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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 April 1, 2018 via mobile

People flock to Carl’s it is so popular & loved. It only accepts cash, and the lines go around the block. But I never cared for Carl’s. The only ice cream is soft— comes out of a machine. You decide...

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank bethknows2016
Reviewed March 31, 2018 via mobile

Carl's is the go-to place after dinner (or anytime you need a refreshing treat)! Carl's frozen custard is simple yet delicious. It's so smooth and full of flavor. My personal favorite is a simple chocolate shake, though the pineapple shake is refreshing on a hot...More

Date of visit: February 2018
1  Thank Kyle B
Reviewed March 27, 2018

I wonder how many desserts are sold in downtown Fredericksburg, since many people count on Carl's for their dessert. I know our family rarely orders dessert if we're anywhere near Carl's. I stopped in last weekend with our daughter, or course we couldn't pass it...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Feelin_Irie
Reviewed March 26, 2018 via mobile

Nothing new to be said. I’ve been coming here since 1976. Although the prices have increased, the quality is still outstanding. Try the root bear float. Heaven.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank queenmarylou
Reviewed March 25, 2018

After being in town for a few days, I quickly learned that Carl's is a treasured landmark in Fredericksburg and after you taste their incredible ice cream you will know why.... They create a perfect milk shake, mainly because their ice cream is very smooth...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank michaelmcmillan
Reviewed March 21, 2018 via mobile

Our grandchildren love Carl’s and on this trip they each had a child’s size cherry smash. Not only was each one pretty, the kids devoured each. When they stop talking and concentrate on the ice cream we knew Carl’s was their favorite. We’ve had Carl’s...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Jackfred
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

There is always a line every time i go, but it moves very fast. The ice cream is so delicious, it’s with the wait!

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank V8392KTtinas
Reviewed March 4, 2018

Ice cream was just OK... taste was bland & totally overpriced!! NO FLAVOR in comparison to REAL CUSTARD from Wisconsin. You're better off with Haagen Dazs.. & it's cheaper!!

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank gloriamachelj
Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

Carl’s is a Fredericksburg institution that remains a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. Be warned they only take cash. The line is usually pretty long but it moves very quickly. I almost always get the chocolate malt. It is great.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Darren F
Reviewed March 3, 2018 via mobile

I would recommend this establishment. Service was great. family Atmosphere Banana split is great. a lot of parking

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank T5780TGpaulh
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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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