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TripAdvisor Offers Inside Scoop on the Top Ice Cream Shops in the U.S.

NEEDHAM, Mass., Aug. 11, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TripAdvisor(R), the world's largest travel site*, today announced the top 10 ice cream shops in the U.S., based on the quality and quantity of reviews and opinions from millions of TripAdvisor travelers.

"In the dog days of summer, there's no better relief from the heat than a cool scoop, and the TripAdvisor community has helped identify the best ice cream shops that are worth a visit," said Brooke Ferencsik, director of communications for TripAdvisor.

Top 10 U.S. Ice Cream Shops

1. Harborwalk Scoops & Bites Ice Cream -- Punta Gorda, Florida (152 reviews, 5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor)

Located 25 miles north of Fort Myers on Charlotte Harbor, this coastal ice cream shop serves more than 20 heavenly homemade flavors including "Captain Rum Raisin", "Toasted Coconut" and "Chocolatey Chocolate Chip." According to a TripAdvisor reviewer, "The ice cream was delectable and creamy. The experience was enhanced by the idyllic location on a pier where some breathtaking yachts were docked."

2. Bellvale Farms Creamery -- Warwick, New York (143 reviews, 5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor)

Since 1819, this Hudson Valley farm has been churning out carefully crafted dairy. Travelers can choose from classic flavors such as strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate or opt for a more unique creation like "Bellvale Bog", a dark chocolate ice cream loaded with brownie dough and decadent fudge swirl. A TripAdvisor reviewer wrote, "The ice cream is delicious and the views of Warwick Valley are beautiful. Great place to stop in the summer."

3. Dietsch Brothers Inc. -- Findlay, Ohio (181 reviews, 5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor)

For more than 75 years, this family-run establishment south of Toledo has served an assortment of mouthwatering ice cream including praline pecan, chocolate marshmallow, and toffee caramel crunch. Travelers can cool off with a towering cone or indulge in a sundae smothered with hot fudge and whipped cream. "Dietsch has everything a sweet tooth desires. They have over 50 flavors of ice cream and sorbet including seasonal favorites," noted a TripAdvisor reviewer.

4. McConnell's Fine Ice Creams -- Santa Barbara, California (222 reviews, 5 out of 5 bubbles on TripAdvisor)

Founded in Santa Barbara in 1949, McConnell's serves frozen delights made from local, sustainable and organic ingredients. Artisanal flavors include "Churros con Leche," "Sea Salt Cream and Cookies," and "Golden State Vanilla." A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, "I would eat this every day for the...