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2200 Princess Anne St, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3330
+1 540-372-4457
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  • Excellent65%
  • Very good18%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
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“frozen custard” (99 reviews)
“sundae” (80 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
2200 Princess Anne St, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3330
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This little ice cream stop brings back the "old days" feel of a drive up ice cream shop. The service is friendly and the ice cream is great. The parking can be a bit of a struggle though.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank de C
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

In town for homecoming and made a return to Carl’s. Still as delicious and affordable as ever. Bring cash, no credit cards accepted.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed October 15, 2018

This is not ice cream nor custard, it's something in between. There are few choices - Do you want vanilla or chocolate There are very few toppings No inside seating and the outside seating consist of concrete benches In an area that has a Jimmy...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank HerbLisa
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

Carl’s is a Fredericksburg staple. Delicious custard ice cream and sundaes. If you’re looking for ice cream in the area, here’s your place.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank lpdutil
Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Ice cream cones cake or sugar. Soft serve ice cream vanilla chocolate or strawberry. Shakes and sundaes too. Order at window and eat in the car or find a spot on the curb. Old fashion and local favorite for sure.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Guide809440
Reviewed September 24, 2018

Carl's is a cash-only establishment that offers frozen custard in three flavors - chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Given that my family has a variety of taste buds, we got the three flavors and shared them so that everyone could sample. Not gonna lie, it is...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Jessica L
Reviewed September 16, 2018

Every time I visit family in Virginia, I make a point of swinging by Carl's frozen custard stand. Only three flavors (chocolate, vanilla, strawberry), but the consistency is unlike any other "ice cream" I've had. There's usually a line, but it moves fast. Oh, and...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 567travelrn
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

It was a misty Friday night and we’d been cooped up (thanks, Hurricane Florence!) for most of two days. So we ventured out for some frozen custard, as my husband had never experienced Carl’s. Many others had the same idea as, between those standing in...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank LynneandWoody
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

Carl’s has the best soft serve ice cream in town made by an old fashioned ice cream machine. It is the oldest working one in the nation. A must try. Cash only.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Stephanie A
Reviewed September 6, 2018

Maybe not the best ice cream ever, but probably the best ice cream experience ever. Chose from 3 flavors, and move along.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank OJ1961
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$2 - $7
Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, 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 St, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3330
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fredericksburg
  • Phone Number: +1 540-372-4457
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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