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One of the best kept secrets. Where Mermaids live!

One of the Best Kept Secrets from Little Girls!

Where the Mermaids live!!!

Nikki as a child.

Nikki as a child.

When Nikki was a little girl, in St. Louis, Missouri, she heard about a place that had Mermaids who swam and danced in the water.   There was supposed to be a place in Florida where the Mermaids lived.  People would come from all over the world to see the Mermaids.  Like most stories about Mermaids she never thought it was real.  One day the strangest thing happened.  Nikki was watching the TV Show “The Glades”, which was filmed in Florida, and the episode was about a spring, in Florida where a Mermaid lived.  Okay, not real Mermaids, but women wearing fish tails dancing, swimming, entertaining and putting on a show.  The mere thought sparked her interest and she googled “Mermaid’s in Florida” and guess what came up?  One of the Best Kept                                                                                 Secrets for Little Girls!  Where the Mermaids live!!!  

Nikki as an Adult.

Nikki as an Adult.

 Where is it?
Map of Spring Hill and Weeki Wachee Springs

Map of Spring Hill and Weeki Wachee Springs, FL

Weeki Wachee Springs is located in Spring Hill, FL  on the state’s West Coast, next to the Gulf of Mexico.  It is about 1 hour North of Tampa, FL and 90 miles from Orlando.  Weeki Wachee Springs consists of a natural spring and a river that flow into the Gulf of Mexico.  The main attraction is the Mermaid Show. There you can see women dressed as Mermaids dancing and swimming in an underwater amphitheater.  The Mermaid Theatre will remind you of a large underwater theater in a modern US aquarium. If you are a little Girl this is something to see!

History of Mermaids
Entrance to Weeki Wachee

Entrance to Weeki Wachee

The Mermaid show started in 1947.  However, it really became famous in 1959 when ABC (American Broadcasting Company) purchased the spring.  ABC put  Weeki Wachee on the map and heavily promoted the spring as a destination.  It was ABC that built the theater. The Mermaid show became so popular that in the 1960s women came from all over the world to perform as  Mermaids.

Mermaids Shows

The Mermaids perform 3 shows per daily on weekdays, with 4 shows on Saturday and Sunday.  Those shows are “The Little Mermaid” is which can be seen twice a day, every day.   “Fish Tails”, is the other show and it can be seen once per day during the week and twice a day on weekends.  The shows are well choreographed.  They are colorful, performed to music and have an electric light show.  Young girls will really enjoy the Mermaid shows and they are fun for the whole family as well.

Mermaid at Weeki Wachee

Mermaid at Weeki Wachee

Prices and Times for Mermaids Show

Daily admission to the Weeki Wachee Springs is $13 for adults and $8  for kids 6 to 12.  All Children under 5 are FREE.  The admission will also get you into the waterpark (Buccaneer Bay), boat rides on the Weeki Wachee river and various Wildlife Animal Shows.  Buccaneer Bay Waterpark features multiple slides and a lazy river as well as a swimming area.  

Other attractions
Buccaneer Bay

Buccaneer Bay

If you like boats, nature or wildlife, then you will enjoy the River Boat Cruises.  The River Boat Cruise is 25 minutes long, on a calm passageway, where you can explore Florida wildlife and learn about the ecosystem.  Make sure you see the Wildlife Shows.  They feature a close-up experience with animals native to Florida.  Those animals include alligators, snakes, exotic birds, and more. The Weeki Wachee Springs is a true piece of American History.  It is open 365 days a year from 9 AM to 5:30 PM and parking is free.

Swimming area at Weeki Wachee

Swimming area at Weeki Wachee

If you have a little girl who is special in your life. It doesn’t matter if she is your daughter, grand-daughter, niece, goddaughter, friend or neighbor. Make sure you take her to the Mermaid Show in Spring Hill, FL at Weeki Wachee Springs.  The Weeki Wachee Mermaid Show is the perfect place for a little girl’s Birthday Party.  I suggest you make a weekend of it and take a few of her friends or bring the whole family.  There are motels literally across the street.  Along with a brand new Golden Corral right down the street.  Nikki was a little girl when she first heard about a place where Mermaids swim and dance.  Today she can tell the world she has been there!


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Bill Collins

Bill Collins is a former Army Officer turned veteran traveler. I have traveled to 34 different Countries mainly concentrated in Central & Latin America and have spent the last 16 years exploring the Caribbean Islands.

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