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The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

221 S Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1508
+1 607-535-7354
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“gelato” (27 reviews)
“sorbet” (6 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:30All hours
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Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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221 S Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1508
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Reviewed yesterday

We came down from the glen hike right about 11 and saw the ice cream shop's door was open. When we walked in they were just opening and were very accommodating. I had the donut ice cream sanwhich made from a local donut shop in...More

Thank eree1009
Reviewed 1 week ago

They have 24 flavors of soft serve, and their hard ice cream is Hershey brand. The place is super dated and kinda grimy, so it stands out in a wine country where there are so many local shops.More

Thank Hiker1812
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi thanks for stopping. Somehow you missed our 12 homemade sorbets, gelato, and our 16 flavors of homemade ice cream and our non dairy ice cream. We are dated as a old fashioned ice cream store with helpful friendly staff. Most of our customers over...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In the 12 years that I've been getting ice cream for my daughter, we have never been refused service due to her tree nut allergy. In all other ice cream shops we ask them to use a clean scoop for her ice cream (to help...More

2  Thank Michele W
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi I was sorry to read your review of your experience at The Great Escape.We have in 4 different freezers 15 different ice creams with nuts mixed in with other ice creams. My wife is a nurse and has always been concerned about cross contamination...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ordered single scoops of ice cream in a sugar cone. Before I could eat too much the ice cream fell off the cone. I caught the ice cream and let the cone go. No problem, I was given another cone but elected to have...More

1  Thank kzoowork
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Thank you so much for stopping at our store and taking the time to write a review. We have owned the store for 35 years and I have searched for a sugar cone with a larger top and have yet to find one. Some...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic ice cream, many wonderful flavors and large serves, reminiscent of the old drive up to restaurants or burger shops, plenty of outside and inside sitting. Parking available right outside the serving area

Thank 356anthonyo
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting the Great Escape and taking the time to write a review. I hope you enjoyed your visit to the fingerlakes come come back and see us soon. Thanks again. Peter

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While camping at Watkin's Glen State Park my family and I enjoyed ice cream from here on two different nights. The selection of ice cream flavors and toppings was excellent and prices were average for a nice ice cream shop. They also have baked goods...More

Thank Mcollins4
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi thanks for stopping at the Great Escape and taking the time to write a review. You are right when you say seating is limited and that is going to be our next project. I hope you come back and visit us again. Peter

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hard ice cream, soft ice cream, gelato, sorbet, homemade gluten free - you name it they have it and it's all good

Thank RayMargeson
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Glad you stopped at the store and enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you back soon. 🍦🍦🍦🍦 Peter

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After a humid walk at Watkins Glen State Park, this ice cream hit the spot! Parking was tight, but worth it. So many flavors to choose, with classics and some new ones, it was hard to choose. We got the sampler, with four small scoops,...More

Thank Xenizen
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi thank you for stopping at the Great Escape and taking the time to write a review. this is our 35 th year in business and we still enjoy having people from all over the world visit Watkins Glen and stop in our store. Thanks...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

On my vacation with my family visiting Farm Sanctuary we discovered this gem in downtown Watkins Glen. My wife and I are vegan and we're excited to try their vegan ice cream. The staff were friendly, helpful, and offered more than 20 different flavors, many...More

Thank Peter D
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi so glad you stopped in to try our vegan options. Each year we try to develop more options for our customers. This year we are serving ice cream made with coconut and it is going well. Hope you come back and visit soon🍦

Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

As we were driving up to the Finger Lakes for a business conference, we happened to notice the extraordinary number of ice cream parlors throughout the region. Having had a big lunch, we opted to have "dessert for dinner" and The Great Escape caught our...More

Thank dgbader
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 9 June 2017

We are so glad you stopped at our ice cream store. This is our 35 th year and we continue to have fun coming up with new desert ideas. I hope you come back to the finger lakes soon and stop and see us.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 15
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 221 S Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1508
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Watkins Glen
  • Phone Number: +1 607-535-7354
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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 soft serve and hard homemade vegan 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. 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!
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