Louisville, Kentucky: Barrel-Shaped Ice Cream Stand

Serves hard and soft ice cream from the cool confines of its candy-striped big barrel.

Barrel of Fun

9421 Smyrna Parkway, Louisville, KY
Barrel of Fun. Just off of Gene Snyder Fwy, east of the corner of Smyrna, facing south on Cooper Chapel Rd.
Closed Oct - Apr. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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Barrel of Fun Ice Cream

Regardless of previous tips, Barrel Of Fun is alive and well, and open for 2020! Not only do they have the best ice cream in town, their hamburgers and bbq are legendary. Bring cash.... no charge cards accepted.

[Lyn Palmer, 05/16/2020]

Sometimes travelers visit during cold weather months and assume that the barrel is closed permanently. The business-in-the-barrel just hibernates during the winter.

Barrel-Shaped Ice Cream Stand

I read that Barrel of Fun Ice Cream is closed. I called and the number's been disconnected. Not sure what that means, but putting two-and-two-together, I think I'll be getting ice cream elsewhere. Bummer.

[Lucy Pfeffa, 05/30/2012]

Bad time for it to close; prime ice-cream-consumption season is just now arriving. At least the barrel is still there....

Barrel-shaped building.

Barrel of Fun Ice Cream Stand

This ice cream shop has been around in Louisville since the early 1990's at least. I've been going to it for about 10 years now. Not sure how old the giant barrel they use is but it could date back to 1930's or '50's. They offer hard and soft serve ice cream, as well as banana splits, shakes, third pound KY black angus hamburgers, barbeque and hot dogs/chili dogs.

[Sean Meredith, 08/20/2010]
Barrel of Fun Ice Cream

Ice cream shop shaped like a barrel. Shop is painted red and white - you can't miss it. Seasonal hours.

[Katie, 05/06/2005]

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