If you are anywhere near central Florida while traveling you want to be sure and make it a point to visit Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, the Home of the Mermaids about an hour north of Tampa. It is one of Florida’s oldest attractions, it has been around almost 60 years!
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park – The Home of the Mermaids
Beautiful mermaids perform amazing shows in the crystal clear springs in an underwater theater 16-20 feet below the surface with the help of special air hoses that the original park owner created. The two shows they have on their schedule are The Little Mermaid, based on Hans Christen Andersons version and Fish Tales, a collection of tricks and performances that have been part of the park since it’s opening, 6 decades they have been entertaining! Fish Tales is fun tricks like drinking & eating underwater, water ballet and more.
But mermaids, while the star attraction, are not the only attraction to see there, you can spend an entire day exploring this park. Boys and girls alike will be captivated by the mermaids, the animal shows, and more. On the beautiful grounds, you will see peacocks roaming as well as fish,otters, turtles, and I hear even the occasional alligator swim in the spring, becoming a natural part of the mermaid show. The native animal show gives you a peek into the wilds of Florida- Creatures like snakes, turtles, and alligators.
Florida is of course, hot and sticky so you and the kids have several options for cooling off during the summer (the only time the water park is open). In Buccaneer Bay you will find a flume ride, and lifeguard supervised swimming in the spring as well as L’il Mates Caribbean cove, a shallow splash park for little ones.
Take a ride on the riverboat cruise with a tour guide and learn a litte about Florida’s history and the beautiul nature alongside or in the river. If canoeing, kayaking or paddleboarding are your thing you can slip over to Paddling Adventure’s and take a trip down the river, this is a prime spot to see Florida’s gentle giants-manatees.
Sit down to a quick service meal of chicken strips, burgers and the like in the Mermaid Galley Restaurant. Nothing fancy but pretty tasty, quick, and moderately priced or you can bring a cooler and make use of their picnic area (No alcohol or glass) . Or they also have a snack shack and Tiki Bar near the waterpark for grab and go drinks and snacks.
You can rent wheelchairs, electric carts, lockers, and tubes for the water play areas as well. Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for ages 6-12, and free for children 5 and under.
Check out the Mermaid Villa, the mermaid themed gift shop where you can find everything from garden statues, towels, and keychains to stuffed mermaids and art work. Just in case you forget something they also carry towels, cameras, sunscreen, etc… Outside the gift shop you will be able to find off duty mermaids, more than happy to pose with you- I was really impressed by how much time they took with my little ones, not rushing them along like a large theme park might.
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