We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Details

PRICE RANGE
$2 - $7
CUISINES
American
Meals
Late Night
View all details
features, about
Reviews (817)
Filter reviews
816 results
Traveler rating
520
146
97
41
12
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
Traveler rating
520
146
97
41
12
Show reviews that mention
All reviews frozen custard sundae soft serve ice cream scones maple nut pineapple shake long line bring cash hot fudge small bills small cone local landmark worth the wait simple menu an institution root beer local favorite
Selected filters
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed March 30, 2020

Been going to Carl's since our arrival in the area in 1978 and will continue until I can't no more ..... best chocolate malts in town and my wife thinks they have a best wet maple nuts sundaes in town .. an annual even (even...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Helpful?
Reviewed March 8, 2020 via mobile

Always a tasty treat. Just bring cash. Love the malts! All the ice cream is good, lines get long on weekends at night but it goes fast.

Date of visit: March 2020
Helpful?
Reviewed February 29, 2020 via mobile

I know this place is always crowd, but for the life of me I don't know why. There's no place to sit, the only serve custard ( which frankly not impressed with) not many choices. But there's always a long line.

Date of visit: February 2020
Helpful?
Reviewed February 27, 2020 via mobile

Holy cow.... this is a terrific place. The first time here I had a hot fudge Sunday. I finished it less than 2 min and wanted another one. I just had the pineapple shake, and I lived it!!

Date of visit: February 2020
Helpful?1  
Reviewed January 7, 2020 via mobile

I love this place. It's a small place thats been around for a long time,I even worked here when i was a kid. There are no seats, You order your ice cream and eat it outside or take it with you. They only have 3...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Helpful?
Reviewed December 7, 2019 via mobile

great ice cream - walk up then stand around and eat it. fun place. they have cones and sundays. it is a fun walk up ice cream shop.

Date of visit: November 2019
Helpful?
Reviewed November 11, 2019

This is truly super premium ice cream - it's just so smooth and creamy. There is not a lot of variety, but the plain chocolate and plain vanilla are fantastic. The root beer slush is great with the vanilla ice cream. Reasonable prices, but they...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Helpful?1  
Reviewed November 5, 2019

Been in the area for 20 years and I must say the product seems to have gone down hill while prices have increased dramatically. It still has a good vibe to experience but we'll go somewhere else for tasty custard.

Date of visit: September 2019
Helpful?1  
Reviewed November 5, 2019

When my family is in town we always visit Carl's. It's a tradition to stop there now. The ice cream is that good.

Date of visit: February 2019
Helpful?
Reviewed October 13, 2019 via mobile

Took our daughter for ice cream parents’s weekend. Always great and friendly service. I had the maple nut Sunday (I alternate between this and a large cone of strawberry). Chocolate cones for everyone else. Bring cash they don’t take cards or checks.

Date of visit: October 2019
Helpful?
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Hyatt Place Fredericksburg at Mary Washington
711 reviews
.81 miles away
Courtyard by Marriott Fredericksburg Historic District
409 reviews
1.10 miles away
Best Western Fredericksburg
916 reviews
1.88 miles away
Hilton Garden Inn Fredericksburg
913 reviews
1.95 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Mason-Dixon Cafe
533 reviews
.03 miles away
Eileen's Bakery & Cafe
173 reviews
.74 miles away
2400 Diner
120 reviews
.10 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont
166 reviews
.78 miles away
The Rising Sun Tavern
243 reviews
.62 miles away
Kenmore Plantation and Gardens
211 reviews
.68 miles away
Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop
213 reviews
.80 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Carl's staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing