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Address: Fredericksburg, VA
Phone Number: 5403733411
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An old-fashioned drug store, said to be the oldest in America.

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Ice Cream Shakes

They have one of the best old fashion ice cream shakes around. Very close to Carl's Ice cream. Great!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Cara S
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They have one of the best old fashion ice cream shakes around. Very close to Carl's Ice cream. Great!

Thank Cara S
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471 reviews
196 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 342 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Goolrick’s was on my to-do list in Fredericksburg, not only for the nostalgia of a soda fountain but also because it’s as unique a sight as you can experience today anywhere. Goolrick’s opened more than 145 years ago, with the fountain drinks part of the business in operation for more than 100 years! It is supposedly the oldest, still operating... More 

Thank The_Concierge_8
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125 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the first time we had been back to Goolrick's for some time as the parking is very difficult to go just for lunch. Their tuna sandwich is always good and the service is fine.

Thank nanniex2
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Walking through the doors is a step back in time. From the layout of the pharmacy to the old fashioned lunch counter. The food is hot, quick and delicious. Don't forget the malt!

Thank Hallamander
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

My Wife is from Fredericksburg and every time we come back to visit her family I absolutely HAVE to visit Goolricks. It was my Wife's first job when she was a teenager, which adds to the nostalgia for us, but it also is a small local business that has been around forever. With those types of places disappearing by the... More 

Thank Jason Y
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

If you are walking around Old Town Fredericksburg, you have to stop here if only for a vanilla or cherry coke. These sodas are exactly like what we used to get at the lunch counter in drug stores when we were kids.....brought back memories. I understand their milkshakes and floats are wonderful, too!

Thank ldwhoffman
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This is a wonderful place if you are craving comfort food at its best. Delicious grilled cheese, yummy malts and all types of flavored sodas. Sitting at the counter will bring back nostalgic memories of a simpler time.

Thank Jen111501
Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

Goolrick's Pharmacy was an interesting stop on my journey through Fredericksburg. I thought it was a good place to eat, but there are plenty of better places we could have eaten.

Thank flygirlks
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

An old fashion Apothacary with soda fountain and the round swivvling old fashion chairs. Had to stop to get a cherry coke and think of my youth

1 Thank Kimo688889
East China, Michigan
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Lining the stools at this classic drug store, our family enjoyed lunch and ice cream. Staff handled our "invasion" with calm, polite service and good cheer. Love this place!

Thank Phyllis C

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