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The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

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221 S Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1508
16075357354
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Spring Grove, Pa
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97 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We stopped here for dessert one night after reading all the great reviews. We weren't disappointed. Great selection and very tasty ice cream.

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Thank city2country
Tampa, Florida
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

If you have a craving for ice cream this is the spot. Over 30 choices with one, two or three scoops in a variety of cone offerings. Chunks of goodies are buried in each scoop from chocolate to peanut butter chunks. Right in the main drag in town.

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Thank Eli W
West Orange, New Jersey, United States
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had read several favorable reviews of this place, and were excited to try it. We were not disappointed--the service was fast and super-friendly. The ice cream was very good, and it was a real treat for my gluten-free husband to be able to enjoy his in a cone. He had the dairy version while I combined two of their... More 

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

HI thank you so much for stopping in and writing a review. We have been to Italy twice to perfect our sorbet and gelato and it is so much fun to try different things to make. I am glad your husband enjoyed the gluten free cones. Come back again soon and thanks again! Peter More 

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5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Endless choices. Gelato, home made and Hershey's ice cream. 27 flavors of soft serve. Nice servers. Clogging your arteries had never been so much fun!

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

HI, Thanks for the review. As you can see we have different levels of artery cloggers depending on your mood. My motto is if we don't have it you shouldn't. I hope you can return soon and enjoy some of our fall flavors. Thanks again! Peter More 

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In general, it's an ice cream shop and you can't really go wrong with ice cream. But they do offer some unique items and the place itself had character. The ceiling is covered in old records and they have a old jukebox that works. My kids also enjoyed playing the old arcade games.

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Thank singlejess1
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for visiting the store and writing a review. The old records on the ceiling are those that don't play in the juke box due to scratches or warp. The juke box was built in 1947 and still works well. Thanks again and hope you come back soon. Peter More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious and friendly! Generous portions and tons of flavors. We came on a race weekend by accident and still got ice cream for the family with in 10 minutes.

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

HI, Thanks so much for stopping and taking the time to write a review. We have had the store for 34 years and several race fans said they make the Great Escape their must stop while in Watkins Glen. I love NASCAR! Thanks again Peter More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had the Soy ice cream. Wife had salted caramel ice cream. Excellent. Everyone including the owner gave super service and very friendly. Highly recommend

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

HI Thanks for writing a review. Salted caramel is a favorite of mine. We now make a hard and soft soy and hope in the future to make almond . Thanks again! Peter More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for a ice cream treat. Was not disappointed! Great ice cream !! Enjoyed the atmosphere. This is the place to be for ice cream when in Watkins Glen.

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Thank lmkmom1
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping and writing a review. We are completing our 34 th year and we continue to enjoy serving ice cream and meeting new people. Hope you come back soon! Peter More 

Hiram, Ohio
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Several flavors of icecream and gelato even a vegan choice. Very busy but quick service. We had the 4 scoop sampler in a small container with 4 separate compartments so they didn't melt together.

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Thank markath753
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you so much for writing a review. The sampler is a very popular choice and it is fun to watch people pick their samples. Thanks again and come back soon! Peter H More 

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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Skip the "Jerry and Ben's" place down the road and step back in time when you had home made ice cream! We stopped by after our day at the glen and had some of the home made verities. We also had a conversation with the owner about some of the antiques on the walls. Great place!

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

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. I think we should make a ice cream for those people who brave the glen on 95 degree days. Thanks again and come back soon. Peter More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 S Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1508
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Watkins Glen
  • Phone Number: 16075357354
Description
Family owned ice cream parlor in Watkins Glen NY for 34 years. Come enjoy dozens of flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream, Homemade Gelato, Sorbet, Vegan soft serve and hard homemade vegan ice cream, Soft Custard & a ever changing rotation of Homemade Hard Ice Cream, mostly made through suggestion. Also serving dessert specialties, ice cream cakes, homemade novelties and our famous homemade waffle cones made fresh daily. Perfect for the family and please bring the kids. Outdoor seating and convenient parking lot next to Burger King in downtown Watkins Glen. So Much More Than an Ice Cream Store!

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