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Carl's Ice Cream

2200 Princess Anne St, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401 USA

389 Reviews
Open Now
Tue 11a-11p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    not Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
  • 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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Wes A.

Local custard place! It's very basic and somewhat expensive! No picknick tables! Just concrete blocks! Ice cream is standard fair! Very old school! Service is quick! Read more

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Matthew F.

Am I getting old and cranky, or is this not quite as good as I remember? The custard is good, and it still has those old-time vibes that I found endearing on my last visit. I suppose it's worth... Read more

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Timothy B.

Old school ice cream shop. Fantastic soft-serve. Bring cash because that's all they take. Read more

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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  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Takeout
  • Drive Through
  • Outdoor Seating
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