The Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs
Weeki Wachee Springs is one of Florida’s oldest and most unique roadside attractions. It’s located about an hour north of Tampa at the crossroads of U.S. 19 and State Road 50. For nearly 60 years, this 430-acre theme park has attracted visitors who come to watch beautiful women dressed as mermaids with fins about their legs swim in the cool, clear spring waters.
Each day, more than 170 million gallons of clear, fresh 72-degree water bubbles up out of the subterranean caverns at Weeki Wachee. The basin of the spring is 100 feet wide with limestone sides, and it is there, where the mermaids swim, some 16 to 20 feet below the surface. The current runs a strong five miles per hour, so it’s quite a feat for the mermaids to stay in one place in such a current. Besides the Mermaid Shows, there were beautiful gardens, jungle cruises and a beach. Peacocks roam the beautiful grounds at Weeki Wachee Springs, and visitors can pose with the mermaids, take a riverboat ride down the Weeki Wachee River, or even go swimming in the springs.
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