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The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor

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221 S Franklin St, Watkins Glen, NY 14891-1508
+1 607-535-7354
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12:00 - 09:00
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Toronto, Canada
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877 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 426 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is the best ice-cream parlor in Watkins Glen. After all, we can eat our ice-cream inside at a table. Wow! There are a lot of choices, even for people who can only eat gluten-free! Like always, their ice-cream is super-delicious. So good! I generally only order one scoop, as their servings are quite big! The diner looks like the... More 

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Thank Robby G C
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi thanks so much for stopping at The Great Escape and taking the time to write a review. We are closed for the season but hope to see you in 2017. Have a Happy Holiday. Peter More 

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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Delicious ice cream which is made on site. Also have great custard ice cream. Fun decor. Reasonable prices. We got ice cream twice at Great Escapes during our six day stay in Watkins Glen.

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Thank Petrina G
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for coming to the Great Escape twice and taking the time to write a review. I am so glad you enjoyed our products and the décor. Thanks again and come back soon! Peter More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Ice cream was really good- about 1/3 is homemade and 2/3 is Hershey's. Owner waited on us and she was very nice.

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Thank Meghann R
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you stopping in and taking the time to write a review.I married the owner 46 years ago and you are right she is nice. Come back soon and thanks again. Peter More 

Buffalo, New York
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Delicious ice cream, fun place, great employee, super nice owner! Location was easy to find! Loved all the old 45 on the ceiling!

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Thank Linda H
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to write a review. I love spring and fall because I have time to talk to the customers and find out where they came from and what they are visiting in the Finger Lakes. I must say we meet the nicest most interesting people. Thanks again. Peter More 

Chicago, Illinois
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111 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

We stopped by after our visit to Watkins Glen State Park looking for pie and local ice cream. They did not disappoint. They have soft serve that they can make into 30 different flavors. They also make their own gelato and about a half a dozen to dozen ice creams and carry some Hershey's brand ice cream. It can be... More 

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Thank Carlie
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for coming in and writing a review. For 34 years we have tried to make the store less confusing but then we add more items and add to the confusion. We want a visit to the Great Escape to be a great EXPERIENCE hence we try to serve as many different tastes and wants as possible. We will... More 

Lakeville, Minnesota
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611 reviews
396 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

growing up in NH I love the rich Ice cream from the NE..and I don't like everything blended in so I got a Black Rashberry cone ( which I can't find in MN) and it was like being a kid again :-)

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Thank MinnScooter
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for visiting our store and taking time to write a review. I am glad you enjoyed our black raspberry and hope you come back soon. More 

Watkins Glen, NY
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

All the ice cream is to die for. We have been going there for years and it just keeps getting better. The owners higher school kids to give them experience in the service industry which i think is great for them. Teaching them responsibly as well as dealing with a lot of people under stress. They are very community minded... More 

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Thank Watkinsgirl
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for being a regular customer and taking the time to write a great review. Next year we will have been here 35 years with over 160 young staff members and many are returning with their children. It is a fun business and we meet great people. Thanks again and come back soon! Peter More 

Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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52 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Theres a lot of places in Watkins Glen for Ice Cream, but this place looked super cute, so we tried it out. They literally had any ice cream product, flavor, cones, sprinkles, toppings you could want. It was great

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Thank Lindseym15
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

HI, Thanks for choosing us and taking the time to write review. Next year is our 35th year and we are eager to introduce new items and flavors. Thanks again and hope to see you soon! Peter More 

Greeley
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

You are going to love this place! I had the bacon maple in a waffle cone. It was amazing! My wife had the back cherry. She said it was a smile in every bite!

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Thank Joe P
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi, I am so glad you enjoyed our homemade bacon maple ice cream. Never sure when we try a new flavor whether it will sell or not. A couple of weeks ago we made olive oil basil ice cream and we sold out. Thanks for taking the time to write a review and hope you come back soon. Peter More 

Long Beach, New York, United States
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100 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We sampled 4 flavors of ice cream and the hot fudge. Ice cream was made in the store, some flavors are not. Soft ice cream vanilla & chocolate are made there while all the other flavors are vanilla with extract to give the flavor of the ice cream. Store made ice cream was delicious. Hot fudge awesome.

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Thank Kenneth F
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hello, So glad you stopped and thanks for writing a review. We try to have choices that meet a variety of tastes and the reviews help us. Thanks again and I hope you come back soon! Peter More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Parking Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 21:00
Monday
12:00 - 09:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 09:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 09:00
Thursday
12:00 - 09:00
Friday
12:00 - 09:00
Saturday
12:00 - 09:00
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
Description
Family owned ice cream parlor in Watkins Glen NY for 34 years. Come enjoy dozens of flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream, Homemade Gelato, Sorbet, Vegan soft serve and hard homemade vegan ice cream, Soft Custard & a ever changing rotation of Homemade Hard Ice Cream, mostly made through suggestion. 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!

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