Richardson’s Ice Cream stand in Middleton, Mass., has “scooped” much of its competition by keeping it’s prices low on ice cream, while also offering two miniature golf courses, a driving range and batting cages.
Additionally, you can can tour the farm, see how milk is bottled (we recommend buying a bottle of fresh milk!) and commune with the many cows, as well as ducks, sheep, chickens and a rooster around the beautiful farm land. It’s especially pleasant being here at the sun going
down gives way to the stars — so relaxing, friendly and, ultimately, the stuff that summers are made of on a hot New England night.
The Richardson family’s farming business dates back to 1696, with its dairy industry evolving through the years. The ice cream stand became a local household name in the 1960s. That ice cream stand, today, is often packed with multiple lines, waiting eagerly for some delicious ice cream that has a base of 16 percent butterfat. Rarely have we tasted ice cream this fresh and creamy with our favorites being the vanilla ( with pure bourbon vanilla extract imported From Madagascar), peppermint stick, strawberry, cherry vanilla, Toll House Cookie, ginger and pumpkin. A “kiddie” size looks like a medium or large at other ice cream stands, and comes in at $2.82 — a great bargain!
You can eat on a picnic bench in the great outdoors — including the outdoor patio with waterfalls — or in the modern all season dining room.
Add some mini golf, a well-kept driving range, batting cages and a tour, and you have a low-cost, one-stop morning or afternoon of fun. Why take the “Rocky Road” of going to many attractions of these kinds when it’s all right here?
Having fun at Richardson’s make for a great “staycation” activity for suburban Boston residents, as well as a destination for those vacationing or taking a day trip in North Shore communities like Newburyport, Ipswich (perfect stop after visiting Crane’s Beach!), Rockport and Gloucester.
Richardson’s is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the summer, and in the fall and spring from 9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sunday – Thursday; and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Richardson’s Ice Cream
156 South Main St. (Rte 114)
Middleton, MA 01949
Tel. (978) 774-5450