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.

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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Dan Hattaway
Dan Hattaway May 8, 2013 1:00 PM
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.


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
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 :-)