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The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

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Italian, Dessert, Ice Cream, Vegan
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221 South Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891
(607) 535-7354
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12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious ice cream parlor

We stop there on our way through Watkins Glen whenever we can. Very good ice cream & gelato. I like the sampler so I can get a mixture or gelato & regular ice cream.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 13, 2015
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We stop there on our way through Watkins Glen whenever we can. Very good ice cream & gelato. I like the sampler so I can get a mixture or gelato & regular ice cream.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

We got there and we had so many questions about vegan options. The owner's daughter was really nice and patient with us. It was a delicious ice cream experience and we also got some vegan cookies, and then the owner came out and we had a great conversation. Thank you so much! 😋🍦🍨🍧🍪

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Akron, Ohio
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43 reviews 43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Great place for ice cream, great flavours, great variety and selection, the servers were gracious, very friendly as well as helpful.....Ice cream was delicious, waffle cone with chocolate coating was delicious. Thanks for the great service

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

Thank you for your kind words and come back soon! More 

Middletown, Virginia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

The vegan chocolate vanilla twist was my favorite. But they have 28 vegan Flavors! I've never seen so many. Very nice place with friendly staff.

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

Thank you! Our next thing is vegan using almond and coconut for those who want something other than soy! More 

Somerville, NJ
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60 reviews 60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We have been coming here for years. It's still great!! Thank you for a wonderful experience. We look forward to each visit.

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

Thank you for coming back and giving us a review! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 via mobile

Such a treat to have these many options at an ice cream shop! Vegan cookies and treats (delicious!), and 24 options of vegan soft serve! Yes, 24. It took me 5 minutes to order. Will definitely be back! :-)

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

We are working hard to offer many vegan choice as there are also many people who cannot eat dairy and this serves them also. Thanks for your review! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

When I go back to NY to visit family in Naples and friends in Dundee area - I always look forward to visiting this ice cream parlor, as it has the BEST ice cream ever! There's such a great variety of Hershey flavors, vegan choices, and Eileen's creative homemade blends. I always choose a couple flavors. It's a good place... More 

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

Thank you for including the Great a Escape in your travel plans .. Try our baked goods the next time you stop! More 

Houston, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit. Try us again in 2015! More 

Keswick, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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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: Italian, Dessert, Ice Cream, Vegan

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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, Dessert, Ice Cream, 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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