The best way to beat the summer heat is with an icy treat, and snow cones are a summer tradition. Whether you're looking to treat the kiddos or treat yourself to something boozy, here are some of the best snow cones, shaved ice and cold creations around town.
Sno-Beach is pretty much synonymous with snow cones in Austin. From sangria to dulce de leche, these shaved ice wonders can be found at two trailer locations: one on Barton Springs Road and one on Guadalupe Street. Add ice cream or sprinkles on top ... why not?
Top G's Sno Cones and Roasted Corn
Although there are tons of flavors to choose from, this waterside trailer is known for its dill pickle-flavored "Pick-a-dilly." The roasted corn that's shaved and served in a cup for easy eating is a wonderful bonus. Hit up Top G's in Zilker Park near the Rowing Dock during the summer.
Casey's New Orleans Snowballs
This little building at Airport Boulevard and 51st Street is an Austin tradition, so expect a line wrapping around the corner. Casey's sweet snowballs are the way to go — you can't go wrong with the famous chocolate and other delicacies like Boston cream pie.
Rockaway Beach ATX
Although Rockaway is known for its tasty sub sandwiches, the East Riverside Drive trailer also specializes in shaved ice. Choose your favorite flavor and then top it off with ice cream, sour spray, gummy bears and more.
This Manor Road Establishment slings "adult sno cones" on the patio every Friday from 4 pm to sunset, as well as alcohol-free options for the kiddos. It's just $3 for one with alcohol, but the virgin versions are free!
Jim Jim's Water Ice
We absolutely love Jim Jim's. This Austin tradition just made it onto our list of the best ways to cool off during the summer. The fruity flavors are our favorite picks for hot summer days. Visit the storefront on Sixth Street or look for one of the trucks around the city.
Bahama Freeze off Brodie Lane boasts 150 beautiful snow cone flavors. You can pick anything from the sugary treats like the "White Russian" to classics like "Blue Raspberry." We really enjoy the more interesting combos, such as "Sunrise" and "Peach Razzmatazz."
Sweet Caroline's Snow Shack
Good news! Sweet Caroline's now has two locations — one at Highway 183 and Anderson Mill and a new one in Circle C Ranch off Slaughter Lane. The friendly people at both trailers are serving up sweet snow cones and even sweeter smiles.