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Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Reviewed August 9, 2021 via mobile

The best ice cream I can recall ever having! It looks like this traditionally popular ice cream spot unfortunately had a rash of poor reviews going back a couple of years ago, but I couldn’t find anything more current. We just went there to bring...home three different flavors of bulk ice cream - “natural” black raspberry, pistachio, and chocolate chip - and everyone raved about how truly exceptionally great ice cream it was! Expensive? Yeah, it was, but everything is going up in price, it’s a small local family business, the value was there, and it was absolutely worth it. It really was totally yummy ice cream with a smooth texture and OMG flavor. Treat yourself, and see!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed March 11, 2020

I'm done with Benson's. Not going to pay over $6. Nevertheless they still seem to do a business. You can buy in bulk which of course is cheaper and that might be OK since their stuff was always good. Picnic table type seating outside, porta-potties...for bathrooms. Sit in the car or stand outside. There's another ice cream place where 133 meets 125 two miles away and that's where we go now.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

Great place. Exceptional service, wonderful ice cream in a family owned place. Went multiple times all summer!!

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

The ice cream was delicious, the outdoor picnic tables are great, and having bug spray on the tables was a nice touch(although not needed for daytime). best ice cream in mass north of boston

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed July 7, 2019

Last night I brought out of town guests here for the local New England ice cream experience. It was so bad that I was embarrassed. They were serving either melted ice cream or unfrozen base. The scoops held no shape. I don't know what they...would have done if we had ordered cones rather than dishes. The single serving came just to the lip of the cup - about 3 inches - and looked nothing like any ice cream that I've ever been served or the pictures on their website. This will be my last visit. Go elsewhere for your ice cream.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 9, 2019

Definitely the place you want to visit this summer. You'll need to give yourself time to read through the extensive list of ice cream flavors. Whatever you choose, your taste buds are sure to be pleased. Just a heads up that the "kiddie" size is...probably the portion of a regular size cone. Enjoy!More

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed April 27, 2019

Great ice cream. nice outside sitting area. family friendly. best in the summer months since there is no inside seating..

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

After lunch we splurged at Benson’s and I enjoyed a Butter Pecan Frappe. Delicious flavor! ~$8.00. Since 1923. Local and tasty.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed July 30, 2018 via mobile

The ice cream at Benson’s is overpriced but tastes ok. I don’t think it tastes as good as it used to, but I experienced something there today that left a very bad taste in my mouth, and it wasn’t the ice cream. The customer in...front of me placed his order and then very nicely asked if he could have some tap water for his Husky. The temperature was in the 80’s and the dog was clearly thirsty. He was told that it wasn’t the policy of the ice cream stand to do this. Are they SERIOUS? I have been going to ice cream stands for more than 50 years and never ever have heard a water request for a dog refused. He was the only dog there and it was so hot. Had it been me, I would have walked away and spent my $17. somewhere else. As the customer turned to go, I did hear him say to his friend, “Well that’s the last time I’ll stop here.” Me, too.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

I challenge you to find better, fresher, locally sourced fruit ice cream....what they serve here is nothing short of amazing. We live a half hour away, with many choices much closer, but Benson's is worth the drive! Ever had honey ice cream? All I can...say is, wow.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Yes, Benson Ice Cream offers takeout services.

Benson Ice Cream is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4