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Ice Cream Lover's Guide to Hilton Head Island

Thank Heaven for Cow's Milk

The Frozen Moo has a life size statue of a cow that moos when she feels like welcoming patrons to this colorful ice cream parlor in Coligny Plaza.

The Frozen Moo has a life size statue of a cow that moos when she feels like welcoming patrons to this colorful ice cream parlor in Coligny Plaza.

Where Can I Find Ice Cream Shops on Hilton Head Island?

Let me tell you an insider's secret about Hilton Head Island- it's an ice cream lover's paradise with wonderful old fashioned ice cream parlors and stylish new ice cream shops tucked away in scenic locations that have indoor and outdoor seating overlooking marinas or lushly landscaped plazas. A true connoisseur can find more than a hundred different flavors and can have it served up in fresh baked waffle cones or with a multitude of toppings.

Hilton Head Island has miles of multipurpose pathways that are perfect for walking, biking or rollerblading. No matter where you're staying on the island, you can most likely find an ice cream shop near you. This guide includes a map with "pin markers" and addresses that can be entered into your GPS device. I've listed shops in order of location starting in the most populated southern area of the island at Coligny Plaza. I've also included photos, a brief description of what makes each shop unique and information about the availability of low fat, low sugar ice cream alternatives.

Every shop listed in this guide sells delicious ice cream, gelato or frozen yogurt and I have refrained from rating which one is the best. I suggest you visit several different places during your stay so you can choose your own favorite, or if you live on Hilton Head Island or have vacationed here before and already have a favorite feel free to leave a comment at the end of the article.

The Frozen Moo at Coligny Plaza

Visit Nearby Coligny Beach Park

Coligny Beach Park is across the street from Coligny Plaza and has benches, rocking chairs and wooden swings, many with views overlooking the ocean.

Coligny Beach Park is across the street from Coligny Plaza and has benches, rocking chairs and wooden swings, many with views overlooking the ocean.

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Frozen Moo at Coligny Plaza

When you hear the life size cow statue moo in this colorful ice cream shop you know you're in for a real treat. Just reading the menu can bring a smile to your face as many of the 92 different flavors have fun names such as Pirate's Plunder, Garbage Can, Gold Mine and Sunken Treasure but don't worry, there are also traditional flavors that you can order.

Those looking for a healthier dessert can choose low fat frozen yogurt (Chocolate Peanut Butter, Snickers, Peach, Mocha Almond, Oreo, Heath Bar) or no sugar added, low fat ice cream (Butter Pecan, Moose Tracks, Coffee Fudge, Pistachio, Amaretto Almond, Raspberry Cheesecake).

Make sure to visit nearby Coligny Beach Park after you're done with your ice cream. It has water fountains that the kids can run through, benches and swings with views of the ocean and public beach access where you can play volleyball, beach paddle ball, fly a kite, ride a bike, make sand castles or take a refreshing walk on the beach. All, great ways to work off those extra calories.

The Ice Cream Cone at Coligny Plaza

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The Ice Cream Cone

Menu banners hanging from ceiling.

Menu banners hanging from ceiling.

Close-up of table scene.

Close-up of table scene.

The Ice Cream Cone at Coligny Plaza

The Ice Cream Cone is also located in Coligny Plaza and has more outdoor seating than the Frozen Moo. The inside of the shop has colorful tables and chairs and a retro décor reminiscent of an old fashioned parlor.

Colorful banners hanging from the ceiling list more than 50 flavors of ice cream. You can also order sorbet or sugar free, low fat ice cream as well as a delicious brand of low fat yogurt called "Only 8" which has only 8 calories per ounce, no fat, no cholesterol and is safe for most people who are lactose intolerant or are diabetics (although it is sweetened with fructose).

This shop also serves burgers, steak-n-cheese and chicken-n-cheese sandwiches, plus has a special menu just for kids.

Rita's Italian Ice Concession Stand at Coligny Plaza

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Rita's Italian Ice at Coligny Plaza

Rita's Italian Ice will be familiar to those who are fans of this franchise chain which specializes in delicious Italian ices and frozen custard. Party orders to go are available in quart, gallon and 2.5 gallon containers.

Hilton Head Ice Cream, Inc. at Fountain Plaza

The decor is fun and eclectic with a life size pirate and pirate coconout heads hanging from the ceiling.