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The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

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Italian, Vegan
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221 South Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
(607) 535-7354
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Dining options: Lunch
Description: Family owned ice cream parlor in Watkins Glen NY for 29 years. Come enjoy...
Family owned ice cream parlor in Watkins Glen NY for 29 years. Come enjoy dozens of flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream, homemade gelato, Italian ice, vegan ice cream and soft serve. Also serving dessert specialties, ice cream cakes, cupcakes and our famous homemade waffle cones made fresh daily. Perfect for the family and please bring the kids. Outdoor seating and convenient parking lot.
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Everything you've ever dreamed of in ice cream and more!

This is one of the 3 places you can get "home-made" ice cream in Watkins Glen and they're all awesome. I shared a sampler tray with my husband which is a small tray with four scoops of customer-chosen ice cream in it. My favourite of the four was called "Cherries over the chocolate falls" (or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
Eve M
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Guelph
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Guelph
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is one of the 3 places you can get "home-made" ice cream in Watkins Glen and they're all awesome. I shared a sampler tray with my husband which is a small tray with four scoops of customer-chosen ice cream in it. My favourite of the four was called "Cherries over the chocolate falls" (or some such winsome name) and... More 

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Montour Falls, NY
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Nice place, clean and well maintained. Friendly staff. Lots of choices! A good way to cool down after walking through the gorge!

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Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We love the Great Escape! It is a small family business with great atmosphere and a lot of memorabilia and antiques. Our family has multiple food allergies so finding a place where we can all eat safely is a treat! There is a large selection of gluten-free ice cream, all clearly labelled, as well as gluten-free cones. There is a... More 

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi Thank you for you great review and come back soon. More 

Rome, Italy
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

There are more kinds of ice cream here than I think I've ever seen! All sorts of varieties, and they offer to make any kind of soft serve with different syrup flavors. Just a delicious treat. Only small issue is that there's no real menu to speak of, so you have to hunt around the freezers to find what's available... More 

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your review. I agree that it is confusing for the customer and I try very hard to listen to people as they go thru the lines and select their ice cream. Would love to hear any feedback that would make it easier for the customers! Thanks again and come back soon! More 

Rome, Italy
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

After hiking in Watkins Glen State Park we returned to The Great Escape, happy to see vegan options on the menu. It seemed like there were perhaps four different menu "avenues": home-made gelato and ice cream (a few vegan and gluten-free), Hershey's, custard, and vegan soft serve (the latter two which could be flavored with 24 different syrups). Not to... More 

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. This is the first year of using the order pads and each year we hope to improve our selection process. I appreciate your observations and I hope the next time you come in we will have made your choices a little easier. More 

Syracuse, New York
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

So many choices it was hard to pick. They have gelato and homemade ice cream, and Hersey's ice cream were you can buy anywhere. I went with their homemade chocolate Oreo and it was to die for. I mean why pass up homemade ice cream? The girls behind the counter were friendly and helpful. The line was long but we... More 

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for the great review. Come back soon! More 

vermont
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161 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Wow what not to like here. Stopped for the custard and also had some Gelato. Could have tried about 100 different things...yum

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

A lady came to the store in early spring when we reopened and said in the fall when we closed last year she was very mad at me because she had gained weight and blamed me however when we reopened in the spring she had not lost any weight so she no longer blamed me.. Thanks for the great review. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Amazing very yummy eat the mint chip There is a swimming pool around it so it is after you go swimming and then after swimming you can go get ice cream

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. We are very lucky to be so close to a beautiful pool. Come back soon! More 

Ottawa, Canada
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Delicious homemade ice cream, sorbet, sherbert, gelato, plus a huge range of Hershey's ice cream to choose from. Great prices for generous portions too. Sample sets available for those who can't choose just one...or three.

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for the great review and come back soon. More 

Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Have very good and unique ice cream such as a dark chocolate gellato and sunday morning flavor. Cool older playing machines inside such as a jukebox and knickel machine. Nice place to get ice cream

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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to the store and writing a comment! Our next ice cream is going to be beer ice cream and the craft beer is made locally. Have never tried it. Should be fun! More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 221 South Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Watkins Glen
  • Phone Number: (607) 535-7354

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Vegan

Description

Family owned ice cream parlor in Watkins Glen NY for 29 years. Come enjoy dozens of flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream, homemade gelato, Italian ice, vegan ice cream and soft serve. Also serving dessert specialties, ice cream cakes, cupcakes and our famous homemade waffle cones made fresh daily. Perfect for the family and please bring the kids. Outdoor seating and convenient parking lot.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?