There's a memory blast from the past! I only fly down to Florida now, and although I don't miss the I-95 traffic, as a kid, those welcome centers were fascinating. We would grab all the brochures for things like wax museums, zoos or amusement parks, but I don't think we ever visited a single one.Thru NC,SC,GA on I-95 one gets the hotel coupon book at the state line welcome center and gets a better deal. And the buffett breakfast is eggs, waffles, biscuits, gravy, grits, bacon or sausage and cold items, juice, milk,etc.
I also remember the Florida welcome center offered a free cup of orange juice, and has my memory invented this, but did they even have a little Audio-Animatronic Orange Bird?