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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” (29 reviews)
“sorbet” (6 reviews)
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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 6 days ago

We opted out of the hiking tour of Watkins Glen (hopefully next time) but found this great place to while away the time. tried the home made cake and ice cream and they were wonderful. My daughter Amy and son Alexander really enjoyed this little...More

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

Sorry you missed the hike but so glad you came to our shop for ice cream. I hope you come back and hike and stop and have ice cream.

Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

My sister and I stopped at Great Escape because we saw a sign that said “Coffee and Scones” which was just what we were looking for. It is a classic ice cream shop with hard ice cream, gelato, and locally made sodas along with a...More

Thank Rebecca K
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Hi thank you for visiting The Great Escape and taking the time to write a review. We have been serving custard for 35 years and we love the taste vs soft serve. Hope you visit us again soon. 🍦🍦🍦 Peter

Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

We had such a wonderful time visiting the shoppe. Pete greeted everyone with a friendly "how are you folks today?" His wife Eileen was tasked with making sure everyone was satisfied. The choices of homemade ice cream were so good, that I had to get...More

Thank Michelle C
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for visiting our shop and taking the time to write a review. We are finishing our 35th year in the ice cream business and we are still having fun. I am glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again...More

Reviewed 18 September 2017

Ice cream was our lunch, friendly service good ice cream. They have a pinball machine and all our friends played and won plastic ice cream cone banks by hitting the magic #. Something to do while eating ice cream

Thank Stiegjl
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

Hi. Thanks for stopping in and I am glad you enjoyed our ice cream and playing the games. I hope you come back soon !🍦 Peter

Reviewed 15 September 2017

This quaint,cute, family-owed ice cream parlor is a throw-back to the 1960-70's. They serve Hersey's ice creams and now make their own gelato in some nice flavors. The prices are very reasonable and the atmosphere is fun. The memorabilia is fun to peruse and there...More

Thank thereseoco
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2017

Hi. So glad you visited and enjoyed our store. I can't imagine a ice cream store that doesn't offer tastings but I know there are some. I hope you come back soon. Peter

Reviewed 14 September 2017

Stopped in because we love hard ice cream. Great Escape had lots of flavor choices in the Hershey brand - AND - lots more flavors (unusual ones too) that were home-made by the owners wife. Plus they had Gelato and sugar free ice cream options....More

Thank 799ritak
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2017

Thank you for visiting our store and taking the the time to write a review. This is our 35 th year and it is so much fun to make new flavors of ice cream I hope you come back soon Thanks again. Peter

Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

Always loved this place when we lived here! We still love goon here for ice cream when we return. We never could decide which ice cream we wanted each time we came because they have such scrumptious flavors. Well, they now offer a sampler where...More

Thank Terese C
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2017

Hi Glad you came back to visit. In our 35 years of serving icecream we never thought of the sampler. It was Our daughter Jackie who came up with idea and it is a hit. I hope you come back soon🍦

Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

This is a great little gem! We stopped in for the vegan ice cream and it did not disappoint!! The chocolate/peanut butter flavor was fantastic. The Owner was so nice and we really enjoyed chatting with her. It's a very welcoming place.

Thank CairnTerrierMom
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 21 August 2017

So glad you stopped in. We are having fun trying to make more choices for vegans and lactose intolerant customers. Our coconut bases are well received along with our soy based selections. Hope you come back soon. Peter.

Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

We were finishing up a limo tour of wineries on Seneca Lake and wanted a sweet treat. Friendly employees and very yummy ice cream!!

Thank Barnzey62
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 2017

Thank you for stopping at our store and taking the time to write a review. I hope you tried our Hazlitt's wine ice cream. Hope you come back soon. Peter

Reviewed 19 July 2017

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
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this reviewResponded 20 July 2017

Thank you for stopping at the store and taking the time to write a review. I am glad you enjoyed our donut ice cream cones.' You are right about two of our 4 machines are broken. The juke box is broken and we are awaiting...More

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    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
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Child-friendly, Kids
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 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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