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The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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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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$5 - $15
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Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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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

Reviewed September 27, 2020

I drove to Watkins Glen specifically based on the positive reviews of "The Great Escape." My ice cream was okay, nothing spectacular at all. I was incredibly disappointed with the two Grape Pies I purchased. The pie crust was stale and tasteless. The pie filling...tasted like grape jam, much too sweet for my taste. I rely on truthful reviews for my travels and visits. I cannot recommend "The Great Escape," skip it and visit another ice cream shop instead. Please do not buy the Grape Pie.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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JackH639, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded September 30, 2020

Thank you so much for taking the time to post a review. We are so sorry that you did not enjoy our grape pie. We get our grapes through a local coop and with this seasons grapes with our drought this summer, the grapes have...More

Reviewed September 24, 2020

We were driving through Watkins Glen and saw this place and decided to stop for a milkshake! It was delicious! I had the very berry and he had a chocolate shake

Date of visit: September 2020
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JackH639, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2020

So glad you stopped for a milkshake and enjoyed it. We hope you come back soon

Reviewed September 17, 2020

So much is marketed as "homemade" these days, but at The Great Escape, this isn't just a clever marketing ploy, it's real life! Jackie makes amazing homemade ice cream, gelato, ice cream novelties, cakes, and baked goods. Her grape (and other fruit) pies are stellar....Custom ice cream cakes, handmade novelties, all in a unique, vintage-vibe setting makes this is a must-visit when in Watkins Glen. Oh, and it's just a couple blocks from beautiful Watkins Glen State Park - what's not to love?!More

Date of visit: September 2020
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695PeterH, Front Office Manager at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2020

Thank you so much for coming to the Great Escape. We continue to try different flavors and use as much local fruits and wines. Thanks again for stopping in. Come back soon.

Reviewed September 14, 2020

One of two really great ice cream parlors in Watkins Glen that aren't Ben and Jerry's. Ben and Jerry's is great, but since you are in town you should try the independently owned places, they take good care of you and have a great selection....Definitely try this place.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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