The ultimate roadside attraction, the essence of Florida tourism, a visit to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park [6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606, United States] is an unforgettable experience – the chance to see real live mermaids! Originating in 1946, this popular tourist destination was visited by Elvis Presley. Watch the remarkable girls from an underwater theater in an ‘enchanted’ natural spring. It is one of the deepest in the country, the bottom has yet to be found. Over 100 million gallons of fresh 74 degree water flows out of the cavern creating a current, making it is extremely impressive what these young ladies are capable of doing.
Since this is a natural setting and the entertainers actually encounter wildlife such as turtles and fish during the show.
There are multiple shows put on where they perform ballet, eat, and drink, all underwater!
While it is the biggest draw, there is more to the park than the amazing mermaids! Don’t miss the river boat cruise down the endlessly gorgeous Weeki Wachee River.
You are bound to see a variety of wildlife including interesting fish,
and plenty of turtles too. There is also an educational wildlife show which exhibits native creatures, like the beautiful Florida kingsnake.
Mermaid shows, river boat cruises, and wildlife shows all happen at specific times – be sure to plan your day accordingly to see all three, complimentary with your ticket. Be sure to leave some time to visit Buccaneer Bay, a fantastic mini water park! There are great water slides, a lazy river, kiddie pool, and the wonderful natural crystal clear spring water to swim in.
Kayak rentals are available as well. This family friendly destination is great for adults as well, you can spend the whole day participating in the various attractions and activities of the park – very worth the price of admission ($13 adults, $8 children, under 5 free). Be sure to get to the park as early as possible on weekends and in the summer, it often reaches capacity at peak times.
PS – how many roadside dinosaurs can you count coming from the south?!
I spotted two big ones.