It was around this time last year that I started up the blog with our very first post! It was all about Weeki Wachee Springs and its incredible mermaids. Read about it here. Well, we decided to do another little trip to the springs, over the 2nd weekend in February and I couldn’t wait to write about it again. Mainly because I like talking about mermaids, and I received an interest from lots of lovely people who saw my photos!
Weeki Wachee Springs is a small town on the west side of Florida. It’s about a 3 hour drive from where we live. The town quickly became known for its state park, which is home to the live mermaid show!
We arrived at the state park in the early afternoon on Saturday. As we pulled up I could see the beautiful giant mermaid statues that line the entrance of the park. This is because in it’s early beginnings, the performers would have to stand along the side of the road in their bikinis and wave to oncoming traffic. That’s basically how they got the word around that there was a live show inside the park. But after all these years the lovely ladies no longer need to do that, and the statues have since taken their place.
Y’all one of my favorite things about this park and state parks in general is the admission fee. It’s only $13 per adult, and $8 for kids ages 6 – 12. Entry to the park gets you as many mermaid shows as your little heart desires, a live animal show, a 30 minute boat tour of the Weeki Wachee springs, and access to their water park. But depending on the time of year you visit it could be closed due to season. Normally when we go in February it’s closed, so that’s a little piece of the park we’ve yet to discover!
Of course the first thing on my mind when I
walk run inside the park is the mermaid show. I know. This is the part you all have been waiting for. The mermies! The shows are offered at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. and each show is different. So make sure you ask around to see what performances are happening. We got there just in time to see the 1:30 show which is called Fish Tails. So what makes this theater so special is that it’s actually underground and inside the head of the springs! When it was first built they hired a team of divers who helped to take out all of the water. It seats 400 people and I’m pretty sure they have a full house every day, all 365 days of the year!
The mermaid performances are breathtaking, and I can’t even imagine the amount of skill it must take to do what they do. Each mermaid must go through a whole year of training before they are even allowed to perform in the underwater theater! But somehow they manage to make it look so graceful.
After the show we headed over to the live animal show which basically introduces you to Florida. What do I mean by that? I mean alligators, turtles, and snakes oh my! Which I didn’t realize how many people have never really seen these things up close. In Florida, it’s pretty much a daily occurrence to run into at least one of these creatures. But it’s a super fun and informative show that talks about native reptile species and their habitats.
With a few moment to spare before the next mermaid show, we walked around the park and took in the sights. It happened to be a lovely Florida day where the sun was shining and the air was crisp. Which is nice, because it rarely drops below the 80’s here. The second mermaid show was their version of The Little Mermaid! It was so neat to see their take on it and how they were able to pull it off inside the water! After each show they also do a meet and greet where you can meet one of the mermaids and take photos with her. We did that last year, but opted to skip it and take the boat ride instead because the park was about to close.
Please do not miss out on this boat ride folks! It’s your chance to see Weeki Wachee Springs up close and learn more about the life that lives in it and around it. Especially if you don’t plan on any kayaking. The water is so clear and is perfectly safe to drink! It remains a constant cool 74 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. The tour lasts 25 – 30 minutes and is so worth it, so please take the free boat ride!
Day 2 of our stay in Weeki Wachee Springs was amazing! We rented a few kayaks from a local company and for around $45 you can get a 2 person kayak for the whole day. They’ll drive you to the top of the spring, pick you up at the bottom when you’re finished and take you back to your car. Which is really nice because you don’t have to worry about lugging a kayak around and figuring out the car situation.
From start to finish, the kayak ride is 5.5 miles long. Which can take you anywhere from 3 hours to 5 hours to complete. The steady current pushes you down the springs so the ride is very relaxing. Throughout the day we chose to stop at certain spots to relax in the water. There’s all sorts of amazing life that you’ll end up seeing. I spotted a few yellow bellied slider turtles swimming together, and the kayakers ahead of us spotted manatees. Our Florida springs are known for lot of manatees!
Honestly the springs are an amazing experience, even for a native Floridian girl like myself. It feels so good to just unplug from the world and connect with nature! This little trip was the perfect 2 day adventure that we needed to recharge. Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below!
– Salty Kai // Renée