Be it ice cream or gelato, SWFL offers a variety of tasty frozen treats

hocolate was the flavor for these girls at Regina's Ice Cream on Fifth Avenue in Naples. L to R: Charlotte Rego, 8, Lucy Scheffer, 8, Madelyn Rego, 10, and Georgia Rego, 5.

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hocolate was the flavor for these girls at Regina's Ice Cream on Fifth Avenue in Naples. L to R: Charlotte Rego, 8, Lucy Scheffer, 8, Madelyn Rego, 10, and Georgia Rego, 5.

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For those who can't decide on a flavor, get the sampler (choose five flavors) at Naples Ice Cream Factory in North Naples (left), and a specialty cone man treat for the kids is only $1 on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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For those who can't decide on a flavor, get the sampler (choose five flavors) at Naples Ice Cream Factory in North Naples (left), and a specialty cone man treat for the kids is only $1 on Wednesdays and Sundays.

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No matter where you find yourself this summer screaming for ice cream and other frozen delights, we’ve mapped out some of the hottest spots to cool down from Estero to Naples and in between. Some places are old standards with old-fashioned sundaes, malts and ice cream sodas, while others push the envelope with a new twist on desert, like vegan gelato.

Check out for yourself some places you may have missed along the way, and try out some new frozen options this summer.

BONITA SPRINGS/ESTERO

Paciugo Gelato & Caffé

• Reason to go: Paciugo is a fun spot to grab a gelato, shake or iced coffee, while shopping at Coconut Point in Estero. With more than 32 flavors, kids and adults will enjoy the unique flavors like pistachio, and gelato flavors with hints of lavender in it.

• What to try: One of the most popular flavors to date, is the Mediterranean Sea Salt Caramel, and managers and employees always recommend a taste to first-timers.

• Location: 23151 Village Shops Way, Suite 113, Coconut Point, Estero

• Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; noon to 10:30 p.m. Fridays;11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday; noon to 9 p.m. Sundays

• Phone: (239) 947-4473

Royal Scoop

• Reason to go: With more than 50 flavors of homemade ice cream, try one of the flavors in a specialty cone, a shake, float, or opt for a sorbet or Italian ice. All ice cream is made on the premises, and Royal Scoop has been a local favorite for years. Don’t forget specialty sundaes like the crushed Reese’s sundae.

• What to try: Some favorite flavors include butter pecan, black raspberry, and a favorite for kids is the cookie dough.

• Location: 15 8th Street, #D, Bonita Springs

• Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; noon to 10 p.m. Sundays

• Phone: (239) 992-2000

Uncle Louie G Italian Ices & Ice Cream

• Reason to go: The new Italian Ice joint in Bonita Springs brings a blast from the past with black and white movies like “I Love Lucy,” on the tube, and New York-inspired flavors, like Brooklyn Cheesecake ice cream and NYPD Blue (raspberry) Italian Ice. Owner Barbara Lacher says, “It’s made with real Brooklyn water, which makes it extra special.”

• What to try: Try the Bada Bing Cherry ice cream, or the Rainbow Italian Ice (which includes Lick Me Lemon, FDNY Cherry and NYPD Blue raspberry. The owner also recommends the Red Bull Smoothie.

• Location: 25261 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Bonita Springs

• Hours: 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays; closed Mondays

• Phone: (239) 949-4237

NAPLES

Abbott’s Frozen Custard

• Reason to go: Looking for something a little different? Made fresh everyday custard with flavors like black raspberry. The shop offers 9 different flavors of custard each day, as well as 8 Italian ice flavors.

• What to try: Try the custard if you need to cool off, but don’t overlook the Mon”Key” Bread, and the multi-layered caramel apples.

• Location: 491 5th Ave. S, Naples

• Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays through Sundays

• Phone: (239) 793-7300

Adelheidi’s Organics

• Reason to go: The gelato at Adelheidi’s is all organic and made from scratch in-house and offers more than 60 flavors, including some vegan options. Have the owners whip you up a smoothie or shake with one of the gelato flavors and be assured that there are no artificial colors or flavors found anywhere in this shop.

• What to try: Kids prefer cookies and cream or peanut butter chocolate chip, but adults favor the bacio (hazelnut and dark chocolate).

• Location: 505 5th Ave. S., Naples

• Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. Sundays through Fridays; noon to 11 p.m. Saturdays

• Phone: (239) 206-7091

Regina’s Ice Cream Pavilion

• Reason to go: A full-fledge ice cream parlor with more than 55 ice cream flavors, and a choice of malts, shakes, or hot fudge sundaes. “We do it all,” Mary Aiello, the owner’s sister, says. Regina’s has been in business for 23 years.

• What to try: Owner Regina Tenaglia’s father handmakes the waffle cones. And a popular flavor is the Naples Special Butter Pecan.

• Location: 824 5th Ave. S, Naples

• Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; noon to 10 p.m. SundaysPhone: (239) 434-8181

NORTH NAPLES

Cesibon

• Reason to go: Fresh gelato, sorbet and yogurt in a variety of 16 flavors on any given day. Fruit sorbets like pineapple and mango, and a variety of shakes and smoothies.

• What to try: A favorite of customers is the dark chocolate roasted almond gelato, but many also go for one of the many fresh fruit sorbets.

• Location: 8807 Tamiami Trail N., North Naples

• Hours: 1 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 1 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 1 to 8 p.m. Sundays

• Phone: (239) 566-8363

Naples Ice Cream Factory

• Reason to go: Owner Amy Spinelli loves inventing their own flavors like Bake Sale, which includes rice crispy treats, brownies and chocolate chip cookies. They also do a kids $1 scoop day twice a week on Wednesdays and Sundays and senior $1 scoop days on Tuesdays.

• What to try: For those who can never decide, try the sampler, which gives a choice of five different flavors. And kids will like the cone man, which includes a cup of ice cream, with an upside down cone hat, candied eyes, and whipped cream for crazy hair.

• Location: 2378 Immokalee Road, Naples

• Hours: 2 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Sundays

• Phone: (239) 594-0022

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