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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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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“gelato” (27 reviews)
“sorbet” (6 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All 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 199 reviews

Reviewed yesterday 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
Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 11 July 2017

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 13 July 2017

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 29 June 2017

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 1 July 2017

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 27 June 2017

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 28 June 2017

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 21 June 2017

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 23 June 2017

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 19 June 2017

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 21 June 2017

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 17 June 2017 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 19 June 2017

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

Reviewed 16 June 2017 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 19 June 2017

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

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Restaurant Details

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  • 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
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
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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