Florida is full of attractions and things to see and do, but one of the oldest attractions, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, still offers visitors a unique visit with their famous Mermaid Show.We went to Weeki Wachee in January, and although the temperature was in the 40’s, the water temperature stays at 65 degrees year-round. That said, I wouldn’t want to be a mermaid and get in that water. The mermaids, plus a “prince,” performed a family-friendly show to Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid. It was interesting to see how the mermaids were able to breathe under water using air hoses when needed. But, that moment was just one of the spectacles, periodically bubbles would be used to create scene changes and a witch’s scream caused more than a few people to jump out of their seats. Overall, it was a joyful show for everybody as the mermaids sang and danced to the amusement of the crowd. When the show came to an end, there was a long line of people trying to get pictures with the mermaids that had performed.
Afterwards, my son and I walked around and looked at the natural beauty of the area. We loved getting the chance to see so many manatees enjoy the warm waters of the Spring. My son already wants to go back to Weeki Wachee in the summer, so he can go on the slides of Buccaneer Bay into the Spring and hopefully swim with the manatees.
From there we saw an animal show that featured a king snake, tortoise, a turtle and an alligator. While the show didn’t have any of the animals perform tricks, the man on the stage kept it fun with plenty of jokes and a good sense of humor. After the show, he gave visitors the opportunity to touch the alligator.
As we wrapped up our visit, we took a riverboat cruise on the Weeki Wachee River where we saw different birds including ducks, a blue heron and a bald eagle’s nest. There were also more manatees and a few turtles on the ride. We were informed that sometimes you can see otters, bobcats, snakes and other native animals to Florida on the cruise.
Weeki Wachee is a fun place to take the family to do something different outdoors. There are exceptional shows to be seen, animals to be found, kayak rentals to see more of the river and when warmer, a place to swim and just have fun.
Weeki Wachee is close to US Route 19 just north of Tampa.