Meeting the Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaids

By: Carrie McLaren


Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, about an hour north of Tampa, is home to the world-famous mermaids.

Known as one of Florida’s original roadside attractions, I recently explored the park with my family, and my kids were thrilled to meet one of the legendary Weeki Wachee mermaids.

Since 1947, mermaids have called Weeki Wachee Springs their home, performing multiple shows throughout the day, including their version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid.

It's breathtaking to see the mermaids swim through the springs as they retell the legendary story. My girls were amazed the entire time.

An interesting part about the springs and mermaids – there's no barrier in the springs, so at times you can see fish and even turtles swim right through the middle of the show!

My daughters were thrilled to learn that after every show, the mermaids greet guests for pictures. What a fun experience for them to meet a real mermaid. It was a day they'll never forget and I won’t forget it either.

In addition to the shows in Mermaid Theater, the park also has river boat cruises and animal education shows. Families can explore nature and have fun, too.

When you visit the park, don’t forget to bring your swimsuits and relax at Buccaneer Bay, the state’s only spring-fed waterpark. Enjoy one of the water flume rides or relax in the park’s lazy river. And for those who'd rather build sandcastles, there are plenty of sandy areas for perfecting your techniques.

To see more of our visit to Weeki Wachee Springs, check out the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider Facebook page. Follow along with our family adventures on Twitter at @VFFamilyInsider.

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