There is nothing Norman Rockwell about a family picnic. Between organizing the little ones, packing the car with every household essential and creating a picnic menu that can keep up with every ‘DIY’ Pinterest post, picnics are chaotic and at times, unworthy. But, at Meola’s Wayside Ice Cream, planning a picnic with family is as easy as getting in the car and driving to this gem of a destination.

Meola’s Wayside Ice Cream

Meola’s Wayside Ice Cream

From hot dogs to ice cream to live music, Meola’s Wayside Ice Cream is the epitome of a family-run business delivering family-friendly entertainment. Since the 1980s, Meola’s has kept the concept of family at the forefront of the business and the dedication reflects the quality of service, food, and decor.

Year after year, Meola’s remains an intergenerational fan favorite offering over 65 flavors of high-quality ice cream and frozen yogurts like the addictive German chocolate cake, the infused coffee Kahlua brownie, and the sweet cotton candy. In addition to creating an endless list of flavorful combinations, Meola’s offers a hot dog meal deal too good to pass up. For a price cheaper than a Venti Pike from Starbucks, families can enjoy two hot dogs, a bag of chips and a small drink. And no, this location is not just a place to bring your kids to fill them with all of the summer foodie treasures, but also a sweet spot to check-in and spend outdoor family time.

Ice cream from Meola’s Wayside Ice Cream.With a converted garage adjacent to the Meola’s Wayside Ice Cream side, families can sit down and enjoy the weather (rain or shine) at one of the eleven picnic tables. Adorned with summer colors of childhood memories, the seating area at Meola’s is one of a kind. With pianos (yes, more than one) in various corners, seashell decorations filling the center of the tables and airplanes and hot air balloons hanging from the ceiling, Meola’s sets the tone for a great #FamilyEats destination as they remake the concept of outdoor picnics.

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Spavia Natick, MA