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“So many yummy choices”

The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor
Ranked #1 of 5 Dessert in Watkins Glen
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: Italian
Description: Family owned ice cream parlor in Watkins Glen NY for 35 years. Come enjoy dozens of flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream, Homemade Gelato, Sorbet, Vegan hard homemade ice cream (coconut & soy milk based), Soft Custard & a ever changing rotation of Homemade Hard Ice Creams, mostly made through suggestion. Gluten Free CONES!!! Also serving dessert specialties, ice cream cakes, homemade novelties and our famous homemade waffle cones made fresh daily. Perfect for the family and please bring the kids. Outdoor seating and convenient parking lot next to Burger King in downtown Watkins Glen. In Season Homemade Fresh Grape & Pumpkin Pies!! So Much More Than an Ice Cream Store! Open 7 Days a Week, Just a 1/2 block away from Watkins Glen State Park Main Entrance! We are now closed for the Season, See you Spring of 2018
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Description: Family owned ice cream parlor in Watkins Glen NY for 35 years. Come enjoy dozens of flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream, Homemade Gelato, Sorbet, Vegan hard homemade ice cream (coconut & soy milk based), Soft Custard & a ever changing rotation of Homemade Hard Ice Creams, mostly made through suggestion. Gluten Free CONES!!! Also serving dessert specialties, ice cream cakes, homemade novelties and our famous homemade waffle cones made fresh daily. Perfect for the family and please bring the kids. Outdoor seating and convenient parking lot next to Burger King in downtown Watkins Glen. In Season Homemade Fresh Grape & Pumpkin Pies!! So Much More Than an Ice Cream Store! Open 7 Days a Week, Just a 1/2 block away from Watkins Glen State Park Main Entrance! We are now closed for the Season, See you Spring of 2018
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Old fashioned Ice Cream Parlor feel right in the heart Watkins Glenn. You wont go broke bringing your family here for a treat ! It was delicious.

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Reviewed August 18, 2013

If you like ice cream then you want to stop here. They have soft serve. Hershey's. And more. There are at least 37 flavors of soft serve plus all the flavors of the Hershey's. I had what I thought was going to be a small soft serve. It was huge. In fact there was so much ice cream I could not quite finish it. My wife elected a Hershey's and was also given lots of ice cream. I think she did a little better with hers though. If we are ever back in Watkins Glen we will make sure we stop in again.

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1  Thank neal4212
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Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

Great service! Great custard! Have eaten here many times. Always friendly and such a wonderful selection.

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Thank BaJoh
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Reviewed August 6, 2013 via mobile

Tons of selections. Almost too many if that's possible. Hershey's ice cream is good but we can get that at home so that landed us with an average grade. I tried a mixed choc/vanilla custard nutty buddy. It rated average as well. The prices were reasonable and the store was a little run down so we opted for sitting outside at the picnic tables. Service was friendly and quick.

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Thank 2happycamperz
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Reviewed August 6, 2013

Parking is tight, but once inside you are presented with more flavors that I have ever seen - and everyone I have tried is truly wonderful. The decor is fascinating and eclectic. There is inside and outside seating - service has always been great from young folks from the Watkins Glen area. Feels like a hometown ice cream parlor and not an assembly line. We continue to return - too bad it is not open all year, but winter time in Watkins Glen is VERY quiet.

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1  Thank RayMargeson
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