It’s true that you can find the world’s best ice cream at thousands of locations around New England, New York, and New Jersey. Still, true fans travel many miles to our five, family-owned ice cream stands
Why? Is it to see where it all started? To choose from 55 flavors every day? To play a few rounds of mini golf? The Pot Hole Sundae? State O’ Maine Frappe? Yup, all that and more. Our personal favorite reason to visit a Gifford’s Family Ice Cream Stand? The traditional, simple pleasure of spending a warm summer evening with family, friends, or a sweetheart, enjoying each others’ company and a double scoop of your dream ice cream flavor on a homemade waffle cone.
That’s just the Maine version of heaven on earth.
Gifford’s Family Owned Ice Cream Stands
Thanks so much for another great season –
See you in March!!
The closest to our magic ice cream churning machines. The place where it all started. The ice cream center of the known universe. The granddaddy of ‘em all. You never forget your first love, and this stand was the first to open way back in 1980. Wow, a whole different century (remember the hairdo’s?)
Grab a cone and try your hand at our classic mini-golf course out back.
LOCATION: 307 Madison Avenue, along Route 201 Directions
CONTACT: 207-474-2257 Stand; 207-474-6238 Mini-Golf
I guess you never forget your second love, either. (Oh, who are we kidding? We love all our stands!) Farmington opened in the spring of 1982 and today is a favorite hangout for students from nearby UMaine Farmington.
LOCATION: 293 Main Street Directions
In 1987, The Late Show with David Letterman conducted an on-air campaign to get Bangor to watch Dave when he found out his ratings were unusually low here. Hmmm. I wonder if maybe everyone was too focused on the brand new Gifford’s Ice Cream Stand that opened that June?
LOCATION: 1109 Broadway Directions
Nearby Colby College students like to hang out at the Waterville stand which sports its own mini golf course AND batting cages. Remember to have ice cream before AND after all that playtime.
LOCATION: 170 Silver Street Directions
CONTACT: 207-872-6631 Stand; 207-861-4650 Mini Golf
Auburn is the baby of the family. Head out Minot Avenue, and you’ll find us right between Mac’s Downeast Seafood and Blackie’s Farm Fresh Produce. So, there you have your three major food groups: protein, vegetables, and ice cream!
LOCATION: 910 Minot Avenue Directions