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What are some things to know about Pennsylvania Turnpike rest stops?

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As of 2015, the Pennsylvania Turnpike has 17 rest stops, or service plazas, that are open 24 hours a day, offering fuel, fast food outlets and restrooms. At five of the rest stops, Oakmont Plum, New Stanton, Bowmansville, Peter J. Camiel and King of Prussia, fee-based electric vehicle charging stations are available. The New Stanton, Allentown and Sideling Hill service plazas host farmers markets from spring through fall. The Pennsylvania Turnpike website, PATurnpike.com, offers a printable rest stop guide.

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While electronic travel board info centers are available at all service plazas, the main visitor welcome center is at the King of Prussia location. The welcome center offers travel advice on destinations, attractions and accommodations. A reservation service is available for participating hotels.

Internet wireless service is available at all rest stops, while E-85 fuel, RV sanitary stations and picnic areas are at a select few stations. The New Stanton service plaza also sells compressed natural gas.

ATMs, Pennsylvania lottery vendors, and dog walking areas are available at all locations, as are automatic defibrillators. E-ZPass sales stations are also available. The E-ZPass system uses a transponder to automatically deduct tolls when entering and exiting the turnpike. At the South Midway rest stop, a Turnpike historical display chronicles the history of the roadway in words and pictures.

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