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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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Overview
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“gelato” (26 reviews)
“sorbet” (5 reviews)
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All 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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1 - 10 of 186 reviews

Reviewed 6 days ago

Great Escape is a wonderful business. They have great quality ice cream and are innovative to keep up on Vegan/ Sugar free options. They have a lot of options from heard ice cream, soft ice cream, Galatto, and other delicious deserts. The staff is friendly...More

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

Thank you so much for visiting our store! I am happy you enjoyed the different ice creams we make. It is so much fun making different products and then seeing how our customers like them. I hope you come back and see us soon 🍦...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Very pleasant and helpful lady behind the counter. Large variety of all kinds of cold deserts. Certainly a great place to stop in for a little treat after a hard day of sightseeing.

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

Thank you so much for visiting our store and taking the time to write a review. I hope you will come again soon. Peter

Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a great ice cream, many made by them, selection. Easy in out in Watkins Glen near State Park!..More

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

So glad you enjoyed your visit. It is so much fun to meet people from all walks of life. Making our own flavors is so much fun but Hershey's continues to make ice creams that we can't match so we have many choices. Thanks so...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a choc. malt it was good, the ice cream parlor had more than ice cream. They had galatto, frozen choc. covered banana's , soft serve ice cream, hand dipper ice cream, almond milk ice cream and other alternative ice creams for people with...More

Thank starrJ2013
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Hi thank you so much for stopping at our store and taking the time to write a review. I hope you come back soon🍦🍦🍦🍦

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Discovered this gem while wandering around in the FLX area. Family-owned business offering great quality with a huge variety of flavors. Everyone loved it!More

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

Hi I am happy you found our family owned business and enjoyed our products. We have been in business for 35 years and this is the most exciting time. Great wines , craft beers, great race track, and beautiful lakes🍦😑 Hope you come back soon...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Found this little gem of a family owned business with owners who are dedicated to their craft. Trained in Italy in the art of making gelato. Employees provide superb customer service. Make the effort to get here...coffee ice cream and chocolate gelato are my top...More

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

Thank you so much for visiting our ice cream store and taking the time to write a review. It really is fun to think of new ice cream flavors and then watching people taste them. Thanks again Peter

Reviewed 21 April 2017

I think th prices are a little bit high, but the ice cream is great! I love the old time atmosphere, complete with pin ball machines and a juke box that works!!!!More

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

Hi thank you very much for stopping at the store and taking the time to write a a review. I am glad you enjoyed the ice cream and you are right the prices are higher than I would like but as you know minimum wage...More

Reviewed 17 April 2017

We stopped as B and B we stayed at. The ice cream was delicious! Many choices, more than I expected! The chocolate gelato was out of this world! Not 5 Stars as pricey.

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

Hi. Thank you for stopping and taking the time to write a review. I am glad you enjoyed the gelato and we make this from scratch with no artificial flavors and no preservatives. I hope you come back soon.

Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

Local family owned, not corporate! Homemade gilotto ! Homemade ice cream. Refreshing treat after gorge, town walk. We live here, and this is where we go.More

Thank capemayfan319
Peter H, Owner at The Great Escape Ice Cream Parlor, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We are looking forward to our 35 th year in business. We are including some of the local products in our ice cream including local wine and coffee and we are expanding our...More

Reviewed 18 January 2017

Locally owned ice cream is BEST! This place rocks, great flavors, really satisfying ice cream concoctions. Will be going back ASAP

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

Thank you for taking time to write a review. 2017 is our 35 year in business and we will have many new flavors. Hope to see you soon.

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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!