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2200 Princess Anne Street, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
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11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
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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  • 186
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Worth the wait!!!

The VERY popular and nostalgic Carl's has been serving Fredericksburg families for many years. They serve delicious soft serve custard cones, shakes and sundaes. It is closed during the winter months, and locals search the newspaper in anticipation to find the opening day announcement. Don't let... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Fredericksburg, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The VERY popular and nostalgic Carl's has been serving Fredericksburg families for many years. They serve delicious soft serve custard cones, shakes and sundaes. It is closed during the winter months, and locals search the newspaper in anticipation to find the opening day announcement. Don't let the long lines scare you, they move fast.

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Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Most of the "locals" love Carl's as it has been here forever so it is a landmark as well as a tradition. Carl's serves what is called custard, not ice cream, if that matters. Also, they only accept cash and only serve chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. In addition, this is outside and there is no seating. If you are downtown... More 

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Yorktown, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Very creamy fresh tasting milk shakes and soft serve ice cream. Made fresh and not from the Sysco corporation. Long lines move quickly due to the limited menu items and speed of the staff.

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Stafford, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

It's more than just good ice cream, it's a gathering place for all the locals, Families have been coming for years, bringing their kids then their grandkids. hanging out on the patio talking with the other customers is all part of the nostalgic charm. Lines move fast, but you better have cash! no credit or debit cards.

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Mechanicsville, Maryland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The line was long, but moves fast. Best custard and root beer slussy I've had in a long time. They also pack the ice cream to go for traveling.

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Visalia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

While traveling through Virginia on the National Day of Ice Cream we found this place that had been around for years and notes for having a long line. Well....yes, there was a long line in front and you could tell it had been there for a minute. It's really hard to ruin ice cream but I'd say say they came... More 

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Reston, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Always great ice cream and always fun to go!! The line goes fast - so don't be discouraged by that. Perfect ending to a dinner out!!

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015 via mobile

Carl's always delivers with the best ice cream and shakes! It is consist every time. Don't mind waiting in lines for this it is that good!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Classic ice cream that just can't compare to anything else! Nothing that's crazy and overboard. Definitely have to have the pineapple shake, so delishhhh

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Carl's is good but it does not deserve the hype it gets. The ice cream is good, (but it's not amazing) and it's a bit expensive, plus they are always busy. (Personally, I'd rather go to Snack Shack where the ice cream is just as good, but the prices are better and scenery is nicer.)

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Additional Information about Carl's

Address: 2200 Princess Anne Street, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fredericksburg
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
Average Prices: USD 2 - 7

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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

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