer a free beach that is typically open 9-5 during the summer months. It may be the only free beach in the midwest. It is small but very well kept and the views of the lake are spectacular.

The pathway at George Williams connects with the remainder of the pathway along the lake, offering even more mansion viewing along the shoreline of Geneva Lake. Do take your hiking shoes and enjoy some of the views.

Do take the time to hike up the hill for ice cream and be sure to look back and check out the heightened view of the lake.

If you love ping pong, pack your paddles and some ping ping balls and enjoy playing ping pong outside overlooking the pristine waters of Geneva Lake.

This is the spot where boaters will often phone ahead and moor on the docks to pick ice cream. It is on a very steep cliff and resides next to the Musics on the Lake. The music pavilion offers music under the stars next to Geneva lake. The music pavilion is call Music by the Lake.What is Music by the Lake?

"Music by the Lake—a summer concert series featuring top performing artists as well as an original opera production with young professional artists from across the country. Lakeside performances are held in The Ferro Pavilion, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer." Past performances include "'A Night on Broadway' featuring baritone Brian Stokes Mitchell with Paul Gemignani and Members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, The John Jorgenson Quintet, Frank Almond and William Wolfram, Ann Hampton Callaway and Peter Frampton."

During concerts, parking at this site is closed. The hours of operations for the ice cream shop are very limited. It will take some planning and you wish to phone ahead but what a wonderful treat. Ice cream and pristine views of the lake without the hustle and bustle of the shopping district - a true delight.

When you stop in at the ice cream shop, you are welcome to say that GmaGoldie sent you!

Adorable Airedale Dog Eating An Ice Cream Cone

Adorable Airdale dog eating an ice cream cone

Adorable Airdale dog eating an ice cream cone

Yellow Labrador Ice Cream Dance

Classic Old Time American Ice Cream Shop

Ice Cream Shop in bright colors - Classic Old Time American

Ice Cream Shop in bright colors - Classic Old Time American

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ruby alex on November 15, 2017:

so nice

ruby alex on November 15, 2017:

so nice

Kelly Kline Burnett (author) from Madison, Wisconsin on August 14, 2011:


Summer is for swimming and boating and ice cream! Ice cream is a must!

RalphGreene on August 07, 2011:

Wow amazing.

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