Tampa Treasures: Bo’s Ice Cream


It’s basically summer year-round in the city of Tampa, which makes having a go-to ice cream shop all the more essential. Since 1954, Bo’s Ice Cream has been that spot for many Tampa residents. Seriously, you haven’t lived until you’ve had a butterscotch dip top cone.

Bo’s is the oldest ice cream shop in Tampa, but it’s far from stale. Their menu is timeless and affordable, a lethal combination. It has a simple blue and white facade with several picnic tables out front so guests can play a game of beat the clock with the Florida sun.

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What do you need to try? The upside banana split for starters. Those puppies are loaded with vanilla ice cream, strawberries, pineapple, bananas, nuts, whipped cream and a cherry. Perfection.

The shop was started by the Bosanko family. In an interview with Fox 13 back in 2016, Kenneth Bosanko said his father was looking for a place to get good ice cream and couldn’t find it. Sometimes you just have to do it yourself.

Bosanko built this creamery from the ground up. Multiple generations later, the Bosanko family is still satisfying the cool sugar cravings of Tampa residents.

The thick and chunky Butterfinger milkshake is another can’t-miss delight. If you want to walk on the lighter side, both the pineapple and lime sherbets are tropical and addicting.

Bo’s is located at 7101 North Florida Avenue in Seminole Heights.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is the Editor of thatssotampa.com. Follow him on Twitter @harlanyoungII and Instagram @harlanyoung. Send tips and potential stories to info@thatssotampa.com.