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2200 Princess Anne Street, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

No trip to Fredericksburg should ever be without a visit to Carl's ice cream! I've been eating here for years I don't live in Virginia anymore but every time I come back I go to Carl's

Thank John L
Burke, Virginia
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Popular place for soft serve. It was very good. If I did a blind taste test with a McDonald's cone would I be able to tell the difference...probably not. But for the experience of eating soft serve at a place that has been in business for many years..worth the trip. The lines are long, but the servers get you through... More 

Thank Marcie81
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The best ice cream anywhere. There's really nothing else like it. If you're in Fredericksburg, take the time to go to Carl's. Service is fast & friendly -- although the lines sometimes get long, but move quickly.

Thank Joyce S
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Carl's is a Fredericksburg tradition that shouldn't be missed. We have taken our children and now their children here for years. Be prepared to no longer be happy with any other ice cream once you've tried Carl's.

Thank Steve7287
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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91 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They gather like ants on my hummingbird feeder; why? I don't know; as Borat says: "not so much." The urban legend in this little town halfway between Washington, D. C. and Richmond, the Capital of the Confederacy is the site of some of the greatest victories of the South during Mr. Lincoln's War, but now it is filled with yankee... More 

Thank LtRogerWilco
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very famous spot in Fredericksburg and it has even received national attention for its great ice cream. The only disadvantage to Carl's is that they close down for a few months in the Winter, so you can't get any of their great ice cream then!

Thank r0bape
Washington, DC
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74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Frozen custard like the old days. Delicious. They have chocolate, vanilla and strawberry cones, dishes, sundaes, shakes. Don't let the line keep you away. It goes fast.

Thank DCgogirl
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

With a limited selection of flavors the frozen treats still cause block long waits. Smooth and creamy, vanilla and chocolate are standard. Then there are periodic others. Strawberry was available on my last visit. You can get the frozen treats served in a cup, sugar cone or waffle cone. Pints and quarts to take home are in high demand as... More 

Thank tiatoo
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is a Fredericksburg legend. If you are in the Fredericksburg area, you owe it to yourself to get a Carl's ice cream. It is a small, old walk-up style ice cream joint that only takes cash. The prices have not changed since I was a kid and neither has their recipe. They have a very simple menu but... More 

Thank Rocio C
North Tustin, California
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63 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While on a road trip through the South (Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia--visiting from Southern California), Carl's was our first stop. Planning our trip for months-on-end, we purposefully made sure we included this stop on our itinerary. Glad we did. Crawling through mid-day traffic on the highway followed by surface streets made our treats a welcome reward. Here's... More 

Thank TravelGal2Anywhere

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$2 - $7
Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Cash Only, Parking Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2200 Princess Anne Street, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fredericksburg
  • Phone Number: 5403724457
Open from Friday before Presidents Day through Sunday before Thanksgiving. 3 flavors, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry made fresh every day. Historical landmark with huge neon cone on top. Walk up window with outdoor patio. Cash only.

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