Each facility is protected by security personnel during evening and nighttime hours. Most of the rest areas provide family restrooms for travelers who may need companion assistance to make use of the facilities. The facilities in our Welcome Centers and Interstate Rest Areas are open and maintained 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your comfort and convenience. The State of Florida's Welcome Centers, Rest Areas and Turnpike Service Plazas are generally equipped with phones for use by travelers in case of emergency. Overnight camping is not permitted, but visitors may stay for up to three hours.
Your Rest Area Questions Answered:
Visitors wishing to provide comments can do so by calling a dedicated toll free number or using the smart phone QR code posted; the contact information posted is specific to the location.
The Florida Department of Transportation is currently offering Free Wireless Internet (WIFI) access at all of its Welcome Centers and the Turkey Lake Service Plaza on the Turnpike. Once the public is connected, the user will have 15 minutes of free internet access followed by a subsequent period of up to 90 minutes of paid internet access. Following that, they will have a two hour shut out period that does not permit the same laptop to access the internet again at that rest area for two hours. The WIFI is currently being provided in a test environment and will be monitored for potential permanent status for the future.
While traveling through the State of Florida you can always call 511 for the most up-to-date traffic information. Be sure to visit the 511 Website to register yourself for even more specific information related to your area. Other regulations and restrictions may be found in this document Chapter 14-28.002 (Florida Administrative Code Rule) and online at the Florida Administrative Code Website.
Tourist information is available in our Welcome Centers from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, seven days a week including holidays (except Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas). Welcome Centers are operated by Visit Florida, Inc. (FLAUSA), the official travel planning agency of the State of Florida. Welcome Centers are located at entrances to the State on I-10, US 231, I-75 and I-95.
Application for Memorial Monument: Adobe PDF file or Word Doc
Florida State Parks
Florida's Statewide 511 Website
Inspection Handbook for Rest Areas, Welcome Centers and Truck Comfort Stations
Memorials on DOT Right of Way Procedure (Adobe PDF file)
Motorist Aid Call Box Info
Rest Area Informational Chart
Rest Area Inspection Checklist
Road Ranger Program
Service Animal Guidelines (Adobe PDF file)
Truck Comfort Station Inspection Checklist
Truck Scale House Inspection Checklist