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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 #2 of 37 restaurants in Watkins Glen
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Hermitage, Pennsylvania
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49 reviews 49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We stopped at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor after a terrific hamburger at Maria's Tavern in Watkins Glen recently. As small as Maria's appears on the street, Great Escape marks its territory in a large, very yellow way. We couldn't miss it and we didn't want to miss it! Basing its business on Hershey's Ice Cream, Great Escape offered... More

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Buffalo, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Cute little ice cream parlor with so many choices of Hershey's ice cream, homemade ice cream & gelato. (The chocolate gelato was so dark and delicious!) The staff was really friendly and patient with our four little ones picking flavors.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

So many choices in such a little place. Everything looked great from gelato, home made ice cream and treats and a huge selection of Hershey's flavors! Definitely a nice treat after hiking.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

My mom and took my 18 month old daughter here for her first very own ice cream cone! Great location with picnic tables outside for the "mess". We forgot to get napkins before heading to the outside deck, so my mom went back to get them and the girl behind the counter had a handful waiting! Great service and excellent... More

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Hungry for ice cream? This is the place to go! So many flavors to choose from as well as all kinds of waffle cones. You can't miss it...as it's the bright yellow house on the main drag next to Burger King!

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North East, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

My husband and I have been here a few times now. So far, we've only gotten the hard ice cream, but each time it has been excellent. There are MANY flavors to choose from. I have gotten a different flavor each visit and all have been quite yummy and enjoyable (and different than I've ever found elsewhere). My husband has... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Best ice cream around! Always new selection! Must hit every vacation!! Home town feel!! Great escape keep up the good work, it shows!!

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Hong Kong, China
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150 reviews 150 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
10 helpful votes 10 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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