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2200 Princess Anne St, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3330
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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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Carl's is a Fredericksburg staple! Everyone in the burg loves to visit! The service is quick! The ice cream is better!! No matter what you order, you will love it!! If the line is around the building, it is well worth the wait!! Love it!!

Thank Susan G
Springfield VA
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I frequented Carl's when I lived in Fredericksburg, and still swing by every time I'm in town. Someone said things have changed, but they haven't, not in many many years. Rich creamy ice cream (custard) that's hard to find in these days of mass production. Don't leave town without trying it (unless it's winter, then you are out of luck).

Thank Linda W
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It had been close to 25 years since I'd been back to Carls so my husband and I buzzed in as the line was short. Things have changed and now it's just scoops of ice cream on your cone choice. The ice cream was okay - nothing that would help with the understanding as to why the line is always... More 

Thank Donna B
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

No trip to historic Fredericksburg can be complete without a visit to Carl's! Grab the kids young or old and go.

Thank prototypo
Raleigh, North Carolina
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30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Go out of your way to stop at this frozen custard stand. Sure the building is a step back in time, but the frozen custard is worth every creamy delicious calorie. Can't wait for a return trip.

Thank AAR47
South Portland, Maine
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Carl's is a refreshing simple frozen custard stand! The hot fudge Sunday on homemade custard is delicious! The fudge is nice and perfectly hot. Basic choices make this the perfect ice cream stop and the line goes quickly. You must stop next time your close to Fredricksburg on 95!

Thank xstchlady
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has been around since the 1940's. There's a reason! The lines move quickly, so don't be discouraged when you pull up. Bring cash, cuz no cards are accepted.

Thank JohnBravo823
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A must stop on a sunny afternoon in Fredericksburg is Carl's Ice cream; a great place after a paddle down the Rappahannock, a bike ride on the Heritage Trail, or an afternoon at Old Mill Park. This soft ice cream is claimed to be one of the best. They offer frozen custard, shakes, and and sundaes. You can't beat the... More 

Thank Ron M
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Carl's is an establishment in Fredericksburg; serving ice cream (frozen custard) for 3 generations from the same family. This is a must-do if you go to Fredericksburg!

Thank Hallamander
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very popular in town, this they have been in business for a long time. Out of all of the ice cream shops they are definitely the busiest. All of my visits have always been average. Pineapple shake is nothing special, doesn't have much flavor. Ice cream Sunday is one tiny scoop filling up half a small styrofoam cup, whipped cream... More 

Thank Rachel R

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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, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Cash Only
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 St, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401-3330
  • 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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