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Carl's Ice Cream

Ice Cream Shop$$$$
  • Amanda F.
    "Love the pineapple shake!"(3 Tips)
    DC After Five
    "Get the vanilla malt!"(4 Tips)
    Lynette S.
    "Cash only--ask for a Hot Fudge Milkshake -- super yummy secret!!!"(3 Tips)
    "Try the root beer slush float - worth its weight in gold!"(3 Tips)
57 Tips and reviews
  • ice cream
  • milkshakes
  • family-friendly
  • lively
  • casual
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  • Kayleigh H.
    Kayleigh HarringtonOctober 4, 2016
    They keep it super simple here. Go for a strawberry cone.
  • 🌞Angella🌞
    🌞Angella🌞October 2, 2016
    Don't be put off by the line waiting, they move efficiently and the ice cream is worth the wait! The root beer slushies are delicious as well!
  • Alex L.
    Alex LeeSeptember 6, 2016
    Cash Only!!! And ATM is a little distance away. But Carl's is a Ice Cream Lovers Dream!!! A piece of history! The same ice making equipment since 1940's!!! Now that's a classic! Love this spot.
  • Patti B.
    Patti BrooksAugust 5, 2016
    A must taste sensation while in Fredericksburg
  • Patti B.
    Patti BrooksJuly 1, 2016
    same cold, creamy heaven since I was a wee one
  • Marshall C.
    Marshall CastroApril 24, 2016
    Vanilla is my fave. Lines long but move quick.
  • Matt
    MattApril 2, 2016
    Really smooth and creamy, really hit the spot today.
  • Tessa M.
    Tessa MernaJanuary 30, 2016
    Carl's = best ice cream in DC. Always stop there when in/going through Fredericksburg. I only wish they didn't close over winter. I recommend the Pineapple Shake!
  • Linda W.
    Linda WilkinsonJanuary 21, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Ice cream!
  • Bradford R.
    Bradford RileyDecember 22, 2015
    The essential family activity in Old Town.
  • Tori G.
    Tori GoodmanNovember 22, 2015
    Everything !
  • Alexandra L.
    Alexandra LabenzNovember 17, 2015
    If you've never had it don't stand in line. Go in the fall/ spring. Then the line won't bother you :) it's a local tradition and we don't mind the lines!
  • Taylor H.
    Taylor HowardOctober 11, 2015
    Chocolate Milkshakes
  • Arielle K.
    Arielle KAugust 27, 2015
    Old school soft serve that's amazing. Even when the line is really long, it moves fast.
  • Taylor H.
    Taylor HowardAugust 5, 2015
    Everything is incredible
  • stephanie m.
    stephanie merhaiJuly 6, 2015
    Worth the wait. Typically a 30 minute wait on busy days. I absolutely love their custard.
  • Christine A.
    Christine AllenJune 5, 2015
    Everything's amazing
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BurkeMarch 13, 2015
    a Staple Fredericksburg establishment. Personally, I like the Pineapple shake.
  • Jenna
    JennaSeptember 7, 2014
    Best ever soft serve ice cream. They do not have whipped cream for sundaes.
  • Elizabeth T.
    Elizabeth TerrellSeptember 22, 2013
    Even if you're a vanilla or chocolate ice cream die hard usually, try the strawberry- so good.
  • Chris B.
    Chris BrooksSeptember 11, 2013
    Giant Hot Fudge Sundae with dry nuts. Worth the wait.
  • Astasia C.
    Astasia ClayborneSeptember 8, 2013
    This place is overrated. The ice cream tasted mediocre.
  • Steve P.
    Steve PhiferJuly 24, 2013
    If you're passing by Fredericksburg take a detour and give Carl's a try.
  • Stacey H.
    Stacey HillJuly 21, 2013
    Malt chocolate shakes!!! I haven't had one in years!!!
  • Erin W.
    Erin WilmothJuly 21, 2013
    Always get the strawberry milkshake! The best around! Can't go within 30 miles of Fredericksburg without stopping at Carl's. even if there's a line, wait! And have cah!
  • Green J.
    Green JellybeanJune 16, 2013
    Carl's is a Fredericksburg institution
  • Heather C.
    Heather Cov.April 5, 2013
    A must for anyone visiting the area! We joke by saying we use my husband's family, who live in Fredericksburg, as an excuse to visit Carl's once a year lol
  • Karly G.
    Karly GaffneyMarch 30, 2013
    Vanilla + sugar cone = heaven!
  • Rachel
    RachelNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Only open from right before valentines day to the Sunday before thanksgiving. The long lines move fast and they only take cash. Try the root beer slush float - worth its weight in gold!
  • Stephanie G.
    Stephanie GarritsonNovember 9, 2012
    I drive all the way from Richmond just to have the delicious ice cream here. It's the best ice cream ever!
  • Melissa
    MelissaAugust 23, 2012
    Love Carl's! It's the best ice cream in the region. You may have to wait in line but it is well worth it.
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony CaponitiAugust 11, 2012
    The food network was right ... this local ice cream joint has it going on. Perfectly refreshing on a hot summer day.
  • Jasmine C.
    Jasmine CookAugust 8, 2012
    Best ice cream around! Yes the line is long but it is worth it!
  • Holly S.
    Holly SquaresJune 23, 2012
    Must do, if you are in the 'Burg! The line looks long....but it moves fast. :)
  • Theresa A.
    Theresa AmosMay 14, 2012
    The ice cream is delicious!
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda StephensonApril 30, 2012
    Best Ice Cream (frozen custard) ever!!!! :-)
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda StephensonApril 30, 2012
    don't mess with a wonderful thing, I'm a 4th generation in my family going to Carls, still the best in the world!!!!
  • Danielle L.
    Danielle LewisApril 17, 2012
    Root Beer Floats taste just like the ones my Mom made for me when I was a child. Yummy!
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FaganApril 6, 2012
    Love the pineapple shake! Line goes very quickly.
  • William H.
    William HackerMarch 16, 2012
    get a chocolate malt blended with hot fudge. hell yeah.
  • Margie G.
    Margie GriffinMarch 9, 2012
    We take all our out of town relatives here! It's the best!
  • Joe R.
    Joe ReuilleFebruary 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Pretty good soft serve...
  • Trish F.
    Trish FoleyDecember 12, 2011
    Get a chocolate shake! (You can also have them make it with chocolate syrup)
  • Lynette S.
    Lynette StewartNovember 12, 2011
    Cash only--ask for a Hot Fudge Milkshake -- super yummy secret!!!
  • DC After Five
    DC After FiveOctober 23, 2011
    Get the vanilla malt!
  • Princess Genevieve @.
    My standard for ice cream!
  • Deablo R.
    Deablo ReyesSeptember 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Carls has THE best ice cream in VA!<3
  • LB
    LBAugust 19, 2011
    A must stop if you are in the Frederickburg area... Cash Only!!!
  • Ben
    BenApril 23, 2011
    Cash only!
  • Matt R.
    Matt RoboApril 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Signature twist is the best
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