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Carl's Ice Cream

Ice Cream Shop$$$$
  • Amanda F.
    "Love the pineapple shake!"(3 Tips)
    Amanda S.
    "Best Ice Cream (frozen custard) ever!!!! :-)"(2 Tips)
    Detroit On Tap
    "Get the vanilla malt!"(4 Tips)
    Lynette S.
    "Cash only--ask for a Hot Fudge Milkshake -- super yummy secret!!!"(3 Tips)
60 Tips and reviews
  • ice cream
  • milkshakes
  • family-friendly
  • casual
  • lively
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  • James C.
    James CApril 10
    The best place to end a great night with a classic custard shake or cone. It’s a tradition and is well worth any line. Price is reasonable as well.
  • Michael
    MichaelAugust 11, 2017
    Their Chocolate frozen custard is simply the best I have ever tasted anywhere.
  • Reagan B.
    Reagan BarbosaJuly 3, 2017
    Decent, but not the best ice cream in the D.C. area. Dairy Godmother in Alexandria, VA has better custard. Larry's Ice Cream, Thomas Sweet, and Ice Cream Jubilee in D.C. have better ice cream.
  • Kayleigh H.
    Kayleigh HarringtonOctober 4, 2016
    They keep it super simple here. Go for a strawberry cone.
  • 🌴💙🧜🏻‍♀️Angella🧜🏻‍♀️💙🌴
    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
    Been here 5+ times
    A must taste sensation while in Fredericksburg
  • Patti B.
    Patti BrooksJuly 1, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • 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!!!
  • Detroit On Tap
    Detroit On TapOctober 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
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