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The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

221 South Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
(607) 535-7354
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Ranked #3 of 34 restaurants in Watkins Glen
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Dessert, Italian, Vegan, Ice Cream
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.
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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.
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Hong Kong, China
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121 reviews 121 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

This is a great place for ice cream fans with one glaring problem that will face those who arrive> what flavor to get. There are so many choices that you might find yourself standing there for a long while.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

Just past Burger King on Franklin Street ice cream average price above average service average all together unremarkable. Limited parking.

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Shippensburg, PA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We stopped here for some ice cream. Lots to look at - from the ice cream scoops hanging from ceiling, old juke box, old 45 records on the ceiling and milk bottles from all over. Good ice cream - many flavors to choose from.

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Nanuet, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Our group of 11 filled the place, and had a ball. Great flavors of soft and hard ice cream and and old time 25 cent juke box. It can't get any better.

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Somerville, NJ
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Great ice cream and much more. Neat nastagila on the wall and an old juke box that's a blast from the past. Classic style, decent prices, and an overall fun place to stop. Rather than eat in your car, sit and relax inside the neat little shop. Our favorite ice cream polar in WG.

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East Mordor, NJ
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

The signs outside and menus were a little confusing, but we took our time and looked around inside. They had a huge selection of soft serve, hard ice cream, gelato and even vegan ice cream. They portions are large--a medium cone has two big scoops. I was content with a junior sized serving. The home made ice cream is delicious... More

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Guelph, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Delicious ice cream and so many options to choose from. I found the prices very reasonable as well for what we ordered.

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Buffalo, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Old fashioned Ice Cream Parlor feel right in the heart Watkins Glenn. You wont go broke bringing your family here for a treat ! It was delicious.

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Burke, VA
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59 reviews 59 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

If you like ice cream then you want to stop here. They have soft serve. Hershey's. And more. There are at least 37 flavors of soft serve plus all the flavors of the Hershey's. I had what I thought was going to be a small soft serve. It was huge. In fact there was so much ice cream I could... More

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19 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 via mobile

Great service! Great custard! Have eaten here many times. Always friendly and such a wonderful selection.

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