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Carl's Ice Cream

2200 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401 USA

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
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  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
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  • No Public
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“A perfect example of a 1940's ice cream shop”

Carl's Ice Cream (also known as "Carl's Frozen Custard" or, most often, simply "Carl's") is a roadside ice cream stand located at 2200 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Since 2005, the stand, with its Art Moderne architectural facade, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since then, the 1940s era Electro Freeze machines have produced the frozen treat. When served, the ice cream is hand scooped, with a signature “twist” added to the top by the disher. Carl's sells only four flavors (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and pineapple), but also offers sundaes, shakes, malts, frozen slushes and slush floats. The stand has what can only be called a devoted following, to the point that the line of customers often stretches around the building, even in bad weather. Carl's is closed each year from the Sunday before Thanksgiving until the Friday of Presidents Day Weekend. This is because Sponseller would close the shop each year for hunting season, and the current owners (also Sponseller family members) have continued the tradition. - from Wikipedia

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Reviewed by
Sarah Parent

  • 87 Reviews
  • 53 Helpful
July 15, 2014

A Fredericksburg institution, this is where the locals know to go. It's not the prettiest or most atmospheric part of F'burg, but the ice cream is the best. It's just soft-serve, no hard ice cream. Prices are reasonable, but be prepared to wait, there's always a long line!

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
turbanhead

  • 1 Review
  • 2 Helpful
July 02, 2014

Great old fashioned ice cream. We walked the mile from downtown to here. Some parts a few blocks away from Carls are a bit sketchy.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Austin Coop

  • 485 Reviews
  • 471 Helpful
September 25, 2014
Rated 4.0

There's a reason people wait in line for this place! It's legendary! Great ice cream at good prices and a cool history to boot. I'm of the belief you stop at every old ice cream stand, ever. Period.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Victoria

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  • 48 Reviews
  • 31 Helpful
September 23, 2014
Rated 5.0

Ask a local where to go for the best soft serve and they will point you here.
It's simple and delicious.

Growing up here, going to Carl's is a special weekend treat. Even before homecoming you can see high school students stopping by before the dance!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Rachel

  • 5 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 29, 2019
Rated 4.0

A delightful throw back. Delicious ice cream and a nice stop along the way. Parking is limited but on street parking is available.

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Reviewed by
Hannerbomo22

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 21, 2019
Rated 5.0

So good! I love their custard. The strawberry is great and especially the milkshake.

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Reviewed by
denisegray1120

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 29, 2019
Rated 1.0

Terrible service. The girls here acted as if we were bugging them. All the flavors mentioned on the website don’t exist. Cash only. My 9 year old daughter threw away her cone. Very disappointed.

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Reviewed by
WhatElse

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 17, 2017
Rated 5.0

This is the real frozen custard, the way I remember it as a child growing up. My husband had never had it before but right away could tell the difference. Delicious.

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Reviewed by
GirlMom

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
April 14, 2017
Rated 5.0

Great custard! Prices are reasonable. A few curbs for seating- parking lot is small.

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Reviewed by
emilys0urs

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
November 24, 2014
Rated 5.0

I went here as a kid, I'm glad to see it's still around!!

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Carl's Ice Cream

2200 Princess Anne St
Fredericksburg, Virginia
22401 USA

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Open now until 11:00 pm
  • Sun - Thu: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
  • Fri, Sat: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm

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