The minimalist, bucolic Kimball Farm stand in Carlisle makes for a surreal scene, with people licking ice cream cones next to oblivious grazing sheep. But in Westford (pictured), open since 1939 and where the ice cream sold in both locations is made, the scene is wacky-pastoral, with miniature golf, bumper boats in a pond, and a driving range.
WHAT TO GET: Kids love Cookie Dough; for adults, there's Kahlua Crunch. In the second half of July, it's all about Fresh Peach.
WHEN TO GO: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week in summer (from April to Memorial Day, and Labor Day to mid-October, the stands close at 9).
400 Littleton Road, Westford, 978-486-3891, and 345 Bedford Road, Carlisle, 978-369-1910; www.kimballfarm.com