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Weeki Wachee Mermaids Less Than 2 hours From Orlando

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One of the most underrated—and lesser-known attractions—in Florida is the Weeki Wachee Mermaids shows in the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. 

It’s no secret that most people visit Florida for Orlando’s world-famous theme parks. But as we’ve returned to the Sunshine State time and time again, we’ve discovered some hidden gems that I think all tourists should know about.

Weeki Wachee Mermaids

One of those hidden gems is the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. But, more specifically, the mermaid shows that take place in the park’s mermaid theatre. 

With two young girls in tow, I’m sure you can only imagine how exciting it was to watch mermaids swimming underwater. And although the shows only last around 45 minutes, there are plenty of other things to do inside the park to occupy you all throughout the day.

Whether this is your first time visiting Florida or your fiftieth, then I highly recommend visiting the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and getting involved in all it has to offer. The experience as a whole was definitely a highlight of our trip. And we are already planning to go back again! 

Where is the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park?

The Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is in Spring Hill, Florida—roughly 90 minutes west of Orlando. Located at the intersection of State Road 50 and Highway 19, the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is fairly easy to get to, and we had no trouble finding it in our rental car.

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park Address: 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL 34606, United States

Weeki Wachee Mermaids

Weeki Wachee Mermaids Show

One of the most popular attractions in the state park are the mermaid shows which you can watch in the park’s 400-seat auditorium. 

As I mentioned previously, the shows last for around 45 minutes with the mermaids not only swimming underwater but also eating, drinking, and performing musical numbers. You’ll also get to learn about the history of the mermaids and the freshwater cave system that runs through Weeki Wachee. Watch the same show that even Elvis has seen! Pretty cool, right?

At the time of this writing, the mermaids showcase their version of the Little Mermaid. However, it’s best to check the Weeki Wachee Mermaids website for up-to-date information on which show you can expect during your visit. We saw a show based on the Greatest Showman and it was fantastic!

Other Things to Do in Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

And the fun of Weeki Wachee doesn’t end at the mermaid shows, as the state park has plenty of other attractions to keep families entertained. We spent the entire day exploring all the park had to offer. So I definitely recommend getting there early if possible.

weeki wachee springs

Buccaneer Bay

Coming in second on my girl’s favourite attractions at Weeki Wachee was Buccaneer Bay—a natural swimming area with two water slides, a kiddie pool, and a lazy river.

The swimming area is a great place to cool off on a hot summers day. And with a white sand beach with sun loungers and lifeguards on duty throughout the area, you can truly relax and unwind in the best way.

While visiting Buccaneer Bay, you’ll have to find concession stands where you can purchase food. However, there are also picnic tables, so bringing a picnic is another option. 

Play ground area with a slide and jungle gym, Weeki Wachee
Water slide and water sports, Weeki Wachee

Kayaking

The waters throughout the Weeki Wachee State Park are crystal clear—some of the clearest waters I’ve ever seen—so it probably comes as no surprise that people flock to the area to kayak. 

You can rent kayaks or stand-up paddle boards from Weeki Fresh Water Adventures. And while out on your paddle, you can come across bald eagles, turtles, otters, and if you’re really lucky, dolphins! 

Wilderness River Cruise

If you don’t feel like kayaking, then you can instead take a riverboat cruise down the pristine waterway of the Weeki Wachee River. 

The river cruise runs between 9:30 am and 4 pm, and will get you up close to native Florida wildlife including manatees! 

Ranger Experience

The Weeki Wachee State Park also has a ranger experience that occurs daily at 10 am, 12 pm, and 2:15 pm. During the show, you’ll get to see tortoises, alligators, and snakes, all while knowledgeable rangers deliver interesting facts about each.

Mermaid statue in the lake, Weeki Wachee

Grab a Bite to Eat

You can bring your own picnic into Weeki Wachee—as long as there is no single-use plastic—or you can grab a bite to eat at one of the on-site restaurants. You’ll have the choice between Mermaid Galley, Pirate’s Grubb, Tiki Bar, Captain’s Quarters or Snack Shack. So there really is no shortage of options!

  • Mermaid Galley – salads, burgers, and wraps.
  • Pirate’s Grubb – chicken fingers, burgers, and hot dogs.
  • Tiki Bar – frozen drinks, wine, and beer, along with grilled foods.
  • Captain’s Quarters – ice cream and cold drinks.
  • Snack Shack – ice cream and cold drinks.
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park ages and prices

Weeki Wachee Springs State Park Entrance Fee

You’ll need to pay an entrance fee for the Weeki Wachee Springs State Park which is $13 for adults and $8 for children aged 6 to 12. Children under five enter for free.

This initial fee gets you into the parks and includes admission to the mermaid shows, Buccaneers Bay, and the springs as a whole. So in my opinion, it’s really great value for money. 

Weeki Wachee’s iconic mermaids performing in pure aquamarine water that flows from a first-magnitude spring

Weeki Wachee Mermaids Show Times and Website

The time of year and how busy the park is will determine how many mermaid shows take place each day. However, you can find out more information on the mermaid show times over on the Weeki Wachee website.

If you like the idea of visiting more of Florida’s freshwater natural springs, then head over to 25 Natural Springs Near Orlando & Others in Florida, where I go into more detail about some of the best in the area.

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