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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 37 Restaurants in Watkins Glen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Dessert, Italian, Vegan, Ice Cream
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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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Houston, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Excellent homemade and Hershey's brand ice cream. Grape pies. Friendly service (Closes for the winter)

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

After the hike thru the Gorge you deserve a treat! Thanks for stopping! More 

Stowe, PA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We stopped here late one night after dinner, we walked about 4 blocks to get some ice cream. Upon arrival discovered they were closed, it was a few minutes after 9pm. But they were so accomodating that they opened just for us! Ice cream was great! And a big THANK YOU to the nice lady who opened the register just... More 

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Keswick, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Had that sweet tooth thing happening after The Gorge hike in Watkins Glen State Park. Stopped in with hubby and had a difficult time choosing because of all the wonderful choices of flavour. I let hubby pick first.....Vanilla Moosetracks.....he got large. It was MASSIVE! I was happy to pick next.....Mint Chocolate Moosetracks.....Extra Small and it was still more then enough!... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

I was so excited to try some vegan ice cream from their wide selection. But when I went they had just one flavor- which was "too crumby" for a cone. What a massive let done. Fellow vegans, just hit up the supermarket instead.

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

I read your review and am sorry we did not have more choices but our vegan soft serve machine broke down and I am waiting for parts! We have purchase a new machine that will allow us to make vegan ice cream to order made with soy, almond, or coconut with whatever you want in it. We will have it... More 

Hilo, Hawaii
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Very nice father and daughter team scooping up delicious treats! Great location and selection of ice cream! Prices were completely reasonable and the service was excellent! We will return next year to try more flavors!

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California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

There are so many flavor choices, you will want to go back and back again. The quality is outstanding. I would write more, but I am drooling just thinking about the place.

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Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We were there on Sunday 9/14 and the one girl working there (I think her name might have been Alisha) was extremely rude. There are too many good ice cream shops in the little town of Watkins Glenn for anyone to have to put up with such a bad attitude.

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

I am so sorry that our service was not up to the standard that we aspire to! Eileen and I have worked hard for 32 years to have great customer service and I hope when in Watkins Glen again you will give us another chance! More 

Spencerport, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

If your an ice cream lover, and are wanting real custard this is the place to go. NO ice milk here. Homemade custard the way it used to be, and the serving sizes are correct, a large is truly a large. Worth the trip if your in the area. They also have a great selection of hard ice cream, along... More 

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

Glad you enjoyed the store! 2015 will see a new machine that will make custard, yogurt, and vegan and you pick what you want in it! More 

Lancaster, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Children loved the many different flavors and waffle cone varieties. Location near Watkins Glen lower entrance.

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Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The owner makes the waffle cones on site. She has a good variety of flavor, although my favorites, chocolate almond or rocky road were not on the list of options. I made due with chocolate on a waffle cone. The cone was as good as it smelled. My husband had the pretzel cone. I did not like it. It does... More 

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Additional Information about The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

Address: 221 South Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
Phone Number: (607) 535-7354
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Watkins Glen
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
Cuisine: Dessert, Italian, Vegan, Ice Cream

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