Ice Cream and Barbecue in Le Mars

Now that the unofficial start of summer is this weekend, it’s time to celebrate with some favorite seasonal foods—barbecue and ice cream. Le Mars specializes in both. If you’re into celebrating the sweet stuff, the town hosts its Ice Cream Days June 16-18.

Known as the Ice Cream Capital of the World, the town of Le Mars in northwest Iowa literally smells sweet, thanks to the two Wells ice cream plants in town, as well as the Wells Visitor Center & Ice Cream Parlor, where you can sample flavors such as homemade vanilla, rocky road and strawberry cheesecake. For the ultimate sugar rush, order an extreme sundae—the Mega Mix-Up is loaded with four flavors, two crunches and two toppings.

On your stroll through town, look for ice cream sculptures painted up with rainbow hues. And while downtown, save room for Southern-style flavors at Iowa Barbecue. It specialized in favorites like brisket, pulled pork, ribs and scratch-made sausages, and it has a relaxing patio.

And mark your calendar for the town’s annual Ice Cream Days, this year June 16-18. There’s an ice cream social, car show, art walk, outdoor movie and more.

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