Cool Off in Clayton: 5 Awesome Ice Cream Shops

An ice cream cone covered in coconut flakes.

Summer is in full swing, which means you might be starting to feel the heat in Clayton. Luckily, there’s one easy way to beat the summer heat, cool off, and treat yourself to a little decadence: ice cream.

Clayton and its surrounding area are full of delicious ice cream spots, meaning you have plenty of opportunities to sample all your favorite flavors—and maybe even try some new ones.

Without further ado, here are our five favorite places for ice cream near Clayton! Do you have a favorite ice cream shop we forgot to mention? Let us know in the comments—we’re always on the hunt for a new spot!

Nancy Jo’s Homemade

Without a doubt, Nancy Jo’s is the place to go for any kind of treat. They offer a variety of Hershey’s ice cream flavors, all hand-dipped, and stacked to your heart’s content.

After you sample some ice cream, try some of their hay stacks or a slice of 12-layer cake. Craving something more savory? Their pimento cheese sandwich does not disappoint!

Sam’s Flying Scoops

A woman holding an ice cream cone.

Just a quick drive from Clayton in the charming community of Smithfield, Sam’s Flying Scoops is the perfect place to stop for a scoop (or three) of delicious ice cream.

Try one of their two dozen flavors in a freshly made waffle cone! While you snack on ice cream, enjoy watching planes land in the JoCo Airport, which is right next door!

Pelican’s SnoBalls

While not a traditional ice cream shop per se, Pelican’s is a longstanding Triangle favorite. Come on out for a traditional sno-cone, or “load” your sno-ball with cream, ice cream, and other treats!

There are dozens of unique flavor combinations to choose from, including all of your favorites. When it comes to the quality of the “snow” in your sno-ball, it tastes and feels like freshly fallen snowflakes.

It’s Time for a Summer of Fun in Clayton

With its small-town charms, amazing local attractions, and big-city amenities, Clayton is quickly becoming a top pick for homebuyers.

If you’ve been searching for the perfect low-maintenance community to call home, consider stopping by The Walk at East Village. This active-adult community is based in Clayton, and features a quick commute to the rest of the Triangle.

Give us a call today to learn more about The Walk at East Village!

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