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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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12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hiram, Ohio
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 

Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing ice cream experience! Lots to choose from & I couldn't even finish all of mine! I ordered 2 scoops of Amaretto Brownie in a dipped waffle bowl. I can't wait to go back.

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Thank DebraCK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

What a cool find! My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary in the Finger Lake region and stumbled upon The Great Escape. We both had the custard, vanilla and raspberry and just loved it. So many decisions to make! I guess we will have to go back!

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

Hi So glad you visited the Finger Lakes and enjoyed our beautiful area and did a wine tour. I hope you come back and enjoy our ice cream again. Remember the fall is beautiful and it is harvest time and we make apple pie ice cream. Thanks again for taking time to write a review. Peter More 

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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you are in Watkins Glen and looking for a sweet treat, this is the place!! Home made ice cream is delicious, it was hard to narrow down our choices. Some vegan and gluten free options available as well. The staff was very friendly too.

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Thank Travelbaseballmom20
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting the Great Escape and taking the time to write a review. Come back soon! Peter More 

Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So many flavors and options. The servings were very large and the price was very affordable. The staff was friendly and the service was quick!

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Thank jen4328
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

HI Jen, Thank you so much for writing a great review. Sometimes we are told we have too many choices but with Ice Cream how can there be too many choices! Thanks for visiting and writing a review. Come back again. Peter More 

Watkins Glen, New York, USA
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unique in its own, if you want Mom and Pop Great service and Decisions Decisions to make this is the place to go ! No one else in town offers the selection The Great Escape does !

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Thank Jack H
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Unlike a previous reviewer who would drive two hours for their ice cream, I wouldn't walk two steps. First, the soft serve custard was absolutely tasteless. Additionally it was anything but creamy! Second, we paid 65 cents for sprinkles that tasted horrible and were sparingly placed on a stale waffle cone (which also cost an additional $1.30). Finally, the service... More 

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

Ouch! Not the kind of review a owner wants but thank you for taking the time to write a review. I am not sure how or what to change however I would be glad to reimburse you for the total spent if you call me at 607-425-8244 or send and e mail to phonsberger@yahoo.com and I will send a full... More 

Trenton, New Jersey
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84 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I willingly drive 2 hours from our summer house just to treat my family to ice cream sundaes here. The options, quality, service, seating - everything is phenomenal and they know how to cater to a diverse range of clientele. I will always come back! MAKE SURE YOU BRING CASH :)

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

Hi Katie, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We have run the business for 34 years and we find our customers are very diverse and lots of fun. Thanks and hope to see you back soon. Peter More 

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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, so much to chose from!!! Generous size cones and cups. So many flavors of home made ice cream and the cones are big so make sure you leave room for this desert!

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

HI Ilia, Thanks for the review. Sometimes I think we have too much to choose from but when people tell me that I always say we are open till the end of October so they can always come back to try their second choice. I hope you 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, Gluten Free
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 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 29 years. Come enjoy dozens of flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream, homemade gelato, Italian ice, vegan ice cream and soft serve. Also serving dessert specialties, ice cream cakes, cupcakes and our famous homemade waffle cones made fresh daily. Perfect for the family and please bring the kids. Outdoor seating and convenient parking lot.

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