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Carl's

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Dessert, Ice Cream, Family Fare
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2200 Princess Anne Street, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Today
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dessert
Description: Open from Friday before Presidents Day through Sunday before Thanksgiving...
Open from Friday before Presidents Day through Sunday before Thanksgiving. 3 flavors, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry made fresh every day. Historical landmark with huge neon cone on top. Walk up window with outdoor patio. Cash only.
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Good for:
Families with children

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    Very good
  • 26
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  • 15
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  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Soft Serve!

This place has been here forever! Great soft serve ice cream. Summer time there's always a line around the building, so come early in the year or early in the day.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Motosierra
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

This place has been here forever! Great soft serve ice cream. Summer time there's always a line around the building, so come early in the year or early in the day.

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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218 reviews 218 reviews
180 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

i love ice cream. I am partial to Trickling Springs but for soft serve, Carls is really fantastic. Very high quality frozen custard. When busy, can be difficult to park but the long lines move pretty quickly.

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Powhatan, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

If you don't know Carl's, you don't know Fredericksburg. It is a staple for great soft serve and shakes. Be sure to visit when your in the area

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Virginia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This place reminds me of some of the cool old ice cream joints that I use to cruise to when I was a teenager. The ice cream is very good and the staff is great. Lines get a little long in the summer but that should tell you something. Yes it is worth waiting for.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Our family young and old love going to Carl's. Especially those of us who remember what old fashioned ice cream tasted like! Go, you won't be dispappointed - well, except for the long lines that is :)

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Manassas va
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213 reviews 213 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Great shakes..Goo ice cream cones. Line can be long but it moves pretty quick because staff works quickly.

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Washington, DC
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Carl's is as tribute to the magic of simplicity. Them icecream and shakes are amazing. It's no frills deliciousness is worth the wait in the often long, and discouraging line; it moves very swiftly. It's worth the few minutes to detour from I95 and treat yourself and your family this summer (or anytime). It is not open a year-long ,... More 

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

For those of us who remember what old fashioned ice cream shops, this is the place to be on a hot day!

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I have lived in the area for 40+ years and Carl's has been here much longer. The soft serve ice cream is made on site & has not changed much over the years. The best I have had anywhere! The lines can get long, but I think it is worth the wait. They are closed for part of the winter... More 

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Carl's is a Fredericksburg local tradition. The ice cream is about average. Our family has had better, but we have gone there when there was no line. I wouldn't go out of my way for it or wait in the long lines.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2200 Princess Anne Street, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fredericksburg

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 - 7
  • Cuisine: Dessert, Ice Cream, Family Fare

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Open from Friday before Presidents Day through Sunday before Thanksgiving. 3 flavors, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry made fresh every day. Historical landmark with huge neon cone on top. Walk up window with outdoor patio. Cash only.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm

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