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Carl's

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2200 Princess Anne Street, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
+1 540-372-4457
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11:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 23:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:30
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Virginia
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Been going to Carl's forever & my personal favorite is the strawberry. It's a long time tradition in the Fredericksburg to visit Carl's.

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Thank Bballmaw
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great vanilla milkshakes all the time most if th he yr. Round parking n places to sit. Outside tho. Or buy n sit in your car.

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Thank Margaret K
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

First, take cash. And small bills - they don't take plastic. That said, this is a great soft-serve place and an iconic shop in the city. There may be a long line but it moves pretty quickly and there are no strangers when in line for ice cream. People are chatting with themselves, strangers, whatever - how can you be... More 

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Thank Stephen F
Virginia
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to stop by Carl's if you're in town (they close around November and re-open around Valentine's Day). Great place to enjoy locals standing in line, delicious soft ice cream. I like the strawberry milkshake or the maple nut sundae, but you can't go wrong with anything.

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Thank Fredericksburger
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be prepared to stand in line for a while during the open season. Do not be intimidated by the line because it moves quickly. Carl's is a landmark in Fredericksburg and for good reason. They only draw back to Carl's in the 21st century is that they are a cash only establishment.

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Thank Jim P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So good! Definitely go here every year. A little high on the price but so worth it they offer different sizes ans flavors. The ice cream is thick but sweet.

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Thank Ashley P
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Carl's is such an icon of Fredericksburg that you'll see the sign's image at local art shows and hear memories about it from every long time resident you talk to. It's plain and simple good soft serve at a walk up stand. No frills, no seating except some concrete blocks marking the edge of their lot, but if it's a... More 

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Thank GoingWithKid
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place has the best ice cream you will ever find! When we visit Fredericksburg, VA, we always make sure to make a trip to Carl's.

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Thank Cheryl C
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are passing through Fredericksburg be sure to stop and grab a hand dipped cone. They offer cones, shakes, malts, sundaes and slushes. Carl's sticks to the tried and true basic flavors but they do it with perfection. Make sure to bring cash-small bills preferred as they don't accept cards.

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Thank Virginianon
Fredericksburg, Virginia
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Carl's is one of our Fredericksburg treasures. It is a walk-up ice cream parlor - 50's style. Oftentimes the line will wrap around the building, but we locals do not care! We wait anyway...and chat with friends, meet other people who are in line. Soft serve frozen custard, sundae's, floats...my favorite is the strawberry sugar cone. If you are visiting... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$2 - US$7
Cuisine
American
Meals
After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Cash Only
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 23:00
Monday
11:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:00
Thursday
11:00 - 23:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:30
Saturday
11:00 - 23:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2200 Princess Anne Street, 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fredericksburg
  • Phone Number: +1 540-372-4457
Description
Open from Friday before Presidents Day through Sunday before Thanksgiving. 3 flavors, vanilla, chocolate and strawberry made fresh every day. Historical landmark with huge neon cone on top. Walk up window with outdoor patio. Cash only.

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