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The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 09/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 09/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
About
We are a family owned and operated business since 1982!! We are now Open for 40th Ice Cream Season and Anniversary! We have Homemade Hard Ice Cream, Homemade Vegan, Gelato & Sorbet. Walk up Window Service , with indoor seating! Please give us a call or email for any orders or inquiries about our products and catering services. Please call ahead to order, check out our Facebook Listing for our flavors available that day! Pick you favorite ice creams and we will Hand pack them into Pints and Quarts, 6 pack sandwiches, ice cream cakes, novelties, and homemade ice creams. Payment options Venmo @jack-hons, Square pay (accepting all major Credit & Debit Cards), and Cash.
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $15
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
CUISINES
American
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 September 30, 2021

Loved the ice cream so much, had to stop TWICE in 3 days! Met the owner and her daughter - both quite friendly and full of personality. Even tho it's 'off season' they had a large selection of ice cream flavors and many other treats....There is only walk up service due to COVID. No problem - doesn't change the ice cream from being YUMMY!!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 22, 2021 via mobile

I didn’t get any names but the lady who helped us was so helpful and friendly with our food allergies. We were so excited to get to have dairy free AND gluten free ice cream CONES!!!! We just happened upon The Great Escape as we...were traveling. Yum!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed June 22, 2021

Just a nice place to get a cone or sundae. Nice folks who work there too. Prices were reasonable and servings large.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 19, 2021 via mobile

We visit every year after we hike the Glen and it is always consistently delicious! You have to try their homemade gelato and sorbet selection, which varies. This visit, I had Raspberry Sorbet in a chocolate dipped waffle cone. It was probably the best sorbet...I’ve ever had!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Jac h, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2021

Thank you so much for leaving us feedback! My parents went to Italy twice to learn how to make Gelato's and Sorbet's. So glad that the Flavor was a a hit! Thank you for the return visit and we hope to see you again !

Reviewed June 14, 2021 via mobile

I had a strawberry milkshake, and it was the first time in a long time that the flavor was really into the milkshake, not milky. My wife had a cup of ice cream and she said it was one of the most delicious ones she's...ever had.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 11, 2021

Great Escape ice cream was so refreshing after a hike/climb through the Falls. I had the Cantaloupe gelato :>) . The rest of the group really enjoyed traditional ice cream on the porch of the building next door which is owned by Great Escape. The...prices and quantity are very reasonable. Also, the staff is very helpful. Feel free to ask for samples.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Jac h, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded June 13, 2021

Thank you guys for leaving us a review and for giving such great feedback! We are glad that you enjoyed your treats and your visit to the State Park! We hope to see you again!!! Thank you

Reviewed June 8, 2021 via mobile

After a long hike up the 832 steps of Watkins Glen State Park this ice cream parlor was our bargaining chip to get our boys down the same distance. It is a “great escape”! We had the strawberry shake, caramel shake, chocolate moose track ice...cream and an incredibly delicious limoncello sorbet (do not share with spouse - make them get their own 🤣). We had to drive back and the staff offered a carrier. The staff waited patiently for my little guy to decide. The actual store is closed for walking in so you order from the outside window. It was a beautiful day to eat outside.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Jac h, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded June 9, 2021

Thank you guys for leaving us a review! And we so love those that get to enjoy the long hike and get a reward at the end that made it worth it! Thank you for stopping by and we are so glad you enjoyed your...More

Reviewed June 8, 2021

Mainly Hershey's ice cream flavors - but well located for a quick bite after hiking Watkins Glen. Serving sizes are average.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 8, 2021 via mobile

Where to start? The staff was super helpful and friendly. The line and menu was organized. The ice creams were all delicious and the sample spoon was a tiny shovel. So cute. The price wasn't bad, what we expected to pay from our local place....We were all very happy.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Jac h, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded May 19, 2021

Thank you Tayandlaura! We appreciate the feedback and we are happy to hear your enjoyed your visit with us! We hope to see you again very soon and thank you for the Support! Sincerely, Jackie

Reviewed January 1, 2021

Had a hard time picking a flavor with all the choices. No inside service due to Covid, so we used the pick-up window. Hard and soft ice cream served here. I did the soft while my wife tried the hard. Very good ice cream.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed November 4, 2020

As we were driving by my daughter saw the vegan ice cream sign and we had to stop by and try it. We ordered a grape pie slice and it was actually very interesting tasting. The texture was almost like grape jam and wasn't to...overly sweetened. A good place to stop by if you want to try something different.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 12, 2020

We heard about the grape pie and were told that this is the place to try it by the slice.... Well worth the experience, warm with ice cream would be awesome...

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 11, 2020 via mobile

Great ice cream, great staff. Efficient despite the covid. We have visited at least 10 times this summer-always good and huge scoops. Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffle is tops!

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 10, 2020 via mobile

With all the creameries in the area, I can’t believe locals recommended this place Ice cream was a waxy not creamy consistency and the flavors were not vibrant Take a hard pass

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 6, 2020 via mobile

GLUTEN FREE CAKE AND SUGAR CONES!!! 😋 stopped by on a whim and was going to get a dish of Hershey’s Teaberry, but I changed my order when I saw GF cones.

Date of visit: October 2020
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JackH639, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2020

Thank you for stopping by!! It was nice to meet you and we are Happy that we could accommodate your gluten free needs!! It was also neat to see your excitement when you saw we had the cones ! Hope to see you again soon

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Yes, The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor offers takeout services.

Yes, The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4