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The Best Amusement Parks for Families in 2017

Family Vacation Critic, TripAdvisor’s family travel site, has just named the Best Amusement Parks for Families in 2017 – naming the best parks in the U.S., and sharing the year’s newest attractions and highlights for every age group.

“Amusement parks are one of the most quintessential summertime activities for families,” explains Lissa Poirot, editor-in-chief of Family Vacation Critic. “But for those traveling with family members of various ages – including kids-at-heart – finding a park that caters to thrill-seekers and the younger set isn’t always so easy. This list includes parks that successfully cater to both, and those that also have exciting new features for the 2017 season.”

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5 Essential Tips for Memorial Day Weekend Road Warriors

Memorial Day is just around the corner, and that means the unofficial start to summer! As Americans prepare for long-weekend getaways, trips to the beach and family picnics, they’ll also be faced with what’s predicted to be one of the busiest Memorial Day Weekends on record. Relatively low gas prices means the roads will be extra crowded.

Here’s our top 5 essential tips to consider if you’re planning a Memorial Day weekend road trip…

2017 Spring Training – Florida’s Grapefruit League

Spring is just around the corner… and spring training is about to begin! Florida is the home of Major League Baseball’s Grapefruit League and spring training 2017.

Spring training typically lasts about six weeks, starting in late February and running until just before the season opening day (and often right at the end of spring training, some teams will play spring training games on the same day other teams have opening day of the season), traditionally the first week of April. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training first because pitchers benefit from a longer training period. A few days later, the position players arrive and team practice begins. Team members normally wear their batting practice uniforms for the duration of spring training and only wear their normal jerseys beginning on Opening Day.

Below you’ll find 2017 Spring Training park information, maps, and home game schedules for all the teams. more…


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Lane Closures for I-75 Construction in Tampa Bay Area

The Florida Department of Transportation reports the following I-75 construction and maintenance projects in the Tampa Bay area thru January 26, 2017:

  • Tampa, FL – Alternating lanes will be closed on the northbound I-75 exit ramp to I-4 (Exit 261) between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Sunday and Thursday (January 22 and 26) nights.
  • Tampa, FL – One to two lanes will be closed on southbound I-75 in the I-4 (Exit 261) area between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Monday through Wednesday (January 23 – 25) nights.

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Restaurants Open Christmas Day 2016

Not all of us will be home for Christmas, or comfortably seated with friends and family for a Christmas feast… some of us will be on the road.

I-75 travelers looking for a holiday meal can find it quite difficult. You’re tired and hungry so you jump of an exit only to find that every restaurant is closed.

An increasing number of chain restaurants are choosing to remain open during the holidays, or at least opening for limited hours to meet customer demand.

Here’s out list of chain restaurants open for business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2016. (This listing will be updated as additional information becomes available.)

Restaurants located at Interstate Service Plazas and Welcome Centers may be required to stay open.

– Updated 12/19/16  –

  • A&W Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Arby’s – Company owned locations will close Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Franchise locations may be open.
  • Au Bon Pain – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Auntie Anne’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bahama Breeze – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Baja Fresh – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Bakers Square – Open Christmas Eve. Open Christmas Day.
  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Benihana – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bennigan’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Big Boy Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Black Angus Steakhouse – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Blimpie Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bob Evans Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Bonanza Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bonefish Grill – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Boston Market – Some locations may be open on Christmas Day.
  • Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Burger King – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • California Pizza Kitchen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Carl’s Jr. – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Carrows Restaurants – Most restaurants are open 365 days a year.
  • Carvel Ice Cream – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Checkers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Cheesecake Factory – Open Christmas Eve. Most locations will be closed Christmas Day.
  • Chevys Fresh Mex – Most locations are open 365 Days a Year.
  • Chick-fil-A – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Church’s Chicken – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Cici’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Claim Jumper – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Cold Stone Creamery – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Corner Bakery Cafe – Open Christmas Eve and closed on Christmas Day.
  • Country Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Cracker Barrel – Close Christmas Eve Day at 2 pm and closed on Christmas Day.
  • Culver’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Dairy Queen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Dave & Buster’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Del Taco – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Denny’s – Most locatiopns are open 364 days a year.
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Domino’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • El Pollo Loco – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • El Torito – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Famous Dave’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fazoli’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fire Mountain Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Firehouse Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Five Guys Burgers & Fries – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Friendly’s – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Fuddruckers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Golden Corral – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Ground Round Grill & Bar – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Hardee’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • HomeTown Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Hooters – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Houlihan’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Huddle House – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • IHOP – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • In-N-Out Burger – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Jack-in-the-Box – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Jersey Mike’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Joe’s Crab Shack – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Johnny Rockets – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • KFC – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Kobe Japanese Steakhouse – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Krispy Kreme Doughnuts – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Krystal – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Legal Sea Foods – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Little Caesar’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Logan’s Roadhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Lone Star Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Long John Silver’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Luby’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Marie Callender’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • McDonald’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Melting Pot (The) – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • Miami Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Miller’s Ale House – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Mimi’s Cafe – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Morton’s Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Ninety-Nine Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Old Country Buffet – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Olive Garden – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • On The Border – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Outback Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and closed Christmas Day.
  • P.F. Chang’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Panda Express – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Panera Bread – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Papa Gino’s Pizzeria – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Papa John’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Perkins Restaurant & Bakery – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Piccadilly Cafeteria – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Pizza Hut – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Pollo Tropical – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Quiznos Subs – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Rainforest Cafe – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Rax Roast Beef – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Rally – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Red Lobster – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Round Table Pizza – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Roy Rogers Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Ruby Tuesday – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Ryan’s – Most locations will be open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Sbarro – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Schlotzsky’s Deli – Most locations will be open Christmas Evea Closed Christmas Day.
  • Shakey’s Pizza Parlor – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • Shoney’s – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Sizzler Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Smashburger – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Smokey Bones – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Sonic Drive-In – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Starbucks – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Steak ‘n Shake – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Subway – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Taco Bell – Open Christm,as Eve. Company owned locations are closed on Christmas Day. Franchised locations may be open.
  • TCBY – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Texas Roadhouse – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • TGI Friday’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tijuana Flats – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tim Horton’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tony Roma’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day
  • UNO Chicago Grill – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Chrtistmas Day
  • Waffle House – Most locations are open 365 days a year.
  • Wayback Burgers – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Wendy’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Whataburger – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • White Castle – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Wienerschnitzel – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Wingstop – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
  • Zaxby’s – Open Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.

This list reflects information gathered from various sources. We are not responsible for it’s accuracy. This list will be updated as additional information becomes available. Open locations may have limited hours of operation.


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Restaurant Discounts for I-75 Road Warriors

Here’s a new website  for those of us looking to save some money on meals for our next trip down I-75.  511Coupons.com points you to coupons, special deals and discounts for restaurants throughout the United States.

Fast food, fast casual, casual, family style, ethnic and fine dining restaurants are all represented on this website. You’ll find just about every national and regional chain here as well, with info on individual offerings.

It’s another great travel tool for anyone planning their next vacation, weekend getaway or business trip. 511Coupons.com


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2016 Spring Training – Florida’s Grapefruit League

Spring is in the air… and spring training has begun! Florida is the home of Major League Baseball’s Grapefruit League and spring training 2016.

Spring training typically lasts about six weeks, starting in late February and running until just before the season opening day (and often right at the end of spring training, some teams will play spring training games on the same day other teams have opening day of the season), traditionally the first week of April. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training first because pitchers benefit from a longer training period. A few days later, the position players arrive and team practice begins. Team members normally wear their batting practice uniforms for the duration of spring training and only wear their normal jerseys beginning on Opening Day.

Visit our I-4 Exit Guide for 2016 Spring Training for park information, maps, and home game schedules for all the teams. Catch a game.


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Top 5 Spring Break Destinations

Where are we going on Spring Break in 2016?

After a long winter, Spring Break couldn’t come soon enough for many of us. Google has determined the top Spring Break destinations based on searches related to Spring Break travel. Here are the top 5 destinations where US travelers may be headed this year.

Panama City Beach, Florida

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Gulf of Mexico view from Panama City Beach – Panama City, Florida

Panama City Beach is a city in Bay County, Florida, United States, on the Gulf of Mexico coast. The city is often referred to under the umbrella term of “Panama City”, despite being a distinct municipality from the older and larger inland Panama City to the east, making Panama City and Panama City Beach two separate cities. Panama City Beach’s slogan is “The World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” due to the unique sugar-white sandy beaches of northwest Florida.

Panama City Beach has been a popular vacation destination, especially among people in the Southern United States. The city is also a very popular spring break destination, sometimes having been referred to as “The Spring Break Capital of the World,” due to about 100,000+ college and high school students who would arrive during the months of March and April.

South Padre Island, Texas

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Beach of South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island is a resort town in Cameron County, Texas. It is part of the Brownsville–Harlingen Metropolitan Area. The town is located on South Padre Island, a barrier island along the Texas Gulf Coast accessible via the Queen Isabella Causeway from the town of Port Isabel.

South Padre Island is home to many watersport activities, with personal water craft rental, kiteboarding and dolphin watches being the most popular. Other favorites are horseback riding adventures on the beach and ecological tours that explore Padre Island National Seashore.

In March, the island is a popular spring break destination for college students from around the world. The rest of the year it is a popular family resort destination, with July being the most crowded.

Disney World, Bay Lake, Florida

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Main Street of the Magic Kingdom at Disneyworld, Bay Lake, Florida

The granddaddy of all theme parks, and the number one vacation destination, Disney World is a perennial favorite for Spring Breakers. Disney World, is an entertainment complex in Bay Lake, Florida, near Kissimmee and Orlando, and is the flagship of Disney’s worldwide corporate empire. The resort opened on October 1, 1971, and is the most visited vacation resort in the world, with an attendance of over 52 million annually.

Disney property covers 27,258 acres, housing 27 themed resort hotels, nine non–Disney hotels, four theme parks, two water parks, four golf courses, one nine-hole walking golf course for young golfers, two themed miniature golf courses, one camping resort, a downtown-like shopping district, and other entertainment venues. Magic Kingdom was the first and original theme park to open in the complex followed by Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which opened later throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida

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Hogsmeade Village inside Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida

Spring Breakers aren’t necessarily looking for an ocean view and sandy beaches. If you’re a theme park fan and yearn for state-of-the-art attractions and entertainment, this is the place. The Universal Orlando Resort, commonly known as Universal Orlando, is a theme park resort in Orlando, Florida. Universal Orlando is the largest property operated by Universal Parks & Resorts, is the largest resort in Orlando, Florida, and is the second-largest resort in Greater Orlando after Walt Disney World.

Universal Orlando consists of two theme parks (Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure), a night-time entertainment complex (Universal CityWalk Orlando), and four Loews Hotels (Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Cabana Bay Beach Resort).

Cocoa Beach, Florida

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View of the Atlantic Ocean from Cocoa Beach, Florida

Cocoa Beach is a city in Brevard County, Florida. It’s a destination year-round, and one of America’s favorite Spring Break locations. You’ll find 6 miles of ocean beaches with excellent beach access from one end of the city to the other, 3 oceanfront parks, a 27-hole public golf course on the Banana River, excellent hotel / motel accommodations , and a wide range of dining choices to fit the taste buds and budget of everyone.

Be awed – Watch a space launch from the Beach! Kennedy and Cape Canaveral Space Launch Centers are just a few miles to the north. Even the locals come out to watch the spectacular views of day and night launches. Or spend a day visiting the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex – less than 30 minutes away.

Cocoa Beach is just minutes from Florida’s fastest growing port – Port Canaveral. Embark from the world class cruise terminals aboard affordable cruises to exotic Caribbean destinations or take a day cruise aboard a casino ship. Deep-sea fishing boats and day sails are also available at the Port.

Source: Google Trends, Jan. 2011–Jan. 2015, Travel, United States.
Source: Google Data, Feb. 2015, United States.


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Introducing The 2016 Florida State Fair

The 112th Florida State Fair is scheduled for February 4 – 15 at the Florida State Fairgrounds located at I-4 and US Hwy 301 in Tampa. This year’s theme, “So Much More to Explore,” reminds everyone that there are seemingly endless activities to discover and enjoy including rides, food, exhibits, entertainment, animals, attractions and shopping. The Florida State Fair offers non-stop fun AND an excellent value with more than 112 free things to do and always free parking.

This year, music lovers will tap their toes to headliner concerts by 1960s sensation Gary Puckett; up-and-coming country singer Colt Ford; jazz and blues artist Robert Cray; and Dove Award-winning group Tenth Avenue North. Other concerts include the harmonies of Matt’s Family Jam and Indie artist Aranda. Lazy Bonez, an ‘80s tribute band, is back for their second Florida State Fair, along with Beatlemania Live. The always-popular Elvis Extravaganza and Fair favorite Dennis Lee will be back to please fans. Some of the concerts have a new home on the Coca Cola Headline Music Stage located in the Equestrian Center. Other artists will perform on the Tampa Bay Times or Sleep Number Stages.


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One of the most popular Fair concerts, Country Gold, returns to the Entertainment Hall on Feb. 9 and 10. Tickets for this concert are always a sell-out and can be purchased online at www.FloridaStateFair.com. Prices are $20 for reserved floor seating and $10 for general admission.

Family fun is at its finest at the Florida State Fair with comedy shows, stunt divers, amazing animals and livestock, as well as the Mildred W. and Doyle E. Carlton Jr. Cracker Country and other exciting entertainment throughout the 12 days of the Fair.

It wouldn’t be the Florida State Fair without outrageously delicious food and exciting rides. This year, Fairgoers once again will vote for the People’s Choice Burger from a selection of new and returning burger favorites. Daredevils won’t want to miss a ride on the Super Cyclone Roller Coaster, just one of the new attractions on the Florida State Fair Midway.

“There is truly something for everyone at the Florida State Fair,” said Charles C. Pesano, Executive Director of the Florida State Fair Authority. “This is a great year to explore all there is to offer, while having fun on a budget.”


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Updated – Restaurants Open Christmas Eve and Day 2015

Not all of us will be home for Christmas, or comfortably seated with friends and family for a Christmas feast… some of us will be on the road.

I-75 travelers looking for a holiday meal can find it quite difficult. You’re tired and hungry so you jump of an exit only to find that every restaurant is closed.

An increasing number of chain restaurants are choosing to remain open during the holidays, or at least opening for limited hours to meet customer demand.

Here’s out list of chain restaurants open for business on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day 2015. (This listing will be updated as additional information becomes available.)

Restaurants located at Interstate Service Plazas and Welcome Centers may be required to stay open.

– Updated 12/20/15  –

  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Arby’s – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Au Bon Pain – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Bahama Breeze Caribbean Restaurant and Grill – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Baja Fresh Mexican Grill – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Bakers Square – Open Christmas Eve day and Open Christmas Day
  • Baskin-Robbins – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Family Sports Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Benihana Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Bennigans Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Big Boy Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Black Angus Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and Open Christmas Day
  • Blimpie Subs – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Bob Evans Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Bonanza Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Bonefish Grill – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Boston Market – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Bruegger’s Bagels – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • Buffalo Wild Wings – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Burger King – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • California Pizza kitchen – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Carl’s Jr. Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Carrows Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Open Christmas Day
  • Carvel Ice Cream – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Cattlemens Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Checkers Drive-In – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Cheeseburger in Paradise – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Cheesecake Factory – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Chevy’s Fresh Mex Mexican Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Chick-fil-A – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Chili’s Grill & Bar – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas day
  • Church’s Chicken – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Cici’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Cinnabon – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Claim Jumper Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Coco’s Bakery Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Cody’s Original Roadhouse – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Cold Stone Creamery – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Colton’s Steak House & Grill – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Corner Bakery Cafe – Open Christmas Eve and Closed on Christmas Day.
  • Country Buffet – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Cracker Barrel – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Dave and Buster’s – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas day
  • Del Taco – Open Christmas Eve day and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Damon’s Grill Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Denny’s – Open Christmas Eve and Open Christmas Day
  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Open Christmas Eve Day. Closed on Christmas Day.
  • Domino’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Dunkin’ Donuts – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • El Pollo Loco – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • El Torito Mexican Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Fazoli’s Italian Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Fire Mountain Buffet – Open Christmas Eve Day. Most locations will be open on Christmas Day
  • Five Guy’s Burgers and Fries – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas day
  • Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Friendly’s – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Fuddrucker’s – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Genghis Mongolian BBQ Grill – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Godfather’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Golden Corral – Open Christmas Eve and Open Christmas Day
  • Ground Round Grill & Bar – Some locations will be open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
  • Häagen-Dazs Ice Cream – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Hardee’s – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • HomeTown Buffet – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Hooters – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Houlihan’s Restaurant and Bar – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Huddle House – Open Christmas Eve and Open Christmas Day
  • Hungry Howie’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Hurricane Grill & Wings – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • IHOP – Open Christmas Eve and Open Christmas Day
  • In-N-Out Burger – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Jack-in-the-Box – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Jamba Juice – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Joe’s Crab Shack – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Johnny Rockets – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Kentucky Fried Chicken – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Kobe’s Japanese Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and Open Christmas Day
  • Krispy Kreme – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Krystal – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Legal Sea Foods – Open Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
  • Little Caesar’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Logan’s Roadhouse – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Lone Star Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Longhorn Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Long John Silver’s – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Luby’s Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Marie Callender’s Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Mazzio’s Italian Eatery – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • McDonald’s – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • The Melting Pot Fondue Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Open Christmas Day
  • Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Miami Subs – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Miller’s Ale House Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Mimi’s Cafe Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Open Christmas Day
  • Moe’s Southwest Grill – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Montana Mike’s Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Morton’s Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Mr. Subb – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Ninety Nine Restaurants – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Noah’s Bagles – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Noble Roman’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Noodles & Company – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • O’Charley’s Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Old Country Buffet – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Olive Garden – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • On The Border Mexican Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Outback Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Panda Express – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Panera Bread – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Papa Gino’s Pizzaria – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Papa John’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Papa Murphy’s Take ‘N’ Bake Pizza – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Paradiso Mexican Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Perkins Restaurant and Bakery – Open Christmas Eve Day and Open Christmas Day
  • P. F. Chang’s China Bistro – Open Christmas Eve and Closed on Christmas Day
  • Piccadilly Cafeteria – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Pie Five Pizza Company – Open Christmas Eve Day and closed Christmas Day.
  • Pilot Flying J Travel Plazas – Open Christmas Eve and Open Christmas Day
  • Pizza Hut – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Pizza Inn – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Pollo Tropical – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Ponderosa Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Qdoba Mexican Grill – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Quiznos Subs – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Rainforest Café – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Rally’s Hamburgers – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Rax Roast Beef – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Red Lobster Seafood Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Red Robin Gourmet Burgers – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Round Table Pizza – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Roy Rogers Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Rubio’s Coastal Grill – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Ruby Tuesday – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day.
  • Ruth’s Chris Steak House – Open Christmas Eve and Open Christmas Day
  • Ryan’s American Buffet – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Sbarro Pizza – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Schlotzsky’s Deli – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas day
  • Shakey’s Pizza – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Shari’s Cafe and Pies – Open Christmas Eve and Open Christmas Day
  • Shoney’s – Open Christmas Eve and Open Christmas Day
  • Sizzler Steakhouse – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Sonic Drive-In – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Sprouts Farmers Market – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Starbucks – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Steak ‘n Shake – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Subway – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Taco Bell – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Taco Del Mar – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Taco Time – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • TCBY – Open Christmas Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Ted’s Montana Grill – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Texas Land & Cattle Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve Day and Closed Christmas Day
  • Texas Roadhouse – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • TGI Friday’s – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Tijuana Flats Mexican Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Tim Hortons Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Togo’s Sandwiches – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Tony Roma’s Steakhouse Restaurant – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Tuscano’s Subs – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • UNO Chicago Grill – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Waffle House – Open Christmas Eve and Open Christmas Day
  • Wayback Burgers – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Wendy’s – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Whataburger – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • White Castle –  Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Wienerschnitzel – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Wingstop – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day
  • Zaxby’s – Open Christmas Eve and Closed Christmas Day

This list reflects information gathered from various sources. We are not responsible for it’s accuracy. This list will be updated as additional information becomes available. Open locations may have limited hours of operation.


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