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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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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, 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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  • 195
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  • 68
    Very good
  • 36
    Average
  • 17
    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
Just can't do without this fine frozen custard and milk shake shop

This establishment has been in the area for many years, family owned down thru the generations and passed on to the next. I am not sure if it is still in the family or not but the site is still going strong. My son worked there when he was in high school part time in the summer. He always came... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Louise O
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This establishment has been in the area for many years, family owned down thru the generations and passed on to the next. I am not sure if it is still in the family or not but the site is still going strong. My son worked there when he was in high school part time in the summer. He always came... More 

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Stafford, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Carls is a Fredericksburg staple. They have a wonderfully large cone, a thick and creamy malt, and an old fashioned feel. This is a great place to stop by while walking the historic district.

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Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
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53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

My son attends University of Mary Washington and has wanted us to try Carl's as it's apparently a university tradition. We finally did, and he was right! It's a old walk-up place listed in the National Register of Historic Places. They only take cash, but the prices are reasonable so it's not a problem. I ordered a strawberry soft-serve cone.... More 

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Stafford
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Best ice cream ever! This place is a staple in Fredericksburg and a very tourist friendly place. You'll need cash, not credit because that's all they take, but the people you will meet sitting around the little stand are always so interesting. Everyone has a reason for coming back to Carl's. This place creates a wonderful childhood memory.

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Summit, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Yes, there was a line and everyone seemed to be enjoying their ice cream but it was less than stellar. Neither the chocolate nor the vanilla had any taste. It was too soft in consistency and would drip away if not eaten quickly. Not enough seating either so people had to stand and slurp it down. The good thing was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

My friend brought me here because it is very popular an I love ice cream... Now I ordered chocolate custard and I wish it had more of a stronger chocolate flavor. The strawberry on the other hand, it was great... I am a chocolate lover so I was a little disappointed.

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Herndon, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Whenever I need to stop near Fredericksburg while driving on 95, I will stop at Carl's. It has great no nonsense soft serve ice cream. Follow the line!

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Carl's is a local landmark, and many people travel here just to visit this old ice cream place. It is very good soft serve ice cream, and I would consider it the best in the area. They have very basic flavors, and a few options to choose from which make it simple. The only downsides I have are not related... More 

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Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey
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78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

I felt like I stepped back in time, seeing the workers with there little ice cream hats on. I know the choices are few; but they were flavorful beyond words. I am an Ice Cream lover (or custard) and I can't think of a better tasting Vanilla treat then here ; a must in Fredericksburg.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is a MUST stop place in Fredericksburg! The frozen custard is delicious! There's usually a long line, but it moves fast!

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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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?