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The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

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Menu

HERSHEY'S​
Birthday Cake
Bubblegum
Butter Pecan
N\S Butter Pecan
Cappuccion Crunch
Caramel Caribou
Cherry Jubille
Chocolate
Choc. Cherry Cordiel
Choc. Chip Cookie Dough
GELATO​
FUDGE​
SOFT SERVE, VEGAN, CUSTARD​
Amaretto
Apricot
Banana
Blackberry
Black Cherry
Black Raspberry
Blueberry
Butter Pecan
Caramel
Cheesecake
About
We are a family owned and operated business since 1982, We are Open now for our 38th family owned and operated season! We have Homemade Hard Ice Cream, Homemade Vegan & Sorbet. Also, don't forget to take Home a custom made Ice Cream Cake, made within 24 hour notice, and made right here on the premises. Please give us a call or email for any orders or inquiries about our products and catering services. Homemade baked Goods available! Please call aheaad to order, check out our Facebook Listing for our flavors available that day! Everything is pre-packaged, Pints, 6 pack sandwiches, ice cream cakes, novelties. All curbside service at this point in time, and limited menu items. We will bring the
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $15
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
FEATURES
Highchairs Available, Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
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Reviewed April 7, 2020

Stopped by while vacationing in the area with my family. Ice cream was great. I personally thought their homemade coffee ice cream was the best coffee-tasting ice cream I've ever had! The staff was friendly and my little kids enjoyed checking out decor and games...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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695PeterH, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2020

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you come see us again.

Reviewed November 23, 2019

Excellent ice cream and they even have vegan varieties. They can supply ice cream cakes and much more. Best one in town.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed October 6, 2019

Not fancy, just good ice cream. A dozen flavors of ice cream and a dozen flavors of homemade ice cream made by the owner, who was also my server the day I went. Will definitely go back regularly.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 28, 2019

I contacted the owner inquiring about vegan ice cream options (soy and coconut based available) and if she could employ safe handling procedures for my daughter who has multiple severe food allergies (dairy, eggs, peanut, mustard) and... she blew me away with how accommodating, compassionate...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We work very hard to try to help our customers with special dietary needs and each time we do it we learn something new. We hope you come back soon🍦🍦🍦

Reviewed September 23, 2019 via mobile

Best homemade ice cream we've ever had! Eileen was warm and welcoming and visited with us. What a delightful place!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2019

Thanks for stopping at the Great Escape and taking the time to write a review. I too have found Eileen to be warm and welcoming so much so that we have been married for 49 years. Hope you come back soon👍🍦🍦🍦 Ps also love her...More

Reviewed September 17, 2019 via mobile

So many great options! Has been a favorite spot since I was a kid and remember seeing the owner all the time! I will continue to keep going and taking friends and family! Best spot in Watkins Glen to get Ice Cream or gelato!

Date of visit: September 2019
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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2019

Thanks for coming to the store and the kind words👍Next March when we open will be our 38th year. No wonder I scoop slower🤣 See you soon🍦🍦

Reviewed September 11, 2019

Very nice little shop stopped here on a bus tour. Good service and great price I got 2 punets of ice cream for $7.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2019

Glad you were able to stop in while in Watkins Glen. We love bus tour groups. Hope you come back soon🍦

Reviewed August 31, 2019

We were amazed at the great ice cream at this place. The bountiful flavor offerings is truly amazing.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 24, 2019

Every time we come to Watkins, this is a must stop place. Wonderful ice cream, friendly service, nice atmosphere.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Peter H, Manager at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded August 25, 2019

Thank you so much for visiting our store and likening our ice cream. It is so much fun coming up with new flavors of ice cream and having our customers enjoy them. Hope you come back soon. 🍦👍🍦🍦🍦

Reviewed August 7, 2019

Great variety of ice cream and other yummy (homemade!) treats all at extremely reasonable prices. The homemade ice cream and gelato options are all delicious, you can’t go wrong with any of the flavors! Super friendly staff and just an overall great family-oriented, small business...More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2019

So glad you came to Watkins Glen, and enjoyed a visit to the Great Escape. Hope you come back soon👍🍦🍦🍦

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