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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
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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: 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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  • 28
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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Soft Serve around

Old fashioned soft serve ice cream. Great taste, fast service at all times, and good value. My year after year favorite. Don't forget to bring cash, they don't accept credit cards!

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Old fashioned soft serve ice cream. Great taste, fast service at all times, and good value. My year after year favorite. Don't forget to bring cash, they don't accept credit cards!

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Jacksonville, FL
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50 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

After seeing Carl's Frozen Custard featured on the food network and PBS, as well as finding it on numerous "Top Ten Best Ice Creams in the US" lists, we made it a point to stop there on our trip north. Carl's had four flavors of frozen custard when we visited - vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and banana. But they use those... More 

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Virginia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Carl's is a local institution in Fredericksburg and has been for many decades. Any warm night you can cruise by Carl's and there will be a line formed waiting to approach the small window and to place and receive their soft serve ice cream order. On especially warm nights, it is "a happening" with crowds of folks coming and going... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Love the taste, flavor and consistency. I never go to Fredericksburg without stopping by if I can 3 flavors, Vanilla Chocolate and Strawberry- all taste great and because the selection is simple the long line moves. I love the small cone option at under $2 so you can try different flavors. My favorite is a chocolate malt, if you are... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Nothing special about it, only its old and they say if you go fredericksburg you have to go to carls for ice cream, the only special thing about it is you alwsys have to wsit in long long line for a very regular ice cream you can get at mcdonalds. If u go, mske sure you have cash, they dont... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Great to see Carl's open up because you know it's Spring time! We arrive to a line around the building and many, many happy families enjoying the best ice cream in the area.

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Spotsylvania, Virginia, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Wonderful ice cream. Only 4 flavors. I love the chocolate. Cash only. Lines are often long, but it moves quickly. Always a summertime favorite.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015 via mobile

Been going to Carls since I was a kid. Still taste pretty good. Kudos to the Staff for being able to get thru those insanely long lines so quickly.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 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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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?