Florida Welcome Center | Informal Campsite

United States


5 months ago
11.7 masl


Yes - Average
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MODERATOR NOTE: No overnight camping allowed in certain areas.

Very nice parking lot. Clean toilets, picnic area, nighttime security, free orange juice during opening hours of the Florida Visitors Center. While there is one "no overnight camping" sign, it is possible to rest for a few hours (see notes for more details).


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Stayed one night without problems, typical rest stop experience.

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Stayed a night with about 6 other RVs and 15-20 people sleeping in cars. As others have stated, sign seem to indicate no trailers overnight in the car area.

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There are signs in the truck/camper/bus area that say ‘Overnight Trailer Parking and Camping Prohibited.’
There are no signs in the Car area. I stayed in the car area in a big tall obvious Sprinter for 16 hours and Security was present, and he said nothing to me.
If you’re there to rest and sleep, then you’ll be fine to park overnight.
I didn’t go inside but the grounds are really nice, plenty of pet friendly areas. Felt very safe!
WIFI worked very well from the Car parking lot.

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There is only one "No Overnight Camping" sign that was on the north side and not very visible. The Florida Welcome Center is open from 8 am to 5 pm and there are maintenance people starting at 7 am and running through to 6 pm. Overnight, from 6 pm to 8 am, there is a security service (small car; yellow and green lights) that circulates around the property. Talk to them as I did and they will tell you that there is no overnight camping and a 3-hour limit. They will also tell you that the State of Florida does not want tired drivers on the hightway and no one is monitoring the 3-hour limit. Talk to security and there should be no problem is staying a few hours as I and about 15 other vehicles did on this night. All rigs that can fit in a standard parking spot are to be in the front; all bigger bus RVs and those longer than 20 feet share the truck spaces which will fill up (there is a truck space-counter sign up the road for this lot). Again, just talk to security for direction. on staying. After doing so, they will also keep an eye on your rig throughout the night on their rounds (comfort level on that).

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Got here around 10pm saw no ‘no overnight camping/parking signs’ so I decided to stay. Saw the security car patrolling and gave them a wave. They didn’t bother me at all so I am assuming overnighting is not a problem. Bathrooms are nice and there are water fountains. Also WIFI!

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This is the first rest area (Welcome centre) on I-95 south arriving in Florida
C'est la première aire de repos en arrivant en Floride par l'autoroute 95 sud.

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Welcome center OVERNIGHT PARKING IS OK!!! no signs, I checked everywhere Spent the night there along with 4-5 other SUVs/Vans. Well lit, a bit noisy but not too bad.

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This place is in wrong location - it is located at 30.69790, -81.67797

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This place is in wrong location - it is located at 30.69801, -81.67792

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They do not alough overnight parking/camping!!!

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Overnight parking in the parking lot of the Florida Welcome Center. Very nice parking lot. Clean toilets, picnic area, nighttime security, free orange juice during opening hours of the visitors center.

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