Snowballs. Snoballs. Snocones? (No, snocones aren’t a thing). A Baltimore tradition since, well — forever, right? No matter how you spell it, shaved ice and flavoring are staples of summer. Just don’t forget the marshmallow…

It may be August, but there is still plenty of time to check all of these places off your summer bucket list!

our favorite snoballs in baltimore

Walthar Gardens

4715 Walther Ave | Walthar | Facebook 
Summer Hours: Open Daily, 1 PM – 9 PM

The oldest snowballs in Baltimore. We love what Ms. Paula and her brother Matthew have done to Walthar Gardens — and the creative snowball flavors they’ve come up with! (Hello, lavender snowball — not only is it pretty, but it tastes as good as it looks. Promise!) Plenty of seating and be sure to make time to shop their handmade goods and fresh cut flowers!

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Summer Shack Snowballs

2339 W Joppa Rd | Lutherville | Facebook 
Summer Hours: Open Daily, 1 PM – 9 PM

One of our favorite stops because it’s run entirely by kids! Sidewalk chalk, jump ropes and enclosed area to enjoy. Can’t be beat. 


Padonia Road (near York Road intersection) | Cockeysville | Facebook
Summer Hours: Open Daily, 12 PM – 10 PM

Sand + grass umbrellas. Next best thing to an island vacay? In operation for more than 40 years, this family-owned and operated snowball stand has become an icon in the Baltimore area. Tons of flavors and soft-serve vanilla, too! 

Play Cafe

34oo Chestnut Avenue | Hampden | Website | Facebook
Summer Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM; Saturday and Sunday, 8 AM – 3 PM

Your family’s favorite place for play also serves snowballs! The perfect afternoon ‘get out of the house combo.’

Opies Soft Serve and Snowballs

1603 Edmondson Ave | Catonsville | Website | Facebook
Summer Hours: Monday – Thursday, 11 AM – 9:30 PM; Fridays – Sundays, 11 AM – 10 PM

A staple in Catonsville! Lots of flavors and seating. Legendary menu item? Snowcream. Snowball layered with soft-serve ice cream. 

Chestnut Ridge Volunteer Fire Company

12020 Greenspring Ave | Owings Mills | Facebook
Summer Hours: Vary

Lots of parking. Friendly faces. $1 Snowballs. And fire engines.  You really can’t score better with the kids. Plus all proceeds help the fire company purchase medical supplies, new gear, maintain the apparatus, and contribute to the operating budget of the firehouse.

One Sweet Moment

2914 Hamilton Ave | Hamilton | Website | Facebook
Summer Hours: Open Daily, 11 AM – 9 PM

150 snowball flavors. Yes, 150 flavors. They offer a special flavor of the day every Thursday (what a fun way to break out of the cherry snowball rut!).  Give the Bahamama Mama a try (pina colada and citrus splash.)

Icy Delights

Dundalk:  7812 Wise Ave | Essex, Middlesex Shopping Centering | Middle River, Martin Plaza Shopping Center | Carroll Island, 2929 Eastern Blvd | Highlandtown, 3930 Fleet St | Rosedale, Kenwood Shopping Center
Summer Hours: Monday-Thursday, 1 PM – 9 PM; Friday and Saturday, 1 PM – 10 PM

A small locally-owned chain of snowball stands. Definitely order extra marsh. Note, Icy Delights is closed on Sundays. 


6083 Falls Rd | Lake Falls/Mt. Washington | Facebook
Summer Hours: 11 AM – 10 PM Daily

Ok, not a true snowball of the shaved ice variety. But  one of our favorite places to get a cool treat — especially for those with allergies. (Hello, nut-free facility!) Stop by for a housemade Italian Ice (or frozen lemonade!). 

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What did we miss? Leave a comment with your favorite place for snoballs!


Photos by Laura Black.