Weeki Wachee Springs, known as the City of Live Mermaids, is located on the Gulf Coast of Florida about an hour north of Tampa at the crossroads of U.S. 19 and State Road 50. Weeki Wachee is one of Florida’s oldest and most unique roadside attractions. For almost 60 years, the fun, family oriented park has lured in visitors with beautiful mermaids who swim in the cool, clear spring waters. Weeki Wachee Springs is a magical entrance into a mysterious blue underwater world of mermaids, manatees, turtles and bubbles.
The Weeki Wachee spring is so deep that the bottom has never been found. Each day, more than 117 million gallons of clear, fresh 74-degree water bubbles up out of subterranean caverns. Deep in the spring, the surge of the current is so strong that it can knock a scuba diver’s mask off. The basin of the spring is 100 feet wide with limestone sides and the current runs a strong five miles an hour, which makes diving at the springs an enchanting adventure.
Cool off from the Florida heat by going swimming with friends at Buccaneer Bay. Then get back to the roots of the sunshine state and see the animal/reptile show. Or kick back and take a riverboat ride down the Weeki Wachee River into Old Florida. A huge flock of peacocks roams the grounds. Turtles, fish, manatees, otters and even an occasional alligator swim in the spring, so there is always tons of sights to see. Or if you want a cheesy pic for your Instagram page you can pose with the historic mermaid models.
Also, don’t miss out on getting some sun while burning calories by kayaking or canoeing down the springs and let all the stresses of work and your social life just fade away.
Beyond just a tourist attraction Weeki Wachee is a truly original piece of Florida’s rich heritage.