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Donnelly's Ice Cream

1556 State Route 86, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
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  • Excellent79%
  • Very good14%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“ice cream” (95 reviews)
“vanilla twist” (5 reviews)
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1556 State Route 86, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Love, Love, ,Love Donnelly's Ice Cream. Oh those beautiful summer days, been going there for a few years now. I always look forward to Donnelly's. I especially love the lemon, didn't think I would because it's just something I would try. I tried it and...More

Thank angelatp2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One flavor per day....sometimes a nut flavor, sometimes a fruit flavor, sometimes chocolate...the only way you won't like it is if the flavor is your least favorite or you have an allergy to the flavor of the day. My grandson was back at the cabin...More

Thank GerryN22
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The strawberry vanilla twist is amazing! I wasn't expecting there to only be one type of ice cream, but it turned out to be really good, and great service!

Thank Jasmine T
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

This ice cream is simply the best. One flavor per day, and they're all divine! Bring cash and enjoy the scenic views. If you're anywhere near Saranac Lake, Donnelly's is a must!

Thank Klyoung26
Reviewed 31 August 2017

Yes, Since 1953 they have been doing it with fantastic quality. There is nothing like a Donnelly's cone. The soft ice cream remains the best I've had. The views of mountains is lovely from here as well. This is a true slice of roadside Americana...More

Thank yogaroom
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Around for many years, Donnelly's offers delicious ice-cream from their old fashioned stand. Even though they're off the beaten path, it's fun to enjoy a cone and the beautiful view from the lot. Be advised, there's only one flavor per day, but creamy and sweet.

Thank Eileen L
Reviewed 28 August 2017

Been going to Saranac Lake and Lake Placid for years, but never stopped at this ice cream shop. Finally stopped last year since there are always so many cars so I figured there must be a reason.... Wish I would have stopped years ago! Excellent...More

Thank Shawn C
Reviewed 27 August 2017

This place is awesome! They have one flavor a day that they make in the one machine that they have that was manufactured in 1947! We had a strawberry swirl. The ice cream is great and served by cute little local teenagers with summer jobs.

Thank Jimmy E
Reviewed 18 August 2017

My Daughter and I found this place by accident a few years back when we went camping in the Adirondacks. I was just back in the area again camping with my kids and grandkids. We stopped on our way to Rollins, my grandkids loved it...More

Thank cjhenry
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Donnelly's has in my book, the highest quality soft ice-cream in the area. They only have one flavor a day, and the place often has a huge line out the door- proof of the love for Donnelly's out there. We made it a once a...More

Thank Janis T
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1 August 2017|
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Response from cathycrymes1939 | Reviewed this property |
I don't know since I'm traveling further down the road
Catherine D
21 July 2017|
Response from Kathy K | Property representative |
Hi Catherine, I did not received a notification of your question until this morning (morning of July 22). It was Strawberry twisted with Vanilla, but that doesn't help you now! You can always refer to the Donnelly's Ice... More
Sara S
23 June 2017|
Response from Kathy K | Property representative |
Hi Sara, I just received a notification of your question this morning (it says you posted the question 28 days ago). "Most" of the ice cream Dad makes is gluten free. I would stay clear of any "nut" flavors as some of the... More
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
1:00 AM - 1:15 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1556 State Route 86, Saranac Lake, NY 12983
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Saranac Lake
We are now closed for the winter season. We will see you when we reopen Memorial Day Weekend 2018!! Thanks for a great 2017 Summer everyone!!
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