I’m not really sure there’s anything better on a hot summer afternoon than a a huge ice cream cone. When you’re in Fredericksburg, Virginia everyone will tell you to take care of that craving at Carl’s Frozen Custard. This popular stand has been cooling people off with tasty treats since 1947.
You won’t find fancy mix-ins, sprinkles or anything new-fangled at Carl’s. They sell three flavors: Chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, all made onsite. You can get a sundae or a shake; flavors range from traditional hot fudge to maple nut to pineapple, and they will throw in some malt for you if you ask. There’s pretty much always a line but the paper-hatted cashiers keep things moving along by refusing to chat or allow you to dither about your decision and by accepting only cash.
It’s pretty clear that Carl’s is as much about tradition as it is about the ice cream itself. My boys felt that it didn’t really live up to their soft-serve expectations; on the other hand, they have been spoiled by many years of maple creemees in Vermont, so I’m not sure they are fair judges. I liked the no-nonsense vibe at Carl’s and the fact that it is so beloved by the local citizenry. That affection alone makes it a worthwhile stop for any family visiting Fredericksburg.
Although if you ask Teddy, he’d probably tell you that the most exciting thing about Carl’s is that you can order a Jumbo cone, which is, of course, what he did.
More summer family travel tips
I already wrote about our stay at the Fredericksburg, Virginia KOA and will share more stories and pictures about our visit to this historic town (which was prominent in both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars) next week. In the meantime, here are some of the other places you can find my summer family travel tips and stories around the internet:
And don’t forget to check out The Family Traveler’s Handbook if you’re about to leave on vacation; you’ll find lots of useful information that can help you on the road with your kids.
Do your plans for the weekend include ice cream? I hope so!