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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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596 reviews
433 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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!!!!

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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 went up again this year and most all of ingredients increased in price from last... More 

Westtown, New York
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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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. More 

Watkins Glen, New York
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18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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.

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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 baked goods. Hope to see you soon. More 

Odessa, New York
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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

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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. More 

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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

This place is the best. We make sure to come here every time we visit. The owner and staff are very friendly and they have a variety of delicious options. Plus cool old school games!

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

Hi Thank you for taking the time to stop at our store and writing a review. 2017 will be our 35th year in business and this year we will be serving soft vegan using almond milk and will continue to serve soy based soft and hard deserts. I hope you come back soon. Peter More 

Toronto, Canada
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1,144 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 589 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016

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
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 10 helpful votes
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
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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113 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
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 

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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
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Cuisine
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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, Cheap Eats, 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 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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