Florida Welcome Centers

By: VISIT FLORIDA staff

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Planning a visit to Florida? Be sure to stop by one of the state's Welcome Centers for information, maps and a free glass of Florida citrus juice.

Since 1949, millions of auto travelers entering Florida along the major thoroughfares have found a warm greeting at the Official Florida Welcome Centers. In addition to the traditional cup of complimentary Florida citrus juice, these visitors have found friendly, informative staff people and a vast assortment of brochures promoting all that the state has to offer.

Today, that half-century-long tradition continues at the Official Florida Welcome Centers located on I-10 west of Pensacola, U.S. 231 near Campbellton (also near Marianna), I-75 at Jennings (near Lake City) and I-95 north of Yulee (near Jacksonville). A fifth center is located at the west entrance of the State Capitol Building in Tallahassee. Each center is staffed by personnel who have undergone rigorous training to receive national Information Specialist certification. Along with in-person information, Welcome Center visitors learn about the state’s diverse destinations.

In an effort to build on the success of our hospitality and demonstrate our desire to further welcome visitors traveling with small children, each of the four highway Welcome Centers has a designated area for visitors traveling with children. Some of he VISIT FLORIDA Kid's Corner offers a "play" area to educate and entertain the children while the parents get the travel information they need from the Welcome Center staff.

The Official Florida Welcome Centers also provide Official Florida Transportation Maps to all visitors (or click here to order a map and VISIT FLORIDA Magazine in advance of your visit). 

Our highway Welcome Centers offer clean, well maintained restroom facilities and all are handicapped accessible. Vending machines and payphones are on-site. Designated areas in each parking lot accommodate large bus, RV and truck parking.

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walter glenn
walter glenn April 6, 2013 4:30 AM
do you still mail out welcome packets to people who are planning to vist

Hello, Walter
You can find loads of information about visiting Florida here: http://www.visitorlando.com/

Have a great trip!
I would appreciate if you could send me information regarding the state of Florida. I am doing a reaseach paper on Florida. If possible could you mail me some information.

Good subject!
You can find information here: http://www.visitorlando.com/
How can I get an official Florida Highway Map. Trying to plan a visit.

You can a map, and much more Florida information, here: http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/travel-guides.html
planing a trip i want to know could you send me some great places to visit and hotels and food coupons

Here's a great place to start: http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/travel-guides.html
As a lifelong resident for Florida, I have had occasion to stop at the Welcome Stations at the Fl. line. What we've been giving these visitors is "OJ from CONCENTRATE".

This is a bitter tasting (may be from peelings or something else), and I've always thought we should show visitors what REAL, Fl OJ tastes like.

Florida Natural should contact the STATE to get them to use YOUR Not From Concentrate OJ and really get it COLD (about 33 degrees)!

I remember traveling to south Fl as a child and getting the OJ so cold I could hardly drink it.

Isn't THAT the type of LASTING impression WE want to leave travelers with. Natural, NOT FROM CONCENTRATE, so cold you can hardly drink it?

I plan to send the State this same message.

Dan Hattaway


From David Dodd, Vice President, Visitor Services for VISIT FLORIDA.

VISIT FLORIDA and before that the Florida Department of Commerce have enjoyed a relationship for more than 65 years with the Florida Department of Citrus, serving free Florida citrus juice to visitors who stop in at the Florida Welcome Centers.

Last year, more than 2.5 million visitors stopped into our five Welcome Centers, and we served them 44,014 gallons of fresh Florida Citrus juice (that’s equal to 6 swimming pools or 12.5 tanker trucks) in 4 oz. cups. We serve the juice at 37 degrees.

Previously, we did serve concentrated juice, but no longer is that the case.

For the past 12 years, we have been serving fresh, pasteurized juice. It is not from concentrate. It comes from Florida's Natural Growers, a cooperative of citrus growers and juice producers. Ours is 100 percent Florida juice, the same juice available in local grocery stores.

We invite you – and all visitors to and residents of Florida – to please stop into the Florida Welcome Center on I-10 in Pensacola, ask for Karen or Brenda and we will be happy to pour you a cold cup of Florida citrus juice and show you our facility.

Thank you for your comments.


We're planning a trip to Florida. Anyway you could send us places to visit, hotel and restaurant coupons, for central Florida?

Here's a place on our site where you can find all kinds of information that will help you plan your trip to Florida: http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/travel-guides.html
how can i get a jacksonville vistors guide i need one if you can mail me one

Hello, Linda
Here's a site where you can get information about Jacksonville: http://www.visitjacksonville.com/
Hello I am homeschooling my daughter and she is going to be learning about florida ..I was wondering if there was any way you guys could send my some literature about florida ....I know you probly get many requests like this ....but anything would help :)

Great subject! Here's where you can find reams of info: http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/travel-guides.html
I would like to thank Marlene Smith at the I-95 north center for her exceptional help in taking me to get a trailer tire fixed. All the people at the center were very friendly and helpful in my time of need to get me going. Luck would have it that the blow out was right at the center entrance. Thank you again
is there a welcome center in St.Petersburg near the airport


Sorry, no.
But we have other centers around the state. You can find out more about each Welcome Center at the bottom of this page: http://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/insiders/welcome-center.html
I will be in Orlando June 8-10 would like to find discounts for Disney & see some vacation resorts


VisitOrlando is a great resource for your needs. You can find them here: http://www.visitorlando.com/
My wife and I are planning to visit Clearwater Beach for vacation. Is there any place reasonably close that allows swimming with dolphins activity? Thank you so much in advance!
Hello - I'm planning to move to your beautiful state within the next year, but have no idea where as of now. Wondering where I could possibly get a Florida state map to both expand and narrow down my search. Any help would be appreciated! All sites I've been on only provide small not detailed maps to print.

Thank you!
I was wondering if you could send me the direct email addresses for the Welcome Centers in Florida if possible? I have quite a few questions that I would like to ask :-)

I hope that you can help :-)
Is there a way I can retrieve my photos from your photo@visitflirida.com from the welcome center at the Florida state line
We just stopped at the I-10 East bound welcome center coming in from Alabama. Thank you, thank you, thank you for the windshield wash. We've never seen that at a welcome center anywhere else. It was very much needed and appreciated!!